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AVD earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.

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American Vanguard Corp (AVD 0.85%)
Q4 2020 Earnings Call
Mar 11, 2021, 4:30 p.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the American Vanguard Fourth Quarter 2020 and Full Year Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. [Operator Instructions]

I will now turn the conference over to our first speaker, Bill Kuser, Director of Investor Relations. Thank you, you may begin.

William A. Kuser -- Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Well, thank you very much, Diego, and welcome everyone to American Vanguard's fourth quarter and full year 2020 earnings review. Today's presentation includes a number of PowerPoint slides, and two, very informative videos. For those of you who may be on the phone in audio-only, if you would wish to see these materials during the presentation, you can access by going to our corporate website, at which time you would simply click on the clearly marked webcast section and connect with this visual content. These materials, following the presentation, will be posted to our website, and available for your future reference.

With that said, let's have our usual cautionary reminder. In today's call, the Company may discuss forward-looking information. Such information and statements are based on estimates and assumptions by the Company's management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from managements current expectations. Such factors can include weather conditions, changes in regulatory policy, competitive pressures, and various other risks that are detailed in the Company's SEC reports and filings. All forward-looking statements represent the Company's best judgment as of the date of this call, and such information will not necessarily be updated by the Company.

With that said, let me introduce today's speakers, Mr. Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard; Mr. David Johnson, the Company's Chief Financial Officer; and to assist in answering your questions, Mr. Bob Trogele, the Company's Chief Operating Officer.

With that said, I turn the call over to Eric.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Bill. Good afternoon, everyone. First, let me start by thanking our entire workforce for dedicating themselves to high performance during the global pandemic. 2020 was a year that was fraught with changing demands and conditions, and our people weathered the storm admirably. We met our critical objective of keeping the workplace safe and healthy for our employees with virtually no work-related transmission. This, in turn, enabled us to operate continuously, and to serve our customers reliably in all regions.

Second, I would like to thank all of you as stakeholders for your continued support of American Vanguard. As you will have seen in today's earnings release, despite a slight decline in our top line, our net income increased by 12% during the period. By comparison, the Top 5 public companies in our sector were on average, flat on both the top and bottom line. While David will be giving you more detail on this and other aspects of our financial performance, I would like to cover a few highlights.

Over the course of 2020, we committed to improving our balance sheet and I'm pleased to report that we succeeded in doing so. We generated a nine-fold increase in cash from operations versus the prior year due, in part, from inventory and factory management, controlled operating expenses, and record high customer early pay participation. This, in turn, enabled us to pay down debt and improve borrowing capacity. We are able to make these improvements while, at the same time, concluding two key strategic acquisitions; AgNova, for market access in Australia, and Agrinos, a green solutions company. Further, we defined an environmental, social and governance platform, which includes extremely promising products and technology solutions.

Now, I would like to turn to David for his comments on our financial performance, with the focus on matters of particular interest to our investors. I will then give you my thoughts on our growth platforms, and a particular focus on green solutions and precision application. I will then close with my 2021 outlook, and then take questions from our listeners. David?

David T. Johnson -- Chief Financial Offer

Thank you, Eric. With regard to our public filing, we plan to file our Form 10-K for 2020 within the next few days.

As we have noted in previous calls, the Company is fortunate to participate in industries that are considered part of critical infrastructure in all countries, in which we operate. As a result, throughout 2020, our customers and suppliers, and our employees and operations have all continued more or less without disruption during the pandemic. Having said that, the pandemic has impacted us in a few ways including, first, at the start of the year, we experienced a significant devaluation in a few key currencies, specifically, the Brazilian real, the Mexican peso, and the Australian dollar. That negative currency effect has started to somewhat reverse as we reached the end of 2020.

Second, the pandemic prevented us from many of our normal infield activities, including face-to-face meetings with distributors, retailers or growers, or activities such as product development and defense. On the other hand, as you will see in our financial statements, the same restrictions and foreign exchange rate movements have caused us to spend less on operating expenses, including travel.

