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GNC Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

138 Days ago

  • Completed $300 million investment from Harbin Pharmaceutical Group ("Harbin")

  • GNC to receive approximately $176 million ($101 million received in 2019) from International Vitamin Corporation ("IVC") and in exchange for Nutra manufacturing and Anderson facility net assets, and will initially retain a 43% interest in the new joint venture with IVC announced earlier today in a separate release

  • Domestic same store sales decreased 0.6%; International segment revenue increased 12%

  • Net income of $58.8 million for the fourth quarter and $69.8 million for the full year of 2018

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $35 million for the fourth quarter and $208 million for the full year of 2018

PITTSBURGH, March 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the “Company”) reported consolidated revenue of $547.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with consolidated revenue of $562.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease was mainly driven by the closure of company-owned stores from our store portfolio optimization strategy.

Key Updates

  • In February 2019, completed last tranche of the approximately $300 million investment ($100 million received in 2018) by Harbin and applied proceeds to pay down debt; a significant enhancement of the Company’s capital position.

  • In connection with the Harbin transaction, GNC contributes the Hong Kong-based China e-commerce net assets in exchange for 35% interest in the Hong Kong-based China e-commerce joint venture. This joint venture includes the operations of the existing profitable, growing cross border China e-commerce business.

  • Strategic joint venture with IVC will enable GNC to increase focus on product innovation while IVC manages manufacturing and integrates with GNC's supply chain thereby driving more efficient usage of capital.

  • The International segment continued to grow with an increase in revenue of 12.1% driven by sales in China, Mexico and South Korea.

  • GNC brand mix for domestic system-wide sales increased to 54% compared with 48% in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 52% in the third quarter of 2018.

Same store sales in domestic company-owned stores (including GNC.com) decreased 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2018. In domestic franchise locations, same store sales decreased 1.3%.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company reported net income of $58.8 million compared with a net loss of $212.7 million in the prior year quarter. Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") was $0.62 in the fourth quarter compared with a loss of $3.03 in the prior year quarter. The fourth quarter was significantly impacted by an $88.9 million gain on forward contracts for the issuance of convertible preferred stock in connection with the Harbin investment, and a $23.7 million non-cash long-lived asset impairment charge related to an indefinite-lived intangible asset ($21.6 million allocated to the U.S and Canada segment with the remaining $2.1 million allocated to the International segment.) The prior year quarter was significantly impacted by $434.6 million in non-cash long-lived asset impairment charges, of which $395.6 million related to an indefinite-lived intangible asset ($394.0 million allocated to the U.S. and Canada segment with the remaining $1.6 million allocated to the International segment), $24.3 million related to goodwill in the Manufacturing / Wholesale segment and $14.7 million related to property and equipment in the U.S. and Canada segment. The Company also recorded a non-cash tax benefit of $86.8 million in the prior year quarter from the revaluing of its net deferred tax liabilities as a result of the enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Excluding the items described above and other expenses outlined in the table below, adjusted net loss was $10.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with adjusted net income of $18.5 million in the prior year quarter, and adjusted EPS was a loss of $0.13 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with EPS of $0.26 in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined and reconciled to net income (loss) in the table below, was $35.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with $56.3 million in the prior year quarter.

"While fourth quarter operating results were below our expectations, we recently achieved some major milestones in repositioning the company. The completion of Harbin’s $300 million strategic investment strengthens our capital structure and will accelerate our growth plans in China, while our $176 million strategic partnership with International Vitamin Corporation will create meaningful efficiencies in manufacturing, further strengthen the innovation and product development capabilities that set GNC apart and drive further reductions in our debt,” said Ken Martindale, GNC’s Chairman and CEO.

Segment Operating Performance

U.S. & Canada

Revenues in the U.S. and Canada segment decreased $17.1 million, or 3.7%, to $445.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with $462.1 million in the prior year quarter. E-commerce sales were 9.3% of U.S. and Canada revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with 8.4% in the prior year quarter.

The decrease in revenue compared with the prior year quarter was primarily due to the impact of company-owned net store closures, which contributed an approximate $10 million decrease in revenue, and negative same store sales of 0.6%, which resulted in a revenue decrease of $1.9 million. In addition, domestic franchise revenue declined $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the prior year period, due to a decrease in retail same store sales as well as a reduction in the number of franchise stores.

Operating loss was $5.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with an operating loss of $378.9 million for the same period in 2017. Excluding non-cash impairment charges in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017 and immaterial gains on refranchising in the fourth quarter 2018 as detailed in the table below, operating income was $15.4 million, or 3.5% of segment revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $29.7 million, or 6.4% of segment revenue, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to the impact of the new loyalty program, a reserve related to risk associated with a third party vendor, an increase in store commissions associated with a higher sales mix of proprietary product and the comparative effect of a 2017 fourth quarter legal settlement associated with the media launch of One New GNC. The decreases were partially offset by a higher sales mix of proprietary product which contribute higher margins relative to third-party sales.

