CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Nov 01, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Reliv International, Inc. (RELV) , a developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary nutritional supplements, today reported a 4.3 percent increase in net sales and an 8.1 percent increase in net income for the third quarter of 2006 compared to the same period last year.
Net sales were $29.8 million for the third quarter, compared to $28.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Net income rose to $1.80 million or $0.11 diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $1.67 million or $0.10 diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2005.
Through the first nine months of 2006, net sales were $88.8 million, up 3.2 percent over net sales of $86.1 million during the same period last year. Net income was $5.87 million or $0.35 diluted earnings per share, compared to $5.71 million or $0.35 diluted earnings per share in the same period in 2005.
"We said we expected to return to growth in net sales and net income after the second quarter, and we're pleased we accomplished that objective," said Robert L. Montgomery, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our goal is to return to double-digit growth," he added.
"A key to stronger growth will be increases in numbers of new distributors. We are starting to see results from our 'Mega Bonus' program, which is designed to award those that are moving volume through their organizations by sponsoring new distributors and bringing in new customers," Montgomery said.
"The number of distributors was up slightly compared with the second quarter of 2006. In fact, the third quarter represented the best quarter of the year for signups of new distributors, companywide and in the United States," Montgomery said. "Factors in that growth included the Mega Bonus program and momentum from our International Conference, held in July," he added.
To continue building momentum, in October Reliv held a successful regional leadership conference for distributors in Chicago and is scheduled to hold another distributor conference in Santa Clara, Calif., this month.
For the second quarter in a row, the company's international markets continued to move in the right direction. Sales were up 9.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2005, and Reliv reported sales growth in five of its seven international regions.
Australia/New Zealand, which reported a 44 percent increase in the third quarter 2006, and the United Kingdom/Ireland, which recorded a 35 percent rise, led the international growth.
"The decision to invest more senior management time in international markets continues to pay off," Montgomery said. "We're optimistic that we'll continue to see improvements in international operations."
Montgomery added, "We are well positioned in the wellness and the network marketing industries, both of which are growing. We offer distributors an outstanding business opportunity combined with a disciplined system proven to help distributors build their businesses. In addition, Reliv makes nutrition simple with proprietary products that are effective, easy to use and affordable," he said.
Reliv International, Inc., based in suburban St. Louis, Mo., develops, manufactures and markets a proprietary line of nutritional supplements addressing basic nutrition, specific wellness needs, weight management and sports nutrition. Reliv sells its products through an international network marketing system of approximately 65,000 independent distributors. Reliv International's common stock trades on NASDAQ under the symbol RELV. Additional information about Reliv International, Inc. can be obtained on the Web at http://www.reliv.com .
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