Nature's Sunshine Products Authorizes New 1,000,000 Common Share Repurchase Plan

PROVO, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2002--Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:NATR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of encapsulated herbs and vitamins, announced today that its Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program for up to 1,000,000 additional shares of its common stock.

The Company also reported that it had completed the repurchase of 1,000,000 common shares authorized in February 2001 at an average purchase price of $11.00 per share. Over the past two years, Nature's Sunshine has repurchased approximately 2.5 million shares of common stock in the open market. There are approximately 15.7 million shares outstanding.

The Company approved the buyback plan because the Board of Directors believes the stock is undervalued and is an attractive investment. The stock will be purchased in the open market and will be used for general corporate purposes.

Nature's Sunshine Products manufactures and markets through direct sales encapsulated and tableted herbal products, high quality natural vitamins and other complementary products. In addition to the U.S., the Company has operations in South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Canada, Colombia, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Peru, Central America, Ecuador and Israel. The Company also has exclusive distribution agreements with selected companies in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Malaysia, Norway and the Russian Federation.

Statements in this press release concerning the Company's business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses or other financial items, and product line growth, together with other statements that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined under Federal Securities Laws. "Forward-looking statements" are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, foreign business risks, industry cyclicality, fluctuations in customer demand and order pattern, the seasonal nature of the business, changes in pricing and general economic conditions, as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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