SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 2, 2016.
“USANA generated solid results during the second quarter, which were in line with our expectations”
Net sales for the second quarter of 2016 increased to $258.5 million, up 10.8%, compared with $233.2 million in the prior-year period. The increase in net sales was driven by 15.9% growth in the number of active Associates and 6.6% growth in the number of Preferred Customers. Total customer growth during the quarter reflects sustained momentum in our worldwide business. The continued strength of the U.S. dollar, compared to the year-ago period, negatively impacted net sales by $12.4 million during the quarter. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased by 16.2%.
Net earnings for the second quarter of 2016 increased to $25.8 million, compared with $25.4 million during the prior-year period. Higher net sales and a lower effective tax rate were largely offset by lower gross margins and higher operating expenses during the quarter. The 270 basis point decrease in the effective tax rate is due in part to the Company’s early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (Topic 718) – Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. As a result of adopting this standard, on a year-over-year basis, the Company recognized (i) modestly higher equity compensation expense, (ii) a higher diluted share count, and (iii) a lower effective tax rate for the current-year quarter. While the adoption of this pronouncement increased net earnings by approximately $541,000, the resulting higher diluted share count partially offset this increase and earnings per share benefited by $0.02.
Earnings per diluted share for the second quarter increased by 7.8% to a record $2.07, compared with $1.92 in the prior year period. This increase in earnings per share was primarily the result of a lower number of diluted shares outstanding due to the Company’s share repurchases over the last 12 months. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 12.5 million as of the end of the second quarter of 2016, compared with 13.2 million in the prior-year period.
The Company continues to have a healthy balance sheet with $112.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt at the end of the second quarter. As of July 2, 2016, there was $35.4 million remaining under the current share repurchase authorization.
“USANA generated solid results during the second quarter, which were in line with our expectations,” said Dave Wentz, USANA’s co-CEO. “Our results reflect the momentum in our business and the demand for our high-quality products from our customers. We are excited about the product announcements we will make next month at our International Convention and believe these announcements will continue this momentum.”
Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased 15.1% to $194.2 million, despite a negative $9.5 million impact from a stronger U.S. dollar. Within Asia Pacific, net sales:
- Increased by 17.4% in Greater China (23.3% on a constant currency basis);
- Increased by 11.1% in the Southeast Asia Pacific region (16.2% on a constant currency basis); and
- Increased by 8.8% in the North Asia region (13.7% on a constant currency basis).
Sales growth in Greater China was driven by 26.0% active Associate growth in Mainland China, while sales growth in Southeast Asia Pacific was due to strong Associate growth in several markets, led by Australia and Malaysia. Sales growth in North Asia resulted from 27.3% Associate growth in South Korea. The total number of active Associates in the Asia Pacific region increased by 20.1% year-over-year.
Net sales in the Americas/Europe region were essentially flat at $64.3 million compared to the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, however, net sales in this region increased by 4.2% year-over-year. Mexico, Canada and France all generated double-digit local currency sales growth during the quarter. This growth was partially offset by a 5.8% year-over-year decline in net sales in the U.S.
“The execution of our 2016 initiatives, which include customer growth strategies and significant product launches, is helping drive our momentum,” continued Wentz. “During the quarter, we held our Asia Pacific Convention in Singapore and initiated the launch of our “MySmart™ Foods” products. Next month, we will hold our International Convention in Salt Lake City, where we will make another significant product announcement to an expected record breaking number of attendees. Science-based products have always been at the core of USANA’s business, and we believe that our 2016 product introductions will build on this core legacy and keep USANA at the forefront of nutritional supplementation.”
The Company reiterated its consolidated net sales outlook and updated its earnings per share outlook for 2016 as follows:
- Consolidated net sales between $1.02 billion and $1.05 billion, which is unchanged; and
- Earnings per share between $7.90 and $8.20, compared to prior guidance of $7.60 to $8.15.
“Our results for the quarter reflect the strength of our business around the world and the success of the initiatives we are executing,” commented Paul Jones, Chief Financial Officer. “Our balance sheet remains strong and we remain positioned to return value to shareholders. In light of the product introductions we have planned for the third quarter and the continued momentum in our business, we expect our results to accelerate through the second half of the year. Consequently, we are increasing our earnings per share guidance.”
The Company has posted the “Management Commentary, Results and Outlook” document on the Company’s website (www.usanahealthsciences.com) under the “Investor Relations” section of the site. USANA will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss today’s announcement with investors on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors may listen to the call by accessing USANA’s website at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com. The call will consist of brief opening remarks by the Company’s management team, before moving directly into questions and answers.