With regard to our financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company's net sales increased by 8% to $141 million, as compared to sales of $131 million, this time last year. Within that overall improvement, our US sales were up 4% to $85 million, and our international sales increased by 15% to $56 million. International sales accounted for 39% of total sales, as compared to 37% of total sales, this time last year.

The main factor -- factors driving our sales performance are as follows. In our US crop market, sales increased by approximately 19% as a result of strong sales of products sold into the Midwest row crop market such as, our SmartBox, Counter, and Aztec brands, as growers reacted to increased blood pressure and on to increased commodity pricing for soybeans and corn. Sales for our domestic non-crop market declined about 45% as a result of lower sales of our deep Dibrom products into vector control districts, primarily as customers worked to address slightly elevated channel inventory levels. Finally, our international sales grew by 15%. Approximately half of the improvement is associated with new sales related to the two businesses acquired at the start of the quarter. The balance of the increase relates to strong sales of our bromacil herbicide, which has a much improved supply position this year and Counter sold into Mexico.

With regard to the underlying market performance of our products, during the quarter, our US crop business recorded increased absolute gross profit, but gross margin percentage declined slightly. The decline in gross margin percentage was driven primarily by the lower manufacturing activity, which is typical for the Company's fourth quarter. Our fourth quarter non-crop gross margin declined from 42% in Q4 of 2019 to 35% in 2020, driven primarily by the reduced market demand for Dibrom already discussed, and by the lower factory activity rate. International margins improve with the addition of businesses acquired in the fourth quarter, and strong sales of bromacil, reflecting improved material supply. Overall, gross margin performance for the final quarter of 2020 was in line with the prior year at 36%.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased by 11% as compared to the same period of the prior year. This includes the addition of the activities of the two newly acquired businesses, which together accounted for approximately 40% of the increase. Other increases include, additional marketing expenses, legal expenses, higher cash incentive compensation accruals linked to business performance, and some expense associated with the change in the fair value contingent liabilities associated with an acquisition.

As you will read in our earnings release, you can see that during the fourth quarter, we recorded a bargain purchase gain of $4.7 million. This relates to a business that we purchased out of bankruptcy. When the opportunity presented itself, we moved quickly and got a great deal. We engaged outside valuation experts to assist management in the assessment of the fair value of the assets acquired. The gain we recorded is the difference between the purchase price consideration paid and the fair value of the net assets acquired. Also during the three-month period, we recorded lower interest expense, primarily as a result of lower federal base rates on our loans.

Finally, our effective tax rate was low in the quarter. There are couple of reasons for this. First, the bargain purchase, just discussed, is a non-taxable transaction. And second, we were able to release some reserves associated with uncertain tax positions related to acquisitions we made in both 2017 and 2019. As a result of these various factors, net income for the three-month period was more than twice the level reported in the same period of 2019.

With regard to the full-year performance, the overall business revenues reduced by about 2% in 2019, as compared to 2019 -- in 2020, as compared to 2019. We consider that performance to be reasonably aligned with the prior year in a period that has been marked by widespread closure of many businesses during the prolonged period the pandemic. Within that revenue decline, our US crop business increased by 1% to $223 million in 2020, our US non-crop business sales declined by 21%, to end at $49 million, and our international business remained approximately flat with new business revenue offsetting the effect of foreign exchange rates.

Our 2020 manufacturing performance ended the year very close to our average long-term performance. As you can see from the chart, net factory costs for the year amounted to approximately 2.8% of sales. This compares to 2.6% for 2019, and our target of 2.5%. This says, that despite all the pandemic-related challenges, we were able to maintain our manufacturing activity at relatively normal levels.

For the full year 2020, despite some movements by category, gross margin percentage was in line with 2019, at 38%. For the full year of 2020, our operating expenses increased by 2%, to end at $154 million, or 33% of sales as compared to $151 million, or 32% of sales last year. In 2020, we had several dynamics affecting our operating expenses. These include, pandemic-related reductions in travel activities, the impact of lower FX rates affecting translation to US dollars of operating costs recorded in other currencies, and finally the addition of new businesses acquired in the final quarter of the year.

