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 USANA Health Sciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results
   Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:15:17 PM ET

--Number of active Associates at quarter-end increased 11.9% to 471,000

--Fourth quarter EPS decreased 5.4% to $0.87(1)

--For the year, net sales increased 9.5% to a record $1.006 billion, up 14.1% in constant currency

--For the year, EPS increased 11.1% to a record $3.99(1)

--Company provides 2017 Outlook

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (USNA ) today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

Financial Performance

For the fourth quarter of 2016, net sales increased to $252.9 million, up 8.7%, compared with $232.6 million in the prior-year period. A stronger U.S. dollar negatively affected net sales by $9.2 million for the quarter. Excluding the impact of currency, net sales would have increased by 12.7% for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net sales growth was driven by an 11.9% increase in the number of active Associates.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter decreased by 8.7% to $21.9 million, compared with $24.0 million during the prior-year period. Changes in currency negatively impacted net earnings by an estimated $2.4 million. Lower gross margins and higher Associate Incentives expenses also negatively impacted net earnings. Gross margins were lower largely due to production inefficiencies associated with moving to the Company’s new manufacturing facility in China, as well as the negative impact from a stronger U.S. dollar. Associate Incentives expense was higher, in great part, due to a global incentive that the Company offered during the quarter to generate excitement and customer growth. Additionally, the effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was again lower due to the Company’s early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (Topic 718) - Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The Company’s adoption of this standard increased net earnings by approximately $1.1 million, or $0.03 on a diluted per share basis, for the quarter.

Earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter decreased by 5.4% to $0.87, compared with $0.92 in the prior year period. This decrease in earnings per diluted share is the result of lower net earnings, including changes in currency that negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by an estimated $0.10, partially offset by a lower diluted share count. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding were 25.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 26.2 million in the prior-year period. The Company did not repurchase any shares during the quarter.

The Company generated $55.3 million in cash from operations during the fourth quarter and finished the year with $175.8 million in cash and cash equivalents and no debt. As of February 7, 2017, $35.4 million remains available under the current share repurchase authorization.

"While USANA finished the year with another quarter of solid top line and Associate growth, several initiatives we implemented during the fourth quarter resulted in net earnings at the lower end of our guidance," said Kevin Guest, Chief Executive Officer. "The first of these initiatives was the successful transition of our China manufacturing operations to our new production facility, which is now fully operational. With this facility in place, we now have the production capacity that we need in China. A second initiative entailed us offering a growth incentive to our Associates around the world that positively contributed to our performance during the quarter. These initiatives are important to our business and have also helped us get off to a good start in 2017."

Regional Results

Net sales in the Asia Pacific region increased 12.4% to $193.4 million, or 16.8% on a constant-currency basis. Within Asia Pacific, net sales:

-- Increased 11.8% in Greater China (up 18.4% on a constant currency basis);

-- Increased 11.3% in Southeast Asia Pacific region (up 11.5% on a constant currency basis); and

-- Increased 23.3% in North Asia (up 22.7% on a constant currency basis).

Sales growth in Greater China was primarily driven by 20.1% Associate growth in mainland China, while sales growth in Southeast Asia Pacific resulted from Associate growth in nearly every market. Finally, sales growth in North Asia resulted from 33.3% Associate growth in South Korea. The total number of active Associates in the Asia Pacific region increased by 15.3% year-over-year and 4.1% sequentially.

Net sales in the Americas and Europe region decreased by 1.6% to $59.5 million. This decrease was due to a modest decline in the number of active Associates in the region as well as a negative $1.7 million impact from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. While Mexico and Canada generated constant currency sales growth of 25.5% and 13.0%, respectively, net sales in the United States declined 11.4% year-over-year.

"Our growth continues to be driven by momentum in most of the markets in our Asia Pacific region," continued Mr. Guest. "In particular, we are encouraged by our sequential quarter growth in China where we generated 6.8% constant currency sales growth and 6.2% growth in the number of active Associates. In our Americas and Europe region, we continue to be pleased with the solid performance in Canada and Mexico, but are also focused on implementing growth strategies that will improve our results in the United States."

