Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced fourth-quarter results with revenue of $531.3 million, compared to $572.2 million in the prior-year period. Quarterly revenue was negatively impacted 1 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.69, compared to $0.62 in the prior-year period.
The company's earnings per share in the fourth quarter included a negative $0.10 impact from a tax charge related to the enactment of a new U.S. tax regulation in December.
The company also reported full-year 2016 revenue of $2.21 billion, compared to $2.25 billion in 2015. Annual revenue was approximately even on a local-currency basis but was negatively impacted 2 percent by a strong U.S. dollar. Earnings per share for 2016 were $2.55, compared to $2.25 in 2015.
The company also reiterated guidance provided at its 2016 investor day in December with anticipated revenue of $2.26 to $2.30 billion and earnings per share of $3.10 to $3.25, assuming a 3 to 4 percent negative foreign currency impact.
The fourth quarter of 2016 showed a decline against 2015 due to approximately $50 million of product launch revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015, said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016 was also negatively impacted by $7 million of deferred revenue, primarily from a stronger-than-anticipated response to a promotion of ageLOC Me cartridges in China where orders outstripped our supply.
For the year, we were pleased to generate continued improvement in local currency revenue results. We made significant progress executing our 2016 priorities, including growing in China, successfully launching our ageLOC Me and ageLOC Youth products, and finalizing development of our upcoming LumiSpa product. We believe these steps have positioned us for growth in 2017 and beyond. We are excited by the opportunities ahead, which we believe will create value for our shareholders.
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. 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.
The ageLOC brand has generated a loyal following for such products as the ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement, the ageLOC Me® customized skin care system, as well as the ageLOC TR90® weight management and body shaping system. Nu Skin sells its products through a global network of sales leaders in Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Pacific.
As a long-standing member of direct selling associations globally, Nu Skin is committed to the industry's consumer guidelines that protect and support 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 nuskin.com.
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