Nature's Sunshine Products Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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  • Third quarter net sales revenue growth of 1.3 percent (2.4 percent in local currency)
  • Significant investment spending, resulting in lower operating income margin
  • Board of Directors approved a $0.10 per share regular quarterly dividend
  • Repurchased 107,722 shares of common stock

LEHI, Utah, Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company engaged in the manufacture and direct selling of nutritional and personal care products, today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share.

"We're pleased with our third quarter results which reflect continued progress across both our NSP and Synergy businesses," commented Gregory L. Probert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to Synergy's record sales quarter and NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe's fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth, we experienced double digit growth in Mexico.

"These improvements are the early result of our incremental investments in sales and marketing personnel, R&D and new product development, distributor training, sales incentive programs and information technology. These investments amounted to $1.3 million of additional SG&A expense in the third quarter, the majority of which is recurring and will negatively impact our near-term operating income margin. However, these essential investments position us to drive sales growth in all of our markets and to restore our operating income margin to double digits in 2015.

"In addition, we are in the early stages of a $40 million Oracle ERP implementation that will provide us with a single integrated software solution and greatly enhance our ability to better integrate our people, process and business systems in all of our markets around the world. This investment will allow us to streamline many of our processes, provide better data and visibility into our business, facilitate delivering products to market faster and more efficiently, as well as to better serve our Managers, Distributors and customers. We anticipate completion of this project by mid-2016."

Mr. Probert continued, "The $0.10 quarterly cash dividend and our ongoing share repurchase program demonstrate our confidence in the Company's growth prospects and strong cash flow generation, and our commitment to return excess capital to shareholders."

For the Third Quarter of 2013:

  • Net sales revenue increased 1.3 percent to $92.5 million, compared to $91.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. In local currencies, net sales revenue increased by 2.4 percent.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 7.4 percent to $28.2 million, compared with $26.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily due to the Company's incremental investment in sales, marketing, science and product development personnel and programs to stimulate sales growth and drive profitability.
  • Operating income decreased 22.9 percent to $6.7 million, compared to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a $1.9 million increase in selling, general and administrative expenses attributable to investments in growth initiatives.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, defined here as net income before taxes, depreciation, amortization and other income, adjusted to exclude share-based compensation expense, decreased 18.4 percent to $8.5 million, compared to $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Net income was $4.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted common share, compared to $6.4 million, or $0.40 per diluted common share in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2013 were $76.6 million, compared to $79.2 million as of December 31, 2012, which reflects $24.0 million paid in a special one-time dividend, $4.8 million paid in regular quarterly dividends, and $1.9 million used to repurchase shares in the first nine months of the year.
  • Shareholders' equity as of September 30, 2013 was $104.8 million, compared to $115.6 million as of December 31, 2012. Including dividends paid in the first nine months of the year, shareholders' equity increased by 15.6 percent.
  • Active Managers worldwide were 16,900 and active Distributors and customers worldwide were 324,900 as of September 30, 2013 compared to 16,900 and 325,900, respectively in the third quarter of 2012. New manager were flat with the prior year, as were new Distributor and customer recruiting.

NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe Results for the Third Quarter of 2013:

  • Net sales revenue decreased 2.4 percent to $50.6 million, compared to $51.8 million in the third quarter of 2012. In local currencies, net sales revenue decreased by 0.7 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012. Higher net sales in Mexico and South America were more than offset by lower net sales in the United States and Japan. In Mexico, net sales increased year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter, up 11.1 percent from the third quarter of 2012. In the United States, net sales declined 2.2 percent year-over-year.
  • Contribution margin, defined as net sales revenue less cost of sales and volume incentive expense, was $20.0 million, compared to $20.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of lower net sales revenue.
  • Active Managers within the segment totaled approximately 8,500 and active Distributors and customers within the segment were approximately 153,200 as of September 30, 2013, and compared to 8,800 and 159,600, respectively, as of September 30, 2012. New Managers were down 10.0 percent as compared to the prior year and new Distributor and Customer recruits were down 8.3 percent.

NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe Results for the Third Quarter of 2013:

  • Net sales revenue increased 10.5 percent to $14.6 million, compared to $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. Net sales revenue increased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive quarter as a result of improved recruiting, Distributor leadership engagement, Distributor recognition, promotion and training, and the enhanced focus afforded by the corporate organizational realignment during 2012. In addition, we launched a new weight management program at our annual regional convention in September.
  • Contribution margin increased 7.3 percent to $5.4 million, compared to $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of higher net sales revenue.
  • Active Managers within the segment were approximately 5,200 and active Distributors and customers within the segment were approximately 119,400 as of September 30, 2013, and compared to 5,000 and 112,900, respectively as of September 30, 2012. New Managers were flat with prior year and new Distributor and Customer recruiting was up 22.2 percent.