2016 Results

Net sales for fiscal 2016 increased by 9.5%, or $87.6 million, to $1.006 billion, compared with $918.5 million in 2015. This increase in net sales was driven largely by sales and Associate growth in the Company’s Asia Pacific region. Net sales for the full-year were negatively impacted by $41.6 million due to a strengthening of the U.S. dollar. On a constant currency basis, net sales increased by 14.1% during fiscal 2016.

Net earnings for 2016 increased by 5.7% to $100.0 million, compared with $94.7 million in the prior year. This increase was driven by higher net sales and a lower effective tax rate. Lower gross margins, higher operating expenses, and the negative impact of changes in currency largely offset this increase. The significant decrease in the effective tax rate for the full year 2016 is due to the Company’s early adoption of ASU 2016-09 (Topic 718) - Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. The Company’s adoption of this standard increased net earnings by approximately $8.6 million, or $0.30 on a diluted per share basis, for fiscal 2016.

Earnings per diluted share for the year increased 11.1% to $3.99, compared with $3.59 in the prior year. This increase was due to higher net earnings and a lower number of shares outstanding due to the Company’s share repurchases during 2016. Changes in currency negatively impacted earnings per diluted share by $0.46.

"2016 was another exceptional year for USANA," continued Mr. Guest. "We surpassed the $1 billion mark in net sales, generating our 14th consecutive year of record sales, and we reported the highest EPS in the history of the Company. On top of these achievements, we successfully launched our new Incelligence(TM) product platform, which illustrates the evolution of USANA’s vision of product personalization. The Incelligence(TM) platform is the future of USANA’s product portfolio that we believe will keep our company at the forefront of nutritional supplementation. In 2017, our strategies will emphasize personalization, growth oriented initiatives and continued investment in our global IT infrastructure to support our customers’ needs and future growth."

Outlook

The Company provided the following consolidated net sales and earnings per share outlook for 2017:

-- Consolidated net sales between $1.04 billion and $1.07 billion, representing approximate growth between 3.4% and 6.4%, or between 8.5% and 11.5% on a constant currency basis

-- Earnings per share between $3.80 and $4.10

The Company’s outlook reflects:

-- A continued negative impact from currency fluctuations, which the Company currently estimates will reduce net sales by approximately $46 million for the full-year

-- Relative gross margin and Associate incentives expense similar to 2016 operating results

-- An operating margin similar to levels achieved in 2016 due to continued investments in the business

-- An effective tax rate of 34.3%, which excludes any impact from ASU 2016-09

-- A diluted share count of approximately 25.1 million

Chief Financial Officer Paul Jones commented, "Our outlook for 2017 projects solid constant currency net sales growth, led again by our Asia Pacific region. We also anticipate making incremental investments in the business and introducing new initiatives throughout the year that are intended to drive customer growth across most of our regions."

Internal Investigation of China Operations

The Company is voluntarily conducting an internal investigation of its China operations, BabyCare Ltd. The investigation focuses on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and certain conduct and policies at BabyCare, including BabyCare’s expense reimbursement policies. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has assumed direct responsibility for reviewing these matters and has hired experienced counsel to conduct the investigation. While the Company does not believe that the subject amounts are quantitatively material or will materially affect its financial statements, it cannot currently predict the outcome of the investigation on its business, results of operations or financial condition. The Company has voluntarily contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice to advise both agencies that an internal investigation is underway and intends to provide additional information to both agencies as the investigation progresses. Because the internal investigation is in its early stage, the Company cannot predict the duration, scope, or result of the investigation.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Constant currency net sales, earnings, EPS and other currency-related financial information (collectively, "Financial Results") are non-GAAP financial measures that remove the impact of fluctuations in foreign-currency exchange rates and help facilitate period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s Financial Results and thus provide investors an additional perspective on trends and underlying business results. Constant currency Financial Results are calculated by translating the current period’s Financial Results 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 Financial Results.

Conference Call

The Company has posted the "Management Commentary, Results and Outlook" document on the Company’s website (www.usanahealthsciences.com) under the "Investor Relations" section of the site. USANA will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss today’s announcement with investors on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors may listen to the call by accessing USANA’s website at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com . The call will consist of brief opening remarks by the Company’s management team, before moving directly into questions and answers.

