NUS
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Nu Skin Enterprises
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Earnings Details
4th Quarter December 2017
Thursday, February 15, 2018 4:15:00 PM
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Summary

Nu Skin Sees Revenue Above Estimates

Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) reported 4th Quarter December 2017 earnings of $1.20 per share on revenue of $666.2 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.17 per share on revenue of $669.6 million. Revenue grew 25.4% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects first quarter earnings of $0.65 to $0.70 per share on revenue of $550.0 million to $570.0 million and 2018 earnings of $3.45 to $3.65 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion to $2.49 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.69 per share on revenue of $543.3 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2018 and $3.65 per share on revenue of $2.36 billion for the year ending December 31, 2018.

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc is a direct selling company, which develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex category brands.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.20
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$1.17
Reported Revenue
$666.2 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$669.6 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Nu Skin Enterprises Reports Fourth-Quarter And 2017 Results And Provides Initial 2018 Guidance

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NUS) today announced fourth-quarter and 2017 financial results.

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Executive Summary

Q4 2017

Revenue:
$666.2 million, up 25.4%
-
+3% fx impact
Earnings Per Share (EPS): $0.33 or $1.20 when excluding the impact of tax reform, compared to
$0.69 in Q4 2016, which included a $0.10 tax charge.
Sales Leaders:
81,900 - 33% year-over-year increase, benefitting from ageLOC
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Customers:
1,070,000 - 8% year-over-year increase
Tax Reform Impact:
Non-cash $47.7 million write-down of net deferred tax assets

2017 Annual

Revenue:
$2.28 billion, up 3%
-
less than (1%) fx impact
Earnings Per Share (EPS): $2.36 or $3.23 when excluding the impact of tax reform, compared to
$2.55 in 2016, which included a $0.36 Japan customs charge

"We concluded 2017 on a high note with solid quarterly results driven by customer and sales leader growth," said Ritch Wood, chief executive officer. "Our growth strategy, which remains focused on three key elements - engaging platforms, enabling products and empowering programs, continues to drive our positive results. According to plan, we introduced ageLOC LumiSpa during the fourth quarter, which contributed to strong results in most of our markets. We also experienced continued momentum surrounding our social selling efforts, which we expect will be a catalyst for continued customer growth in 2018 and beyond."

Q4 2017 Year-Over-Year Operating Results

Revenue:
$666.2 million compared to $531.3 million
Gross Margin:
77.7% compared to 79.6%
Selling Expenses:
39.8% of revenue compared to 41.9%
G&A Expenses:
23.0% of revenue compared to 26.2%
Operating Margin:
14.9% compared to 11.4%
Other Income / (Expense): ($0.4) million compared to $1.4 million
Income Tax Rate:
81.5%, or 33.1% when excluding the tax reform impact
EPS:
$0.33 or $1.20 when excluding the tax reform impact, compared to
$0.69, which included a $0.10 tax charge

Stockholder Value

Dividend Payments: $19.0 million
Stock Repurchases: $23.9 million; $128.0 million remaining in authorization

The fourth quarter provision for income taxes included the following amounts related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). These amounts, which are provisional, may require adjustments as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance is issued and as additional analysis of the provisions of the TCJA are completed:

-- $52.0 million write-down of our foreign tax credit carryforward.

$7.3 million charge related to a tax on permanently reinvested foreign earnings that have not been repatriated to the U.S.

$11.6 million benefit related to the remeasurement of U.S. net deferred tax liabilities at the lower statutory rate.

2018 Outlook

Q1 2018 Revenue: $550 to $570 million, 10 to 14% growth
-
+4 to 5% fx impact
Q1 2018 EPS:
$0.65 to $0.70
2018 Revenue:
$2.44 billion to $2.49 billion, 7 to 9% growth
-
+2 to 3% fx impact
2018 EPS
$3.45 to $3.65

"Our 2018 guidance reflects optimism about our business prospects for the coming year, with expected top- and bottom-line growth," said Wood. "Our plans are focused on growing our customer base by executing on our 3P - Platforms, Products, Programs - growth strategy. We expect to further leverage the power of social selling and believe this channel will empower our sales leaders to reach a broader audience, helping to enable greater sales growth. On the product front, we are accelerating the introduction of innovative and socially shareable products, led by our recently introduced ageLOC LumiSpa, which is rolling out globally in the first half of 2018. We have also begun implementing sales compensation enhancements to more effectively reward our sales leaders and drive increased productivity.

"We also recently completed the acquisition of two manufacturing partners in which we previously held non-controlling equity ownership, as well as a packaging company. We anticipate these acquisitions will be accretive to our annual results and will be meaningful contributors to our future success," concluded Wood.

