SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2017-- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.
For the fourth quarter of 2016, net sales increased to $252.9 million, up 8.7%, compared with $232.6 million in the prior-year period. A stronger U.S. dollar negatively affected net sales by $9.2 million for the quarter. Excluding the impact of currency, net sales would have increased by 12.7% for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net sales growth was driven by an 11.9% increase in the number of active Associates.
Net earnings for the fourth quarter decreased by 8.7% to $21.9 million, compared with $24.0 million during the prior-year period. Changes in currency negatively impacted net earnings by an estimated $2.4 million. Lower gross margins and higher Associate Incentives expenses also negatively impacted net earnings. Gross margins were lower largely due to production inefficiencies associated with moving to the Company’s new manufacturing facility in China, as well as the negative impact from a stronger U.S. dollar. Associate Incentives expense was higher, in great part, due to a global incentive that the Company offered during the quarter to generate excitement and customer growth.
Additionally, the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was again lower due to the Company’s early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (Topic 718) - Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The Company’s adoption of this standard increased net earnings by approximately $1.1 million, or $0.03 on a diluted per share basis, for the quarter.
Earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter decreased by 5.4% to $0.87, compared with $0.92 in the prior year period. This decrease in earnings per diluted share is the result of lower net earnings, including changes in currency that negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by an estimated $0.10, partially offset by a lower diluted share count. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 25.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 26.2 million in the prior-year period. The Company did not repurchase any shares during the quarter.
The Company generated $55.3 million in cash from operations during the fourth quarter and finished the year with $175.8 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt. As of February 7, 2017, $35.4 million remains available under the current share repurchase authorization.
“While USANA finished the year with another quarter of solid top line and Associate growth, several initiatives we implemented during the fourth quarter resulted in net earnings at the lower end of our guidance,” said Kevin Guest
, Chief Executive Officer. “The first of these initiatives was the successful transition of our China
manufacturing operations to our new production facility, which is now fully operational. With this facility in place, we now have the production capacity that we need in China
. A second initiative entailed us offering a growth incentive to our Associates around the world that positively contributed to our performance during the quarter. These initiatives are important to our business and have also helped us get off to a good start in 2017.”
Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased 12.4% to $193.4 million, or 16.8% on a constant-currency basis. Within Asia Pacific, net sales:
- Increased 11.8% in Greater China (up 18.4% on a constant currency basis);
- Increased 11.3% in Southeast Asia Pacific region (up 11.5% on a constant currency basis); and
- Increased 23.3% in North Asia (up 22.7% on a constant currency basis).
Sales growth in Greater China was primarily driven by 20.1% Associate growth in mainland China, while sales growth in Southeast Asia Pacific resulted from Associate growth in nearly every market. Finally, sales growth in North Asia resulted from 33.3% Associate growth in South Korea. The total number of active Associates in the Asia Pacific region increased by 15.3% year-over-year and 4.1% sequentially.
Net sales in the Americas and Europe region decreased by 1.6% to $59.5 million. This decrease was due to a modest decline in the number of active Associates in the region as well as a negative $1.7 million impact from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. While Mexico and Canada generated constant currency sales growth of 25.5% and 13.0%, respectively, net sales in the United States declined 11.4% year-over-year.
“Our growth continues to be driven by momentum in most of the markets in our Asia Pacific region,” continued Mr. Guest. “In particular, we are encouraged by our sequential quarter growth in China where we generated 6.8% constant currency sales growth and 6.2% growth in the number of active Associates. In our Americas and Europeregion, we continue to be pleased with the solid performance in Canada and Mexico, but are also focused on implementing growth strategies that will improve our results in the United States.”
Net sales for fiscal 2016 increased by 9.5%, or $87.6 million, to $1.006 billion, compared with $918.5 million in 2015. This increase in net sales was driven largely by sales and Associate growth in the Company’s Asia Pacificregion. Net sales for the full-year were negatively impacted by $41.6 million due to a strengthening of the U.S. dollar. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased by 14.1% during fiscal 2016.
Net earnings for 2016 increased by 5.7% to $100.0 million, compared with $94.7 million in the prior year. This increase was driven by higher net sales and a lower effective tax rate. Lower gross margins, higher operating expenses, and the negative impact of changes in currency largely offset this increase. The significant decrease in the effective tax rate for the full year 2016 is due to the Company’s early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (Topic 718) - Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The Company’s adoption of this standard increased net earnings by approximately $8.6 million, or $0.30 on a diluted per share basis, for fiscal 2016.
Earnings per diluted share for the year increased 11.1% to $3.99, compared with $3.59 in the prior year. This increase was due to higher net earnings and a lower number of shares outstanding due to the Company’s share repurchases during 2016. Changes in currency negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by $0.46.
“2016 was another exceptional year for USANA,” continued Mr. Guest. “We surpassed the $1 billion mark in net sales, generating our 14th consecutive year of record sales, and we reported the highest EPS in the history of the Company. On top of these achievements, we successfully launched our new Incelligence™ product platform, which illustrates the evolution of USANA’s vision of product personalization. The Incelligence™ platform is the future of USANA’s product portfolio that we believe will keep our company at the forefront of nutritional supplementation. In 2017, our strategies will emphasize personalization, growth oriented initiatives and continued investment in our global IT infrastructure to support our customers’ needs and future growth.”
The Company provided the following consolidated net sales and earnings per share outlook for 2017:
- Consolidated net sales between $1.04 billion and $1.07 billion, representing approximate growth between 3.4% and 6.4%, or between 8.5% and 11.5% on a constant currency basis
- Earnings per share between $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 $46 million for the full-year
- Relative gross margin and Associate incentives expense similar to 2016 operating results
- An operating margin similar to levels achieved in 2016 due to continued investments in the business
- An effective tax rate of 34.3%, which excludes any impact from ASU 2016-09
- A diluted share count of approximately 25.1 million
Chief Financial Officer Paul Jones
commented, “Our outlook for 2017 projects solid constant currency net sales growth, led again by our Asia Pacific
region. We also anticipate making incremental investments in the business and introducing new initiatives throughout the year that are intended to drive customer growth across most of our regions.”
Internal Investigation of China Operations
The Company 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. Because the internal investigation is in its early stage, the Company cannot 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.
The Company has posted the “Management Commentary, Results and Outlook” document on the Company’s website (www.usanahealthsciences.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, February 8, 2017
at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
. Investors may listen to the call by accessing USANA’s website at http://www.usanahealthsciences.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
, New Zealand
, Hong Kong, China
, South Korea
, the Philippines
, the Netherlands
, the United Kingdom
. More information on USANA can be found at http://www.usanahealthsciences.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 EPS results reflect a 2-for-1 split of the Company’s common shares, which became effective November 23, 2016.