American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) is one of 27 public companies in the “Agricultural Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare American Vanguard Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.9% of American Vanguard Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of American Vanguard Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.4% of shares of all “Agricultural Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares American Vanguard Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
American Vanguard Corporation $318.49 million $44.28 million 43.20
American Vanguard Corporation Competitors $3.75 billion $757.16 million 15.13

American Vanguard Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American Vanguard Corporation. American Vanguard Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

American Vanguard Corporation has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Vanguard Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

American Vanguard Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. American Vanguard Corporation pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 73.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares American Vanguard Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Vanguard Corporation 4.56% 5.10% 3.34%
American Vanguard Corporation Competitors -398.76% -15.17% -9.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for American Vanguard Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Vanguard Corporation 0 1 1 1 3.00
American Vanguard Corporation Competitors 214 818 909 34 2.39

American Vanguard Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $19.50, indicating a potential downside of 9.72%. As a group, “Agricultural Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 1.13%. Given American Vanguard Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe American Vanguard Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

American Vanguard Corporation beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About American Vanguard Corporation

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 S.A. 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. (AMVAC CV), AMVAC Netherlands BV (AMVAC BV), Envance Technologies, LLC (Envance), AMVAC Singapore Pte, Ltd (AMVAC Sgpr) and Huifeng AMVAC Innovation Co. Limited (Hong Kong JV). AMVAC is a specialty chemical manufacturer that develops and markets products for agricultural, commercial and consumer uses. It manufactures and formulates chemicals, such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides and soil fumigants for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection.

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