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Herbalife Nutrition Achieves Double Digit Net Sales Growth in 2018 and Updates Growth Projections for 2019

February 19, 2019
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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 19, 2019--Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018:

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“In 2018, we continued to show the strength of our business in providing premier nutrition products to distributors and consumers around the world. We achieved double digit net sales growth and record volume points, enhancing our value for shareholders. In 2019, our momentum will continue as global trends drive demand for our products and business opportunity, and our distributors deliver value to their customers.” - Michael O. Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Herbalife Nutrition

QUARTER AND FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS

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1 Excluding adjustments to volume point values in 2018, the year over year change would have been an increase of 9.0%. See Regional Volume Point Metrics below.

2 Adjusted diluted EPS is a non-GAAP measure and, for guidance purposes, excludes the impact of: non-cash interest expense associated with the Company’s convertible notes and expenses related to regulatory inquiries. Adjusted diluted EPS for reported results purposes, excludes the impact of the foregoing as well as expenses relating to challenges to the Company’s business model, contingent value rights revaluation, loss on extinguishment of convertible debt, loss on extinguishment of the Company’s 2017 senior secured credit facility, Venezuela currency devaluation. expenses relating to FTC Consent Order implementation, China grant income, and U.S. tax reform impact. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a detailed reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income calculated in accordance with GAAP and a reconciliation of adjusted diluted EPS to diluted EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why we believe these non-GAAP measures are useful.

3 See Schedule A - “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of adjusted diluted share count to reported diluted share count and a discussion of why the share count has been adjusted for purposes of calculating adjusted diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2018, and full year 2018.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Key Metrics 4

Regional Volume Point Metrics

(a) During 2018, the Company adjusted volume point values for certain products in Mexico, North America and South & Central America. Excluding these adjustments, the worldwide total year over year change in volume points would have been an increase of 11.1% for the fourth quarter and 9.0% for the full year.

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4 Supplemental tables that include Average Active Sales Leader and additional business metrics can be found at http://ir.Herbalife.com.

Regional Net Sales and Foreign Exchange (“FX”) Impact

(a) Venezuela was impacted by significant price increases and erosion in foreign currency exchange rates. Venezuela represents less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated net sales. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a discussion of why we believe adjusting for Venezuela is useful.

Outlook

Following is the Company’s first quarter and full year 2019 guidance based on current business trends:

(a) The Company is evaluating our current approach to assigning and maintaining volume point values for certain products or markets. Guidance excludes any future potential impact of volume point adjustments, which may have an impact on the use of volume points as a proxy for sales trends in future periods.

(b) Excludes any future potential Venezuela currency devaluations and associated pricing and inflationary consequences.

(c) Excludes the following items that cannot be accurately predicted: any future potential ongoing tax effects from the exercise of equity awards that could impact the Company’s tax rate due to the stock compensation accounting standard, any future contingent value rights revaluation, benefits from future potential China grant income, any future potential dilution from the Company’s convertible notes due in 2019 and 2024, as well as any impact of the China Growth and Impact Investment Program.

(d) Adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted effective tax rate excludes the impact of: non-cash interest expense associated with the Company’s convertible notes and expenses related to regulatory inquiries, as detailed in Schedule A. See Schedule A – “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a detailed reconciliation of adjusted diluted EPS to diluted EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why the Company believe these non-GAAP measures are useful.

(e) Currency adjusted net sales and adjusted diluted EPS represent projections translated into US dollars at currency rates equal to the average rates used to translate 2018 full year net sales and diluted EPS and adjusted for items such as hedging gains/losses and Venezuela to be directly comparable to 2018 values.

Earnings Conference Call

Herbalife Nutrition senior management will host an investor conference call to discuss its recent financial results and provide an update on current business trends on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET).

The dial-in number for this conference call for domestic callers is (877) 317-1296, and (262) 320-2006 for international callers (conference ID: 1198534). Live audio of the conference call will be simultaneously webcast in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at  http://ir.Herbalife.com.

An audio replay will be available following the completion of the conference call in MP3 format or by dialing (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers or (404) 537-3406 for international callers (conference ID: 1198534). The webcast of the teleconference will be archived and available on Herbalife Nutrition’s website.

About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, and skyrocketing public healthcare costs, while also providing a means for entrepreneurs of all ages to pursue a business opportunity. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through its independent distributors in more than 90 countries.

Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.

Herbalife Nutrition has approximately 8,900 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.9 billion in 2018. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in any of our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Our future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties, such as those disclosed or incorporated by reference in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

We do not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to any forward-looking statement or to report any events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Results of Operations

(1) Other Operating Income relates to certain China government grant income.

(2) Other Expense (Income), net for the three months ended December 31, 2018 relates to the gain on revaluation of the Contingent Value Rights (CVR) issued in connection with the October 2017 modified Dutch auction tender offer. Other Expense (Income), net for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 relates to the $13.1 million loss on the extinguishment of a portion of the 2.0% convertible senior notes due 2019 repurchased in March 2018; the $35.4 million loss on extinguishment of the Company’s 2017 senior secured credit facility and the $8.8 million loss on revaluation of the CVR. Other Expense, net for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 relates to the gain on revaluation of the CVR.