About USANA

USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy foods and personal care products that are sold directly to Associates and Preferred Customers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Thailand, France, Belgium, Colombia and Indonesia. More information on USANA can be found at http://www.usanahealthsciences.com .

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. Our actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including global economic conditions generally, reliance upon our network of independent Associates, the governmental regulation of our products, manufacturing and marketing risks, adverse publicity risks, risks associated with our international expansion and operations, and risks associated with the internal investigation into BabyCare’s operations. The contents of this release should be considered in conjunction with the risk factors, warnings, and cautionary statements that are contained in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(1) EPS results reflect a 2-for-1 split of the Company’s common shares, which became effective November 23, 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                   USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                               Consolidated Statements of Earnings
                                                                                                                                                              (In thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                                                                           (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                         Quarter Ended                                                                                                                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                                   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                          ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                             2-Jan-16                                                                          31-Dec-16                                                                        2-Jan-16                                                                           31-Dec-16
                                                                   -----------------------------                                          --------------------------------------------------                                          -----------------------------                                          ----------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Net sales                                                                             $ 232,585                                                              $ 252,901                                                                                   $ 918,499                                                              $ 1,006,083
Cost of sales                                                         40,181                                              46,321                                               159,682                                               180,190  
                                                                   -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- --------- --------------------
      Gross profit                                                                      192,404                                                                206,580                                                                                     758,817                                                                  825,893
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Operating expenses
Associate incentives                                                                    103,409                                                                117,536                                                                                     408,160                                                                  453,077
Selling, general and administrative                                   53,858                                              57,208                                               208,995                                               234,194  
                                                                   -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- --------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
      Earnings from operations                                                           35,137                                                                 31,836                                                                                     141,662                                                                  138,622
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Other income (expense)                                                   404                                                 (61 )                                                                    927                                                   (70 )
                                                                   -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- --------- --------------------
Earnings before income taxes                                                             35,541                                                                 31,775                                                                                     142,589                                                                  138,552
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Income taxes                                                          11,574                                               9,893                                                47,917                                                38,511  
                                                                   -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ------- --------------------                                           -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- --------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
NET EARNINGS                                                                          $  23,967                                                              $  21,882                                                                $  94,672                                                              $   100,041  
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Earnings per share - diluted                                                          $    0.92                                                              $    0.87                                                                                   $    3.59                                                              $      3.99
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted                                            26,165                                                                 25,037                                                                                      26,355                                                                   25,047
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                   
                                                                         USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
                                                                         Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                               (In thousands)
                                                                                 (Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                  As of                                                                    As of
ASSETS                                                                          2-Jan-16                                                                 31-Dec-16
                                                                      -----------------------------                                          --------------------------------
Current Assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                                                             $ 143,210                                                              $    175,774
   Inventories                                                                              66,119                                                                    64,810
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets                             34,935                                                 37,277
                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ----------
      Total current assets                                                                 244,264                                                                   277,861
                                                                                                                                              
Property and equipment, net                                                                 87,982                                                                   101,267
Goodwill                                                                                    17,432                                                                    16,715
Intangible assets, net                                                                      38,269                                                                    34,349
Deferred income taxes                                                                        9,844                                                                    18,292
Other assets                                                             25,446                                                 22,158
                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ----------
      Total assets                                                                       $ 423,237                                                              $    470,642
                                                                      ==================== =======                                           ==================== ==========
                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                              
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current Liabilities
   Accounts payable                                                                      $  10,043                                                              $      9,040
   Other current liabilities                                            121,369                                                129,451
                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ----------
      Total current liabilities                                                            131,412                                                                   138,491
                                                                                                                                              
Deferred income taxes                                                                        9,822                                                                     5,499
Other long-term liabilities                                                                  1,151                                                                     1,365
                                                                                                                                              
Stockholders’ equity                                                    280,852                                                325,287
                                                                      -------------------- -------                                           -------------------- ----------
      Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                                         $ 423,237                                                              $    470,642
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                                                                                                                   USANA Health Sciences, Inc.
                                                                                                                         Sales by Region
                                                                                                                                              (unaudited)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                            (in thousands)
                                                                                                                                             Quarter Ended
                                               --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                  2-Jan-16                                                                           31-Dec-16                                                                                                                      Change from prior                                                                                                       Currency                                                                     % change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                year                                                                                                              impact on                                                                    excluding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sales                                                                      currency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                impact
                                               -------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                -------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                 ----------------------------------------------                                             -------------------
                                                                                                                                                                  
