PROVO, Utah, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today reported first-quarter revenue of $298.1 million, a 9 percent improvement over the prior-year period. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.21, representing a 31 percent increase compared to the same quarter of 2007. Revenue for the quarter was positively impacted 6 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Quarterly earnings per share were also negatively impacted approximately $0.05 from the translation of yen denominated debt to U.S. dollars as a result of the yen strengthening from 111.5 at the beginning of the first quarter to 99.7 at the end of the quarter. This expense is reported on the Other Income/Expense line of the company's income statement.
"We have high expectations for the year and our first-quarter results serve as an important milestone in achieving our 2008 targets for revenue growth, operating income and earnings per share," said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. "I am particularly pleased with our efforts to improve profitability, which resulted in a 9.2 percent operating margin compared to 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2007, putting us on track to reach our 10.5 percent operating margin goal for the year.
"It's also encouraging to see good results in both our nutrition and personal care brands with particularly strong demand for our Galvanic Spa System II and Tru Face Essence skin treatment products. We continued to see strong results in South Korea, the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, which offset a decline in Japan. The positive first quarter was also highlighted by a successful distributor convention in South Korea. We look forward to similar conventions in Japan a As of As of
March 31, 2008 March 31, 2007 % Increase (Decrease)
Active* Executive Active* Executive Active* Executive
North Asia 324,000 14,938 322,000 15,299 0.6 % (2.4%)
Greater China 137,000 6,140 154,000 6,432 (11.0%) (4.5%)
Americas 162,000 4,627 149,000 4,317 8.7 % 7.2 %
Asia/Pacific 62,000 2,138 69,000 2,112 (10.1%) 1.2 %
Europe 62,000 2,244 53,000 1,820 17.0 % 23.3 %
Total 747,000 30,087 747,000 29,980 - 0.4 %
* Active distributors include preferred customers and distributors
purchasing products directly from the company during the quarter.nd the Greater China region during the second quarter," said Hunt.
North Asia. First-quarter revenue in North Asia was $149.4 million, compared to $140.3 million for the same period in 2007, representing 6 percent growth. Regional results were positively impacted approximately 9 percent due to foreign currency fluctuations. Local-currency revenue in Japan was down 10 percent year-over-year, while South Korea's continued momentum drove a local currency revenue gain of 24 percent. The number of executive distributors in the region was down 2 percent while the number of active distributors was slightly higher than the prior year.
Greater China. Revenue in Greater China was $49.9 million for the first quarter compared to $49.0 million in the prior-year period and was positively impacted approximately 5 percent from foreign currency fluctuations. Hong Kong generated local currency revenue growth of 11 percent while Taiwan was down 2 percent and Mainland China was down 12 percent. The executive distributor count in the region was down 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007, while the number of active distributors decreased 11 percent.
Americas. Revenue in the Americas was $50.4 million, a 19 percent increase over the prior-year period. In the United States, revenue improved 18 percent while Canada and Latin America both increased approximately 22 percent. Executive and active distributor counts in the region improved 7 percent and 9 percent, respectively, over prior-year results.
South Asia/Pacific. Revenue in South Asia/Pacific was $25.5 million compared to $23.6 million in the prior year. This improvement was driven by a 9 percent positive impact from foreign currency fluctuations and steady results in most markets. The region's first-quarter executive count improved 1 percent while active distributors decreased 10 percent, compared to the same period in 2007.
Europe. Revenue from Europe was $22.8 million, a 23 percent improvement over the prior-year period. The region's results benefited from strong growth in Eastern Europe and were positively impacted approximately 12 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Executive and active distributor counts in the region increased 23 percent and 18 percent, respectively, compared to the prior-year period.
The company's gross margin was 81.8 percent, a 30 basis point improvement over the prior-year period, due in part to lower air freight expenses and stronger foreign currencies. Selling expenses, as a percent of revenue, were 42.9 percent in the first quarter, or 30 basis points higher than the prior-year period, but even sequentially. General and administrative expenses were $88.6 million, or 29.7 percent of sales, compared to $89.0 million, or 32.5 percent of sales in the prior-year period. Foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted general and administrative expenses by approximately $3.8 million during the quarter.
The company's income tax rate for the quarter was 37.5 percent. In addition, the company's cash and short-term investment position at the end of the quarter was $99.5 million while dividend payments during the quarter were $7.0 million.
"We are very pleased with our first-quarter results and are confident we can achieve our 2008 business objectives," stated Hunt. "We believe we are on course to deliver on the targets we outlined in our investor meeting last fall, including improving shareholder value by significantly increasing our earnings per share.
"While we are pleased with growth in nearly all of our markets, we remain focused on Japan, which experienced a greater-than-expected decline. During the first quarter, increased regulatory scrutiny and negative media attention focused on the direct selling industry created environmental challenges. We have solid business initiatives to execute in the second quarter, including the launch of LifePak nano and Tru Face Essence Ultra, both enhanced formulations of two of our top-selling products globally. Strong growth in our other major markets, including South Korea, the United States and Europe, is more than offsetting the decline in Japan," continued Hunt.
"In addition to our May distributor convention in Japan, we will also be holding a convention in the Greater China region during the second quarter. We believe our recent business initiatives in Mainland China have strengthened our position in this key market.
"Looking at the overall state of our business, our strong product and business initiatives are helping drive growth while our restructuring efforts are leading to more streamlined operations and cost savings. In addition, many socio-economic trends are working in our favor. A softening U.S. economy is encouraging more people to look at our business opportunity as a supplemental income source, while our international presence is allowing us to benefit from favorable currency fluctuations. In short, we are encouraged by the direction of our business and remain confident that 2008 will be a tremendous year for Nu Skin Enterprises," concluded Hunt.
