American Vanguard Reports Second Quarter & Mid-Year 2014 Results

Note: Complete details are available in the financial schedules attached to this press release

Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard, stated: “As we previously reported, surplus inventory of corn products in the agriculture distribution channel resulted in significantly lower re-stocking procurement from manufacturers this season. Additionally, as we indicated, reduced production of these products in our manufacturing facilities has resulted in increased unabsorbed fixed factory costs which have negatively impacted profitability for the quarter and year to date.”

Mr. Wintemute concluded: “We believe that channel inventories have been reduced significantly this spring and that more normal purchasing patterns are likely to resume for the 2015 season which should start later this year and into the pre-planting months of 2015. We are undertaking cost reduction programs to right-size our manufacturing function with the product demand that we are forecasting. We have trimmed our operating expenses and will remain disciplined in our capital expenditures. We look forward to providing additional color on business and financial conditions in our earnings call later today.”

The Company, from time to time, may discuss forward-looking information. Except for the historical information contained in the conference call referenced in this release, all forward-looking statements are estimates by the Company’s management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ from management’s current expectations. Such factors include weather conditions, changes in regulatory policy and other risks as detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s SEC reports and filings. All forward-looking statements, if any, in this release represent the Company’s judgment as of the date of this release.

Common stock, $.10 par value per share; authorized 40,000,000 shares; issued

31,528,400 shares at June 30, 2014 and 31,092,782 shares at December 31, 2013

Less treasury stock, at cost, 2,450,634 shares at June 30, 2014 and 2,380,634 shares at

December 31, 2013

Proceeds from the issuance of common stock (sale of stock under ESPP and exercise of stock