Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Profitability
Full Year Revenues Increased 20% and Operating Income Increased 48%
DALLAS, March 12, 2013 (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 fourth quarter and full year period ended December 31, 2012.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
- Total revenues were $8.1 million compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2011, a decrease of 1%, because orders taken in the third quarter of 2011 were shipped in the fourth quarter that year. Orders were actually up 6% over that of a year ago.
- Gross profit margin was 75.1% compared to 74.1% last year.
- Operating income was $416,000, an increase of 48% compared to $282,000 last year.
- Net income attributable to common stockholders of Natural Health Trends was $525,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $471,000, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share last year.
- Cash and cash equivalents increased to $4.2 million as of December 31, 2012 from $3.7 million as of September 30, 2012.
Full Year Financial Highlights
- Total revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2012 were up $6.4 million, or 20%, to $37.5 million from $31.2 million in the same period last year.
- Sales in Hong Kong increased 25% compared to the prior year.
- Net sales outside of Hong Kong increased 11%, primarily due to sales in the Russian market.
- Gross profit margin was 74.2% compared to 73.8% last year.
- Operating income increased 48% to $2.6 million from $1.8 million last year.
- Net income attributable to common stockholders of Natural Health Trends increased 14% to $2.6 million from $2.3 million last year.
"We spent considerable resources in 2012 to introduce new products, and create robust promotional and incentive events, setting the stage for what we expect to be a year of significant growth in 2013," Chris Sharng, President of Natural Health Trends Corp. "Even with these investments, we reported substantial improvements in our revenue and profitability, as evidenced by the 20% top-line growth and the 48% improvement in operating income year-over-year. The introductions of our Soothe product into three key markets, the launch of a new skincare product in China and an impressive slate of promotional and incentive activities give us confidence as we move into 2013."
- The Company continued to expand its loyalty program called the Personal Consumption Program. Members earn points for product purchases, attending trainings and events and reaching business milestones. These accumulated points can be used toward future product purchases or for gifting to team members.
- The Company entered into an arrangement with Alipay, China's leading third-party online payment solution, and began accepting orders in Renminbi for the first time ever.
- The Company introduced Floraeda, a new skincare product, into the China market and commenced a full month of in-market events to promote the launch.
- The Company launched Soothe, an all-over super hydrating body moisturizer ideal for extreme weather conditions, in Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
- The Company held a 3rd Anniversary event in Moscow, Russia to reintroduce the car promotion and launch Soothe.
"I am excited about the full calendar of promotional and incentive-related activities we have planned for 2013," continued Mr. Sharng. "This includes training and road shows in Russia, China, Taiwan and Korea, as well as incentive trips to Singapore, Europe, Hawaii, Paris and Italy. We already conducted a Success Forum for leaders in Macau during January and plan additional leader training in St. Petersburg, Russia in April and Hong Kong in July. In addition, we are planning significant year-long enhancements to the International Recognition Program plus a car promotion program for our Russian members. Finally, building on the success of last year, we will implement more collaborative marketing programs between markets, specifically Taiwan and Hong Kong, during 2013. In total, we expect this activity to help boost sales in each of our target markets."
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012
Total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $8.1 million compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2011. Gross profit was $6.1 million, or 75.1% of net sales, compared to $6.1 million, or 74.1%, in the same period last year. Total expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $5.7 million compared to $5.8 million in the comparable period of 2011. The decrease in operating expenses relates to costs associated with the 10-year anniversary event held in 2011, which did not re-occur in 2012.
Operating income for the quarter was $416,000 compared to operating income of $282,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to common stockholders of Natural Health Trends was $525,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $471,000, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share in the same period of 2011.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2012
Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $37.5 million compared to $31.2 million for the same period in 2011, an increase of 20%. Hong Kong net sales increased 25% over the comparable period last year primarily due to renewed focus on training as well as new incentive programs launched at the beginning of the year surrounding the Company's recognition program. Net sales outside of Hong Kong increased 11%, primarily due to incentive trip programs that occurred in Russia during 2012, as well as the introduction of new product promotions in Russia and North America during late 2011.
Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased 21% to $27.8 million, or 74.2% of net sales, from $23.0 million, or 73.8%, in the same period last year. Total expenses for the full year ended December 31, 2012 were $25.2 million compared to $21.2 million in the comparable period of 2011.
Operating income for the full year ended December 31, 2012 was $2.6 million compared to operating income of $1.8 million in the comparable period in 2011. Net income attributable to common stockholders of Natural Health Trends was $2.6 million, or $0.24 per basic and $0.23 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.3 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share in the same period of 2011.
Stockholders' equity was $1.9 million as of December 31, 2012 compared to a deficit of $809,000 as of December 31, 2011. The Company had $4.2 million in cash compared to $1.6 million as of December 31, 2011, and no long-term debt.
Shareholder Conference Call
Management will conduct a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year financial results for the period ended December 31, 2012.
Details of the call are as follows:
- Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT
- Dial-in number: 1-877-941-1427 (domestic) 1-480-629-9664 (international)
- Webcast link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=103693
A replay will be available from 7:30 p.m. ET on March 12 through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 19, by dialing 1-877-870-5176 (domestic) and 1-858-384-5517 (international) and referencing replay pin number 4603633.
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 detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 12, 2013, 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)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$1,617||$4,207|
|Other current assets||537||641|
|Total current assets||3,830||5,837|
|Property and equipment, net||68||121|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)|
|Income taxes payable||11||10|
|Accrued distributor commissions||1,177||1,308|
|Other accrued expenses||1,471||1,688|
|Deferred tax liability||148||92|
|Other current liabilities||950||991|
|Total current liabilities||6,932||6,310|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Stockholders' equity (deficit):|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 1,761,900 shares designated Series A convertible preferred stock, 138,400 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011 and 2012, aggregate liquidation value of $329||124||124|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 11,326,323 and 11,324,048 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011 and 2012, respectively||11||11|
|Additional paid-in capital||80,493||80,584|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss:|
|Foreign currency translation adjustments||(99)||(102)|
|Total stockholders' equity (deficit)||(809)||1,909|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)||$6,123||$8,219|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)|
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Year Ended December 31,|
|Cost of sales||2,130||2,018||8,172||9,685|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||2,573||2,410||9,052||9,415|
|Depreciation and amortization||17||17||298||45|
|Total operating expenses||5,805||5,677||21,207||25,184|
|Income from operations||282||416||1,783||2,645|
|Other income (expense), net||(12)||49||344||(39)|
|Income before income taxes||270||465||2,127||2,606|
|Income tax benefit||(334)||(65)||(298)||(24)|
|Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest||(129)||–||(120)||–|
|Net income attributable to Natural Health Trends||475||530||2,305||2,630|
|Preferred stock dividends||(4)||(5)||(16)||(17)|
|Net income attributable to common stockholders of Natural Health Trends|| |
|Income per share of Natural Health Trends – basic||$0.04||$0.05||$0.21||$0.24|
|Income per share of Natural Health Trends – diluted||$0.04||$0.05||$0.21||$0.23|
|Weighted-average number of shares outstanding:|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment||98||45|
|Amortization of intangibles||200||–|
|Loss on disposal of property and equipment||47||–|
|Gain on liquidation of MyLexxus Europe||(65)||–|
|Deferred income taxes||(30)||(56)|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||107||(95)|
|Income taxes payable||(332)||(1)|
|Accrued distributor commissions||462||117|
|Other accrued expenses||(319)||203|
|Other current liabilities||(68)||36|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||1,463||2,214|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchases of property and equipment, net||(7)||(96)|
|Decrease (increase) in restricted cash||(72)||493|
|Net cash reduction from liquidation of MyLexxus Europe||(57)||–|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||(136)||397|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Advance from related party||233||–|
|Repayment to related party||(237)||–|
|Repurchase of common stock||–||(3)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(4)||(3)|
|Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents||(354)||(18)|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||969||2,590|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period||648||1,617|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period||$1,617||$4,207|
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