Company Aims to Apply for a Direct Selling License
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2005--Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ NMS: BHIP - News), (the "Company"), an international direct selling company, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved, and the Company has invested, an additional $10 million cash into its Chinese subsidiary. This additional investment is specifically aimed to qualify for the capital requirements as set forth in China's Direct Selling Laws, expected to be adopted on December 1, 2005. The Company intends to apply for a direct selling license in early December.
In the past year, the Chinese government has circulated a few iterations of the draft Direct Selling Laws. The latest version requires, among other criteria, that applicants make at least $10 million investment into their proposed Chinese operating subsidiary, a prerequisite to their request for such license.
Robert H. Hesse, the Company's Interim Chief Executive Officer, said: "We have drawn upon our operating experience in the Asian theater and developed a comprehensive business plan which, in our opinion, is in full compliance with the new legislation. China presents the greatest opportunity in our lifetime. Our products have already been permitted, the capital is now committed, and we have offices working in Zhuhai and Guongzhou of the Guongdong Province as well as in Beijing. We opened an experience center, where consumers can sample our products, in Guongzhou in July, and we have a warehouse operating in Zhuhai. We are confident that this latest initiative will propel Natural Health Trends into the highest tier of direct selling companies, and one of the few which will be approved by the government to operate in mainland China."
Natural Health Trends Corp. is an international direct-selling company operating in more than 30 markets throughout Asia, North America, Eastern Europe and Latin America. The Company markets premium quality personal care products under the Lexxus brand. Additional information can be found on the Company's website, and management encourages interested parties to register for updated corporate information via e-mail on the Company's homepage, www.naturalhealthtrendscorp.com.
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