Why American Vanguard's Shares Wilted

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What: Shares of specialty chemical maker American Vanguard (NYSE: AVD  ) fell 17% today after cautioning about second-quarter earnings.

So what: Wet weather in the Midwest and Southeast will negatively affect the company's performance in the second quarter and the company doesn't expect to meet either top- or bottom-line expectations. Revenue is expected to top last year's $84.8 million but won't hit Wall Street's $106.8 million expectation.  

Now what: American Vanguard didn't give an update on what profit would look like, but investors are expecting the worst. Some of these sales will not only be delayed but will also be lost altogether, and that's the biggest concern today. But long-term this isn't a blow to the company's market share and weather won't have this kind of impact every year. The stock trades at 14.7 time trailing earnings now, and considering that revenue will still grow despite bad weather, I think this is a buying opportunity for long-term investors.

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