- Fourth quarter net sales of $271.3 million
- Fourth quarter net earnings of $30.8 million, or $1.41 per share
- Fiscal year net sales of $1.061 billion
- Fiscal year net earnings of $100.5 million, or $4.41 per share
- Company provides 2020 Outlook for Net Sales between $1.03 billion and $1.13 billion and EPS between $4.10 and $4.90
USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full-year ended December 28, 2019.
Fourth quarter 2019 net sales were $271.3 million, compared with $299.0 million in the prior-year period. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar negatively impacted net sales by $2.9 million for the quarter. The Company’s total number of active Customers at the end of the fourth quarter was 586,000, compared to 616,000 in the prior-year period. On a sequential quarter basis, net sales increased 4.1%, while active Customers increased 5.0% during the fourth quarter of 2019.
Fourth quarter net earnings were $30.8 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $32.3 million, or $1.32 per share during the prior-year period. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 21.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with diluted shares of 24.5 million in the prior-year period.
“Our fourth quarter results were stronger than expected and allowed us to finish the year strong,” said Kevin Guest, Chief Executive Officer. “Our performance was driven by a better-than-expected response to promotions we offered during the quarter, as well as improved general momentum in many of our markets around the world, including China.
“As we begin fiscal 2020, we believe our business is positioned to deliver solid operating results. However, we acknowledge the evolving situation in China, where our customers, employees, and China’s health officials are responding to the spread of the coronavirus. While the Chinese New Year holiday typically affects our first quarter results, we expect an additional negative impact this year as a result of the coronavirus and the related impact on our business and consumer spending in China. Notwithstanding the expected impact to our near-term results, we remain confident in our China business and our long-term opportunity in this important market.”
Net sales in the Asia Pacific region for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $217.3 million as compared to $243.3 million during the fourth quarter of the prior year. The total number of active customers in the Asia Pacific region was 459,000, compared to 487,000 in the prior-year period. Within Asia Pacific, net sales:
- Decreased 21.4% in Greater China (down 20.2% on a constant currency basis);
- Increased 42.2% in North Asia (up 48.0% on a constant currency basis); and
- Increased 2.8% in Southeast Asia Pacific (up 2.4% on a constant currency basis).
Active Customers decreased by 13.2% in Greater China (up 6.2% sequentially) and were essentially flat in Southeast Asia Pacific. In North Asia, Active customers increased by 43.6%. On a sequential quarter basis, net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased 4.2% while active Customers increased 5.5% during the fourth quarter of 2019.
Mr. Guest continued, “During the fourth quarter, our South Korea business continued to deliver strong sales and customer growth for our North Asia region. We also saw improvement in our Southeast Asia Pacific and Greater China regions, where sales and customer counts increased sequentially.”
Net sales in the Americas and Europe region for the fourth quarter were $54.0 million as compared to $55.8 million for the prior-year period. The total number of active customers in the Americas and Europe region was 127,000, compared to 129,000 in the prior-year period.
Fiscal 2019 Results
Net sales for fiscal 2019 totaled $1.061 billion, compared with $1.189 billion in 2018. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar negatively impacted net sales by approximately $34.5 million for the full year. On a constant currency basis, net sales decreased by 7.9% during fiscal 2019.
Net earnings for 2019 totaled $100.5 million, or $4.41 per diluted share, compared with $126.2 million, or $5.12 per diluted share in the prior year. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 22.8 million for the full-year 2019, compared with diluted shares of 24.6 million in the prior-year.
During the year, the Company repurchased approximately 2.0 million shares of common stock for $150.0 million. The Company ended the year with no debt and $234.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. As of December 28, 2019, there was $30.0 million remaining under the current share repurchase authorization.
Mr. Guest added, “Despite the challenges we faced in 2019, we executed several meaningful initiatives that generated momentum in the business and aligned operating expenses with sales results. Several of these initiatives improved the speed, convenience, and overall experience of doing business with USANA, and help position the Company for future growth.
“In 2020, we will continue to focus on growing our customer base by executing our customer experience strategy. Under this strategy, we will continue to (i) emphasize product and technology innovation; (ii) launch new products and incentive offerings; (iii) evolve from an Associate focused business to an overall customer focused business; (iv) expand our in-house manufacturing capability to include additional product categories; and (v) pursue strategic collaborations or acquisitions to grow our business. We are confident in our long-term growth potential in China and our other regions around the world and remain committed to generating growth and delivering shareholder value.”
USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy foods and personal care products that are sold directly to Associates and Preferred Customers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Belgium, Colombia, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, Romania, and Italy.
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