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Nu Skin Enterprises Reports First-Quarter 2015 Results
Company Receives New Direct Selling Licenses in China

PROVO, Utah, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced first-quarter results with revenue of $543.3 million, within the company's guided range, compared to $671.1 million in the prior-year period. Revenue in the quarter was negatively impacted 7 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.60, or $0.72 when excluding a $0.12 per-share charge related to a new currency exchange mechanism adopted by Venezuela in the first quarter. Earnings per share in the prior-year period were $0.90, which included a $0.15 per-share charge related to Venezuela currency.

"Our business continues to make good progress as we prepare to introduce a number of new products in the second half of the year," said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. "We are encouraged by growing enthusiasm among our sales force in advance of launching our new ageLOC skin care and nutritional products. While currency headwinds proved to be slightly more challenging than expected, we continue to believe we are well positioned for growth in the back half of the year."

"We are also pleased to have been approved to commence direct selling activities in two new cities in Guangdong province," continued Hunt. "We believe in the potential of China's large and growing market and look forward to expanding our footprint in the country."

Regional Results

The company's regional revenue results are presented in the following table.



2015


2014


%

Change


Constant Currency

% Change










Greater China


$        187,367


$        278,929


(33%)


(31%)

North Asia


172,066


195,461


(12%)


(5%)

Americas


79,872


79,909



19%

South Asia/Pacific


70,817


71,194


(1%)


6%

EMEA


33,210


45,568


(27%)


(10%)










Total


$         543,332


$         671,061


(19%)


(12%)

The company's regional Actives and Sales Leaders statistics are presented in the following table.



Actives/Sales Leaders Statistics









As of March 31, 2015


As of March 31, 2014


% Increase (Decrease)



Actives


Sales Leaders


Actives


Sales Leaders


Actives


Sales Leaders














Greater China


235,000


22,533


305,000


31,118


(23.0%)


(27.6%)

North Asia


386,000


16,984


400,000


17,794


(3.5%)


(4.6%)

Americas


177,000


7,164


180,000


7,339


(1.7%)


(2.4%)

South Asia/Pacific


120,000


7,060


115,000


6,787


4.3%


4.0%

EMEA


110,000


3,811


122,000


4,326


(9.8%)


(11.9%)














Total


1,028,000


57,552


1,122,000


67,364


(8.4%)


(14.6%)




















 "Actives" are persons who purchased products directly from the company during the previous three months.


 "Sales Leaders" are independent distributors, and sales employees and independent marketers in China, who achieve certain qualification requirements.

 

Operational Performance

The company's operating margin for the quarter was 12.6 percent, compared to 15.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Gross margin during the quarter was 80.7 percent, versus 84.1 percent in the prior-year period. Selling expenses were 43.1 percent of sales in the first quarter, compared to 46.7 percent in the prior-year period. General and administrative expenses were 25.0 percent of sales compared to 22.4 percent in the prior-year period. Other income/expense reflected an expense of $12.3 million compared to $17.5 million in the prior year. Both years included charges related to the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar. The company's effective income tax rate for the quarter was 35.7 percent, compared to 34.5 percent in the prior year. Cash and current investments at the end of the quarter were $316.3 million and debt was $265.1 million. Dividend payments during the quarter were $20.7 million. Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $74.2 million, and the company repurchased $26.3 million of its outstanding shares.

Outlook

"We look forward to launching new ageLOC products in the second half of the year, and continue to believe we are on course for constant-currency revenue growth in 2015," said Hunt. "Enthusiasm is building for our upcoming product launches that include ageLOC Youth, our most advanced anti-aging supplement, as well as ageLOC Me, an innovative anti-aging skin care system that enables consumers to personalize a daily regimen based on individual preferences and skin care needs.

"In April, we introduced a line of essential oils under our Epoch trademark in the United States and Canada through a limited offering, and look forward to selling the oils in the region on a full-time basis in July. We are also introducing ageLOC Essentials, a line of cosmetic oils in Mainland China to be used in conjunction with our top-selling ageLOC Galvanic Spa. We believe our commitment to scientific rigor will position us well to compete in this growing product category," concluded Hunt.

"While foreign currency continues to negatively impact our results, our first-quarter revenue was in line with our forecast and we expect the fundamentals of the business to improve going forward," said Ritch Wood, chief financial officer. "Looking forward, we anticipate second-quarter revenue of $540 to $560 million with earnings per share of $0.72 to $0.75. For the year, we anticipate revenue of $2.45 to $2.50 billion, reflecting a negative impact from foreign currency of approximately 7 percent, with earnings per share of approximately $3.65 to $3.75."

