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About Nu Skin International Inc

Nu Skin Enterprises offers more than 200 personal care products such as cleansers, toners, and anti-aging skin care products, through a global network of independent distributors, sales reps, and preferred customers. It also sells cosmetics, fragrances, hair care items, and mouthwash. Nu Skin has its foot in the door in 50-plus global markets, including China. Its Pharmanex unit sells LifePak nutritional supplements. In addition, the company has introduced its new ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me customized skin care system to its markets. Nu Skin was founded in 1984 by its former chairman Blake Roney.

Operations

The company operates through two category brands: beauty and personal care brand Nu Skin (about 60% of net sales) and nutritional products brand Pharmanex (40%).

During 2016 and 2017, the company launched the ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me customized skin care systems. It also plans to launch ageLOC LumiSpa, which is a treatment and cleansing device that promotes smooth and healthy skin.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in Provo, Utah, Nu Skin has distribution, manufacturing, warehouses, and research and development centers in Shanghai, China; Chungcheong buk-do, Korea; Venlo, Netherlands; Tokyo, Japan; and Mainland China.

Greater China is its largest market, accounting for more than 35% of total sales. Other major markets include North Asia (almost 30%), South Asia/Pacific (15%), and the Americas (15%).

Sales and Marketing

Nu Skin relies on person-to-person and social media marketing, rather than traditional media advertising or direct marketing campaigns, to sell its personal care and other products. Its network of thousands of active distributors and consumers purchase products directly from the company and resell them. However, Nu Skin employs a different business model in China where it has an employed sales force and contractual sales promoters to sells products in stores.

Financial Performance

Nu Skin has posted three consecutive years of falling sales. Revenue declined 2% from $2.3 billion in 2015 to $2.2 billion in 2016 largely due to unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations.

During 2016, business from Mainland China generated 8% revenue growth, while the EMEA region increased 7%, reflecting the success of social media initiatives in certain markets of that region. These gains were offset by declines in the Americas and South Asia/Pacific regions.

Net income climbed 8% from $133 million in 2015 to $143 million in 2016 largely due to a decrease of $18 million in foreign-currency charges. Cash from operating activities has fluctuated over the years; after rising sharply in 2015, cash flow declined in 2016 mainly due to a rise in payments related to distributor commissions.

Strategy

Nu Skin is betting on rapid growth in the global anti-aging market as Baby Boomers in the US and skin-obsessed women in Asia fuel demand for its products. The company has ramped up its social media marketing efforts and has launched a customer loyalty program called Velocity that provides more flexible and timely rewards for its network of distributors.

Another way Nu Skin grows is by introducing new products to its more than 50 markets. In 2016 and 2017, it launched new products within its ageLOC product line: ageLOC Me, an anti-ageing skincare system, and ageLOC Youth, an anti-ageing supplement. In 2017 and 2018 it plans to launch its ageLOC LumiSpa treatment and cleansing device to generate additional revenue.

Company Background

Brigham Young University graduate Blake Roney and his sister, Nedra, came up with the idea for Nu Skin in 1984 while pondering the amount of fillers in personal care products. They compiled a list of beneficial ingredients, came up with $5,000 (from friend and present SVP Sandra Tillotson), and found a manufacturer to make their product -- and Nu Skin International was born. Roney was dead-set against incurring debt, so he decided to use multilevel marketing to push the products. Such marketing systems are often accused of being illegal pyramid schemes, and Nu Skin has drawn the attention of many attorneys general across the US.

Nu Skin International Inc

75 W CENTER STREET
Provo, UT 84601-4432
Phone: 1 (801) 345-1000

Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary: Matthew Dorny
Plant Manager: Jeff Smith
Sr V Pres Of Adm: Sandy N Tillotson
Employees (This Location): 900
Employees (All Locations): 1,414

Major Office Locations

Provo, UT

Other Locations

Taipei City, Taiwan