Synergy WorldWide Results for the Third Quarter of 2013:

  • Net sales revenue increased 4.0 percent to $27.3 million, compared to $26.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. This marks the highest quarterly sales in the segment's history. In local currencies, net sales revenue increased by 4.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012 driven by increased sales in South Korea, Scandinavia and Central Europe, partially offset by declines in North America. The increase in net sales revenue is primarily a result of re-engaged leadership, strong execution, and momentum stemming from the Company's global summit and pre-launch of the SLMsmart weight management line in South Korea. This program will be rolled out to other markets around the world throughout 2014.
  • Contribution margin increased 1.3 percent to $9.5 million, compared to $9.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, primarily as a result of increased net sales revenue.
  • Active Managers within the segment were approximately 3,200 and active Distributors and customers within the segment were approximately 52,300 as of September 30, 2013, and compared to 3,100 and 53,400, respectively as of September 30, 2012. New Managers increased 20.0 percent over prior year, while Distributor and customer recruiting decreased 5.6 percent over prior year.

Effective Income Tax Rate

The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2013 was 24.7 percent compared to 25.0 percent in the third quarter of 2012. The current quarter's effective tax rate was below the U.S. federal statutory tax rate of 35.0 percent which was primarily attributable to foreign tax credit benefits, net favorable foreign items related to foreign tax rate differences, the impact of unremitted earnings, and adjustments to foreign valuation allowances, offset by an increase in tax liabilities associated with uncertain tax positions.

Quarterly Cash Dividend and Ongoing Share Repurchase Program

The Company's Board of Directors approved its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share payable on November 18, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 29, 2013.

On August 8, 2013, the Board of Directors authorized a $10 million share repurchase program to be implemented over two years. Such purchases may be made in the open market, through block trades, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The timing and amount of any shares repurchased will be determined based on the Company's evaluation of market conditions and other factors and the program may be discontinued or suspended at any time.

During the three months ended September 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 107,722 shares of its common stock under the share repurchase program for $1.9 million. At September 30, 2013, the remaining balance available for repurchases under the program was $8.1 million.

The regular quarterly dividend, in addition to the special one-time dividend that was announced and paid in August 2013, and the on-going share repurchase program are due to the Company's strong cash flow, healthy cash balance of $76.6 million, the Board's commitment to return capital to shareholders and its confidence in the Company's long-term growth prospects.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has included information which has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), such as information concerning adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP net income because management utilizes this information in the evaluation of its operations and believes that these measures are a useful indicator of the Company's ability to fund its business. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, U.S. GAAP net income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Moreover, these non-GAAP financial measures, as presented by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Other companies may use the same or similarly named measures, but exclude different items, which may not provide investors with a comparable view of our performance in relation to other companies. The Company has included a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to reported earnings under GAAP in the attached financial tables.

Conference Call

Nature's Sunshine Products will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2013 results on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. The toll-free dial-in number for callers in the U.S. and Canada is 1-877-407-0789, conference ID: 10000592. International callers can dial 1-201-689-8562, conference ID: 10000592. A replay will be available from November 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time through November 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time at 1-877-870-5176 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-858-384-5517 (International), replay PIN: 10000592. The call will also be webcast live and will be available on the Investing section of Nature's Sunshine Products' website at www.naturessunshine.com for 90 days.

About Nature's Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products (Nasdaq:NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company, markets and distributes nutritional and personal care products through a global direct sales force of over 340,000 active independent Managers, Distributors and customers in more than 40 countries. Nature's Sunshine manufactures most of its products through its own state-of-the-art facilities to ensure its products continue to set the standard for the highest quality, safety and efficacy on the market today. The Company has three reportable business segments that are divided based on the characteristics of their Distributor base, similarities in compensation plans, as well as the internal organization of NSP's officers and their responsibilities (NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe; NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe; and Synergy WorldWide). The Company also supports health and wellness for children around the world through its partnership with the Little Heroes Foundation. Additional information about the Company can be obtained at its website, www.naturessunshine.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Distributors and Managers and payment of dividends. Nature's Sunshine Products may, from time to time, make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, Nature's Sunshine Products' beliefs, expectations, hopes, or intentions regarding future events. Words such as "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," "should," "likely," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available to the Company as of such date. Nature's Sunshine Products assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. Actual results will vary, and may vary materially, from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected for a number of reasons, including, among others: further reviews of the Company's financial statements by the Company and its Audit Committee; modification of the Company's accounting practices; foreign business risks; industry cyclicality; fluctuations in customer demand and order pattern; changes in pricing and general economic conditions; as well as other risks detailed in the Company's previous filings with the SEC.

NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
September 30,
2013
December 31,
2012
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 76,623 $ 79,241
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,008 and $631, respectively 10,908 9,614
Investments available for sale 2,080 2,071
Inventories 43,643 43,280
Deferred income tax assets 5,284 5,307
Prepaid expenses and other 6,864 5,820
Total current assets 145,402 145,333
Property, plant and equipment, net 29,347 27,950
Investment securities 1,109 1,276
Intangible assets, net 891 1,002
Deferred income tax assets 11,487 11,516
Other assets 6,851 6,842
$ 195,087 $ 193,919
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 7,209 $ 6,226
Accrued volume incentives 20,014 18,130
Accrued liabilities 28,803 27,302
Deferred revenue 3,820 4,311
Current installments of long-term debt 3,110 3,350
Income taxes payable 2,174 2,071
Total current liabilities 65,130 61,390
Liability related to unrecognized tax benefits 11,486 10,571
Long-term debt 10,000 2,270
Deferred compensation payable 1,109 1,276
Other liabilities 2,535 2,776
Total long-term liabilities 25,130 16,893
Commitments and Contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, no par value, 50,000 shares authorized, 16,208 and 15,810 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively 82,246 77,292
Retained earnings 35,879 48,910
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (13,298) (10,566)
Total shareholders' equity 104,827 115,636
$ 195,087 $ 193,919
NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Amounts in thousands, except per share information)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2013 2012
Net sales revenue $ 92,458 $ 91,232
Cost of sales (23,655) (23,144)
Gross profit 68,803 68,088
Operating expenses:
Volume incentives 33,920 33,155
Selling, general and administrative 28,170 26,228
Operating income 6,713 8,705
Other income (expense), net (269) (214)
Income before provision for income taxes 6,444 8,491
Provision for income taxes 1,594 2,121
Net income $ 4,850 $ 6,370
Basic and diluted net income per common share
Basic:
Net income $ 0.30 $ 0.41
Diluted:
Net income $ 0.29 $ 0.40
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 16,068 15,628
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 16,490 15,971
Dividends declared per common share $ 1.60 $ 0.05
NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Amounts in thousands, except per share information)
(Unaudited)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2013 2012
Net sales revenue $ 282,612 $ 277,091
Cost of sales (70,730) (69,483)
Gross profit 211,882 207,608
Operating expenses:
Volume incentives 103,420 100,276
Selling, general and administrative 86,996 79,142
Operating income 21,466 28,190
Other income (expense), net 1,543 (159)
Income before provision for income taxes 23,009 28,031
Provision for income taxes 7,243 7,147
Net income 15,766 20,884
Basic and diluted net income per common share
Basic:
Net income $ 0.99 $ 1.34
Diluted:
Net income $ 0.97 $ 1.31
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 15,930 15,603
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 16,327 15,917
Dividends declared per common share $ 1.80 $ 0.10
NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2013 2012
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 15,766 $ 20,884
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Provision for doubtful accounts 322 39
Depreciation and amortization 3,279 3,028
Share-based compensation expense 2,599 2,001
(Gain) loss on sale of property and equipment (127) 23
Deferred income taxes 52 (307)
Amortization of bond discount 1 3
Purchase of trading investment securities (62) (60)
Proceeds from sale of trading investment securities 308 268
Realized and unrealized gains on investments (78) (63)
Foreign exchange (gains) losses (1,057) 856
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (1,781) (429)
Inventories (678) (1,926)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (1,083) (1,021)
Other assets (97) (148)
Accounts payable 878 (361)
Accrued volume incentives 2,047 386
Accrued liabilities 1,284 (1,264)
Deferred revenue (491) 403
Income taxes payable 199 (4,222)
Liability related to unrecognized tax benefits 915 (654)
Deferred compensation payable (167) (112)
Net cash provided by operating activities 22,029 17,324
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (4,590) (5,617)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 233 25
Proceeds from maturity and sale of investments available for sale 100 3,689
Purchase of investments available for sale (278) (197)
Net cash used in investing activities (4,535) (2,100)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Net borrowings on line of credit 10,000
Principal payments of long-term debt (2,509) (2,465)
Dividends paid (28,797) (1,560)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 4,300 1,982
Repurchase of common stock (1,945)
Net cash used in financing activities (18,951) (2,043)
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (1,161) 393
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2,618) 13,574
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 79,241 58,969
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $ 76,623 $ 72,543
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for income taxes $ 7,068 $ 12,694
Cash paid for interest 95 97
NATURE'S SUNSHINE PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
2013 2012
Net income $ 4,850 $ 6,370
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 1,098 1,013
Share-based compensation expense 669 680
Other (income) expense, net* 269 214
Taxes 1,594 2,121
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,480 $ 10,398
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2013 2012
Net income $ 15,766 $ 20,884
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 3,279 3,028
Share-based compensation expense 2,599 2,001
Other (income) expense, net* (1,543) 159
Taxes 7,243 7,147
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,344 $ 33,219
* Other income (expense), net is primarily comprised of foreign exchange gains (losses), interest income, and interest expense.

