Reliv International, Inc., a maker of nutritional supplements that promote optimal health, today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2016.
Reliv reported net sales of $10.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared with net sales of $12.2 million in the third quarter of 2015. U.S. net sales decreased to $8.6 million from $9.8 million, a decline of 12.1 percent. Net sales in Reliv's foreign markets for the third quarter of 2016 decreased 9.5 percent compared with net sales in the prior-year third quarter. Absent the impact of foreign currency fluctuation as the result of a stronger U.S. dollar, net sales in Reliv's foreign markets were flat during the third quarter of 2016 compared to the prior-year quarter.
Reliv reported net income for the third quarter of 2016 of $134,000 (income per diluted share of $0.07) compared to a net loss of $289,000 (loss per diluted share of $0.16) in the third quarter of 2015. All earnings/loss per share amounts are based on the number of shares outstanding subsequent to the one-for-seven reverse stock split that took effect on October 4, 2016. Income from operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $34,000 compared to a loss from operations of $377,000 in the same period in 2015. The impact to operations from the decrease in net sales was offset by a reduction in selling, general and administrative expenses (SGA). SGA expenses were $4.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $5.7 million in the third quarter of 2015. The decrease in SGA expenses is the result of a cost reduction program implemented in May 2016 and completed in the third quarter of 2016.
Net sales for the first nine months of 2016 were $34.9 million, which represents an 11.7 percent decrease from the same period in 2015. Net sales in the United States and in Reliv's foreign markets decreased by 11.8 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively, in the first nine months of 2016 compared with the same period last year. Foreign currency fluctuation contributed 7.3 percent of the decline in net sales in Reliv's foreign markets during the first nine months of 2016.
Reliv reported a net loss of $897,000, or $0.49 per diluted share in the first nine months of 2016, compared to a net loss of $1.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share in the same period of 2015.
As previously reported, Reliv executed a one-for-seven (1:7) reverse stock split and Reliv's common stock began trading on a split-adjusted basis when the market opened on October 4, 2016. As a result of the reverse stock split, each seven pre-split shares of common stock automatically combined into one new share of common stock, and the number of outstanding common shares decreased from approximately 12.9 million shares to 1.85 million shares. This reverse stock split, and the resulting increase in Reliv's per share price, allowed Reliv to satisfy the NASDAQ minimum share price requirement for continued listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.
We are pleased that our cost reduction program is fully implemented and we have returned to profitability; however, there is still much work to be done, said Robert L. Montgomery, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. We continue to work on promoting the business opportunity with focus on training the distributor force to succeed in this business.
Along with that work, we are planning ahead to 2017 with the introduction of a new product line and program called Fit3™, Montgomery commented. We expect Fit3 will combine a new line of products with an exercise and nutrition plan for maximum results. This program is already being tested by a group of distributors, with a launch planned for early 2017.
Reliv had cash and cash equivalents of $3.2 million as of September 30, 2016, compared to $3.3 million as of December 31, 2015 and $3.2 million as of September 30, 2015. Net cash generated from operating activities was $763,000 in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 compared to $1.1 million of cash used in operations in the prior-year nine-month period.
As of September 30, 2016, Reliv had 40,450 distributors and preferred customers — a decrease of 14.2 percent from September 30, 2015 — of which 5,320 are Master Affiliate level and above. The number of Master Affiliates decreased by 9.7 percent compared to the year-ago total. Master Affiliate is the level at which distributors are eligible to earn generation royalties. With the formal introduction of the Preferred Customer program in the United States and Canada in February 2016, Reliv now includes preferred customers as part of Active Distributor statistics.
About Reliv International, Inc.
Reliv International, based in Chesterfield, MO, produces nutritional supplements that promote optimal nutrition. Reliv supplements address essential nutrition, weight loss, athletic performance, digestive health, women's health, anti-aging and healthy energy. Reliv is the exclusive provider of LunaRich® products, which optimize levels of lunasin, a soy peptide that works at the epigenetic level to promote optimal health. The company sells its products through an international network marketing system of independent distributors in 15 countries. Learn more about Reliv at reliv.com, or on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
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