American Vanguard Corporation AVD posted profit of $3.9 million or 13 cents per share for the second quarter of 2020, up from $3.1 million or 11 cents it earned a year ago. Earnings per share for the quarter were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
The company benefited from strong manufacturing performance and actions to reduce operating expenses.
Revenues were $104.6 million for the reported quarter, down roughly 8% year over year. It missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $116.4 million.
American Vanguard saw lower sales in its domestic and international businesses in the reported quarter. Sales in the quarter were hurt by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and unfavorable currency exchange translation.
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Sales by Regions and Categories
Revenues from American Vanguard’s domestic crop business for the reported quarter fell roughly 6% year over year to roughly $44.7 million.
Sales from the domestic non-crop business went down 18% year over year to around $13.9 million.
Revenues from international businesses fell around 5% year over year to around $46 million.
American Vanguard ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of roughly $8.6 million, up around 37% year over year. Long-term debt was roughly $159.4 million, down around 3% year over year.
American Vanguard said that it is well placed to address its markets over the remainder of 2020. The company expects to benefit from favorable conditions for its mosquito control business, improved supply of Krovar and Hyvar herbicides, strength of its soil fumigants and growth of its corn and soybean franchises. It also remains committed to pursue its key strategic initiatives for future growth.
American Vanguard’s shares are up 11.7% over a year, compared with the 7% decline of the industry it belongs to.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
American Vanguard currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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