Major retailers in the US saw significant losses in Q4 revenue due to a slow holiday season. There were a few that stood out, however, and Nature’s Sunshine Products (NASDAQ:NATR) was one of those retailers.
Today, NATR stock is seeing significant gains after the company announced its Q4 2018 sales. Why did the company stand out from the rest of the retailers that struggled in that same season? Let’s find out!
Nature’s Sunshine Stock Up +20%
Nature’s Sunshine released its Q4 sales this morning and investors are impressed. At the time of writing, the retail stock is trading at $8.49 a share, up +$1.60 (+23.22%). This week, NATR took a nosedive of -13% but has rebounded stronger since the dip.
Q4 and Full 2018 Earnings
Nature’s Sunshine Q4 brought in $97.4 million in sales, an increase of +10.3% from the previous year. The health retailer claims that the key drivers of Q4 revenue growth are from its overseas sales. Nature’s Sunshine’s Synergy Worldwide sales were up +19.9%; NSP China sales were up +60%; and NSP Russia, Central, and Eastern Europe sales were up +21.1%. These figures explain the company’s increase in revenue in Q4, while most US companies slumped.
Nature’s Sunshine’s sales for all of 2018 increased by 6.7% to $364.8 million, from $342 million in 2017. The natural product retailer ended 2018 debt free with $50.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. In 2018, Nature’s Sunshine also paid down $13.2 million on its revolving credit facility.
The retailer did not disclose its plans for 2019, but it is likely it will continue to focus its efforts in foreign markets, considering its profits the last quarter.
About Nature’s Sunshine
Nature’s Sunshine Products is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. The retailer is a leading natural health and wellness company that manufactures most of its own products. Currently, Nature’s Sunshine distributes its products through a global direct sales force of around 488,000 individuals. The company’s products can be found in over 40 different countries.
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