Natural Health Trends Corp., a leading direct selling company that markets premium quality personal care, wellness and “quality of life” products under the NHT Global brand, announced financial results for the quarter and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights
- Total revenues were $31.8 million, up 125% compared to $14.2 million in the third quarter last year.
- Operating income was $5.5 million, up 312% compared to $1.3 million in the third quarter last year.
- Net income was $5.4 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter last year.
Year-to-Date Financial Highlights
- Year-to-date revenues were $89.2 million, up 167% compared to $33.4 million in the first nine months last year.
- Operating income was $14.8 million, up 475% compared to $2.6 million in the first nine months last year.
- Net income was $14.6 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the first nine months last year.
“We continued our strong momentum into the third quarter, with our highest level of orders in any quarter this year,” commented Chris Sharng, President of Natural Health Trends Corp. “We are effectively leveraging our business model, with a 308% increase in net income during the quarter. In just nine months, we have delivered a 256% increase in net income compared to all of 2013.”
“Our efforts to add new products have helped accelerate our growth, and we are simultaneously working to improve the performance of our distributors, through leadership development and training programs, services and promotions, and this effort is showing positive results as our member base is increasingly well informed and motivated, driving higher average sales per member,” continued Mr. Sharng. “We remain very pleased with the recent performance and we are increasingly optimistic about the long-term future of Natural Health Trends.”
Dividend and Share Repurchase
The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.032 per share on outstanding Series A preferred stock, which represents the accrued unpaid dividends through the declaration date, and a cash dividend of $0.01 per share on each share of common stock outstanding, representing an aggregate dividend amount of $130,000, payable in cash on December 3, 2014 to stockholders of record on November 25, 2014.
Additionally, on November 4, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a special, stock repurchase program of up to $5 million of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. Such repurchases are expected to begin during November and be complete by January 2015. Such purchases will be made in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). For all or a portion of the authorized repurchase amount, the Company may enter into a plan that is compliant with Rule 10b5-1 of the Exchange Act that is designed to facilitate these purchases. The repurchase program does not require the Company to acquire a specific number of shares, and may be suspended from time to time or discontinued. The share repurchases will be funded from available working capital.
About Natural Health Trends Corp.
Natural Health Trends Corp. is an international direct-selling and e-commerce company operating through its subsidiaries throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. The company markets premium quality personal care, wellness and “quality of life” products under the NHT Global brand.