"Looking at 2018, we expect first-quarter revenue in the $550 to $570 million range, which includes an approximate 4 to 5 percent positive foreign currency impact," said Mark Lawrence, chief financial officer. "For the full year, we are projecting revenue growth of 7 to 9 percent, or $2.44 to $2.49 billion, including a favorable foreign currency impact of 2 to 3 percent, and earnings per share of $3.45 to $3.65. For 2018, excluding discrete items, we anticipate our effective tax rate will be approximately 34 to 35 percent."

Conference Call

The Nu Skin management team will host a conference call with the investment community on Feb. 15, 2018, at 5 p.m. (ET). Those wishing to access the webcast, as well as the financial information presented during the call, can visit the Investor Relations page on the company’s website at ir.nuskin.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same URL through March 2, 2018.

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.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that represent the company’s current expectations and beliefs. All statements other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of federal and state securities laws and include, but are not limited to, statements of management’s expectations regarding the company’s performance, sales force and customer base, growth, strategies, initiatives and areas of focus, acquisitions and new product introductions; projections regarding revenue, earnings per share, foreign currency fluctuations, tax rates and other financial items; statements of belief; and statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "project," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "targets," "likely," "will," "would," "could," "may," "might," the negative of these words and other similar words.

The forward-looking statements and related assumptions involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from any forward-looking statements or views expressed herein. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

adverse publicity related to the company’s business, products, industry or any legal actions or complaints by the company’s sales force or others;

risk that direct selling laws and regulations in any of our markets, including the United States and Mainland China, may be modified, interpreted or enforced in a manner that results in negative changes to our business model or negatively impacts our revenue, sales force or business, including through the interruption of sales activities, loss of licenses, imposition of fines, or any other adverse actions or events;

any failure of current or planned initiatives or products to generate interest among the company’s sales force and customers and generate sponsoring and selling activities on a sustained basis;

risk of foreign currency fluctuations and the currency translation impact on the company’s business associated with these fluctuations;

uncertainties regarding the future financial performance of the company’s recent acquisitions;

risks related to accurately predicting, delivering or maintaining sufficient quantities of products to support our planned initiatives or launch strategies, and increased risk of inventory write-offs if the company over-forecasts demand for a product or changes its planned initiatives or launch strategies;

regulatory risks associated with the company’s products, which could require the company to modify its claims or inhibit the company’s ability to import or continue selling a product in a market if it is determined to be a medical device or if it is unable to register the product in a timely manner under applicable regulatory requirements;

-- unpredictable economic conditions and events globally;

uncertainties related to interpretation of, and forthcoming regulations under, the recently enacted U.S. tax reform legislation; the company’s future tax-planning initiatives; any prospective or retrospective increases in duties on the company’s products imported into the company’s markets outside of the United States; and any adverse results of tax audits or unfavorable changes to tax laws in the company’s various markets; and

-- continued competitive pressures in the company’s markets.

The company’s financial performance and the forward-looking statements contained herein are further qualified by a detailed discussion of associated risks set forth in the documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements set forth the company’s beliefs as of the date that such information was first provided and the company assumes no duty to update the forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect any change except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: Constant-currency revenue growth is a non-GAAP financial measure that removes the impact of fluctuations in foreign-currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons of the company’s performance. It is calculated by translating the current period’s revenue at the same average exchange rates in effect during the applicable prior-year period and then comparing this amount to the prior-year period’s revenue.

Earnings per share and income tax rate, each excluding the impact of tax reform, also are non-GAAP financial measures. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in December 2017 and had a material impact on the company’s earnings per share and tax rate. Removing its impact facilitates period-to-period comparisons of the company’s performance. Please see the reconciliations of these items to our earnings per share and income tax rate calculated under GAAP, below.

The Company’s revenue results by segment for the three-month periods ended December 31 are presented in the following table (in thousands).

2017
2016
%
Constant
Change
Currency
% Change
Mainland China
$
222,333
$
139,095
59.8%
54.3%
South Korea
103,066
98,354
4.8%
(0.3%)
Americas
95,412
71,708
33.1%
34.0%
South Asia/Pacific
83,253
70,016
18.9%
16.8%
Japan
67,620
68,613
(1.4%)
1.5%
Hong Kong/Taiwan
46,627
43,411
7.4%
4.5%
EMEA
47,890
40,132
19.3%
9.7%
Total
$
666,201
$
531,329
25.4%
22.3%

The Company’s revenue results by segment for the year ended December 31 are presented in the following table (in thousands).

2017
2016
%
Constant
Change
Currency
% Change
Mainland China
$
716,991
$
610,414
17.5%
18.9%
South Korea
361,692
413,696
(12.6%)
(14.9%)
Americas
317,380
276,590
14.7%
15.5%
South Asia/Pacific
299,980
296,758
1.1%
1.7%
Japan
256,085
279,042
(8.2%)
(5.2%)
Hong Kong/Taiwan
166,696
183,979
(9.4%)
(12.1%)
EMEA
160,275
147,318
8.8%
5.6%
Total
$
2,279,099
$
2,207,797
3.2%
3.3%

The company’s Customers and Sales Leaders statistics by segment for the three-month periods ended December 31 are presented in the following table.

