Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) today announced second-quarter revenue of $650.0 million, a 3 percent decline over the prior-year period. Revenue was negatively impacted 2 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.32, versus $1.22 in the prior-year period and were impacted by (i) a $50 million write-down of Mainland China inventory; and (ii) a $25 million charge due to a transition to the SICAD II exchange rate in Venezuela, which also increased the company's effective tax rate for the quarter to 42.0 percent. Excluding these items, earnings per share would have been $1.13 per share for the second quarter.
"Our business performed in-line with our guidance for the quarter, with the exception of the China LTO, which occurred shortly after resuming our promotional efforts and did not meet our expectations," said Truman Hunt, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased, however, that we have seen key indicators in China stabilize since we began accepting new sales leader applications in May after a three-month voluntary cessation. Moreover, we recently received a new direct selling license for Wenzhou, China, expanding our direct selling footprint in this important market.
"We will continue to innovate in the dynamic anti-aging product category to drive growth in consumer demand as well as interest in Nu Skin's business opportunity. We are encouraged with our product development pipeline with important new offerings in both skin care and nutrition next year, which we believe will lead to renewed global growth in 2015 and drive enhanced value for our shareholders."
The company recently determined to amend its quarterly report on Form 10-Q and restate its consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 to include a $21 million charge to Other Income (Expense) to reflect a hyper-inflationary adjustment for Venezuela, and $7 million of income related to a tax rebate for the company's China headquarters. These changes, net of tax, negatively impacted net income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 by approximately $9.4 million, but had no effect on cash flow. The company's consolidated statements of income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2014 reflect this correction of first-quarter results.
Greater China. In Greater China, second-quarter revenue declined 12 percent to $229.9 million, compared to $261.2 million in the prior-year period. The region's results were negatively impacted 1 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. The sales leader count in the region declined 14 percent, while the number of actives declined 32 percent compared to the prior year.
North Asia. Second-quarter revenue in North Asia increased 1 percent to $196.0 million, compared to $194.8 million for the same period in 2013. The region's results were positively impacted 4 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. South Korea generated local-currency revenue growth of 12 percent while Japan local-currency revenue declined 18 percent. The number of sales leaders in the region declined 1 percent while the number of actives improved 1 percent.
Americas. Revenue in the Americas improved 8 percent to $89.9 million, compared to $83.4 million in the prior-year period. The region's results were negatively impacted 11 percent by foreign currency fluctuations, primarily driven by Venezuela. The number of sales leaders in the region improved 10 percent and the number of actives improved 7 percent compared to the prior year.
South Asia/Pacific. Revenue in South Asia/Pacific was $81.7 million, a 5 percent decline compared to the prior year. The region's results were negatively impacted 7 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. The region's second-quarter sales leaders and actives both improved 5 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
EMEA. Revenue in the EMEA region was $52.6 million, a 14 percent improvement over the prior-year period. The region's results were negatively impacted 1 percent by foreign currency fluctuations. Sales leaders were flat with the prior year while actives decreased 2 percent compared to the prior year.
The company's operating margin was 8.4 percent for the quarter, compared to 17.1 percent in the second quarter of 2013. Gross margin during the quarter was 76.0 percent, versus 83.4 percent in the prior-year period. Operating and gross margins were negatively impacted due to the China inventory charge. Selling expenses, as a percent of revenue, were 43.6 percent in the second quarter, compared to 44.3 percent in the prior year. General and administrative expenses, as a percent of revenue, were 24.0 percent, compared to 22.1 percent in the prior-year period. Other income (expense) reflected a loss of $21.1 million, compared to a loss of $1.2 million in the prior year, due primarily to the charge related to the company's adoption of the SICAD II exchange rate for Venezuela.
The company's effective income tax rate for the quarter was 42.0 percent, compared to 34.4 percent in the prior-year period due to the Venezuela foreign currency charge. Cash and current investments at the end of the quarter were $233.7 million. Dividend payments during the quarter were $20.4 million.
"In the second half of 2013, we generated approximately $560 million of sales volume from the LTO launch of our TR90 weight management system," said Hunt. "This significant sales event, combined with the temporary cessation of marketing activities in China in the first half of this year, will raise difficult comparisons in the second half of 2014. However, now that some China marketing activities have resumed, we are pleased to be seeing stabilizing trends in China. We believe we have a strong foundation upon which we can continue to build our business," concluded Hunt.
"We anticipate that third-quarter revenue will be in the $620 million to $640 million range with earnings per share of $0.90 to $0.95," said Ritch Wood, chief financial officer. "We anticipate our fourth-quarter revenue to be in the $650 million to $675 million range with earnings per share of $1.00 to $1.05."
The Nu Skin management team will host a conference call with the investment community on Aug. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. (EDT). 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 Aug. 15, 2014.
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.