- Positive sales momentum in emerging international markets
- Maintained strong gross profit and operating income margins
- Announced market entry into Malaysia
- Increased quarterly dividend 9% to $0.12 per share
- Declared special dividend of $0.15 per share
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC), a leading direct-selling and e-commerce company that markets premium quality personal care, wellness and “quality of life” products under the NHT Global brand, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
• Total revenue decreased 43% to $40.1 million, compared to $70.7 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- Revenue from the Company’s Hong Kong operations, which represented 87% of total revenue, decreased 47% to $35.0 million, compared to $65.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.
- Revenue outside of Hong Kong increased 6% to $5.1 million, compared to $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.
• Operating income decreased 44% to $8.5 million, compared to $15.2 million in the third quarter of 2016. As a percent of total revenue, operating income was 21%, compared to 22% in the third quarter of 2016.
• Net income was $7.3 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to $12.6 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016.
• The number of Active Members1 decreased 7% to 99,690 at September 30, 2017, compared to 107,290 at June 30, 2017, and decreased 19% compared to 122,900 at September 30, 2016.
1 Natural Health Trends defines Active Members as those that have placed at least one product order with the Company during the preceding twelve month period.
Year-to-Date 2017 Financial Highlights
- Total revenue decreased 33% to $151.5 million, compared to $225.4 million in the first nine months of 2016.
- Operating income decreased 22% to $34.4 million, compared to $44.1 million in the first nine months of 2016. As a percent of total revenue, operating income was 23%, compared to 20% in the first nine months of 2016.
- Net income was $28.1 million, or $2.49 per diluted share, compared to $36.0 million, or $3.14 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2016.
“While we made progress during the third quarter to revitalize sales growth, certain short-term factors exerted significant adverse effects and masked a quarter that was otherwise indicative of positive developments,” commented Chris Sharng, President of Natural Health Trends Corp. “The difficult market conditions we have been experiencing since the third quarter of 2016 were further compounded by the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover in July, as well as China’s Communist Party’s 19th National Congress in October, which tempered economic activities. These events impacted the operations of our logistics partners and detracted from our leaders’ ability to organize meetings, which hindered our progress in comparison to the prior quarter. As we view both occurrences as short-term issues, we are working to revitalize sales in Asia through enhancements to our incentive programs as well as adjustments to our bonus and reward programs in an effort to provide more resources to up-and-coming members.”
Mr. Sharng further commented, “Partially offsetting the year-over-year decline in net sales was strength in our emerging international markets including: Peru, Northern Europe, Southeast Asia and Japan. We also received positive responses from our members to our most recent product introductions during the quarter, notably OcuFocus, NaturalGlo and CogniMax. Further, after receiving approval for a direct selling license in Malaysia, on-site and follow-up orders at our Kuala Lumpur event in August were substantially greater than those of the Macau event in March. Despite challenging market conditions, we were able to maintain a healthy gross profit margin of nearly 80% and an operating income margin of over 21% due to strong consumer allegiance to our products and proactive expense management.”
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
- Net cash used in operating activities was $5.3 million, compared to $16.6 million in net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, net cash provided by operating activities was $15.3 million, compared to $36.3 million in the first nine months of 2016.
- On October 30, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12, which represents a 9% increase over the prior quarter dividend, as well as a special cash dividend of $0.15 per share on outstanding common stock. The dividends will be payable on November 24, 2017 to stockholders of record as of November 14, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2017 financial results today, Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call details are as follows:
|Date:||Wednesday, November 1, 2017|
|Time:||11:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time|
For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay of the call will also be available from 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 1, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2017 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) and 1-412-317-6671 (international) and referencing the replay pin number: 13671086.
About Natural Health Trends Corp.
Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC) is an international direct-selling and e-commerce company operating through its subsidiaries throughout Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The Company markets premium quality personal care products under the NHT Global brand. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at www.naturalhealthtrendscorp.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -- Forward-looking statements in this press release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include the risks and uncertainties detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in Natural Health Trends Corp.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 10, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|September 30, 2017||December 31, 2016|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||126,953||$||125,921|
|Other current assets||2,961||4,066|
|Total current assets||140,546||141,244|
|Property and equipment, net||1,225||1,388|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Income taxes payable||1,064||663|
|Other accrued expenses||8,545||14,989|
|Amounts held in eWallets||16,178||19,165|
|Other current liabilities||1,705||1,633|
|Total current liabilities||42,526||57,154|
|Deferred tax liability||285||268|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Additional paid-in capital||86,674||86,574|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(716||)||(807||)|
|Treasury stock, at cost||(40,570||)||(41,889||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||97,858||82,439|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||147,399||$||148,051|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended |
|Nine Months Ended |
|Cost of sales||8,183||13,627||29,221||42,966|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||7,495||11,170||23,621||34,505|
|Depreciation and amortization||138||96||414||276|
|Total operating expenses||23,435||41,844||87,877||138,328|
|Income from operations||8,514||15,208||34,373||44,122|
|Other (expense) income, net||(12||)||48||224||40|
|Income before income taxes||8,502||15,256||34,597||44,162|
|Income tax provision||1,164||2,699||6,531||8,124|
|Net income per common share:|
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:|
|Cash dividends declared per common share||$||0.36||$||0.07||$||1.25||$||0.18|
|NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||414||276|
|Cumulative translation adjustment realized in net income||(258||)||132|
|Changes in assets and liabilities:|
|Other current assets||1,164||(1,244||)|
|Income taxes payable||392||278|
|Other accrued expenses||(5,064||)||3,459|
|Amounts held in eWallets||(2,856||)||3,098|
|Other current liabilities||51||26|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||15,338||36,288|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(238||)||(679||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(238||)||(679||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|Repurchase of common stock||—||(23,704||)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||(14,157||)||(25,753||)|
|Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents||89||(270||)|
|Net increase in cash and cash equivalents||1,032||9,586|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period||125,921||104,914|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period||$||126,953||$||114,500|
|SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF OTHER CASH FLOW INFORMATION:|
|Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds||$||5,690||$||7,994|
|Issuance of treasury stock for employee awards, net||1,393||1,741|
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Natural Health Trends Corp.
ADDO Investor Relations