International

Revenues in the International segment increased $5.5 million, or 12.1%, to $51.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with $45.8 million in the prior year quarter. Revenue from our China business increased by $3.3 million due to higher cross border e-commerce sales. Revenue from our international franchisees increased by $2.3 million despite a decrease in retail same store sales (in local currency) of 3.0%.

Operating income decreased $0.5 million to $13.7 million, or 26.8% of segment revenue, for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Excluding start-up costs related to the China joint ventures in the fourth quarter of 2018 and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment charges in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 2017, operating income in the fourth quarter was $16.5 million, or 32.2% of segment revenue, compared with $15.8 million, or 34.5% of segment revenue, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in operating income percentage was primarily due to higher mix of China sales, which contribute lower margins relative to franchise sales. In addition, as we invest to grow the brand in China, marketing expense increased in our China business compared with the prior year quarter.

Manufacturing / Wholesale

Revenues in the Manufacturing / Wholesale segment, excluding intersegment sales, decreased $3.4 million, or 6.1%, to $51.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with $55.0 million in the prior year quarter primarily due to a $2.5 million correction related to previously recorded revenue for specialty manufacturing. Intersegment sales increased $14.4 million reflecting the Company's increasing focus on proprietary products.

Operating income was $15.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with an operating loss of $5.9 million in the prior year quarter. Excluding non-cash impairment charges in the prior year quarter, operating income decreased $3.3 million from $18.4 million, or 16.5% of segment revenue, in the prior year quarter, to $15.1 million, or 12.4% of segment revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to a lower margin rate from third-party contract manufacturing and the correction mentioned above, partially offset by higher intersegment sales, which contribute higher margins.

Full Year Performance

For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported consolidated revenue of $2,353.5 million, a decrease of $127.5 million compared with consolidated revenue of $2,481.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Revenue in the prior year includes $66.2 million from Lucky Vitamin, which was sold on September 30, 2017, and $23.0 million recognition of deferred revenue related to the U.S. Gold Card Member Pricing program, which was terminated in December 2016. The Gold Card impact was offset by a current year increase of $32.9 million related to our loyalty program, PRO Access paid membership fees and the myGNC Rewards change in deferred points liability.

Same store sales in domestic company-owned stores (including GNC.com sales) decreased 0.6% for the full year 2018 compared with 2017. In domestic franchise locations, same store sales decreased 2.9%.

For the full year 2018, the Company reported net income of $69.8 million and diluted EPS of $0.81 compared with net loss of $150.3 million and diluted loss per share of $2.18 for the full year 2017. Excluding the items outlined in the table below, adjusted diluted EPS was $0.34 and $1.38 for the full year 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Cash Flow and Liquidity Metrics

For the full year 2018, the Company generated net cash from operating activities of $95.9 million compared with $220.5 million for the full year 2017. The decrease was primarily due to reduced operating performance, the comparative effect of a $76.4 million inventory reduction in the prior year as part of the Company's supply chain optimization launched at the end of 2016, higher interest payments of $53.1 million, and the refinancing of our long-term debt, which resulted in $16.3 million in fees paid to third-parties, partially offset by lower tax payments and a $12.4 million tax refund received in the fourth quarter of 2018.

For the full year 2018, the Company generated $95.7 million in free cash flow, compared with $196.7 million for the full year 2017. The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities (excluding fees relating to the debt refinancing) less cash used in investing activities. At December 31, 2018, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents were $67.2 million and debt was $1.2 billion. No borrowings were outstanding on the Revolving Credit Facility.

Subsequent to year end, the Company completed the $300 million Harbin transaction with $200 million being received in 2019. Additionally, the Company received $101 million from IVC for the new joint venture as mentioned above. The Company utilized the proceeds and paid down the remaining balance of the Tranche B-1 Term Loan and applied the remaining proceeds to the Tranche B-2 Term Loan reducing total debt from $1,152 million as of December 31, 2018 to $887 million as of March 4, 2019.

Conference Call

GNC has scheduled a live webcast to report its fourth quarter 2018 financial results on March 5, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET. To participate on the live call, listeners in North America may dial (888) 254-3590 and international listeners may dial (323) 994-2093. In addition, a live webcast of the call will be available on www.gnc.com via the Investor Relations section under “About GNC.” A replay of this webcast will be available through March 19, 2019.

About Us

GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) - is a global health and wellness brand that helps people live well. The company is known and trusted for quality performance and nutritional supplements, and its broad assortment features innovative private-label products as well as national recognized third-party brands, many of which are exclusive to GNC.

