SALT LAKE CITY, Mar 30, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. (formerly Weider Nutrition International, Inc.), (WNI) , today announced results for the fiscal 2006 third quarter and nine months ended February 28, 2006.
Schiff Nutrition's net sales were $49.6 million for the three months ended February 28, 2006, compared to $45.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2005. For its fiscal 2006 third quarter, Schiff Nutrition reported net income of $3.2 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period a year ago.
Schiff Nutrition's net sales were $133.1 million for both the nine months ended February 28, 2006, and the comparable period in fiscal 2005. For the first nine months of fiscal 2006, Schiff Nutrition reported net income of $9.7 million, or $0.36 per share, compared to $8.4 million, or $0.32 per share, for the same period a year ago.
Bruce Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We were encouraged by our overall 9.9 percent sales increase versus the year ago quarter, driven by our 29 percent increase in branded sales. At the same time, we experienced improvement in our gross margin, which along with the strong sales increase, contributed to the significant increase in earnings."
Wood continued, "We were also pleased with initial marketplace reaction to our Move Free(R) Advanced Formula launch during the quarter, based on our sales results and consumer point of sale data. Move Free Advanced has reached the retail shelves of many of our customers. We initiated marketing support of the Move Free Advanced Formula in February, and we expect the level of investment to accelerate in the fiscal fourth quarter. We remain confident that our continued strategic focus on profitable branded growth will positively impact fiscal 2007 and beyond."
About Schiff Nutrition
Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. (formerly Weider Nutrition International, Inc.) develops, manufactures, markets and distributes branded and private label vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition bars in the United States and throughout the world. To learn more about Schiff, please visit the web site www.schiffnutrition.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are based on management's beliefs and assumptions, current expectations, estimates, and projections. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the company's ability to control or predict, and, therefore, actual results may differ materially. Schiff Nutrition disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Important factors that may cause these forward-looking statements to be false include, but are not limited to: the inability to successfully launch Move Free Advanced, customer and consumer acceptance of Move Free Advanced, the inability to successfully implement marketing and spending programs behind our Move Free brand and other new branded products, the impact of raw material pricing, availability and quality (particularly relating to joint care products), the mix between branded and private label products and our ability to grow branded sales, the inability to achieve cost savings and operational efficiencies, the inability to increase operating margins and increase revenues, dependence on individual products, dependence on individual customers, the impact of competitive products and pricing (including private label), market and industry conditions (including pricing, demand for products and level of trade inventories), the impact of clinical studies regarding nutritional supplements, particularly relating to the joint care category, the success of product development, the inability to obtain customer acceptance of new product introductions, changes in laws and regulations, litigation and government regulatory action, the inability to obtain product liability insurance, uncertainty of market acceptance of new products, adverse publicity regarding the consumption of nutritional supplements, the inability to find strategic acquisitions or the inability to successfully consummate or integrate an acquisition, changes in accounting standards, and other factors indicated from time to time in the company's SEC reports, copies of which are available upon request from the company's investor relations department or may be obtained at the SEC's web site ( www.sec.gov).