American Vanguard Co. (NYSE:AVD) Insider Ulrich Trogele Buys 18,200 Shares

American Vanguard Co. (NYSE:AVDGet Free Report) insider Ulrich Trogele purchased 18,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 16th. The stock was bought at an average price of $8.75 per share, for a total transaction of $159,250.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 209,876 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,836,415. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

American Vanguard Trading Up 3.9 %

NYSE AVD traded up $0.34 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $9.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 395,427 shares, compared to its average volume of 237,082. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, a current ratio of 2.29 and a quick ratio of 1.12. American Vanguard Co. has a 52 week low of $8.41 and a 52 week high of $18.38. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $11.61 and a 200-day simple moving average of $10.78. The stock has a market cap of $254.71 million, a P/E ratio of 34.96 and a beta of 1.05.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVDGet Free Report) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 9th. The basic materials company reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $135.14 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $141.20 million. American Vanguard had a return on equity of 2.20% and a net margin of 1.22%. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.07 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that American Vanguard Co. will post 0.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

American Vanguard Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 10th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 27th were issued a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, March 26th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.32%. American Vanguard’s payout ratio is 46.15%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several equities analysts have recently commented on AVD shares. Loop Capital boosted their target price on shares of American Vanguard from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 15th. Roth Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of American Vanguard in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. StockNews.com cut American Vanguard from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 10th. Finally, Roth Mkm raised their price target on shares of American Vanguard from $13.00 to $16.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the company presently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $18.00.

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Institutional Investors Weigh In On American Vanguard

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. bought a new stake in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at $2,370,000. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of American Vanguard by 29.3% during the 3rd quarter. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Inc. now owns 338,637 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $3,701,000 after purchasing an additional 76,782 shares in the last quarter. Aigen Investment Management LP acquired a new stake in American Vanguard during the third quarter worth approximately $324,000. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its holdings in American Vanguard by 11.3% in the third quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 1,612,006 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $17,619,000 after purchasing an additional 163,941 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its stake in American Vanguard by 89.6% in the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 539,875 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $5,901,000 after buying an additional 255,190 shares during the period. 79.04% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About American Vanguard

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American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses in the United States and internationally. It manufactures and formulates chemicals, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, soil health, plant nutrition, molluscicides, growth regulators, soil fumigants, and biorationals in liquid, powder, and granular forms for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection.

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