(3) Includes the impact of excess tax benefit recognized under ASU 2016-09 of $3.5 million and $4.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively; and $53.1 million and $31.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Supplemental Information

SCHEDULE A: RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Unaudited and unreviewed), (All tables provide Dollars in millions, except per Share Data)

In addition to its reported results and guidance calculated in accordance with GAAP, the Company has included in this release adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, performance measures that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as “non-GAAP financial measures.” Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s reported or forecasted results, in each case calculated in accordance with GAAP, can provide useful supplemental information for investors because they facilitate a period to period comparative assessment of the Company’s operating performance relative to its performance based on reported or forecasted results under GAAP, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance and eliminate certain charges that management believes do not reflect the Company’s operations and underlying operational performance. The Company’s definition of adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies because other companies may not calculate them in the same manner as the Company does and should not be viewed in isolation from nor as alternatives to net income or diluted EPS calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The impact of foreign currency fluctuations in Venezuela and the price increases the Company implements as a result of the highly inflationary economy in that market can each, when considered in isolation, have a disproportionately large impact to the Company’s consolidated results despite the offsetting nature of these drivers and that net sales in Venezuela, which represent less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated net sales, are not material to our consolidated results. Therefore, in certain instances, the Company believes it is helpful to provide additional information with respect to these factors as reported and excluding the impact of Venezuela to illustrate the disproportionate nature of Venezuela’s individual pricing and foreign exchange impact to the Company’s consolidated results. However, excluding the impact of Venezuela from these measures is not in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to the presentation and discussion thereof calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The following is a reconciliation of net income, presented and reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, to net income adjusted for certain items:

The following table is a reconciliation of diluted shares outstanding, as presented and reported in accordance with GAAP, to adjusted diluted shares outstanding, adjusted to include the impact of outstanding capped call transactions and the impact of outstanding equity awards. The Company’s outstanding capped call transactions are anti-dilutive and not included in GAAP earnings per share but are expected to mitigate the dilutive effect of the Company’s convertible notes due 2019, if the trading price of the Company’s stock exceeds the conversion price, up to a certain level. Therefore, the Company has adjusted the diluted shares outstanding to include the impact of the capped calls, based on the average share price for the period that the capped calls are anti-dilutive.

Outstanding equity awards were excluded from the number of reported diluted outstanding shares for the fourth quarter of 2017 because the Company reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 and their inclusion would be anti-dilutive. However, because the Company’s adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2017, as calculated in the table above, was positive, inclusion of outstanding equity awards would not be anti-dilutive. Therefore, the Company has adjusted the diluted shares outstanding for the fourth quarter of 2017 to include equity awards as set forth below so the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS is not overstated for the fourth quarter of 2017 and such number is comparable to adjusted diluted EPS for the current year period.

The following is a reconciliation of diluted earnings per share, presented and reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, to diluted earnings per share adjusted for certain items.

(1) Based on interim income tax reporting rules, these expenses are not considered discrete items. As a result, the Company’s full year effective tax rate is impacted by these items. When applying the full year effective tax rate to year-to-date income, the Company’s year-to-date tax provision recorded with respect to these non-GAAP adjustments is different from the forecasted full-year tax provision impact of these items. As a consequence, adjustments to the year-to-date and quarterly tax impacts will be recorded as the adjusted full year effective tax rate is applied to income in subsequent periods. Additionally, adjustments to items unrelated to these non-GAAP adjustments may have an effect on the income tax impact of these non-GAAP adjustments in subsequent periods.

(2) Excludes tax (benefit)/expense as follows:

(3) Relates to non-cash expense on the Company’s 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2019 and the related prepaid forward share repurchase contracts and the 2.625% convertible senior notes due 2024.

(4) Includes $3.0 million of product discounts related to preferred member conversions for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

(5) Relates to the loss on the extinguishment of a portion of the 2.00% convertible senior notes due 2019 repurchased in March 2018.

(6) Relates to the income tax effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements as of December 31, 2018 and 2017 as discussed in Note 12, Income Taxes, to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in the annual report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

(7) Amounts may not total due to rounding.

The following is a reconciliation of diluted earnings per share guidance, presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, to adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance for certain items.

(1) Excludes the following items that cannot be accurately predicted: any future potential ongoing tax effects from the exercise of equity awards that could impact the Company’s tax rate due to the updated stock compensation accounting standard, any future contingent value rights revaluation, benefits from future potential China grant income, any future potential dilution from the Company’s convertible notes due in 2019 and 2024, as well as any impact of the China Growth and Impact Investment Program.

(2) Relates to non-cash expense on our convertible notes and prepaid forward share repurchase contracts.

(3) Excludes tax impact of $1.5 million for the twelve months ending December 31, 2019.

(4) Amounts may not total due to rounding.

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH FITNESS & NUTRITION RETAIL COMMUNICATIONS COSMETICS MARKETING FOOD/BEVERAGE

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