General Nutrition Centers, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2007 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- General Nutrition Centers, Inc. ("GNC" or the "Company"), the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007.

General Nutrition Centers, Inc. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of GNC Parent LLC which was acquired on March 16, 2007 by affiliates of Ares Management LLC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board. As such, the financial results presented in this press release represent the aggregate of the financial results of General Nutrition Centers, Inc. from January 1, 2007 through March 15, 2007, predecessor, and the results from March 16, 2007 to March 31, 2007, successor.

For the quarter, the Company reported revenues of $391.9 million, a 1.3% increase over the same quarter in 2006. This increase was the result of increased revenues in the retail segment, which improved by 3.3% on same store sales increases of 0.5% and 10.4% for its company-owned domestic stores, including the internet, and its Canadian stores, respectively, and the addition of 38 net new stores compared to the same quarter in 2006. This increase was partially offset by lower revenues in Franchising and Manufacturing/Wholesale.

For the quarter, the Company reported earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $(4.1) million compared to $37.5 million for the same quarter in 2006. The change is EBITDA was primarily the result of transaction costs and related expenses incurred in relation to the acquisition of the Company on March 16, 2007.
As a result of the acquisition, $51.3 million of transaction-related costs were recorded in the first quarter operating results, including $34.6 million of transaction fees and expenses; $15.3 million of compensation expenses related to the transaction (including $3.8 million of non-cash stock based compensation resulting from the cancellation of all outstanding stock options), and $1.4 million of non-cash purchase accounting adjustments recorded as a part of cost of sales. Additionally, the Company recorded $0.5 million of non-cash stock-based compensation expense in the quarter. Included as a part of compensation expense for the first quarter of 2006 was $4.8 million of discretionary payments made to stock option holders in conjunction with a distribution made to shareholders in March 2006 and $0.6 million of non-cash, stock-based compensation expense.

Excluding the above items, adjusted EBITDA was $47.7 million for the first quarter 2007, 11.1% over adjusted EBITDA of $42.9 million in the same quarter 2006.

GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products; including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. GNC has more than 4,800 retail locations throughout the United States (including more than 1,000 franchise and 1,250 Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 48 international markets. The company - which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well - also offers products and product information online at

GNC has posted today, the first quarter financial results on a form 10-Q equivalent report on its website
This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our financial condition, results of operations and business that is not historical information. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as "subject to," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "should," "can," the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions, or by discussions of strategy. GNC believes there is a reasonable basis for our expectations and beliefs, but they are inherently uncertain, we may not realize our expectations and our beliefs may not prove correct. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those described or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may materially affect such forward- looking statements include, among others:

* significant competition in our industry;
* unfavorable publicity or consumer perception of our products;
* the incurrence of material products liability and product recall costs;
* costs of compliance and our failure to comply with governmental
* the failure of our franchisees to conduct their operations profitably
and limitations on our ability to terminate or replace under-performing
* economic, political and other risks associated with our international
* our failure to keep pace with the demands of our customers for new
products and services;
* the lack of long-term experience with human consumption of some of our
products with innovative ingredients;
* disruptions in our manufacturing system or losses of manufacturing
* increases in the frequency and severity of insurance claims,
particularly for claims for which we are self-insured;
* loss or retirement of key members of management;
* increases in the cost of borrowings and unavailability of additional
debt or equity capital;
* the impact of our substantial indebtedness on our operating income and
our ability to grow;
* the failure to adequately protect or enforce our intellectual property
rights against competitors;
* changes in applicable laws relating to our franchise operations; and
our inability to expand our franchise operations to attract new

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