Is Herbalife Taking Itself Private?

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 8:01 PM ET
An Herbal Remedy?
Herbalife reporting a big upside surprise, with Michael Johnson, the chairman and CEO of Herbalife and Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

Since the Dow quickly plunged nearly 1,000 points last Thursday, Cramer has been identifying bargain stocks that should be much higher, but remain low because of last week’s panicked selling. Herbalife is one to consider, he said during Wednesday’s Mad Money.

Based in the Cayman Islands, Herbalife sells nutritional supplements and weight management products through multi-level marketing or direct sales, like Avon and Tupperware. Last Monday, it beat the Street’s earnings estimates by 17 cents, delivering 98 cents a share on a 19% jump in revenues. Herbalife raised guidance for the full year as well and added $700 million to the company’s buyback. With that increase, this $2.8 billion company has authorized the repurchase of $1 billion of its own stock through 2014.

“It’s practically taking itself private, and this isn’t even reflected in the darned share price!” Cramer exclaimed.

Chairman and CEO Michael Johnson appeared on Mad Money today to talk about growth and returning cash to shareholders. Watch the video for the full interview.

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