Medifast, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

First Quarter 2017 Revenue of $70.6 Million

First Quarter 2017 EPS of $0.51 Exceeds Guidance

Company Reiterates Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook

OWINGS MILLS, Md., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Medifast logo. (PRNewsFoto/Medifast, Inc.)

"We are pleased with our start to 2017. Revenue was in-line with our expectations and when combined with our solid gross profit and expense management it fueled profitability above our guidance for the first quarter," said Daniel R. Chard, Medifast's Chief Executive Officer. "Going forward, our focus will continue to be on acceleration of our top-line growth with continued improvement in profitability. We believe we are well positioned with our significant cash generation and the strength of our balance sheet to continue to enhance stockholder value."

First Quarter 2017 Results

Net income in the first quarter of 2017 was $6.1 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, based on approximately 12.0 million shares outstanding. First quarter 2016 net income was $4.3 million, or $0.36 per diluted share based on approximately 11.9 million shares outstanding.  Net income in the first quarter of 2016 would have been $5.0 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, excluding the $0.8 million first quarter 2016 restructuring costs net of taxes. 

For the first quarter of 2017, Medifast revenue decreased 2.4% to $70.6 million from revenue of $72.3 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Revenue in Take Shape For Life, was up 2.3% to $58.0 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $56.7 million in the first quarter of the prior year. This is the sixth consecutive quarter of growth. The total number of active earning Health Coaches in the first quarter of 2017 increased to 13,000, compared to 12,600 in the first quarter of 2016. The average revenue per active earning Health Coach for the first quarter of 2017 was $4,463 as compared to $4,490 in first quarter of 2016.

Medifast Direct revenue decreased to $8.9 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $10.9 million in the first quarter of 2016. First quarter advertising spend decreased to $2.3 million from $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Revenue in the Franchise Medifast Weight Control Centers decreased to $3.5 million from $4.2 million in the first quarter of last year. The decrease in revenue was primarily driven by fewer franchise centers in operation during the period combined with a decline in activity within the centers. The Company ended the quarter with 37 franchise centers and 19 reseller locations in operation compared to 58 franchise centers at the end of the same period last year. 

First quarter 2017 Wholesale revenue decreased to $0.3 million compared to the prior year period at $0.5 million.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2017 decreased modestly to $52.9 million compared $53.2 million in the first quarter of 2016. The Company's gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased 140 basis points to 74.9% from 73.5% in the first quarter of 2016.  The increase as a percentage of revenue was primarily driven by price increases and efficiencies in the Company's supply chain operations.

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") decreased $2.6 million to $44.3 million compared to $46.9 million in the first quarter of 2016. SG&A as a percentage of revenue decreased 220 basis points to 62.7%, compared to 64.9% in the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in SG&A was primarily a result of reduced and more effective advertising spend in Medifast Direct. In addition, the first quarter of 2016 included $1.2 million in restructuring costs. Excluding restructuring costs, SG&A decreased $1.5 million to $44.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $45.8 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted selling, general expenses as a percentage of revenue were 62.7% and 63.3% for the first quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Sales and marketing expense decreased $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016. 

The first quarter 2017 effective tax rate was 29.5%, compared to 33.0% in the first quarter of 2016.  The decrease in the effective tax rate was due to the change in accounting for taxes associated with share based compensation.

Balance Sheet 

The Company's balance sheet remains strong with stockholders' equity of $99.2 million and working capital of approximately $80.5 million as of March 31, 2017.  Cash, cash equivalents, and investment securities increased $2.2 million to $79.0 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to $76.8 million at December 31, 2016. The Company remains free of interest bearing debt.

The Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $3.9 million, or $0.32 per share, during the first quarter of 2017.  The Company did not repurchase any shares during the first quarter of 2017, and has approximately 850,000 shares remaining on its repurchase authorization as of March 31, 2017. 

Outlook

The Company expects second quarter revenue from continuing operations to be in the range of $72.0 million to $75.0 million and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.51 to $0.54 per diluted share.  The Company reiterated its guidance for full year 2017 revenue of $290.0 million to $300.0 million and earnings per diluted share of $2.00 to $2.10.  The fiscal year 2017 guidance assumes a 33% to 34% effective tax rate.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our Non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted income from continuing operations and adjusted income per diluted share.  The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because it provides for a more direct comparison of the results for these periods. The non-GAAP financial information is provided in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the Company's reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the tables in today's press release for a reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call Information

The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on May 4, 2017. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www.MedifastNow.com, and will be archived online through May 18, 2017. In addition, listeners may dial (855) 560-2579.