Our interest expense is down primarily because of federal reserve base rates. Our tax expense is down primarily because of the bargain purchase gain, which is non-taxable, and the release of reserves in certain tax positions related to prior acquisitions.

In summary, for the full year 2020, when looking at our income statement performance, we have operated close to normal. Margins have remained very steady, indicating that prices have held up, raw material costs and factory performance has been well managed throughout this year of disruption. Our operating costs have increased slightly, but do include additional businesses for both the quarter and the year. We made a good deal to inquire -- to acquire an exciting biologicals business for a bargain price out of [Phonetic] bankruptcy. And at the bottom line, we've seen a very strong finish to 2020 and reported net income, up 12% compared to 2019.

From my perspective, the operating and financial focus for the Company remains as follows. We continue to follow a disciplined approach to planning our factory activity, balancing overhead recovery with demand forecasts and inventory levels.

As you can see on this slide, we've had a very strong year with respect to cash in 2020. We generated slightly less from operations when compared to prior year, but have been focused full year on working capital, and this slide shows that has gone very well. Including working capital, we generated $89 million from operations, which is about nine times what we have achieved on a -- in average for the prior two years. The cash generated was used principally to two purposes. First, we invested a total of $36 million, acquiring two businesses, making a strategic equity investment, continuing to develop our manufacturing capability, and advancing our SIMPAS delivery systems. Secondly, we paid down debt by $43 million.

At the end of December 2020, our inventories were at $164 million. This includes about $14 million of inventory related to acquisitions completed since late December 2019. And adjusted or underlying inventory of $152 million is slightly better than the $154 million we indicated during the last call. With regard to accounts receivable, as I noted earlier, our customers have continued to operate without significant disruption. They are placing orders for our products, making payments when expected. Participation in our annual standard early pay program was strong, indicating that our customers -- that the customers we deal with had a good year. The end result for 2020 resulted in consolidated accounts receivable of $119 million in 2020, as compared to $136 million, this time last year, notwithstanding the higher sales in the fourth quarter. Consequently, we can report that despite the pandemic, we have not seen any material change in the assessment of our credit risk exposure at the end of 2020 in comparison to the prior year.

With regard to liquidity, as you can see from this chart, we have been constantly working down debt from a high in the first quarter, which is a normal rhythm for the Company, to a low at the end of the year. At the same time, after a challenging first quarter, which was impacted by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, our quarterly financials have steadily improved. As you will see from our earnings release, our EBITDA for 2020 is very much in line with 2019, but nevertheless availability has improved. There are three factors in the calculation of availability. The first is our financial performance, which is broadly in line. The second is the multiplayer under the terms of the credit facility, which is slightly higher this year than last, and accounts for about $15 million increase in availability. And the third is the level of debt, which accounts for $43 million increase in availability. Taking all that together, availability at December 31, 2020 is $85 million, as compared to $27 million for the same time last year.

In summary then, in 2020 from a balance sheet cash perspective, we have continued to be acquisitive for the long-term benefit of the Company. We have carefully managed inventory and accounts receivable and, thereby, working capital, cash and debt. At the end of the year, we believe we have improved our balance sheet and liquidity, and are well positioned to look at 2021 with a sense of optimism.

With that, I will hand back to Eric.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, David. As you may recall from our earnings call in November last year, I began to turn our attention to our strategic direction and long-term prospects. In the course of my comments, I described our three platforms for growth, namely, our core business, our green solutions platform, and our precision application technology, led by SIMPAS and Ultimus. I also gave you a view into how much we think these platforms will grow over the next three years to five years. Today, I would like to revisit these platforms with a particular focus on how our green solutions and precision application technology, both provide unique and compelling environmental -- what I'll call, ESG, environmental, social and governance solutions, and position us to grow our business at a faster rate than through conventional AgChem offerings.

