Herbalife Ltd. Announces Third Quarter Results; Provides Initial 2009 Guidance

Herbalife Ltd., today reported its 19th consecutive quarter of double-digit sales growth with third quarter net sales of $602.2 million, an increase of 13.7 percent compared to the same period of 2007. For the quarter ended September 30, 2008, the company reported net income of $58.1 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, compared to $48.3 million, or $0.67 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2007, reflecting net sales growth increase, stable operating margin, a lower effective tax rate, and accretion from our share repurchase program.

"In these turbulent economic times, we believe we're in a fortunate position -- at the intersection of health and wealth," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Johnson. "We offer a solution for part-time or full-time income as well as healthy nutrition and weight-management in the midst of a global obesity epidemic. We are actively refining our growth and infrastructure plans to address global market changes and it continues to be our goal to improve our financial results each year. Although unprecedented fluctuations of the U.S. dollar versus most major currencies are causing headwinds in the fourth quarter 2008, which may continue throughout 2009, our mid-single digit volume point growth reflects our distributors' tremendous opportunity inherent in challenging economic times and they are focused on expanding their businesses."

Net sales performance in the third quarter was attributable to growth in the company's top ten markets, which were cumulatively up 20.9 percent versus the same period in the prior year. Six of these top markets produced double-digit net sales gains including: the U.S., up 23.4 percent; Brazil, up 47.3 percent; China, up 87.3 percent; Italy, up 27.1 percent; Taiwan, up 20.0 percent; and South Korea, up 30.0 percent. Total net sales growth in the quarter benefited from a 487 basis point favorable impact from currency fluctuations resulting in local year over year sales growth of 8.8 percent.

During the third quarter 2008 we added 52,591 new Sales Leaders (1), which is 0.7 percent lower than the same period in the prior year. However total Sales Leaders (1) increased 10.3 percent to 461,838, which is highlighted by the company's President's Team membership that increased 12.5 percent to 1,164 members and its prestigious Chairman's Club that increased 16.1 percent to 36 members, in each case versus the third quarter of 2007.

The company produced cash flow from operations of $79.7 million during the third quarter of 2008, and invested $32.6 million in capital expenditures, primarily in technology investments to support improvements in distributor services. The company did not repurchase any shares during the quarter reflecting current market volatility and a desire to pay down debt and remain conservatively capitalized. From the inception of the stock repurchase program in April, 2007, the company has repurchased 11.3 million shares at an aggregate cost of $460.0 million, representing approximately 15 percent of the fully diluted share base since the initial authorization.

Richard Goudis, chief financial officer, said, "Our strong balance sheet and cash flow puts us in a unique position to execute against our strategic plan and make the necessary investments to continually enhance the distributor experience, expand into new markets and become more vertical throughout our supply chain without reliance on additional external capital. We generated significant cash flow again this quarter, while maintaining operating margins of 14.7 percent."

(1) See Schedule titled "New Sales Leaders by Region" and "Total Sales Leaders by Region" for more detail
Business Highlights

During the third quarter the company hosted three Extravaganzas and collectively met with over 44,000 distributors. In early October, the company met with over 11,000 North American distributors in Los Angeles. "These events are for training and motivating our independent distributors, cultivating relationships, attracting new sales leaders, and stimulating productivity. "Our message is straightforward; there's never been a better time to introduce someone to Herbalife," said Johnson. "We have an industry-leading compensation plan, healthy nutrition products to help fight the global obesity epidemic, a financially strong company, a global brand and 28 years of success."

During the past several months, two clinical studies using our Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix were completed: one at UCLA using the US formula, and one at the University of Ulm, Germany, using our European formula.

The study conducted at UCLA demonstrated that drinking a Formula 1 shake every day is an effective way to manage weight, as part of a healthy active lifestyle; and personalizing your shake with additional Personalized Protein Powder helps promote the loss of body fat. The results of this study were published in The Nutrition Journal, August 2008.