Asia Pacific
   Greater China                                                  $ 115,342                                            49.6 %                                                              $ 128,991                                            51.0 %                                                              $ 13,649                                                                11.8 %                                                               $ (7,529 )                                                                    18.4 %
   Southeast Asia Pacific                                            46,520                                            20.0 %                                                                 51,789                                            20.5 %                                                                 5,269                                                                11.3 %                                                                    (70 )                                                                    11.5 %
   North Asia                                     10,256                                             4.4 %                                              12,647                                             5.0 %                                              2,391                                             23.3 %                                                  63                                                   22.7 %
                                               -------------------- -------                                           ----- -                                           -------------------- -------                                           ----- -                                           -------------------- ------ --------------------                                                                                             -------------------- ------ --------------------
      Asia Pacific Total                                            172,118                                            74.0 %                                                                193,427                                            76.5 %                                                                21,309                                                                12.4 %                                                                 (7,536 )                                                                    16.8 %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Americas and Europe                               60,467                                            26.0 %                                              59,474                                            23.5 %                                               (993 )                                                              (1.6 %)                                             (1,665 )                                                                     1.1 %
                                               -------------------- -------                                           ----- -                                           -------------------- -------                                           ----- -                                           -------------------- ------ --------------------                                                                                             -------------------- ------ --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                  $ 232,585                                           100.0 %                                                              $ 252,901                                           100.0 %                                                              $ 20,316                                              8.7 %                                                               $ (9,201 )                                                                    12.7 %
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                                                                                             Active Associates by Region(1)
                                                                                                       (unaudited)
                                                              
                                                                                                                                  As of
                                               --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                       2-Jan-16                                                                                                  31-Dec-16
                                               ---------------------------------------------------------                                          -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Asia Pacific
   Greater China                               234,000                                            55.6%                                           276,000                                                          58.6%
   Southeast Asia Pacific                       86,000                                            20.4%                                            91,000                                                          19.3%
   North Asia                                   13,000                                             3.1%                                            17,000                                                           3.6%
                                               -------                                           ------                                           -------                                           --------------------
      Asia Pacific Total                       333,000                                            79.1%                                           384,000                                                          81.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Americas and Europe                             88,000                                            20.9%                                            87,000                                                          18.5%
                                               -------                                           ------                                           -------                                           --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                               421,000                                           100.0%                                           471,000                                                         100.0%
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(1) Associates are independent distributors of our products who
also purchase our products for their personal use. We only count
as active those Associates who have purchased from us any time
during the most recent three-month period, either for personal use
or resale.
 
                                                                                        Active Preferred Customers by Region (2)
                                                                                                       (unaudited)
                                                              
                                                                                                                                  As of
                                               --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                        2-Jan-16                                                                                                  31-Dec-16
                                               ----------------------------------------------------------                                          ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Asia Pacific
   Greater China                                4,000                                             4.5 %                                             5,000                                                  5.4 %
   Southeast Asia Pacific                      13,000                                            14.6 %                                            14,000                                                 15.1 %
   North Asia                                   9,000                                            10.1 %                                            10,000                                                 10.7 %
                                               ------                                           ----- --                                           ------                                           ---------- ---------
      Asia Pacific Total                       26,000                                            29.2 %                                            29,000                                                 31.2 %
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Americas and Europe                            63,000                                            70.8 %                                            64,000                                                 68.8 %
                                               ------                                           ----- --                                           ------                                           ---------- ---------
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                               89,000                                           100.0 %                                            93,000                                                100.0 %
                                               ======                                           ===== ==                                           ======                                           ========== =========
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
(2) Preferred Customers purchase our products strictly for their
personal use and are not permitted to resell or to distribute the
products. We only count as active those Preferred Customers who
have purchased from us any time during the most recent three-month
period.

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SOURCE: USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. 
Investors contact: 
Josh Foukas, 801-954-7823 
Investor Relations 
investor.relations@us.usana.com 
or 
Media contact: 
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Public Relations


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