American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) – SunTrust Banks issued their Q1 2018 earnings estimates for American Vanguard in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks analyst J. Sheehan anticipates that the basic materials company will post earnings of $0.14 per share for the quarter. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for American Vanguard’s Q2 2018 earnings at $0.18 EPS and Q4 2018 earnings at $0.26 EPS.

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Separately, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Vanguard from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.33.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) opened at $23.05 on Friday. American Vanguard has a 52-week low of $14.90 and a 52-week high of $24.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.25, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 2.02. The company has a market cap of $683.79, a P/E ratio of 33.41, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 1.23.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) last announced its earnings results on Monday, March 12th. The basic materials company reported $0.17 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17. American Vanguard had a net margin of 5.70% and a return on equity of 5.74%. The business had revenue of $116.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $110.06 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.13 earnings per share. American Vanguard’s quarterly revenue was up 33.1% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of AVD. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at approximately $141,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at approximately $153,000. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at approximately $221,000. Citadel Advisors LLC bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at approximately $227,000. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC grew its position in American Vanguard by 12.6% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 15,495 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $267,000 after acquiring an additional 1,734 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 76.80% of the company’s stock.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 30th will be given a dividend of $0.02 per share. This is a boost from American Vanguard’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.02. This represents a $0.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 28th. American Vanguard’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 8.70%.

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American Vanguard Company Profile

American Vanguard Corporation operates as a holding company. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc (GemChem), 2110 Davie Corporation (DAVIE), Quimica Amvac de Mexico SA de C.V. (AMVAC M), AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC M Srl), AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC CR Srl), AMVAC Switzerland GmbH (AMVAC S), AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda (AMVAC B), AMVAC C.V.

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