SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 1, 2017.
For the second quarter of 2017, net sales were $257.1 million compared with $258.5 million in the prior-year period. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased by 2.3% for the second quarter of 2017. A stronger U.S. dollar negatively impacted net sales by $7.4 million for the quarter with $5.7 million of this amount attributable to mainland China. The total number of active Customers increased by 1.8% year-over-year.
Net earnings for the second quarter were $23.3 million compared with $25.8 million during the prior-year period, a decrease of 9.7 percent. Higher SG&A and Associate Incentives expense negatively impacted net earnings during the quarter. These were partially offset by improved gross margins, which benefitted from changes in currency and annual price adjustments, as well as a lower effective tax rate.
Earnings per diluted share for the second quarter were $0.93 compared with $1.03 in the prior year period, a decrease of 9.7 percent. The expense related to the Company’s internal investigation into its China operations, which was disclosed in February 2017, negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.05. Additionally, changes in currency negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.03. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 25.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 24.9 million in the prior-year period. The Company did not repurchase any shares during the quarter and finished the quarter with $229.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt.
“Our second quarter revenue was essentially flat with the year-ago period, which represented the highest quarterly sales in the Company’s history,” said Kevin Guest, Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to the tough comparable, sales were softer than expected this quarter in several of our regions due to slower momentum and customer growth in the business. Supplier challenges with our MySmart foods line also negatively impacted our top-line results for the quarter. To counter these issues, we offered a successful short term promotion in China during the quarter and plan to offer additional promotions in several of our markets during the second half of the year. These promotions are designed to generate additional momentum and help grow the base of consumers using USANA’s best-in-class products.”
Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased by 2.6% to $199.3 million (up 5.9% on a constant currency basis), despite a negative $6.4 million impact from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Within Asia Pacific, net sales:
- Increased 3.7% in Greater China (up 7.6% on a constant currency basis);
- Decreased 4.8% in the Southeast Asia Pacific region (down 1.7% on a constant currency basis) largely due to softer sales in the Philippines; and
- Increased 23.9% in North Asia (up 20.8% on a constant currency basis).
Sales growth in Greater China was primarily driven by 9.3% active Customer growth in Mainland China, while sales growth in North Asia resulted from 20.8% active Customer growth in South Korea. The total number of active Customers in the Asia Pacific region increased by 5.8% year-over-year.
Net sales in the Americas and Europe region decreased by 10.2% to $57.7 million, largely due to an 8.2% decrease in active Customers. A stronger U.S. dollar negatively impacted top-line results in this region by approximately $1.0 million.
“The Americas and Europe region continues to present a challenge for USANA, notwithstanding our team’s continued efforts to generate growth,” continued Mr. Guest. “Our strategies for this region in the short-term include market-specific promotions during the back half of the year, as well as other initiatives to generate momentum that will be announced in August at our 25th Anniversary International Convention in Salt Lake City. Additional longer-term growth strategies will become available to us in 2018 as we further enhance our worldwide IT systems. Our team remains confident that we can generate growth in the Americas and Europe.”
Preferred Customer Invitation Plan
During the quarter, the Company continued to evaluate offering its Preferred Customer Invitation Plan in additional markets around the world. Under this plan, the Company invites active Associates, who meet certain criteria, to become Preferred Customers.
The Company is updating its consolidated net sales and earnings per share outlook for 2017 as follows:
- Consolidated net sales between $1.015 billion and $1.030 billion (previously $1.04 billion and $1.07 billion); and
- Earnings per share between $3.50 and $3.70 (previously $3.80 and $4.10).
The Company’s outlook reflects:
- A continued negative impact from currency fluctuations, which the Company currently estimates will reduce net sales by approximately $22 million for the full-year;
- An operating margin of approximately 13%, which includes continued investments in the business;
- An effective tax rate of 33.7%, which excludes any prospective impact from excess tax benefits; and
- A diluted share count of approximately 25 million.
Chief Financial Officer Doug Hekking commented, “We are updating our annual guidance to reflect our second quarter results, the current momentum in the business and our plans for the back half of the year. We continue to be confident in the Company’s long-term growth trajectory.”
Increased Share Repurchase Authorization
The Board of Directors has authorized up to $100 million in funding for share repurchases by the Company of its outstanding common stock. This authorization is inclusive of the $35.4 million that was remaining under the prior authorization as of the end of the second quarter. Repurchases may be made from time to time, in the open market, through block trades or otherwise. The number of shares to be purchased and the timing of purchases will be based on market conditions, the level of cash balances, general business opportunities, and other factors. Additional share repurchases would represent upside to the revised EPS outlook the Company issued today.
