DALLAS, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Natural Health Trends Corp. (OTCQB:NHTC), a leading direct selling company that markets premium quality personal care, wellness and "quality of life" products under the NHT Global brand, today announced financial results for the quarter and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights
- Total revenues were $31.8 million, up 125% compared to $14.2 million in the third quarter last year.
- Operating income was $5.5 million, up 312% compared to $1.3 million in the third quarter last year.
- Net income was $5.4 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter last year.
Year-to-Date Financial Highlights
- Year-to-date revenues were $89.2 million, up 167% compared to $33.4 million in the first nine months last year.
- Operating income was $14.8 million, up 475% compared to $2.6 million in the first nine months last year.
- Net income was $14.6 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the first nine months last year.
"We continued our strong momentum into the third quarter, with our highest level of orders in any quarter this year," commented Chris Sharng, President of Natural Health Trends Corp. "We are effectively leveraging our business model, with a 308% increase in net income during the quarter. In just nine months, we have delivered a 256% increase in net income compared to all of 2013."
"Our efforts to add new products have helped accelerate our growth, and we are simultaneously working to improve the performance of our distributors, through leadership development and training programs, services and promotions, and this effort is showing positive results as our member base is increasingly well informed and motivated, driving higher average sales per member," continued Mr. Sharng. "We remain very pleased with the recent performance and we are increasingly optimistic about the long-term future of Natural Health Trends."
Dividend and Share Repurchase
Yesterday, the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.032 per share on outstanding Series A preferred stock, which represents the accrued unpaid dividends through the declaration date, and a cash dividend of $0.01 per share on each share of common stock outstanding, representing an aggregate dividend amount of $130,000, payable in cash on December 3, 2014 to stockholders of record on November 25, 2014.
Additionally, on November 4, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a special stock repurchase program of up to $5 million of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock. Such repurchases are expected to begin during November and be complete by January 2015. Such purchases will be made in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"). For all or a portion of the authorized repurchase amount, the Company may enter into a plan that is compliant with Rule 10b5-1 of the Exchange Act that is designed to facilitate these purchases. The repurchase program does not require the Company to acquire a specific number of shares, and may be suspended from time to time or discontinued. The share repurchases will be funded from available working capital.
The Company is advised by George K. Broady, its largest shareholder and a member of its Board of Directors, that Mr. Broady desires to participate in the Company's repurchase program on a basis roughly proportional to his ownership interest, with an estimate of generating approximately $1.5 million through the sale of a portion of the shares of the Company's common stock held by him. To that end, the Company and Mr. Broady are in discussions regarding the terms of a mutually agreeable stock purchase agreement.
"The Board of Directors believes that, at the current valuation, a stock repurchase program will serve the best interests of all shareholders and represents a compelling use of the Company's capital," added Mr. Sharng.
Listing of Shares on The Nasdaq Capital Market
Finally, on November 4, 2014, the Board of Directors authorized management to pursue the listing of its shares of common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market. "With the Company's solid and expanding profitability and strong balance sheet, the Board believes now is the optimal time to pursue a listing of our common stock," said Mr. Sharng. Although the Company believes that it will be able to satisfy Nasdaq's applicable listing requirements, there can be no assurance as to whether, or in what timeframe, it will be able to do so.
Shareholder Conference Call
Management will conduct a conference call to discuss its third quarter financial results. Details of the call are as follows:
- Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
- Time: 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT/7 a.m. PT
- Dial-in number: 1-888-430-8709 (domestic) 1-719-325-2455 (international)
- Webcast link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=111135
A replay will be available from 1 p.m. ET on November 5 through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 12, by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (domestic) and 1-858-384-5517 (international) and referencing replay pin number 9253268.
About Natural Health Trends Corp.
Natural Health Trends Corp. is an international direct-selling and e-commerce company operating through its subsidiaries throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. The company markets premium quality personal care, wellness and "quality of life" products under the NHT Global brand. Additional information can be found on the company's website, www.naturalhealthtrendscorp.com.
Forward Looking Statement
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- Forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include the risks and uncertainties referenced in this press release, as well as those detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 7, 2014, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
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|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In Thousands, Except Share Data)|
| December 31, |
| September 30, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$14,550||$39,748|
|Other current assets||658||831|
|Total current assets||17,170||45,000|
|Property and equipment, net||265||377|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Income taxes payable||25||166|
|Accrued distributor commissions||3,962||7,121|
|Other accrued expenses||3,146||6,589|
|Deferred tax liability||108||108|
|Other current liabilities||882||1,309|
|Total current liabilities||13,750||22,605|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||80,655||85,602|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss:|
|Foreign currency translation adjustments||(81)||(89)|
|Total stockholders' equity||6,077||25,182|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$19,827||$47,787|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)|
|(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)|
| Three Months Ended |
| Nine Months Ended |
|Cost of sales||3,362||6,756||8,160||19,517|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||3,216||5,076||8,270||14,454|
|Depreciation and amortization||13||28||53||72|
|Total operating expenses||9,488||19,613||22,699||54,916|
|Income from operations||1,327||5,464||2,567||14,751|
|Other income (expense), net||15||(31)||(6)||(39)|
|Income before income taxes||1,342||5,433||2,561||14,712|
|Income tax provision||21||46||49||144|
|Preferred stock dividends||(4)||(2)||(12)||(9)|
|Net income available to common stockholders||$1,317||$5,385||$2,500||$14,559|
|Income per common share:|
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Cash dividends declared per share:|
|Series A preferred stock||$–||$0.027||$–||$0.862|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)|
| Nine Months Ended |
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||53||72|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||68||(205)|
|Income taxes payable||49||140|
|Accrued distributor commissions||994||3,218|
|Other accrued expenses||704||3,479|
|Other current liabilities||(195)||442|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||5,103||20,923|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchases of property and equipment, net||(57)||(199)|
|Increase in restricted cash||(82)||–|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(139)||(199)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Proceeds from exercise of warrants||–||4,948|
|Repurchase of common stock||(32)||(97)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||(32)||4,503|
|Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents||(8)||(29)|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||4,924||25,198|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period||4,207||14,550|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period||$9,131||$39,748|
CONTACT: Company Contact Scott Davidson Chief Financial Officer Natural Health Trends Corp. Tel: 972-241-4080 firstname.lastname@example.org Investor Contact Brett Maas Managing Partner Hayden IR Tel: 646-536-7331 email@example.comSource:Natural Health Trends Corp.