2. Herbalife (HLF) sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products in more than 78 countries through a network of 2.5 million independent distributors.
The company has the second highest year-to-date return of 54.2%. In the past year, earnings per share grew 47%, while book value per share improved 38.6%. Net dividend growth was 61.1% during the year, as per data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales grew 21.2% and net income improved 33.3%, year-to-date.
For the third quarter 2011, net sales increased 30% to $895.2 million from $688.4 million in the same quarter previous year, while volume was up 23.4%. For the quarter, net income was reported at $108 million, or 87 cents per diluted share, compared to $78.8 million, or 60 cents, in the 2010 period. The company has paid a quarterly dividend of 20 cents.Herbalife recently launched operations in Ghana -- its 39th market in Africa -- with a distribution center located in Accra. Earnings per share guidance for 2012 is in the range of $3.25 to $3.45. Of the 11 analysts covering the stock, 91% recommend a buy and the remaining suggest a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. Analysts polled by Bloomberg foresee the stock gaining an average 30.6% to $68.81 in the upcoming 12 months.
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