Part 3: Financial / Business (Mar. 2005)

Companies in the News: Forbes Medi-Tech Inc., Fonterra, AEterna Zentaris Inc., Atrium Biotechnologies Inc., Natural Health Trends Corp., AMS Health Sciences, Inc., Oregon Chai, Kerry Group, Frutarom, Natrol, Inc., AMS Health Sciences, Inc., Hansen Natural Corporation, Zila, Inc., Martek Biosciences Corporation, SunOpta Inc., General Nutrition Centers, Inc., Burcon NutraScience Corporation, Reliv International, Inc., Glanbia plc., National Foods, San Miguel Corporation, United Natural Foods, Inc.

[3/31/2005] Forbes Medi-Tech Announces Financial Results
Canada-based Forbes Medi-Tech Inc. (TSX:FMI; NASDAQ:FMTI) has reported FY04 and Q4 results, with revenues of $5.76 million for Q4 compared to $3.93 million prior year, and an FY04 total revenue of $17.6 million , versus $14.3 for 2003. The company noted a net loss of $0.25 per share for the year, compared to a net loss of $0.09 per share for FY03.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12073&zoneid=12
http://www.forbesmedi.com/s/Home.asp
http://www.npicenter.com/listings/CompanyDetail.aspx?companyId=22939

[3/30/2005] New Zealand Milk becomes Fonterra Brands
New Zealand-based Dairy company Fonterra has announced that its consumer business, New Zealand Milk, is to be renamed Fonterra Brands.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12061&zoneid=12
http://www.fonterra.com/default.jsp

[3/30/2005] Atrium Biotechnologies Files Final Prospectus for Initial Public Offering
Canada-based health products company AEterna Zentaris Inc. (CA:AEZ)(AEZS) has announced that its 61.1% subsidiary, Atrium Biotechnologies Inc. (TSX: ATB.sv), has filed a prospectus in all Canadian provinces, for an Initial Public Offering of 6,250,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of $12 per share, for total proceeds of $75 million (CDN). According to the company, the offering is expected to close April 6, 2005.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12062&zoneid=12
http://www.aeternazentaris.com

[3/25/2005] Natural Health Trends Corp. Announces Fiscal 2004 Results
US-based supplement company Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ NMS:BHIP) has announced FY04 and Q4 results, reporting Q4 sales of $36.3 million compared to $22.6 million prior year, and recording a net loss for Q4 of approximately $802,000, or $0.12 per fully diluted share, versus net income of $1.1 million, or $0.19 per fully diluted share the previous year. The decrease in net income was due to higher commissions paid to distributors and selling, general and administrative expenses. for FY04, sales rose from $62.6 million to $133.2 million, with net income reported at $1.2 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $4.7 million, or $0.83 per fully diluted share for FY03.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12034&zoneid=12
http://www.naturalhealthtrendscorp.com

[3/25/2005] AMS Health Sciences Launches Retail Merchant Division
Multi-level supplement company AMS Health Sciences, Inc. (AMM) has announced the launch of a new Retail Merchant Division to sell its products to health food stores, spas, gyms, privately owned drug and herb shops, as well as alternative health professionals. The concept, intended to support the multi-level sales environment, has been field-tested in Oklahoma City, and requires that associates wishing to participate in the program go through a retail training process and make a full-time commitment to the program.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12036&zoneid=12
http://www.amsonline.com

[3/24/2005] Oregon Chai to Leave Oregon
According to an article in the Portland Business Journal, beverage company Oregon Chai, one year after its acquisition by Ireland-based Kerry Group, is in the process of closing its Portland, Oregon operations and moving to the Kerry offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to the article, product is still manufactured at the two facilities (one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast) that manufactured it prior to the sale.
Web Resources:
http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2005/03/21/story4.html

[3/24/2005] Frutarom Reports 2004 Results
Israel-based Frutarom (LSE: FRUTq, TASE: FRUT) has announced FY04 results, reporting sales of $196.8 million compared to $139.3 million prior year, with net profit of $15.8 million comparing to $8.0 million in 2003.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=12031&zoneid=12
http://www.frutarom.com/

[3/16/2005] Natrol Announces 2004 Results
US-based supplement company Natrol, Inc. (NTOL) has announced FY04 and Q4 results, reporting net income of $1.9 million or $0.13 per diluted share for FY04 compared to a net loss of $1.5 million or $0.11 per share prior year. The company reported net sales for 2004 rose 9.1%, from $72.7 million to $79.3 million.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11968&zoneid=12
htp://www.natrol.com/

[3/15/2005] AMS Health Sciences Announces 2004 Year-End Financial Results
US-based supplement company AMS Health Sciences, Inc., (AMM) has announced FY04 results, reporting net sales of $18.5 million for FY04 compared to $18.5 million the prior year. According to the company, 2004 net loss was reported at $6.3 million, or $(0.90) per common and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.6 million, or $(0.57) per common and diluted share in 2003. The company noted that it replaced revenues of approximately $500,000 per month from 2003 ephedra-related product sales.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11961&zoneid=12
http://www.amsonline.com

