Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced fourth-quarter results, with revenue of $572.2 million, compared to $609.6 million in the prior-year period.
Revenue grew on a constant-currency basis, but was negatively impacted 7 percent, or approximately $42 million, by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.62, compared to $0.77 in the prior-year period.
The company also reported full-year 2015 revenue of $2.25 billion, compared to $2.57 billion in 2014. Annual revenue was negatively impacted 8 percent by a strengthened U.S. dollar. Earnings per share for 2015 were $2.25, compared to $3.11 in 2014.
We generated sequential business improvement in the fourth quarter as we continued introducing our newest ageLOC products, said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. We began initial sales of our ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement in the Americas region in the fourth quarter, generating a 16 percent year-over-year revenue improvement. This builds on the successful third-quarter introduction of ageLOC Youth in the South Asia/Pacific region.
The December introduction of our ageLOC Me customized skin care system was well received in Japan where we offered the product only through qualified sales leaders. We were encouraged by product sales, as well as sales leader growth. In South Korea, the introductory offer bundled the ageLOC Me device with a 12-month product subscription commitment.
While we believe this approach muted initial sales, we are seeing a high level of follow-on purchases in the first quarter, and we have gained valuable insights from these initial launches that we believe will help us maximize the impact of this innovative product going forward.
Looking at sales force trends, we see encouraging signs in several markets, which posted sales leader improvements in the quarter, continued Hunt. As we introduce our new products throughout the year, the key to our success will be our ability to generate growth in sales leaders and a corresponding increase in actives.
About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes innovative consumer products, offering a comprehensive line of premium-quality beauty and wellness solutions in 54 markets worldwide. The company builds upon its scientific expertise in both skin care and nutrition to continually develop innovative product brands that include the Nu Skin® personal care brand, the Pharmanex® nutrition brand, and most recently, the ageLOC® anti-aging brand.
Since its introduction in 2008, the ageLOC brand has generated more than $5 billion in sales, and built a loyal following for such products as the ageLOC® Youth nutritional supplement, the ageLOC® Me customized skin care system, and the ageLOC® TR90® weight management and body shaping system. Nu Skin sells its products through a global network of sales leaders. As a long-standing member of direct selling associations globally, Nu Skin is committed to the industry's consumer protective guidelines that support and protect those who sell and purchase its products through the direct selling channel. Nu Skin is also traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NUS. More information is available at http://www.nuskin.com.
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