Nature's Sunshine Products reports 7% revenue increase in Q1

Nature's Sunshine Products reports 7% revenue increase in Q1

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 with net sales were $92.8 million.

Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:NATR - News), a leading natural health and wellness company, reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

For the First Quarter of 2011:

Net sales were $92.8 million, compared with $86.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 7.0 percent.

Operating income from continuing operations was $7.6 million, compared with $0.6 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 1,237.0%.

EBITDA, defined here as net income before taxes, depreciation and amortization, other income and adjusted to include share-based compensation expense, was $8.8 million, compared with $1.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 398.7 percent.

Net income from continuing operations was $6.6 million, compared with net income of $4.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 38.8 percent.

Basic and diluted net income per share from continuing operations was $0.43, compared with earnings per share of $0.31 for the same quarter a year ago.

As of March 31, 2011, shareholders' equity was $75.6 million, compared to $68.4 million on December 31, 2010, an increase of 10.6 percent.

As of March 31, 2011, active Managers worldwide were 30,300, an increase of 7.1 percent from the end of the prior quarter, while active Distributors worldwide were 696,400, an increase of 1.7 percent from the end of the prior quarter.

Additional Financial Information:

Certain events affected the comparability of 2011 versus 2010 quarterly results, as outlined below. For a more detailed comparison of 2011 versus 2010 results, refer to Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Other income in the prior year quarter benefited from a $3.7 million foreign exchange gain related to the implementation of highly inflationary accounting for Venezuela and the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolivar.

The effective income tax rate was 16.0% compared with a tax benefit of 37.0% in the same quarter a year ago. The change in the effective tax rate was primarily due to the Company's increase in operating income for the current quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The effective tax rates for both periods were reduced by decreases in tax liabilities associated with uncertain tax positions due to the expiration of the statue of limitations of $1.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively.

NSP United States Segment Results for the First Quarter:

Net sales were $35.6 million, compared with $36.7 million in the same quarter a year ago, a decrease of 2.8 percent. Shifting the timing of our national convention from the fall of 2010 to the spring of 2011 negatively affected Manager retention and Distributor recruiting efforts during the prior year and the current quarter. The prior year quarter also included heavy Manager and Distributor purchases in advance of price increases the following quarter. Net sales revenue also decreased compared to the same period in the prior year due to changes to some of our promotional programs.

Operating income was $3.8 million, compared with $0.5 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 717.0 percent. The increase in operating income is primarily the result of significant cost reductions in our selling, general and administrative expenses.

NSP International Segment Results for the First Quarter:

Net sales were $36.5 million, compared with $36.2 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 1.0 percent. In local currencies, net sales decreased by 0.3 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. The decrease in local currency sales is due to lower sales in our Dominican Republic, Japan and Mexico markets, mostly offset by higher sales in our Russian markets and positive currency fluctuations.

Operating income was $2.1 million, compared with $0.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 149.0 percent. This increase was the result of cost reductions, as well as the impact of prior year value-added tax reserve charges in our Mexico business.

Synergy Worldwide Results for the First Quarter:

Net sales were $20.7 million, compared with $13.9 million in the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 48.1 percent. In local currencies, net sales increased 42.8 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. The increase in net sales was primarily due to growth in our United States, Korean and European markets, and the opening of our Vietnam market.

Operating income was $1.8 million, compared with an operating loss of $0.7 million for the same quarter in the prior year, an increase of 353.0 percent. This increase was primarily due to improvements in sales within its European, U.S, and Korean subsidiaries as well as cost reductions.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has included information concerning EBITDA because management utilizes this information in the evaluation of its operations and believes that this measure is a useful indicator of the Company's ability to fund its business. EBITDA has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Further, this non-GAAP financial measure, as presented by the Company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The Company has included a reconciliation of EBITDA to reported earnings under GAAP in the attached financial tables.

About Nature's Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products (Nasdaq: NATR - News), a leading natural health and wellness company, markets and distributes nutritional, herbal, weight management, energy, and other complementary products through a global direct sales force of over 600,000 independent distributors in more than 40 countries. Nature's Sunshine manufactures its products through its own state-of-the-art facilities to ensure its products continue to set the standard for the highest quality, safety and efficacy on the market today. The Company also supports health and wellness for children around the world through its partnership with the Little Heroes Foundation. Additional information about the Company can be obtained at its website, www.natr.com.

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