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Nu Skin Enterprises Reports Record 2013 Annual and Fourth-Quarter Results

Monday, March 03, 2014

Nu Skin Enterprises Reports Record 2013 Annual and Fourth-Quarter Results

07:30 EST Monday, March 03, 2014

PROVO, Utah, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced record fourth-quarter results with revenue of $1.056 billion, an 82 percent improvement over the prior-year period. Revenue was negatively impacted 4 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the quarter were $2.02, a 108 percent year-over-year improvement.

The company reported full-year 2013 revenue of $3.177 billion, a 49 percent year-over-year improvement. Annual revenue was negatively impacted 3 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the year were $5.94, a 69 percent increase over 2012.

Recently, the company reclassified a small portion of selling expenses as a product rebate. This reclassification reduced fourth-quarter and annual revenue by approximately 1.8 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, with a corresponding reduction of selling expenses. This reclassification had no impact on operating income, net income, earnings per share or cash flow, but resulted in slightly lower revenue than the company's previous estimate. The presentation of financial data for previous periods has been similarly reclassified for comparative purposes.

"We are pleased to report solid growth for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013," said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. "We achieved this growth by continuing to increase our consumer base and sales force, while also executing the limited-time offering of our ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping system."

Regional Results

Greater China. In Greater China, fourth-quarter revenue increased 248 percent to $481.6 million, compared to $138.3 million in the prior-year period. Foreign currency fluctuations had a positive impact of 6 percent on the region's revenue. The sales leader count in the region improved 232 percent, while the number of actives increased 127 percent compared to the prior year.

North Asia. Fourth-quarter revenue in North Asia was $286.3 million, compared to $246.9 million for the same period in 2012. The region's results were negatively impacted approximately 8 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. The number of sales leaders in the region was up 14 percent and the number of actives improved 17 percent.

South Asia/Pacific. Revenue in South Asia/Pacific was $99.5 million, a 57 percent increase compared to the prior year. Sales in the quarter were negatively impacted 11 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. The region's fourth-quarter sales leaders improved 60 percent while actives increased 22 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Americas. Revenue in the Americas improved 59 percent to $126.1 million, compared to $79.1 million in the prior-year period. Foreign currency fluctuations negatively impacted sales in the region by 8 percent in the quarter. The number of sales leaders improved 30 percent while the number of actives increased 18 percent compared to the prior year.

Europe. Revenue in Europe was $62.3 million, a 21 percent improvement over the prior-year period. Results in the region were positively impacted 5 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Sales leaders in Europe decreased 1 percent while actives improved 3 percent compared to the prior year.

Operational Performance

The company's operating margin was 17.9 percent for the quarter, compared to 15.4 percent in the prior year. Operating margin for the year was 17.4 percent, up 140 basis points compared to 2012. Gross margin during the quarter was 84.4 percent, up 80 basis points over the prior-year period. Selling expenses, as a percent of revenue, were 48.2 percent in the fourth quarter, representing a 410 basis-point increase. The increase was driven by successful product launches and a higher number of sales leaders qualifying for promotional incentives. General and administrative expenses, as a percent of revenue, were 18.3 percent, improving 580 basis points over the prior year. Other income and expenses reflected a gain of $3.4 million.  

The company's income tax rate for the quarter was 34.8 percent compared to 35.5 percent in the prior-year period. The company's cash and short-term investment position at the end of the quarter was $547.1 million. Dividend payments during the quarter were $17.6 million, and the company repurchased $50.0 million of its outstanding shares, leaving $395 million in the company's repurchase authorization at year end.

Annual Report

In response to recent media reports in China and the ensuing investigation by Chinese regulators, the company's audit committee recently began an internal review of the company's China operations. The company is unable at this time to predict the timing and outcome of the review. Given this review and the possibility that various components of its annual report on Form 10-K could be impacted, the company's board of directors has determined that it cannot file its annual report by the March 3rd due date. The company currently expects that the audit committee will have made sufficient progress in its review to enable the company to file its annual report by the March 18th extended filing deadline.