Let's start with a quick update on our core business. As I mentioned earlier, in Q4 we closed on the acquisition of AgNova, an Australian-based company, headquartered in Melbourne that sources, develops and distributes specialty crop protection and protection solutions for the agriculture, horticulture and non-crop markets. The addition of AgNova, improves our market access in the region, including with respect to SIMPAS, Agrinos, and green plant solutions, and gives us greater critical mass in an important territory. Furthermore, AgNova offers product lines that we can readily market in other regions.

Now let's turn to the other two platforms. In doing so, it is first necessary to lay the proper groundwork. I mentioned earlier, we have defined our ESG position. Public companies, far and wide, are increasingly being called upon by investors such as, BlackRock happens to be our largest shareholders, institutional shareholder services like ISS, and regulators such as the SEC to report upon their commitment to ESG. We at American Vanguard, have a great story to tell with regard to ESG. As I take you through our green solutions and precision application technology platforms, you will see this more clearly.

At the close of 2020, we published our statement under the tab ESG on our website. As we stated on that page, we are committed to the principal of sustainable agriculture, which to us means that all people should have the right to a stable, affordable food supply both now and into the future while, at the same time, maintaining and preferably improving soil health. As an essential part of that commitment, we seek to promote three equitable considerations, climate, environment and food. As per our Climate Change Commitment, also on our website, we are committed to making enterprisewide progressive and measurable efforts toward helping to address the trend of global warming. With respect to environmental quality, we seek to leave the planet in a better state than we founded. And as a key supplier of crop inputs, we are essentially involved in food equity.

In order to advance these three agendas, a crop input company such as, ourself, would focus on products or application technology that promote carbon sequestration, improve plant and soil health, have an environmentally friendly profile, and improve yield. As an example, you can see from this slide, courtesy of our greenhouse business, biostimulants can advance all of these considerations. They reduce carbon dioxide, thus improving air quality, and the climate; improve the yield per acre, making food more affordable; improve food quality, helping growers to succeed; conserve water, advancing environmental equity; and improve the soil's microbial community.

We have many such ESG-friendly products within our green solution platform. For example, OHP provide several biosolutions to domestic nursery and ornamental customers. AmGreen and Central America offers a range of tailored biologicals to customers like, Chiquita. And we continue to see consumer acceptance of our low-impact insecticides from Envance Technologies that are safe for children and pets. These -- this technology forms the basis of our innovation partnership with Procter & Gamble, specifically, under the Zevo brand of consumer insect control products. After having achieved success in 2020 with Home Depot and Target, Zevo's 10-store test and Tampa's Walmart stores has exceeded expectations, and will enable the P&G team to aggressively sell to full chain distribution for calendar 2021.

Let me share with you a short video posted on P&G Venture Capital website -- Venture Capital -- Ventures website that positions Zevo. [Video Presentation]

Okay. For any of you who have not tried any of the core Zevo products, I encourage you to go out and purchase them, and give them a try. In addition to Zevo for household use, we offer Guardian mosquito repellent, and are expanding these solutions into animal health and professional pest control.

At the same time, we are pursuing two novel development platforms. Under our Maryland [Phonetic] research platform, we are using our patented screening process to discover and create novel insecticide compounds. This is true R&D effort. Over the past several months, we have screened over 130,000 active ingredients in our lab, and have identified a manageable number of promising candidates for further development and possible commercialization. Similarly, under our Envance Technologies' Dragon Fire research platform, we are developing patented bioherbicide products and applications to help us address a global $18 billion market for non-selective herbicides. These products will feature high efficacy and will give users eco-friendly solutions for weed control. Between the Maryland research platform and Dragon Fire's bioherbicides, and that technology continues to ring the bell for environmentally responsible solutions.