GNC’s diversified, omni-channel business model has global reach and a well-recognized, trusted brand, and provides customers with excellent service, product knowledge and solutions. The company reaches consumers worldwide through company-owned retail locations, and domestic and international franchise activities, and e-commerce. GNC also has exceptional innovation and product development capabilities, manufactures products for third parties and generates revenue through corporate partnerships. As of December 31, 2018, GNC had approximately 8,400 locations, of which approximately 6,200 retail locations are in the United States (including approximately 2,200 Rite Aid licensed store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in approximately 50 countries.

Forward-Looking Statements Involving Known and Unknown Risks and Uncertainties

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the Company’s financial condition, results of operations and business that is not historical information. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as “subject to,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “can,” the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions, or by discussions regarding dividend, share repurchase plan, strategy and outlook. While GNC believes there is a reasonable basis for its expectations and beliefs, they are inherently uncertain. The Company may not realize its expectations and its beliefs may not prove correct. Many factors could affect future performance and cause actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements, including but not limited to competition; our ability to manage our debt obligations; unfavorable publicity or consumer perception of the Company's products; costs of compliance , including with respect to new and existing governmental regulations governing our products; limitations of or disruptions in the manufacturing system or deployment of our real estate strategy; disruptions in the distribution or IT network; cybersecurity and privacy issues; operational issues regarding our vendors, supply chain or personnel; obligations resulting from our issuance of Convertible Preferred Stock to Harbin; failure to successfully execute the Company's growth strategy, including any inability to expand franchise operations or attract new franchisees, any inability to expand domestic or foreign company-owned retail operations, challenges associated with growing our international footprint and the e-commerce businesses, or any inability to successfully integrate businesses that are acquired; challenges associated with our joint venture relationships, and general macroeconomic and consumer preference challenges. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those described or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a listing of factors that may materially affect such forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Non-GAAP Measures

Management has included non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, including adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, adjusted EBITDA, segment operating income, and segment operating income as a percentage of segment revenue, adjusted as reflected in this release, and free cash flow, because it believes they represent an effective supplemental means by which to measure the Company’s operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income plus interest expense, net, loss on debt refinancing, income taxes and depreciation and amortization and certain other items as reflected in this release.

Management believes that these measures are useful to investors as they enable the Company and its investors to evaluate and compare the Company’s results from operations in a more meaningful and consistent manner by excluding specific items which are not reflective of ongoing operating results and that can differ significantly from company to company depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments.

However, these measures are not measurements of the Company’s performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to earnings per share, net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to GAAP cash flow from operating activities, or as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. For more information, see the attached reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures.



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended  December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  (unaudited)
Revenue $ 547,861     $ 562,823     $ 2,353,523     $ 2,480,962  
Cost of sales, including warehousing, distribution and occupancy 375,427     379,338     1,581,778     1,656,540  
Gross profit 172,434     183,485     771,745     824,422  
Selling, general, and administrative 151,721     142,651     620,885     624,269  
Long-lived asset impairments 23,680     434,577     38,236     457,794  
Other (income) loss, net (86 )   (785 )   271     (825 )
Operating (loss) income (2,881 )   (392,958 )   112,353     (256,816 )
Interest expense, net 36,632     15,921     127,080     64,221  
Gain on convertible debt and debt refinancing costs     (10,996 )       (10,996 )
Loss on debt refinancing         16,740      
Gain on forward contracts for the issuance of convertible preferred stock (88,942 )       (88,942 )    
Income (loss) before income taxes 49,429     (397,883 )   57,475     (310,041 )
Income tax benefit (9,410 )   (185,177 )   (12,305 )   (159,779 )
Net income (loss) 58,839     (212,706 )   69,780     (150,262 )
               
Earnings (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.69     $ (3.03 )   $ 0.83     $ (2.18 )
Diluted $ 0.62     $ (3.03 )   $ 0.81     $ (2.18 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic 83,476     70,251     83,364     68,789  
Diluted 94,388     70,251     86,171     68,789  



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) and Diluted EPS to Adjusted Net (Loss) Income and Adjusted EPS
(in thousands, except per share data)