Outlook

"We remain optimistic about the potential of our business globally," said Hunt. "Our outlook for 2014, however, has been impacted by recent events that will negatively impact revenue this year.

"As previously announced, in China we have temporarily suspended all business promotional meetings as well as applications for new sales representatives. While these voluntary steps will negatively impact revenue and profitability in China in the short term, we believe these measures will enhance the likelihood of our long-term success in this important market.

"We are encouraged by the Chinese government's continuing commitment to develop its economy. We remain fully committed to working cooperatively with the government in China to ensure our operations are in compliance with the regulation of direct selling. We are diligently preparing to resume normal business activities as soon as possible, subject to resolution of the China regulatory review.  In the meantime, we are taking steps to enhance our sales leader training processes following a period of rapid growth.

"In addition, we continue to plan on regional LTOs of either our ageLOC TR90 system or ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra in all of our geographic regions during the year, and expect a positive impact to revenue from these LTOs and subsequent product roll-outs," concluded Hunt.

"For the first quarter of 2014 we now estimate revenue growth of 20 to 24 percent, or $650 to $670 million in revenue," stated Ritch Wood, chief financial officer. "We believe all of our regions are on track to show year-over-year revenue growth in the first quarter. The decrease in projected revenue versus our first-quarter guidance provided last November is primarily a result of the recent measures we have taken in China, slightly lower than anticipated revenue increases in other markets, and an anticipated impact of about $20 million associated with the reclassification of a small percentage of selling expenses. In addition, our first-quarter revenue guidance anticipates a 4 percent negative impact from foreign currency fluctuations. Costs associated with China internal and external business reviews as well as lower than originally budgeted revenue will put pressure on our operating margin. We now project first-quarter earnings per share in the $0.90 to $0.94 range.

"We are early in the process of understanding the impact of recent events in China on our business, so it is difficult to project how reflective anticipated first quarter results will be of results for the remainder of the year. We believe we will be in a better position to provide specific updated annual guidance in conjunction with our first-quarter earnings release," concluded Wood.

The company's management will host a webcast with the investment community on March 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. EST. 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://ir.nuskin.com. An archive of the webcast will be available at this same URL through March 14, 2014.

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 portfolio features the new ageLOC line of products including 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, particularly the "Outlook" section, 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, initiatives, strategies and new product introductions; statements of projections regarding revenue, operating margin, earnings per share, foreign currency impact and other financial items; statements of management's expectations regarding the timing and outcome of its internal review and the ability to file its annual report on Form 10-K by March 18, 2014; 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:

  • risk that regulatory and media scrutiny and investigations in China, and any actions taken by the company or by regulators, could cause unanticipated delays or make it more difficult to forecast 2014 results, and could negatively impact the company's revenue and business in this market, including the interruption of sales activities, loss of licenses, and the imposition of fines, and any other adverse actions or events;
  • risk that the company's internal review of its China operations could take longer than expected and that other events could cause the company to be unable to file the company's annual report on Form 10-K by March 18, 2014;
  • any changes to the company's anticipated financial results for both the year and quarter ended December 31, 2013 set forth in this release, as a result of our independent registered public accounting firm completing its audit of the company's financial statements;
  • 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;
  • risks associated with rapid growth globally, which could strain our ability to effectively manage our operations, and result in, among other things, product delays or shortages, operating mistakes and errors, inadequate customer service, inappropriate claims or promotions by our sales force, and governmental inquires and investigations, all of which could harm our revenue and ability to generate sustained growth and result in unanticipated expenses;
  • 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;
  • risk of foreign currency fluctuations and the currency translation impact on the company's business associated with these fluctuations;
  • unpredictable economic conditions and events globally;
  • 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 distributors 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 Fourth Quarters Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2013

2012

Revenue:

        Greater China

$                481,561

$                138,322

        North Asia

286,288

246,945

        South Asia/Pacific

99,477

63,182

        Americas

126,149

79,104

        Europe

62,311

51,641

Total revenue

1,055,786

579,194

Cost of sales

164,672

95,044

Gross profit

891,114

484,150

Operating expenses:

        Selling expenses

508,846

255,569

        General and administrative expenses

193,673

139,679

Total operating expenses

702,519

395,248

Operating income

188,595

88,902

Other income, net

3,399

2,893

Income before provision for income taxes

191,994

91,795

Provision for income taxes

66,723

32,562

Net income

$                125,271

$                  59,233

Net income per share:

        Basic

$                      2.13

$                      1.01

        Diluted

$                      2.02

$                      0.97

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

        Basic

58,791

58,620

        Diluted

61,881

60,893

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

For the Years Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2013

2012

Revenue:

        Greater China

$            1,363,182

$               550,690

        North Asia

869,400

785,302

        South Asia/Pacific

378,988

328,597

        Americas

370,087

285,283

        Europe

195,061

182,385

Total revenue

3,176,718

2,132,257

Cost of sales

505,806

353,152

Gross profit

2,670,912

1,779,105

Operating expenses:

        Selling expenses

1,476,772

932,812

        General and administrative expenses

640,028

505,449

Total operating expenses

2,116,800

1,438,261

Operating income

554,112

340,844

Other income, net

2,828

4,398

Income before provision for income taxes

556,940

345,242

Provision for income taxes

192,052

123,597

Net income

$               364,888

$               221,645

Net income per share:

        Basic

$                     6.23

$                     3.66

        Diluted

$                     5.94

$                     3.52

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

        Basic

58,606

60,600

        Diluted

61,448

63,025

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

As of December 31, 2013 and 2012

(in thousands)

2013

2012

ASSETS

Current assets:

        Cash and cash equivalents

$                525,153

$                320,025

        Current investments

21,974

13,378

        Accounts receivable

68,652

36,850

        Inventories, net

339,669

135,874

        Prepaid expenses and other

162,886

82,476

1,118,334

588,603

Property and equipment, net

396,042

229,787

Goodwill

112,446

112,446

Other intangible assets, net

83,168

92,518

Other assets

111,072

101,453

                Total assets

$             1,821,062

$             1,124,807

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

        Accounts payable

$                  82,684

$                  47,882

        Accrued expenses

626,284

233,202

        Current portion of long-term debt

67,824

39,019

776,792

320,103

Long-term debt

113,852

154,963

Other liabilities

71,799

59,129

        Total liabilities

962,443

534,195

Stockholders' equity:

        Class A common stock

91

91

        Additional paid-in capital

397,383

317,293

       Treasury stock, at cost

(826,904)

(714,853)

        Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(46,228)

(51,822)

        Retained earnings

1,334,277

1,039,903

858,619

590,612

                Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$             1,821,062

$             1,124,807

NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.

Actives/Sales Leaders Statistics

As of December 31, 2013

As of December 31, 2012

% Increase (Decrease)

Actives

Sales Leaders

Actives

Sales Leaders

Actives

Sales Leaders

Greater China

490,000

61,546

216,000

18,527

126.9%

232.2%

North Asia

409,000

19,816

349,000

17,395

17.2%

13.9%

South Asia/Pacific

120,000

7,992

98,000

4,988

22.4%

60.2%

Americas

193,000

8,274

164,000

6,352

17.7%

30.3%

EMEA

123,000

4,489

119,000

4,528

3.4%

(0.9%)

Total

1,335,000

102,117

946,000

51,790

41.1%

97.2%

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

"Sales Leaders" include our independent distributors who have completed and who maintain specified sales requirements, and our sales employees and contractual sales promoters in China, who have completed certain qualification requirements.

SOURCE Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

For further information: Investors, Scott Pond, +1-801-345-2657, spond@nuskin.com, or Media, Kara Schneck, +1-801-345-2116, kschneck@nuskin.com

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