USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA) today announced record financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended September 29, 2012.
Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 increased by 15.1% to $165.2 million, compared with $143.5 million in the prior-year period. The growth in net sales was driven by increases in both the Company’s Asia Pacific and North America/Europe regions. Changes in currency exchange rates reduced net sales by nearly $1.0 million.
Net earnings for the third quarter increased to $17.5 million, an increase of 41.2%, compared with the prior-year period. This increase was due primarily to higher net sales, lower relative Associate incentive expense, and a meaningfully lower effective tax rate of 28.2% for the quarter. Earnings per share for the quarter increased by 45.7% to $1.18, compared with $0.81 in the third quarter of the prior year. This improvement in earnings per share can be attributed to higher net earnings and a lower number of diluted shares outstanding, which resulted from the Company’s share repurchases over the last 12 months. Total diluted common shares outstanding as of September 29, 2012 were 14,884, as compared with 15,205 as of October 1, 2011.“We believe USANA’s exceptional results this quarter are largely due to the strategies we set into place during 2011 and the first part of 2012, which have combined to generate strong momentum for USANA,” said Mr. Dave Wentz, Chief Executive Officer. “A highlight of the quarter was our 20 th anniversary celebration at our International Convention in Salt Lake City, where we had record attendance and record sales. A significant part of our convention was the unveiling of our personalization strategy, which focuses on our customers and their experience with us. As part of this strategy, we announced MyHealthPak’s availability in our Asia Pacific region and the launch of new tools and applications designed to help our Associates customize USANA’s products for their customers. Personalization and customization are key components of our long-term strategy to grow our business and deliver value to both our customers and shareholders.” Regional Results Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased by 21.6% to $102.7 million, compared with $84.5 million for the third quarter of the prior year. This improvement was due to strong sales growth in Southeast Asia/Pacific and Greater China. This sales growth was driven by a 21.6% increase in the number of active Associates in Asia Pacific, as well as price increases in certain markets that were implemented in the first quarter. Active Associate growth was driven by double-digit growth in Greater China and Southeast Asia and, to a lesser extent, the addition of Thailand to the region.
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