A telephonic playback will be available from 6:30 p.m. ET, May 4, 2017, through May 11, 2017. Participants can dial (877) 344-7529 to hear the playback and enter passcode 10104793.

About Medifast®:

Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the leading easy-to-use provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs. Medifast aims to help customers lead a healthier lifestyle through a holistic approach to weight-loss and weight management. Medifast's proven results are based on the use of structured meal plans featuring Medifast Meals, which are nutritionally designed to assist customers with successful weight-loss and weight management. Medifast was founded in 1980 and is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. For more information, log onto www.MedifastNow.com.

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Forward Looking Statements

Please Note: This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by use of phrases or terminology such as "intend" or other similar words or the negative of such terminology. Similarly, descriptions of Medifast's objectives, strategies, plans, goals or targets contained herein are also considered forward-looking statements. Medifast believes this release should be read in conjunction with all of its filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and cautions its readers that these forward-looking statements are subject to certain events, risks, uncertainties, and other factors. Some of these factors include, among others, Medifast's inability to attract and retain independent Health Coaches and Members, stability in the pricing of print, TV and Direct Mail marketing initiatives affecting the cost to acquire customers, increases in competition, litigation, regulatory changes, and its planned growth into new domestic and international markets and new channels of distribution. Although Medifast believes that the expectations, statements, and assumptions reflected in these forward- looking statements are reasonable, it cautions readers to always consider all of the risk factors and any other cautionary statements carefully in evaluating each forward-looking statement in this release, as well as those set forth in its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other filings filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including its current reports on Form 8-K. All of the forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release.


 

MEDIFAST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except par value)










March 31,



December 31,



2017



2016















ASSETS

Current Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

53,970


$

52,436

Accounts receivable-net of allowance for sales returns and doubtful accounts







 of $422 and $449 at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016



1,493



1,387

Inventory



19,883



18,311

Investment securities



24,989



24,412

Income taxes, prepaid



384



1,249

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



2,925



3,502

Total current assets



103,644



101,297








Property, plant and equipment - net



19,137



19,753

Other assets



166



162

Long-term assets of discontinued operations



-



4








TOTAL ASSETS


$

122,947


$

121,216








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities







Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

23,150


$

24,300

Current liabilities of discontinued operations



-



121

Total current liabilities



23,150



24,421








Deferred tax liabilities



629



779

Total liabilities



23,779



25,200








Stockholders' Equity







Common stock; par value $.001 per share; 20,000 shares authorized;







12,132 and 12,027 issued and 11,927 and 11,871 outstanding







at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively



12



12

Additional paid-in capital



3,372



2,672

Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(29)



(165)

Retained earnings 



95,813



93,497

Total stockholders' equity



99,168



96,016








TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$

122,947


$

121,216

 

 

MEDIFAST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts & dividend data)










Three months ended March 31,



2017


2016








Revenue


$

70,622


$

72,345

Cost of sales



17,730



19,151

Gross profit



52,892



53,194








Selling, general, and administrative



44,283



46,926








Income from operations



8,609



6,268








Other income (expense)







Interest and dividend income, net



63



115

Other income (expense)



39



(24)




102



91








Income from operations before income taxes



8,711



6,359








Provision for income taxes



2,566



2,099








Net income


$

6,145


$

4,260








Earnings per share -basic


$

0.52


$

0.36








Earnings per share -diluted


$

0.51


$

0.36








Weighted average shares outstanding -







     Basic



11,901



11,862

     Diluted



12,009



11,922








Cash dividends declared per share


$

0.32


$

0.25

 

 

MEDIFAST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in thousands, except per share amounts)










Three Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016








Selling, general, and administrative


$

44,283


$

46,926

Adjustments







Restructuring charges



-



1,166

Adjusted selling, general, and administrative


$

44,283


$

45,760

















Three Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016








Income from operations


$

8,609


$

6,268

Adjustments







Restructuring charges



-



1,166

Adjusted income from operations 


$

8,609


$

7,434

















Three Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016








Net income


$

6,145


$

4,260

Adjustments







Restructuring charges



-



781

Adjusted net income


$

6,145


$

5,041








Diluted earnings per share (1)


$

0.51


$

0.36

Impact for adjustments (1)



-



0.06

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (1)


$

0.51


$

0.42








(1) The weighted-average diluted shares outstanding used in the calculation of these non-GAAP financial measures are the same as the weighted-average shares outstanding used in the calculation of the reported per share amounts.

SOURCE Medifast, Inc.

For further information: Investor Contact: ICR, Inc., Katie Turner, (646) 277-1228


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