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How to buy American Vanguard Corporation stock | $15.3

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American Vanguard Corporation is an agricultural inputs business based in the US. American Vanguard Corporation shares (AVD) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. American Vanguard Corporation employs 671 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$448.5 million.

How to buy shares in American Vanguard Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for American Vanguard Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AVD. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until American Vanguard Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$15.3, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of American Vanguard Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of American Vanguard Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

American Vanguard Corporation share price

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American Vanguard Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$15.3
52-week rangeUSD$11.317 - USD$19.5431
50-day moving average USD$15.2588
200-day moving average USD$14.1355
Wall St. target priceUSD$17.5
PE ratio 42.4251
Dividend yield USD$0.06 (0.39%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.367

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Is it a good time to buy American Vanguard Corporation stock?

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American Vanguard Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $15.3 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-07) -11.41%
1 month (2020-12-17) -3.04%
3 months (2020-10-16) 4.51%
6 months (2020-07-16) 11.60%
1 year (2020-01-16) -19.35%
2 years (2019-01-16) -9.25%
3 years (2018-01-16) 21.7
5 years (2016-01-15) 48.26%

Is American Vanguard Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing American Vanguard Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Vanguard Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

American Vanguard Corporation's P/E ratio

American Vanguard Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, American Vanguard Corporation shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

American Vanguard Corporation's PEG ratio

American Vanguard Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.27. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into American Vanguard Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

American Vanguard Corporation's EBITDA

American Vanguard Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$46.4 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a American Vanguard Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

American Vanguard Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$448.5 million
Operating margin TTM 5.1%
Gross profit TTM USD$177.4 million
Return on assets TTM 2.11%
Return on equity TTM 3.16%
Profit margin 2.4%
Book value $11.388
Market capitalisation USD$471.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting American Vanguard Corporation shares

There are currently 381,309 American Vanguard Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as American Vanguard Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4% up from 366,794 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting American Vanguard Corporation shares can be evaluated.

American Vanguard Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

American Vanguard Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of American Vanguard Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of American Vanguard Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 75656.547619048). American Vanguard Corporation's SIR currently stands at 5.04. In other words for every 100,000 American Vanguard Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5040 shares are currently held short.

However American Vanguard Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of American Vanguard Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable American Vanguard Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case American Vanguard Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 American Vanguard Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0156% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable American Vanguard Corporation shares, roughly 16 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against American Vanguard Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short American Vanguard Corporation stock.

American Vanguard Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 10.81% of net profits

Recently American Vanguard Corporation has paid out, on average, around 10.81% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.39% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Vanguard Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Vanguard Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.06 per share.

While American Vanguard Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that American Vanguard Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

American Vanguard Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 6 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have American Vanguard Corporation's shares ever split?

American Vanguard Corporation's shares were split on a 4:3 basis on 18 April 2006. So if you had owned 3 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your American Vanguard Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 25% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Vanguard Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted American Vanguard Corporation's share price.

American Vanguard Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, American Vanguard Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.317 up to $19.5431. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AVD.US volatility(beta: 1.04)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Vanguard Corporation's is 1.0415. This would suggest that American Vanguard Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

American Vanguard Corporation overview

American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses in the United States and internationally. The company manufactures and formulates chemicals, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants in liquid, powder, and granular forms for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection. It also markets and distributes end-use chemical and biological products for crop applications; distributes chemicals for greenhouse and nursery production markets; and offers formulations, such as PCNB, chlorothalonil, and propiconazole under the FFII and FFIII names. The company distributes its products through national distribution companies, and buying groups or co-operatives; and through sales offices, sales force executives, sales agents, and wholly owned distributors. American Vanguard Corporation was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

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