The Nu Skin management team will host a conference call with the investment community on May 6, 2015, at 5 p.m. (EDT). Those wishing to access the webcast, as well as the financial information presented during the call, can visit the Investor Relations page on the company's website at ir.nuskin.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same URL through May 22, 2015.

About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company's scientific leadership in both skin care and nutrition has established Nu Skin as a premier anti-aging company. The company's anti-aging products feature the new ageLOC® line of products including ageLOC® Tru Face® Essence Ultra firming serum, the ageLOC® TR90® weight management and body shaping system, ageLOC® R2 nutritional supplement, and ageLOC® Transformation daily skin care system. A global direct selling company, Nu Skin operates in 53 markets worldwide and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS." More information is available at http://www.nuskin.com.

Please Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that represent the company's current expectations and beliefs. All statements other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of federal and state securities laws and include, but are not limited to, statements of management's expectations regarding the company's performance, growth and new product introductions; projections regarding revenue, earnings per share, foreign currency fluctuations and other financial items; statements of belief; and statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "project," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," "could," "may," "might," the negative of these words and other similar words.

The forward-looking statements and related assumptions involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any forward-looking statements or views expressed herein. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • any failure of current or planned initiatives or products to generate interest among our sales force and customers and generate sponsoring and selling activities on a sustained basis;
  • risk of foreign currency fluctuations and the currency translation impact on the company's business associated with these fluctuations;
  • risk that direct selling laws and regulations in any of our markets, including the United States and China, may be modified, interpreted or enforced in a manner that results in negative changes to our business model or negatively impacts our revenue, sales force or business, including through the interruption of sales activities, loss of licenses, imposition of fines, or any other adverse actions or events;
  • risks related to accurately predicting, delivering or maintaining sufficient quantities of products to support our planned initiatives or launch strategies, and increased risk of inventory write-offs if we over-forecast demand for a product or change our planned initiatives or launch strategies;
  • regulatory risks associated with the company's products, which could require the company to modify its claims or inhibit the company's ability to import or continue selling a product in a market if it is determined to be a medical device or if it is unable to register the product in a timely manner under applicable regulatory requirements;
  • adverse publicity related to the company's business, products, industry or any legal actions or complaints by the company's sales force or others;
  • any prospective or retrospective increases in duties on the company's products imported into the company's markets outside of the United States and any adverse results of tax audits or unfavorable changes to tax laws in the company's various markets; and
  • continued competitive pressures in the company's markets.

The company's financial performance and the forward-looking statements contained herein are further qualified by a detailed discussion of associated risks set forth in the documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements set forth the company's beliefs as of the date that such information was first provided and the company assumes no duty to update the forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect any change except as required by law.

 

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

For the First Quarters Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014

(in thousands, except per share amounts)






2015


2014

Revenue

$               543,332


$               671,061





Cost of sales

105,055


106,644





Gross profit

438,277


564,417





Operating expenses:




        Selling expenses

234,005


313,101

        General and administrative expenses

135,626


150,119

Total operating expenses

369,631


463,220





Operating income

68,646


101,197





Other income (expense), net

(12,268)


(17,508)

Income before provision for income taxes

56,378


83,689

Provision for income taxes

20,096


28,835





Net income

$                 36,282


$                 54,854





Net income per share:




        Basic

$                     0.62


$                     0.93

        Diluted

$                     0.60


$                     0.90





Weighted average common shares outstanding:




        Basic

58,991


58,869

        Diluted

60,261


61,227




NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands)






March 31, 2015


December 31, 2014

ASSETS




Current assets:




        Cash and cash equivalents

$                304,712


$                288,415

        Current investments

11,632


11,793

        Accounts receivable

34,919


35,834

        Inventories, net

312,788


338,491

        Prepaid expenses and other

159,098


160,134


823,149


834,667





Property and equipment, net

473,177


464,783

Goodwill

112,446


112,446

Other intangible assets, net

72,998


75,062

Other assets

130,847


127,476

                Total assets

$             1,612,617


$             1,614,434





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




        Accounts payable

$                  33,564


$                  34,712

        Accrued expenses

292,299


300,847

        Current portion of long-term debt

83,899


82,770


409,762


418,329





Long-term debt

181,197


164,567

Other liabilities

97,809


89,100

                Total liabilities

688,768


671,996





Stockholders' equity:




        Class A common stock

91


91

        Additional paid-in capital

412,892


414,394

       Treasury stock, at cost

(884,828)


(862,608)

        Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(61,976)


(51,521)

        Retained earnings

1,457,670


1,442,082


923,849


942,438

                Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$             1,612,617


$             1,614,434

 

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SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

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