SALT LAKE CITY, Jul 19, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- USANA Health Sciences Inc. (USNA) today announced record financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2005 (ended July 2, 2005). The company achieved record net sales in the second quarter of $82 million, an increase of 22%, compared with $67.2 million in the second quarter of 2004. This growth was primarily driven by a 20% increase in the number of active associates and double-digit, year-over-year net sales gains achieved in all but one of the company's 12 markets.
Earnings from operations in the second quarter of 2005 grew 31.3% to $14.7 million, or 18% of net sales, compared with $11.2 million, or 16.7% of net sales, in the second quarter of 2004. The company achieved net earnings in the second quarter of 2005 of $9.5 million, an increase of 28.7%, compared with net earnings of $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2004. Earnings per share in the second quarter increased to $0.48 per share, an increase of 33.3%, compared with $0.36 per share in the second quarter of 2004.
For the six-month period ended July 2, 2005, net sales were $158.6 million, an increase of 22.9%, compared with $129 million in the first six months of 2004. Earnings from operations for the first six months of 2005 were $28.3 million, an increase of 38.2%, compared with $20.5 million for the same period in 2004. The company achieved net earnings in the first six months of 2005 of $18.5 million, an increase of 35.6%, compared with net earnings of $13.6 million in the first six months of 2004. Earnings per share increased 41% in the first six months of 2005 to $0.93, compared with $0.66 in the first six months of 2004.
During the second quarter, the company, through its current share buyback program, purchased and retired 353,000 shares for an investment of $15 million. Approximately $25 million remains under the share buyback authorization.
"We are pleased to report our 12th consecutive quarter of record net sales," said Dave Wentz, president of USANA. "On a year-over-year basis, we achieved double-digit growth in all but one of our 12 markets. Mexico was a particularly strong performer in the quarter, posting sales gains of over 76% and associate growth of 80%, compared with the same period in the prior year. In addition, Taiwan and Singapore both posted impressive revenue growth of 38%. In line with sales, the number of active associates grew to 125,000, an increase of 20%, compared with the second quarter of last year. Furthermore, sales grew sequentially in all of our markets.
"We continue to execute our strategy to increase sales in our existing markets," continued Wentz. "In the third quarter, we will begin an initiative of increasing the investment in our associates. We believe this initiative will bring additional associates into the business and accelerate our top-line growth. We also continue to prepare for opening a new market, which we now believe will occur in the fourth quarter."
Gilbert A. Fuller, USANA's chief financial officer, said, "We achieved another outstanding quarter for both sales and earnings. Operating profit improved both year over year and sequentially in the second quarter to 18% of net sales. This improvement was primarily driven by proportionately lower SG&A expenses.
"To update our guidance," Fuller continued, "we expect net sales in the third quarter of 2005, typically our slowest quarter of sequential growth, to be $82 million to $84 million, an increase of as much as 22%, compared with $68.7 million in the third quarter of last year. We also expect earnings per share in the third quarter of 2005 to be $0.47 to $0.49, as we begin our initiative to provide additional incentives to our associates. In addition, we are increasing our previously announced guidance for 2005. We now believe that net sales for the full year will be between $325 million and $330 million. This represents sales growth of 19% to 21%, compared with 2004. Finally, we now believe earnings per share for 2005 will be between $1.88 and $1.92, representing growth of 25% to 27%, compared with 2004."
USANA will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss this announcement with investors on Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at 11 a.m. EST. Investors may listen to the call by accessing USANA's Web site at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com and by clicking on the "Investors" icon.
USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritionals, personal care, and weight management products that are sold directly to preferred customers and associates throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. More information on USANA can be found at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including reliance upon our network of independent associates, the governmental regulation of our products, manufacturing and marketing risks, and uncertainties associated with our planned international expansion. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.