Distributor Information

Our revenue is highly dependent upon the number and productivity of our Managers, Distributors and customers. Growth in sales volume requires an increase in the productivity and/or growth in the total number of Managers, Distributors and customers.

The following table provides information concerning the number of total Managers, Distributors and customers by segment, as of the dates indicated.

Total Managers, Distributors and Customers by Segment
September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe 329,300 8,500 331,500 9,100 362,200 8,800
NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe 257,800 5,200 254,700 5,000 252,900 5,000
Synergy WorldWide 118,500 3,200 119,900 3,100 115,900 3,100
705,600 16,900 706,100 17,100 731,000 16,900

"Total Managers" includes independent Managers under our various compensation plans that have achieved and maintained specified and personal groups sale volumes as of the date indicated. To maintain Manager status, an individual must continue to meet certain product sales volume levels. As such, all Managers are considered to be active Managers.

"Total Distributors and customers" includes our independent Distributors and customers who have purchased products directly from the Company for resale and/or personal consumption during the previous twelve months ended as of the date indicated. This includes Manager, Distributor and customer accounts that may have become inactive since such respective dates.

The following table provides information concerning the number of active Distributors and customers by segment, as of the dates indicated.

Active Distributors and Customers by Segment
September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Distributors
& Customers
Distributors
& Customers
Distributors
& Customers
NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe 153,200 155,400 159,600
NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe 119,400 102,900 112,900
Synergy WorldWide 52,300 54,700 53,400
324,900 331,000 325,900

"Active Distributors and customers" includes our independent Distributors and customers who have purchased products directly from the Company for resale and/or personal consumption during the previous three months ended as of the date indicated. All of our Managers are active.

The following tables provide information concerning the number of new Managers, Distributors and customers by segment, as of the dates indicated.

New Managers, Distributors and Customers by Segment for the Quarter
September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe 37,600 900 38,300 1,100 41,000 1,000
NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe 21,500 300 20,500 400 17,600 300
Synergy WorldWide 16,900 600 19,400 500 17,900 500
76,000 1,800 78,200 2,000 76,500 1,800

"New Managers" includes independent Managers under our various compensation plans that first achieved the rank of Manager during the previous three months ended as of the date indicated.

"New Distributors and Customers" include our independent Distributors and customers who have made their initial product purchase directly from us for resale and/or personal consumption during the previous three months ended as of the date indicated.

The following tables provide information concerning the number of new Managers, Distributors and customers by segment, as of the dates indicated.

New Managers, Distributors and Customers by Segment for the Twelve Months
September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
Distributors
& Customers

Managers
NSP Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe 148,900 3,900 152,300 4,000 173,000 4,400
NSP Russia, Central and Eastern Europe 86,300 1,600 82,400 1,600 77,000 1,500
Synergy WorldWide 73,400 1,800 74,300 1,700 73,600 1,900
308,600 7,300 309,000 7,300 323,600 7,800

"New Managers" includes independent Managers under our various compensation plans that first achieved the rank of Manager during the previous twelve months ended as of the date indicated.

"New Distributors and customers" include our independent Distributors and customers who have made their initial product purchase directly from us for resale and/or personal consumption during the previous twelve months ended as of the date indicated.

CONTACT: Steve Bunker Chief Financial Officer Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. Lehi, Utah 84043 (801) 341-7303

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