LOS ANGELES, Aug 02, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) today reported record second-quarter net sales of $466.0 million, an increase of 21.1 percent compared to the same period of 2005. The growth was attributable to increases in the company's three largest regions, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, which achieved net sales growth of 39.2 percent, 24.7 percent, and 2.4 percent, respectively, versus the second quarter of 2005. Partially offsetting the growth in these regions was a 6.3 percent decline in Japan. The company's chief executive officer, Michael O. Johnson, said, "We are pleased to report that the second quarter marked our 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digit sales growth. Our commitment to supporting the recruiting, retailing and retention efforts of our distributors has served as a key catalyst in accelerating our top line growth."
During the second quarter of 2006, new distributor supervisors increased 41.7 percent versus the second quarter of 2005. The company's high-level Presidents Team increased 15.9 percent to 924 members during the quarter, compared to 2005, and one new distributorship attained the prestigious level of Chairman's Club, bringing the total to 29 members.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2006, the company reported net income of $36.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to $22.8 million, or $0.32 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2005. This increase was primarily attributable to double-digit net sales growth and lower interest expense, offset by moderate increases in selling, general and administrative expenses. Excluding the impact of a $5.5 million non-cash tax charge associated with restructuring the ownership of the company's China subsidiary in the second quarter of 2005, second quarter 2006 net income and diluted earnings per share increased 28.6 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2005.
For the six months ended June 30, 2006, the company reported net income of $75.0 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared to $36.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share in same period last year. Excluding the impact of certain one-time charges(1), year-to-date net income increased 27.9 percent to $71.3 million, or $0.96 per diluted share compared to $0.78 per diluted share in 2005.
The company invested $13.4 million in capital expenditures during the second quarter, primarily related to management information systems, the development of the company's direct-to-consumer platform, additional infrastructure investments in China and the relocation of the company's Americas region headquarters.
(1) See Schedule A - "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for more detail on these one-time charges.
Second Quarter 2006 Business Highlights
During the quarter, the company hosted a record number of distributors at a variety of regional and local events. One of the major highlights was the Asia Pacific Extravaganza hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, which attracted over 15,000 distributors from 13 countries, including over 2,500 combined from Japan and China. The three-day event included training sessions on business building techniques and new product introductions, as well as recognition of achievements over the past year. In Europe, over 16,000 distributors attended 18 mini-Extravaganzas hosted in 17 countries. Furthermore, the company attracted over 4,500 distributors to its World Team School event in Brazil and almost 5,000 attended a variety of leadership training sessions across South America. "By providing our distributors with events focused on training, motivation and the sharing of best practices, we reinforce our commitment to continuous investment in initiatives that will help our distributors grow their businesses," said Johnson.
Global expansion of the company's distributor business methods continued to gain traction during the quarter. Over 16,000 distributors were trained on the Nutrition Club party-planning concept, which was introduced into six new markets during the quarter, and the Personal Wellness Evaluation method expanded into several new markets. "We are extremely pleased with the global acceptance of our Nutrition Club method and continue to support our distributors in acculturating the concept in markets beyond Mexico," said Greg Probert, the company's president and chief operating officer. "Additionally, we are equally excited that new business building techniques are being formulated and the unification within our distributor organization is accelerating the expansion of these best practices worldwide," Probert continued.
The company also remained focused on the globalization of its core products during the quarter. LiftOff(TM) expanded into eight European markets and Japan. NouriFusion was also introduced to 14 new markets, including Brazil, Turkey and Russia. Furthermore, reinforcing its commitment to distributor support and training, the company named the 11th member to its Medical Advisory Board, U.K. sports medicine specialist Ralph Rogers M.D.
Global branding continues to be a key component in supporting the recruiting and retailing efforts of the company's distributors. Sponsorships during the quarter included the Florence Fitness Festival, the ITU Madrid Triathlon World Cup, the Hong Kong Annual Dragon Boat Championships and the 1st KBS SKY Marathon in Korea. "Our distributors are excited about these branding initiatives, and we will continue to invest strategically in grassroots events to accelerate distributor activation, associate Herbalife with healthy, active lifestyles and increase consumer awareness of the Herbalife brand," said Johnson.
During the quarter, the company also supported the opening of three new Casa Herbalife programs in Mexico, Argentina and Thailand. "Through the Casa Herbalife program, we are able to build upon the dream of Mark Hughes, our founder, of providing healthy meals to underprivileged children around the world," said Johnson.
Furthermore, the company continued the execution of its China strategy by opening nine new stores in eight key provinces, bringing the total to 28 stores in 17 provinces as of June 30, 2006. "I am pleased with the progress we have made in China and we remain encouraged about our long-term prospects in this important market," said Probert. "We have expanded our retail presence in key provinces throughout the mainland and remain well positioned to execute our broader strategy once the licensing process is complete," he continued.