[3/14/2005] Hansen Natural Corporation Reports Financial Results for 2004
US-based nutritional product company Hansen Natural Corporation (HANS) has announced FY04 and Q4 results, reporting net sales for FY04 of $180.3 million compared to $110.4 million the prior year, while net income grew from $5.9 million, or $0.55 per diluted share to $20.4 million, or $1.73 per diluted share. According to the company, the results were due in large part to increased sales volumes of Monster Energy(R) drinks and Lo-Carb Monster Energy(R) drinks.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11947&zoneid=12
http://www.hansens.com/

[3/10/2005] Zila Announces Results for Its Fiscal 2005 Second Quarter
US-based health products company Zila, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZILA) has announced FY05 Q2 results, with net revenues of $13.3 million, down from $13.6 million prior year. The company noted that Zila Nutraceuticals revenues increased by $1.2 million to $9.8 million. Overall, the company reported a net loss for the quarter of $2.7 million, (six cents per share), compared to a loss of $1.0 million, (two cents per share) prior year.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11906&zoneid=12
http://www.zila.com

[3/10/2005] Martek Announces First Quarter Financial Results
US-based Martek Biosciences Corporation (MATK) has announced FY05 Q1 results, reporting revenues of $66.5 million compared to $35.6 million Q1 prior year, with net income of $7.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $3.4 million, or $0.11 per diluted share previous year. According to an article on iWon, in yesterday's after hours trading, Martek's shares fell $8.39, or 12.9%, to $56.79, according to Inet, despite the fact that the company met most estimates.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11904&zoneid=12
http://www.martekbio.com/

[3/9/2005] SunOpta Announces 2004 Year End Results
Canada-based SunOpta Inc. (STKL) (CA:SOY) has reported results for FY04 and Q4 with sales of $306,251,000 compared to $199,099,000 in 2003, and net earnings of $11,016,000 or $0.20 per diluted common share compared to $8,966,000 or $0.18 per diluted common share in 2003. According to the company, overall revenue growth of 54% was driven by internal growth of 14.5% and growth via acquisitions of 39.5%.
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http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11894&zoneid=12
http://www.sunopta.com/

[3/4/2005] GNC Reports Preliminary Unaudited Results
US-based General Nutrition Centers, Inc. has reported preliminary figures for FY04 and Q4, reporting reported consolidated revenues of $301.3 million for Q4 compared to $343.7 million prior year, within the range earlier provided as an estimate. EBITDA rose from $22.4 million to $22.8 million, same store sales declined by 9.7% in company-owned domestic stores and 10.6% in domestic franchise locations. Year-end results showed a sales decline of 5.9% from $1.429 billion to $1.345 billion.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/tools/quotes/newsarticle.asp?guid=%7b6C6DA60D-6762-47DE-856F-E30D0577C695%7d&siteid=mktw&dist=nbk&symb=
http://www.gnc.com/

[3/2/2005] Burcon Announces Third Quarter Results
Canada-based Burcon NutraScience Corporation (TSXV-BU) has reported FY05 Q3 results, posting a net loss of $637,306 ($0.04 per share) for FY05 Q3, compared to $579,818 ($0.04 per share) for same period in FY03.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11832&zoneid=12
http://www.burcon.ca/

[3/2/2005] Reliv International Reports 2004 Results
US-based supplement company Reliv International, Inc. (RELV) has announced FY04 results, reporting a 24% increase in net income, from $4.34 million or $0.26 per share diluted to $5.37 million or $0.31 per share diluted, on sales of $96.98 million compared to $76.96 million in 2003.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11831&zoneid=12
http://www.reliv.com

[3/2/2005] Glanbia Announces Sales Results
According to an article on just-food.com, Ireland-based Glanbia plc. has issued FY04 results, reporting sales of €1.83bn (US$2.4bn) compared to €1.66bn in 2003, while operating profit fell from €88.5bn to €83.5bn.
Web Resources:
http://www.just-food.com/news_detail.asp?art=60071&nf=yes
http://www.glanbia.com/

[3/2/2005] Fonterra Lifts Bid for National Foods
New Zealand-based dairy company Fonterra has announced that it is raising its offer for Australia's National Foods by ten cents per share, and by 30 cents per share if it acquires 90% or more of National Foods. The increase is an effort to top rival bidder San Miguel Corporation, with Fonterra's bid now standing at $6.00 per share compared to $5.90 from San Miguel.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11824&zoneid=12
http://www.fonterra.com/default.jsp

[3/1/2005] United Natural Foods Announces Second Quarter Results
US-based distributor United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has announced FY05 Q2 results, with net income including special items of $9.2 million, or $0.22 per share on a diluted basis, on sales of $504.7 million, which compares with sales of $393.2 million prior year.
Web Resources:
http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=11808&zoneid=12
http://www.unfi.com

[3/1/2005] Kerry Group Announces FY04 Results
According to an article on just-food.com, Ireland-based Kerry Group has announced a 13.1% rise in operating profits for FY04 with turnover of €4.129bn, compared with €3.69bn in 2003.
Web Resources:
http://www.just-food.com/news_detail.asp?art=60053&nf=yes
http://www.kerrygroup.com/

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