Now, let's spend a few minutes on Agrinos. First, let me note that I was very pleased with the fact that we were able to acquire this business at such a reasonable cost, as its parent of foreign holding company in Norway was in liquidation. From its three operations in US, Mexico and India, Agrinos produces a line of high-yield technology, soil-applied solutions that it markets into eight regions across the globe. These products promote carbon sequestration, nitrogen fixation and soil health. Its invigorate line as an [Indecipherable] approved consortium of 22 bacteria that have been developed to promote multiple benefits including, soil -- include improvement of the soil microbial community on many global crops and soil conditions, facilitating nitrogen absorption and nutrient uptake, while supporting root biomass and plant health. Its uplift products, which are derived from biologically extracted chitin have similar effects. And their B Sure nutrient solution provides time-released nitrogen, which in turn improve soil health and help to reduce the need for nitrogen laden fertilizers.

With nearly 150 pending and issued patents in multiple countries, Agrinos is proving to be an excellent fit for American Vanguard. We gained an established product line, considerable IP, and a specialized fermentation and manufacturing infrastructure. In fact, our initial interest in Agrinos came last year, when we were seeking distribution rights for putting their solutions through SIMPAS. The opportunity for Agrinos to be part of American Vanguard organization is so much the better. After having owned the business for only five months, we have already realized a high percentage of the synergies that we had forecasted. With our global reach, we can now give these products the market access they deserve.

Let's now turn our attention to SIMPAS. For some time now, we have been reporting on the exciting development and commercialization of our SIMPAS precision application system. Let me now elaborate on SIMPAS as an ESG technology. Put simply, SIMPAS is the ideal tool for advancing both climate and environmental equity, and for that reason food equity as well. With respect to climate, SIMPAS is designed to be far more efficient than single-product application systems. It can apply multiple inputs at varying rates, only what is needed, precisely where it is needed, in one pass. In addition, because it applies inputs only where they're called for, as per the agronomic prescription, SIMPAS enables the grower to use potentially far less full rate at his or her field with significantly less water. Consequently, the growers' environmental footprint is much smaller and the potential for run-off is that much more reduced.

But there is more to the story. In addition to efficiency and lowering of the environmental input footprint, SIMPAS is designed to apply not only chemical inputs, but also biologicals, the very types of products that we have described as promoting carbon sequestration, nitrogen uptake and soil health. Even as I speak, we are testing multiple green technology solutions for use in SIMPAS SmartCartridges. In short, we are supplying not only the product solutions, but also the application technology with which to advance climate and environmental equity. And the icing on the cake is that with our Ultimus platform, we can trace all inputs from factory to field, and measure how much of each input is used in each area of each field. This platform also permits the return of empty and partially used SmartCartridges. So on top of environmentally responsible products and application technology, we offer unrivaled measuring and tracking capability for multiple inputs. With this functionality, Ultimus is the ideal technology for measuring inputs in order to obtain carbon credits. While many carbon banks are being formed and multiple sets of rules are being discussed, they all require a means to measure what the grower is adding to the field. To our knowledge, no technology does this better than Ultimus.

Nor is this just conjecture on our part, in this slide we show the results of an actual SIMPAS 2020 beta system application, in which we demonstrated that we could apply Counter 20G precisely as per agronomists prescription, and its important that we could measure that application after the fact. This will be a fundamental importance in the carbon credit market. The picture on the left illustrates the prescription written for a field in North Carolina. The picture on the right depicts the actual application. And when we shared this with our SIMPAS growers, they were all very impressed.

Now for an update on SIMPAS systems. As of this call, we placed 70 systems, which includes 900 rows, which should cover about 85,000 acres. Our team this morning told me that number might be closer to the 65,000 acres to 70,000 acres. But, we are targeting more systems for this planting season, and we expect or hope that we will get into that 100,000 acre target, which is the target that we set for ourselves.

Now, let me share our latest SIMPAS video that illustrates key advantages. [Video Presentation] As ESG has now taken center stage in the public's eye, we believe that SIMPAS has truly come of age as the most comprehensive solution for our industry.