The Americas, which comprised 49.8 percent of worldwide sales, reported net sales of $232.3 million in the second quarter, up 39.2 percent versus the same period of 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales increased 37.4 percent. This increase was largely attributable to continued sales growth in the company's largest market, Mexico, which reported an 86.0 percent increase during the quarter versus 2005. The strong regional performance was also driven by growth in Brazil, up 27.1 percent, and the U.S., up 5.7 percent, in each case versus the second quarter 2005. Total supervisors in the region, as of June 30, 2006, increased 41.0 percent versus 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, net sales in the Americas increased 48.5 percent to $456.3 million, as compared to the same period in 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, year-to-date net sales in the region increased 44.0 percent.
Europe, which comprised 31.2 percent of worldwide sales, reported net sales of $145.2 million in the second quarter, up 2.4 percent versus the same period of 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales increased 2.7 percent. The performance was primarily attributable to growth in several of the region's top markets, including Portugal, up 50.5 percent, France, up 34.9 percent, Italy, up 17.7 percent, and Spain, up 12.9 percent, in each case compared to the second quarter of 2005. However, these increases were partially offset by declines in Germany and the Netherlands, which were down 14.9 percent and 21.2 percent, respectively, versus 2005. Total supervisors in the region, as of June 30, 2006, increased 0.8 percent versus 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, net sales in Europe increased slightly to $286.7 million, as compared to the same period in 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, year-to-date net sales in the region increased 4.1 percent.
Asia Pacific, which comprised 14.9 percent of worldwide sales, reported net sales of $69.6 million in the second quarter, up 24.7 percent versus the same period of 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales increased 22.9 percent. The increase was primarily attributable to incremental sales from Malaysia and China, and growth in several other markets such as Thailand, up 39.4 percent, and South Korea, up 18.9 percent. These gains were partially offset by declines in other markets such as Taiwan, which decreased 4.6 percent, resulting from additional distributor focus on new market opportunities in Malaysia and China. Total supervisors in the region, as of June 30, 2006, increased 20.8 percent versus 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, net sales in Asia Pacific increased 18.8 percent to $137.6 million, as compared to the same period in 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, year-to-date net sales in the region increased 18.1 percent.
Japan, which comprised 4.1 percent of worldwide sales, reported net sales of $18.9 million in the second quarter, down 6.3 percent versus the same period of 2005. Excluding currency fluctuations, net sales decreased 0.4 percent. Total supervisors in the region, as of June 30, 2006, declined 0.9 percent versus 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, net sales in Japan declined 12.6 percent to $41.2 million, as compared to the same period in 2005. However, excluding currency fluctuations, year-to-date net sales in the region decreased 4.4 percent.
On July 21, 2006, the company completed its previously announced refinancing of its existing $225.0 million senior secured credit facility (the "Refinancing"). The new $300.0 million senior secured credit facility consists of a $200.0 million, seven-year term loan and a $100.0 million, six-year revolving credit facility.
At closing, the company used approximately $65.0 million of available cash and borrowed $15.0 million under the new revolver to repay the outstanding borrowings under its existing senior credit facility and fund closing costs.
The company also announced that it advised the Trustee of its 9 1/2% Notes due 2011 (the "Notes"), of the company's election to redeem the outstanding $165.0 million aggregate principal amount of Notes at the mandatory redemption price of approximately $109.80 per $100.00 aggregate principal amount of Notes. The company intends to use the proceeds from the new $200.0 million term loan to fund the redemption and pay accrued interest. The anticipated redemption date is August 23, 2006.
In conjunction with the Refinancing, the company expects to incur an after-tax one-time charge of approximately $14.0 million, representing the call premium on the Notes and the write-off of unamortized deferred financing costs.
Diluted Earnings Per Share Guidance
Third quarter 2006 diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.43 to $0.46, based on management's outlook for continued sales growth in its key geographic markets. As a result of its higher than expected financial performance through the first half of the year and lower expected interest expense resulting from its recent recapitalization, the company is raising its full year 2006 diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.90 to $1.96. The company's third quarter 2006 diluted earnings per share estimates exclude the impact of the anticipated $14.0 million, one-time after-tax charge relating to the Refinancing. In addition to this charge, the company's full year 2006 diluted earnings per share estimates also exclude the impact of the $3.7 million one-time tax benefit realized in the first quarter of 2006.
About Herbalife Ltd.
Herbalife ( http://www.herbalife.com) is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 62 countries through a network of more than one million independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation ( http://www.herbalifefamily.org) and its Casa Herbalife program to bring good nutrition to children. Please visit Investor Relations ( http://ir.herbalife.com) for additional financial information.
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