"Currencies have generally shifted in our favor," said Ritch Wood, chief financial officer. "Based on our first-quarter results and a forecasted yen rate of 107 to the dollar for the rest of 2008, we are increasing our revenue guidance to $1.21 to $1.22 billion with earnings per share of $1.17 to $1.22. We anticipate second-quarter revenue of $303 to $308 million, assuming a yen exchange rate of 107, and earnings per share in the $0.26 to $0.28 range," said Wood.
The company's management will host a webcast with the investment community on May 1, 2008 at 11 a.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 Nu Skin Enterprises' website, http://www.nuskinenterprises.com. An archive of the webcast will be available at this same URL through May 16, 2008.
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is a global direct selling company operating in 47 markets throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe. The company markets premium-quality personal care products under the Nu Skin(R) brand, science-based nutritional supplements under the Pharmanex(R) brand, and technology-based products and services under the Big Planet(R) brand. Nu Skin Enterprises is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NUS."
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Please note: This press release, particularly the "Outlook" section,
contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that represent the company's current
expectations and beliefs, including, among other things: (i) management's
belief that it is on track to reach the company's 10.5 percent operating
margin goal for the year as well as its other targets including a
significant increase in earnings per share; (ii) management's expectations
for distributor conventions, product introductions, and strategic
initiatives; (iii) management's confidence that 2008 will be a tremendous
year and that the company will meet its previously outlined targets; and
(iv) management's revenue and earnings projections for 2008 and the second
quarter of 2008 set forth in the "Outlook" section. 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: (a) risks that could
adversely impact the company's operations or financial results in its
markets, including its largest market, Japan, such as negative market
conditions, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, material decreases
in executive-level and active distributors, or the company's failure to
execute effective initiatives in these markets; (b) uncertainty regarding
the impact on our business of the increased regulatory scrutiny of the
direct selling industry in Japan and our efforts to increase distributor
compliance efforts in this market; (c) an increase in complaints to
consumer protection agencies in Japan regarding the activities of some
distributors and the associated risks to our business if such increase
results in further regulatory scrutiny; (d) regulatory risks associated
with the company's tools and products, which could inhibit our ability to
market a tool or product in a market if it is determined to be a medical
device in any market or if our distributors make unauthorized claims that
would cause such products to be classified as drugs; (e) continued
regulatory scrutiny and investigations in Mainland China, which have from
time to time in the past, and could in the future, negatively impact the
company's business, including the interruption of sales activities in
stores and the imposition of fines; (f) risks that the direct selling
regulations in China are interpreted or enforced by governmental
authorities in a manner that negatively impacts the company's current or
planned business model there, including continued delays and uncertainty in
the provincial direct selling licensing process, and risk that the
implementation of a direct selling model will not result in the anticipated
growth of the company's business in China given the restrictive nature of
the direct selling laws; (g) any failure of current or planned initiatives
or products to generate interest among distributors and customers and
generate sponsoring and selling activities on a sustained basis; (h) any
inability of the company to obtain necessary product registrations for its
nutritional and personal care products in a timely manner, increased
regulatory scrutiny of nutritional products by regulators or changes in
regulatory requirements that impact our products; (i) any failure of the
implementation of recent business transformation initiatives to reduce
overhead and drive growth; (j) adverse publicity related to the company's
business, products, industry or any legal actions or complaints by
distributors or others similar to claims made against some of the company's
competitors; (k) adverse results of tax audits and challenges by foreign
tax authorities with respect to the amount of income tax, customs, duties
and other amounts owed by the company; and (l) 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, including the
company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 29, 2008. The
forward-looking statements set forth the company's beliefs as of the date
of this release, 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, 2008 and 2007
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
North Asia $149,434 $140,259
Greater China 49,904 48,953
Americas 50,416 42,319
South Asia/Pacific 25,502 23,586
Europe 22,833 18,523
Total revenue 298,089 273,640
Cost of sales 54,197 50,679
Gross profit 243,892 222,961
Selling expenses 127,913 116,438
General and administrative expenses 88,555 88,972
Total operating expenses 216,468 205,410
Operating income 27,424 17,551
Other income (expense), net (5,829) (794)
Income before provision for income taxes 21,595 16,757
Provision for income taxes (8,106) (6,257)
Net income $13,489 $10,500
Net income per share:
Basic $.21 $.16
Diluted $.21 $.16
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 63,457 65,939
Diluted 64,166 66,811
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
March 31, December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $97,537 $87,327
Current investments 1,910 5,225
Accounts receivable 23,938 23,424
Inventories, net 100,836 100,792
Prepaid expenses and other 48,020 49,576
Property and equipment, net 87,822 88,529
Goodwill 112,446 112,446
Other intangible assets, net 85,933 86,163
Other assets 138,773 129,761
Total assets $697,215 $683,243
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable $22,552 $24,108
Accrued expenses 104,933 115,620
Current portion of long-term debt 33,381 31,441
Long-term debt 179,163 169,229
Other liabilities 72,806 67,836
Total liabilities 412,835 408,234
Class A common stock 91 91
Additional paid-in capital 211,586 209,821
Treasury stock, at cost (412,791) (413,976)
Retained earnings 553,345 546,832
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (67,851) (67,759)
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $697,215 $683,243
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Distributor/Preferred Customer Growth by Market
|SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.|
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