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American Vanguard (AVD) Completes Agreement With Clean Seed

American Vanguard Corporation AVD announced that its fully-owned subsidiary AMVAC-Chemical Corporation completed a technology investment and licensing agreement with Clean Seed Capital Group Limited.

Notably, the deal involves a minority equity investment in Clean Seed. Additionally, the deal includes a worldwide royalty-bearing licensing arrangement to Clean Seed-patented variable-rate technologies, which is currently used in Clean Seed Smart Seeder and Smart Planter platforms.

Per management, through the agreement, the company is widening its intellectual property in the fast-growing precision agriculture sector. Notably, AMVAC-Chemical developed the most sophisticated one-pass prescription application system through the Simpas prescriptive application equipment system for the application of multiple low-rate, in-furrow products, while row-planting.

The partnership is expected to provide American Vanguard with a highly advanced, variable-rate platform, with leading edge sensor technology, access to drill-seeded crops and further extend its reach in the Canada marketplace. Reportedly, this also increases the company’s growth initiative for Simpas.

American Vanguard’s shares are down 20.9% over a year compared with the 33.1% decline of the industry it belongs to.

 

 

On the fourth-quarter earnings call, the company stated that it expects its global revenues for 2020 to rise at a low-double-digit rate, assuming minimal disruption in trade and supply from the coronavirus outbreak and a return to more normal weather patterns. This is expected to be supported by higher corn acreage in the United States, renewed availability of bromacil herbicides, product introductions and growth in American Vanguard’s Latin America businesses.

American Vanguard Corporation Price and Consensus

 

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are DRDGOLD Limited DRD, Franco-Nevada Corporation FNV and Barrick Gold Corporation GOLD.

DRDGOLD has a projected earnings growth rate of 562.5% for 2020. The company’s shares have surged 259.4% in a year. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Franco-Nevada has a projected earnings growth rate of 22% for 2020. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s shares have rallied 46.1% in a year.

Barrick Gold currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and a projected earnings growth rate of 41.2% for 2020. The company’s shares have gained 52% in a year.

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