With that, let me now turn in to our 2021 outlook. We see an ag industry that is generally optimistic for 2021. Reopening of schools and businesses following 2020 lockdown, and a potential for less volatile international trade disruptions, promises to refresh ag sector demand. The increase in crop commodity prices for corns, soybeans, corn and other crops has improved the prospect for grower profitability and, with that, a more normal purchasing pattern versus the very conservative procurement behavior that we witnessed during the 2020 pandemic.

We estimate a low double-digit year-over-year revenue increase for American Vanguard. We expect profit margins to remain steady with recent history. And operating expenses will increase somewhat due, in part, to newly acquired businesses, and the SIMPAS launch. We expect interest expense will be similar to 2020 levels, and our overall tax rate should be in the mid-20% range. Consequently, we are targeting a significant percentage increase in net income and earnings per share in 2021. Finally, we are targeting a debt to EBITDA ratio in the 2 times to 2.5 times range. And note, that at the end of 2020, our debt to EBITDA ratio was 2.2 times.

With that, we'll take any questions you may have. Diego?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. At this time, we will be conducting our question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Gerry Sweeney with ROTH Capital. Please state your question.

Gerry Sweeney -- ROTH Capital -- Analyst

Hi, good afternoon, gentlemen. Thanks for taking my call. Little newer to the story I've been working with Bill, but just curious on the revenue guidance that you gave low double-digit revenue growth for this fiscal '21. Is there any chance you give a little bit of granularity to maybe where some segments are going to come into play with that projection? Then secondarily, does that include any potential acquisitions? How do they -- how does that factor in? Thanks.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So thanks, Gerry. Welcome to -- as I appreciate ROTH for years. So yeah, I guess across our businesses, I think we see the business units, OHP, Envance, AgriCenter, Australia and Brazil, and, of course, bolstered by Agrinos as well, so we see upside certainly there. I think we're also seeing a pretty healthy increase in our herbicide area, particularly around our impact molecule as we've added combination products there that we think will do well in the marketplace. Our Dibrom, we had some bringing down of inventories that we see that kind of rebounding back. Similar with our two cotton products, Folex and Bidrin in the US, we see a rebound. There was particularly low yield this year. And then with bromacil, again, demand seems to just keep continuing. Certainly, in Mexico for the galva market, but also in Japan for kind of home right away and other right away business. So that's kind of in general. But -- we'll see corn certainly increase. I mentioned cotton. Soybeans, that's another growth area for us. We have several herbicides that we'll be marketing into that sector for this year. So that's kind of the update.

Gerry Sweeney -- ROTH Capital -- Analyst

Got it. And I -- question about SIMPAS, and I apologize -- of course, this is the right environment or, but after seeing the video and reading about it, I mean the video also put into a little bit better perspective. But I just couldn't help, but notice at the end is it powered by Trimble, which I understand how that comes into play, but also notice that the equipment was that, green and yellow who may be a large ag company. How do you go to market with some of the equipment? Do you have to partner with some of the agricultural companies or distributors? I was just curious as to what the process is to get some more systems out into the market?

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Right. So with SmartBox, we did all of the sales ourself. We inherited that from DuPont back in 2000. We have sold as many as 1,200 systems in a given year. But we -- it's direct sales to the farmers. With SIMPAS, we have aligned ourselves with Trimble. So Trimble's dealers will be handling the distribution of it. And as you mentioned, you've got John Deere there and there's other videos with him. We're basically able to go, what we call with any color tractor. The option is very simple. And so Trimble will handle the actual sales to the farmer and servicing because, again, this will be something we believe a lot bigger than what we've done with SmartBox.

Gerry Sweeney -- ROTH Capital -- Analyst

Perfect. Got it. And then final question coming up. This question has come up quite a bit and just -- I'm actually getting appliances across the board. Inflationary pressures, are you seeing anything? Do you have ability to manage that, if such arise? I mean, I do see freight in the presentation, and I know that's been an area that I think that's been popping up recently. So, thank you.

Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Yeah. Hi, this is Bob. Yeah, we're keeping an eye on that. We're not that -- in our own portfolio, we're not that oil dependent. We have our own factories. We've had inventories in place as David described. So I think in the short term, for our own portfolio, not too much. In other parts of the world where we buy from third parties, we are seeing that they're starting to raise prices, and we'll pass those on where we can.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean we have expense -- I mean, I think it was back in 2012 was really year that prices in our industry has started and we're really gaining our control. And there was so many products coming into '13 that were on allocation. And so we did see some pretty major hikes at that time. So we've got to conditioned our people that I mean, there is -- everybody would like to just put out of a price going into the season and maintain that through the whole year. But we can't -- I mean we have -- I mean even if you take the tariff situation you go from 5% to 35% drop of a hat. You've got to be able to put that through. So I think our customers are conditioned to that. I mean I think the currency swings are a little bit more difficult to do, and particularly as we get down into Brazil, we're seeing such changes that there, but it is top of mind for us.

Gerry Sweeney -- ROTH Capital -- Analyst

Got it. Yeah, that's very helpful and I appreciate taking my call, especially they may be a little bit newer or rehashing but thanks a lot.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.


Thank you. [Operator Instruction] Our next question comes from Chris Kapsch with Loop Capital Markets. Please state your question.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey, good afternoon. Apologies, I joined this call late owing to some other obligations I had. But -- so I may have -- I missed most of your formal commentary. But I did have a question about the industry, and curious if you're seeing any effects in your business. But there was a one major agchem company talked about disruption, inability to supply their customers because of tolling being disrupted by COVID. You guys manufacture, I believe, most of your own and blend most of your own materials. So I'm guessing that it's not something that impacting you, but conversely was there something that somehow may translate into a commercial opportunity for you to the extent that other suppliers may have been struggling in sourcing product during going into this growing season?

Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

I think...

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

I would say within regards to the United States, certainly, I think there was better expectations in '19 and '20 that occurred, and there was a lot of inventory of products that were brought over from China to try to beat the duties. And so with the market is not strong, I think there has been some lagging inventories there. From raw material wise, we have had some tightness here and there, where we have shipments -- we live close to Long Beach Harbor. I go down there, and last time I went down, I counted over 100 freighters that were stacked up in that harbor. And so we do have raw materials for our PCNB herbs, our fungicide that we've just started manufacturing again, that are sitting on a container there that we're waiting for. But I would say overall, we've been in a better position, as you might -- as you kind of alluded to than others, and a good portion of our raws [Phonetic] do come from United States, and so we're able to service our manufacturing facilities OK, so.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

So, and then some of your -- in certain product lines you compete with alternative sources out of Europe, and the euro has been relatively strong, call it, I don't know, in the last seven months. So -- is that -- has that affected that or just the overall a more favorable environment with stronger commodity prices, is that affected the pricing dynamic at all? Is there any cover there for you to for pricing entitlement, or is it as competitive as ever? Any changes in the competitive dynamic from a pricing standpoint for your core products?

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I've certainly seen chemical companies, not specifically in the ag side, but signaling price increases. And particularly, a company over in Germany that they encompassed really -- it seems like every day, I'm seeing them announcing new price increases, which certainly is favorable. But with oil going up, we do have some methanol linked products going into our soil fumigant. But we're watching it closely. And as I mentioned to Gerry, with -- it's top of mind, and we have continual meetings on it. And just to make sure that the whole team is linked together.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. And then I know you've guys have diversified away from corn judiciously, and you have some growth innovation platforms that are starting to get traction. That's great. But there -- you still have this core franchise of soil-applied insecticides that it could benefit in this environment. And I'm just curious if there is -- you guys brought up there is the trade reg talk about the corn rootworm resistance resurfacing again, because of the absence of rotation. So just wondering if that -- if you're, I don't know, if you'd comment on this early, but you're seeing that in your order patterns if -- or there any times from growers that their -- given the strong pricing backdrop that their intent on using that protection this year as they grow corn in the Corn Belt?