Internal Investigation of China Operations
As the Company first disclosed in February 2017, it is voluntarily conducting an internal investigation of its China operations, BabyCare Ltd. The investigation focuses on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and certain conduct and policies at BabyCare, including BabyCare’s expense reimbursement policies. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has assumed direct responsibility for reviewing these matters and has hired experienced counsel to conduct the investigation. While the Company does not believe that the subject amounts are quantitatively material or will materially affect its financial statements, it cannot currently predict the outcome of the investigation on its business, results of operations or financial condition. The Company has voluntarily contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice to advise both agencies that an internal investigation is underway and intends to provide additional information to both agencies as the investigation progresses. The Company cannot currently predict the duration, scope, or result of the investigation.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Constant currency net sales, earnings, EPS and other currency-related financial information (collectively, “Financial Results”) are non-GAAP financial measures that remove the impact of fluctuations in foreign-currency exchange rates and help facilitate period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s Financial Results and thus provide investors an additional perspective on trends and underlying business results. Constant currency Financial Results are calculated by translating the current period's Financial Results at the same average exchange rates in effect during the applicable prior-year period and then comparing this amount to the prior-year period's Financial Results.
Additionally, EPS results for a reporting period which exclude incremental expense related to the Company’s internal investigation in China are non-GAAP financial measures that are intended to help facilitate period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s Financial Results. Such EPS results are calculated by (i) calculating the total incremental expense related to the internal investigation after taxes; and (ii) dividing the expense by the total number of diluted shares outstanding for the applicable reporting period.
The Company has posted the “Management Commentary, Results and Outlook” document on the Company’s website (http://ir.usana.com) under the “Investor Relations” section of the site. USANA will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss today’s announcement with investors on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors may listen to the call by accessing USANA’s website at http://ir.usana.com. The call will consist of brief opening remarks by the Company’s management team, before moving directly into questions and answers.
USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy foods and personal care products that are sold directly to Associates and Preferred Customers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Belgium, Colombia and Indonesia. More information on USANA can be found at www.usana.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. Our actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including global economic conditions generally, reliance upon our network of independent Associates, the governmental regulation of our products, manufacturing and marketing risks, adverse publicity risks, risks associated with our international expansion and operations, and risks associated with the internal investigation into BabyCare’s operations. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
1 The term “active Customers” refers to the combined total of active Associates and active Preferred Customers as of April 1, 2017. During the first quarter, we initiated our Preferred Customer Invitation Plan in the United States and, pursuant to this invitation, 16,000 active Associates in the United States became Preferred Customers. During the second quarter, we continued to evaluate offering the invitation to Associates in our other markets around the world. To avoid confusion in reporting changes in the number of active Associates and Preferred Customers as a result of this invitation plan, we are reporting total active Customers. The tables, which are part of this release, however, will continue to separately disclose the number of active Associates and active Preferred Customers.
|USANA Health Sciences, Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Earnings|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Quarter Ended||Six Months Ended|
|Cost of sales||45,970||43,902||88,890||86,556|
|Selling, general and administrative||59,764||62,389||116,395||126,390|
|Earnings from operations||37,449||32,368||70,953||65,255|
|Other income (expense)||219||460||(277||)||942|
|Earnings before income taxes||37,668||32,828||70,676||66,197|
|Earnings per share - diluted||$||1.03||$||0.93||$||1.92||$||1.78|
|Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted||24,917||25,018||25,050||24,997|
|USANA Health Sciences, Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|As of||As of|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||175,774||$||229,365|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||37,277||32,109|
|Total current assets||277,861||330,162|
|Property and equipment, net||101,267||102,534|
|Intangible assets, net||34,349||34,449|
|Deferred income taxes||18,292||18,081|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Other current liabilities||129,451||127,930|
|Total current liabilities||138,491||135,374|
|Deferred income taxes||5,499||4,965|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,365||1,299|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||470,642||$||524,780|
USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
Sales by Region
Change from prior
|Southeast Asia Pacific||51,123||19.8||%||48,665||18.9||%||(2,458||)||(4.8||%)||(1,602||)||(1.7||%)|
|Asia Pacific Total||194,224||75.1||%||199,315||77.5||%||5,091||2.6||%||(6,440||)||5.9||%|
|Americas and Europe||64,290||24.9||%||57,748||22.5||%||(6,542||)||(10.2||%)||(981||)||(8.6||%)|
|Active Associates by Region(1)|
|Southeast Asia Pacific||88,000||19.1||%||83,000||17.9||%|
|Asia Pacific Total||370,000||80.4||%||392,000||84.5||%|
|Americas and Europe||90,000||19.6||%||72,000||15.5||%|
(1) Associates are independent distributors of our products who also purchase our products for their personal use. We only count as active those Associates who have purchased from us any time during the most recent three-month period, either for personal use or resale.
|Active Preferred Customers by Region (2)|
|Southeast Asia Pacific||14,000||14.4||%||15,000||14.5||%|
|Asia Pacific Total||29,000||29.9||%||30,000||29.1||%|
|Americas and Europe||68,000||70.1||%||73,000||70.9||%|
|(2) Preferred Customers purchase our products strictly for their personal use and are not permitted to resell or to distribute the products. We only count as active those Preferred Customers who have purchased from us any time during the most recent three-month period.|