The study conducted at the University of Ulm, Germany, was conducted by Dr. Marion Flechtner-Mors, a member of our Nutrition Advisory Board. The study showed that when counting calories, drinking two Formula 1 shakes as meal replacements is a more effective way to manage weight than a conventional food diet and weight loss achieved with higher protein intake led to improvement of certain health factors that are associated with being overweight.

These results were presented in October 2008 at the annual meeting of The Obesity Society in Phoenix, Arizona, and previously at the European Congress of Obesity in Geneva, Switzerland.

We currently have six clinical studies being conducted at major universities in the U.S. and abroad.

The Asia Pacific region reported net sales of $144.9 million in the third quarter of 2008, up 24.8 percent over the same period of 2007. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales increased 21.6 percent. The increase is attributable to net sales growth in China, up 87.3 percent; Taiwan, up 20.0 percent; South Korea, up 30.0 percent; and Malaysia, up 88.8 percent, in each case as compared with the same period in 2007. These net sales gains were partially offset by declines in other markets including Japan, down 29.7 percent; and Thailand, down 16.0 percent. New Sales Leaders in the region of 17,815, during the quarter ended September 30, 2008, increased 20.4 percent versus the same period last year. Total Sales Leaders as of September 30, 2008 increased 26.7 percent to 122,286 versus September 30, 2007. These figures include China sales employees.

The North America region reported net sales of $135.9 million in the third quarter of 2008, up 22.8 percent versus the same period of 2007, driven by growth in the U.S. of 23.4 percent versus third quarter 2007. There was no impact from foreign currency fluctuations during the quarter. New Sales Leaders in the region of 11,723, during the quarter ended September 30, 2008, increased 9.3 percent versus the same period last year. Total Sales Leaders in the region, as of September 30, 2008, increased 15.7 percent to 91,496 versus September 30, 2007.

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region reported net sales of $135.4 million in the third quarter of 2008, an increase of 1.2 percent versus the same period of 2007. However, excluding the benefit of currency fluctuations, net sales decreased 5.7 percent. In several of its top markets the region realized double-digit net sales growth, including favorable currency fluctuations, during the third quarter of 2008. Italy was up 27.1 percent; France was up 17.6 percent; and Russia was up 37.8 percent, each as compared to the third quarter of 2007. These net sales gains were partially offset by declines in other markets including Spain, down 27.6 percent; Germany, down 27.3 percent; and Portugal, down 50.9 percent. New Sales Leaders in the region of 6,052, during the quarter ended September 30, 2008, decreased 18.1 percent versus the same period last year. Total Sales Leaders in the region, as of September 30, 2008, decreased 9.0 percent to 75,071 versus September 30, 2007.

The Mexico and Central America region reported net sales of $100.2 million in the third quarter of 2008, up 7.7 percent versus the same period of 2007. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales for the region increased 1.4 percent. Mexico, the largest market in the region, had a sales increase of 2.8 percent as compared with the same period in 2007. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales for Mexico decreased 3.4 percent.
During the third quarter the company began collecting a Value Added Tax (VAT) from its distributors that has been levied by the Mexican government on the import and resale of certain products. Distributors previously paid zero percent VAT on their purchase for most of our products. This effective price increase impacted approximately 60 percent of our volume in the Mexican market and the fact that the predominant Daily Method of Operation in Mexico is retail price-sensitive, has caused volumes to decline sequentially from the second quarter. We are in the process of challenging this assessment on several fronts, however while the products continue to be subject to VAT, we expect volume growth to be constrained.

New Sales Leaders in the region of 6,695, during the quarter ended September 30, 2008, were 21.3 percent lower than the same period last year. Total Sales Leaders in the region, as of September 30, 2008, decreased 4.1 percent to 80,360 versus September 30, 2007.
The South America region reported net sales of $85.8 million in the third quarter of 2008, up 13.0 percent versus the same period of 2007.

Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales increased 4.2 percent. The increase in net sales for the region was attributable to net sales increases in Brazil, Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia. In Brazil, the region's largest market, net sales increased 47.3 percent versus third quarter 2007. We believe the acceleration in sequential growth rate reflects a turnaround for Brazil and provides validation of the daily consumption model. New Sales Leaders in the region of 10,306, during the quarter ended September 30, 2008, were 10.8 percent lower than the same period last year. Total Sales Leaders in the region, as of September 30, 2008, increased 20.5 percent to 92,625 versus September 30, 2007.

Fourth Quarter 2008, Full Year 2008 and Full Year 2009 Guidance
The company's fourth quarter 2008 diluted earnings per share guidance range is $0.65 to $0.70 on volume points flat to down three percent and a net sales decline of six percent to eight percent compared to the same period in 2007, respectively, reflecting late October foreign exchange rates and an effective tax rate range of 28.0 percent to 28.5 percent (1). In addition, currency movement of minus-10 percent to plus-10 percent on all of our currencies compared to the U.S. dollar, from late October levels, would have a negative seven percent to positive seven percent and negative 22 percent to positive 22 percent impact on net sales and earnings per share, respectively, compared to fourth quarter 2008 ranges provided above.

For the full year 2008, diluted earnings per share guidance range is $3.50 to $3.55 on volume point growth of four percent to five percent and revenue growth of 10 percent to 11 percent compared to 2007 respectively, reflecting late October foreign exchange rates coupled with an effective tax rate range of 28.0 percent to 28.5 percent (1). Full year 2008 capital expenditures are expected to be in a range of $100 - $105 million. In addition, currency movement of minus 10 percent to plus 10 percent on all of our currencies compared to the U.S. dollar, from late October levels, would have a negative two percent to positive two percent and negative four percent to positive four percent impact on net sales and earnings per share, respectively, compared to full year 2008 ranges provided above.

The company's initial diluted earnings per share guidance range for 2009 is $3.00 to $3.20 on volume point growth of four percent to five percent and net sales flat to up one percent compared to 2008, respectively, reflecting late October foreign exchange rates coupled with an effective tax rate range of 27.5 percent to 28.5 percent. In addition, currency movement of minus 10 percent to plus 10 percent on all of our currencies compared to the U.S. dollar, from late October levels, would have a negative seven percent to positive seven percent and negative 21 percent to positive 21 percent impact on net sales and earnings per share, respectively, compared to our full year 2009 ranges provided above. Full year 2009 capital expenditures are expected in the range of $55 million to $60 million.

While we operate in 69 different counties, our foreign currency exposure is weighted towards two currencies, the Mexican Peso and the Euro. Assumed in the guidance provided above were the spot Euro price of $1.33 and the spot Mexican Peso price of Mex$12.83.
(1) This excludes a potential non-cash charge for the write off of certain deferred tax assets in connection with the company's ongoing legal entity capital structuring of approximately $6.5 million

Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Annual Investor Day Conference
Herbalife's senior management team will host an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter 2008 financial results and provide an update on current business trends on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET).

The dial-in number for this conference call for domestic callers is 866-219-5268 and 703-639-1120 for international callers. Live audio of the conference call will be simultaneously webcast in the Investor Relations section of the company's Web site at http://ir.herbalife.com.

An audio replay will be available following the completion of the conference call in MP3 format or by dialing 866- 837-8032 (domestic callers) and 703-925-2474 (international callers) and entering access code 611271. The webcast of the teleconference will be archived and available on Herbalife's Web site.

The company also announces it will conduct its annual investor day on December 16, 2008 in New York City at the New York Stock Exchange. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

About Herbalife Ltd.
Herbalife Ltd. is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 69 countries through a network of over 1.9 million independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to bring good nutrition to children. Please visit Herbalife Investor Relations for additional financial information.

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