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. I mean there are -- I mean, it seems like kind of each day we see whether it's nematodes or corn rootworm, nutrition, particularly focus toward the corn and soybean market. So there's certainly a lot of awareness out there more than I've seen really since 2013. So we've got nice potential upside certainly in corn and as I also mentioned soybeans. So, Bob, do you want anything to add [Phonetic]?

Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Yeah, Chris, I think we're going to have a good -- assuming weather plays, I think we're going to have a solid and maybe up in -- have plant insecticide control. We see two margins emerging, but this is more of a 2022 factor. One, the soil health market looks like it's going to expand at about a 12% to 15% clip. As the Biden administration incentivizes that, you'll see that grow rapidly. We're well positioned as Eric had said on the call with our SIMPAS systems to take advantage of that in conjunction with the portfolio from Agrinos. We're doing all the testing this year in our product line and other companies' products lines, looks very positive. Then the second effect, which is just announced by Mexico is that they will not allow any GMO corn and they're also planning glyphosate. And of course, they have been traditionally the Number 1 export market for corn out of the United States. That would then result in US growers going back to conventional traditional corn and, of course, that's positive for us in our product lines. But that's at '22.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Right. Does that -- when would that come into effect for Mexico? Sorry, I did miss the [Speech Overlap].

Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Well, that will be 2022, right.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst


Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Right. Because then -- so right now, for example, if you're growing traditional corn for non-GMO, you're getting over $6 a contract, right? So, it's about $0.40, $0.50 higher than GMO corn. So it's attractive. And the cost of actually producing it is about the same. So you're -- its bottom line.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Yeah. That got interesting. So, at this time, I'll let somebody else take the question. I'll circle back, if there's time.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Thank you, Chris.


Thank you. [Operator Instructions] We have a question from Mr. Chris Kapsch, Loop Capital Markets. Please go ahead.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hey, so the follow-up was -- so let's just say, a year from now we're looking back at 2021, so relative to the setup that you guys envision currently what sort of, I don't know, Top 2 or 3 things, positive or negative, you think that could be a positive surprise as the 2020 -- [Indecipherable] for 2021. We're all trying to forget 2020, trust me. 2021 into or some things that could end up being a source of negative surprise?

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, as we, from the top side, I think I mentioned, we're looking at -- I think our impact in Dibrom, normalcy in corn and Folex and Bidrin. Our continued supply line for bromacil looks good now. But there is always the chance that we do get interruptions in starting up our PCNB facility. We've had different transmitters and barrels that haven't worked right. So we're running behind there. But we're only planning on running that at about 60% of capacity anyway. So we'll catch up, but [Technical Issues] some sales right now. But it's not a huge number. So I don't know, I mean, you brought up the concept of inflation, super hyperinflation that certainly could happen. But I think we're more poised for it. The exchange rate certainly could be significant, or could go either way, plus or minus. But I think as far as our assets, our utilization, right now things look pretty good.

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

That's great. Thank you so much.


There are no further questions at this time. I'll turn it back to management for closing remarks. Thank you.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Well, thank you very much. For those of you that didn't get to watch all the pretty pictures and videos that were on the phone, it will be posted on our website, and you can go through and relive the experience. And look forward to updating you, not all out on from now, I mean we're -- maybe a month and a half away, something like that, yeah.

David T. Johnson -- Chief Financial Offer

Two months.

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Two months, yeah. So anyway, we'll be in touch soon. And I will note that we have -- I think some of you probably noticed as well that we've traded well over the last -- this last month in highs that we haven't had in like 2.5 years. So happy to be back on the right track. And with that, thank you very much. Bye.


[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 59 minutes

Call participants:

William A. Kuser -- Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Eric Wintemute -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David T. Johnson -- Chief Financial Offer

Ulrich (Bob) Trogele -- Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of AMVAC Chemical Corporation

Gerry Sweeney -- ROTH Capital -- Analyst

Chris Kapsch -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

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