2017
2016
% Increase (Decrease)
Customers
Sales
Customers
Sales
Customers
Sales
Leaders
Leaders
Leaders
Mainland China
193,000
40,600
175,000
22,000
10.3%
84.5%
South Korea
173,000
8,400
192,000
9,600
(9.9%)
(12.5%)
Americas
222,000
8,000
166,000
6,700
33.7%
19.4%
South Asia/Pacific
144,000
8,900
116,000
7,600
24.1%
17.1%
Japan
132,000
6,600
137,000
6,700
(3.6%)
(1.5%)
Hong Kong/Taiwan
71,000
4,700
73,000
4,600
(2.7%)
2.2%
EMEA
135,000
4,700
129,000
4,400
4.7%
6.8%
Total
1,070,000
81,900
988,000
61,600
8.3%
33.0%
"Customers" are persons who purchased products directly from the company during the previous three months.
"Sales Leaders" are independent distributors, and sales employees and independent marketers in China, who achieve certain qualification requirements.
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
For the Fourth Quarters Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
2017
2016
Revenue
$
666,201
$
531,329
Cost of sales
148,459
108,520
Gross profit
517,742
422,809
Operating expenses:
Selling expenses
265,378
222,887
General and administrative expenses
153,244
139,139
Total operating expenses
418,622
362,026
Operating income
99,120
60,783
Other (expense)/income, net
(446)
1,353
Income before provision for income taxes
98,674
62,136
Provision for income taxes
80,439
23,951
Net income
$
18,235
$
38,185
Net income per share:
Basic
$
0.35
$
0.71
Diluted
$
0.33
$
0.69
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic
52,722
53,769
Diluted
55,053
55,539
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
For the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
2017
2016
Revenue
$
2,279,099
$
2,207,797
Cost of sales
502,078
500,457
Gross profit
1,777,021
1,707,340
Operating expenses:
Selling expenses
938,024
922,083
General and administrative expenses
564,514
554,153
Total operating expenses
1,502,538
1,476,236
Operating income
274,483
231,104
Other (expense)/income, net
(8,916)
(18,265)
Income before provision for income taxes
265,567
212,839
Provision for income taxes
136,130
69,753
Net income
$
129,437
$
143,086
Net income per share:
Basic
$
2.45
$
2.58
Diluted
$
2.36
$
2.55
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic
52,806
55,412
Diluted
54,852
56,097
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016
(in thousands)
2017
2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
426,399
$
357,246
Current investments
11,847
10,880
Accounts receivable
33,196
31,199
Inventories, net
253,454
249,936
Prepaid expenses and other
52,893
65,076
777,789
714,337
Property and equipment, net
464,587
444,732
Goodwill
114,954
114,954
Other intangible assets, net
67,647
63,553
Other assets
164,895
136,469
Total assets
$
1,589,872
$
1,474,045
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
$
50,341
$
41,261
Accrued expenses
319,189
275,023
Current portion of long-term debt
77,840
82,727
447,370
399,011
Long-term debt
310,790
334,165
Other liabilities
127,116
76,799
Total liabilities
885,276
809,975
Stockholders’ equity:
Class A common stock
91
91
Additional paid-in capital
466,349
439,635
Treasury stock, at cost
(1,304,694)
(1,250,123)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(66,318)
(84,122)
Retained earnings
1,609,168
1,558,589
704,596
664,070
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $
1,589,872
$
1,474,045
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Excluding Impact of Tax Reform to
GAAP Earnings Per Share
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
2017
Q4 2017
Net income
$
129,437
$
18,235
Impact of tax reform on provision for income taxes
47,729
47,729
Net income, excluding impact of tax reform
$
177,166
$
65,964
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
54,852
55,053
Diluted earnings per share
$
2.36
$
0.33
Diluted earnings per share, excluding tax reform impact
$
3.23
$
1.20
NU SKIN ENTERPRISES, INC.
Reconciliation of Effective Tax Rate Excluding Impact of Tax Reform to
GAAP Effective Tax Rate
(in thousands)
2017
Q4 2017
Provision for income taxes
$
136,130
$
80,439
Impact of tax reform on provision for income taxes
(47,729)
(47,729)
Provision for income taxes, excluding impact of tax reform
$
88,401
$
32,710
Income before provision for income taxes
$
265,567
$
98,674
Effective tax rate
51.3%
81.5%
Effective tax rate, excluding tax reform impact
33.3%
33.1%

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