  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  Net Income (Loss)   Diluted EPS (1)   Net (Loss) Income   Diluted EPS   Net Income   Diluted EPS (1)   Net (Loss) Income   Diluted EPS
  (unaudited)
Reported $ 58,839     $ 0.62     $ (212,706 )   $ (3.03 )   $ 69,780     $ 0.81     $ (150,262 )   $ (2.18 )
Gains on refranchising (237 )               (513 )       (314 )    
Retention (2) 1,816     0.02             6,971     0.08          
Gain on convertible debt and debt refinancing costs         (10,996 )   (0.16 )           (10,996 )   (0.16 )
Loss on debt refinancing                 16,740     0.19          
Joint venture start-up costs (3) 651     0.01             1,624     0.02          
SG&A (4) 862     0.01     1,571     0.02     2,162     0.03     7,730     0.11  
Long-lived asset impairments 23,680     0.28     434,577     6.17     38,236     0.44     457,794     6.64  
Loss on sale of Lucky Vitamin                         1,696     0.02  
Amortization of discount in connection with early debt payment 3,542     0.04             3,542     0.04          
Gain on forward contracts for the issuance of convertible preferred stock (5) (88,942 )   (1.07 )           (88,942 )   (1.03 )        
Tax effect of items above (6) (10,233 )   (0.12 )   (109,241 )   (1.54 )   (16,954 )   (0.20 )   (119,819 )   (1.73 )
Increase (reduction) to valuation allowance on DTA (7)         2,093     0.03             (3,860 )   (0.06 )
Revaluation of net deferred tax liabilities associated with tax reform         (86,786 )   (1.23 )           (86,786 )   (1.26 )
Discrete tax benefit (8)                 (3,583 )   (0.04 )        
Adjusted $ (10,022 )   $ (0.13 )   $ 18,512     $ 0.26     $ 29,063     $ 0.34     $ 95,183     $ 1.38  
                               
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 83,476         70,442         86,171         68,923      

 

Refer to the following page for footnotes



Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)

  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  (unaudited)
Net income (loss) $ 58,839     $ (212,706 )   $ 69,780     $ (150,262 )
Income tax benefit (9,410 )   (185,177 )   (12,305 )   (159,779 )
Interest expense, net 36,632     15,921     127,080     64,221  
Gain on convertible debt and debt refinancing costs     (10,996 )       (10,996 )
Loss on debt refinancing         16,740      
Gain on forward contracts for the issuance of convertible preferred stock (5) (88,942 )       (88,942 )    
Depreciation and amortization (9) 11,103     13,121     47,105     56,809  
Retention (2) 1,816         6,971      
Joint venture start-up costs (3) 651         1,624      
SG&A (4) 862     1,571     2,162     7,730  
Long-lived asset impairments 23,680     434,577     38,236     457,794  
Loss on sale of Lucky Vitamin             1,696  
Gains on refranchising (237 )       (513 )   (314 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 34,994     $ 56,311     $ 207,938     $ 266,899  

(1) The Company applies the if-converted method to calculate dilution impact of the convertible senior notes and the convertible preferred stock. For the reported diluted EPS calculation for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, and the adjusted diluted EPS calculation for the year ended December 31, 2018, the underlying shares of the convertible preferred stock are dilutive and the convertible senior notes are anti-dilutive. For the adjusted diluted EPS calculation for the three months ended December 31, 2018, the underlying shares of the convertible preferred stock and the convertible senior notes are anti-dilutive. Additionally, the adjusted diluted EPS calculation for the fourth quarter of 2018 includes the cumulative undeclared dividends of approximately $1.0 million within adjusted net income. As a result, amounts do no sum.

(2) Relates to an incentive program to retain senior executives and certain other key personnel below the executive level who are critical to the execution and success of the Company's strategy. The total amount awarded was approximately $10 million, which vests in four installments of 25% each over the next two years. Vesting dates are on the earlier of February 2019 or the closing of the Harbin transaction, February 2019, August 2019 and February 2020.

(3) Relates to legal and other start-up costs incurred in connection with the formation of commercial joint ventures in China with Harbin Pharmaceutical Group.

(4) The fourth quarter includes severance expenses associated with the organizational realignment to more effectively align the structure in support of the key growth areas of the Company. The prior year quarter includes $0.6 million of executive placement costs primarily related to make-whole stock-based compensation awards and $1.0 million in legal-related charges. Current year also includes a legal-related charge. Prior year includes $3.3 million of executive placement costs primarily related to make-whole stock-based compensation awards including the impact of accelerated vesting associated with a Section 83(b) tax election and $4.4 million of legal-related charges.

(5) Relates to the change in fair value of the forward contracts related to the issuance of convertible preferred stock.

(6) The 2018 tax rates were calculated using a federal rate plus a net state rate that excluded the impact of certain state NOL's, state credits and valuation allowance. The 2017 tax rates were calculated using the Company's annual effective tax rate, adjusted to exclude discrete items and the tax impact of certain significant transactions including goodwill and indefinite-lived assets impairment, gains on convertible debt, and reduction in valuation allowance.

(7) Relates to an increase (reduction) to a valuation allowance based on a change in circumstances, which caused a change in judgment about the realizability of a deferred tax asset related to net operating losses.

(8) Relates to discrete tax benefits associated with finalization of the Company’s 2017 federal income tax return.

(9) The decrease in the current year compared with the prior year was primarily due to the prior year accelerated depreciation associated with the re-platforming of the GNC.com website from a third-party to a cloud-based solution, as well as long-lived asset impairments recorded within the U.S. and Canada segment for certain of our underperforming stores in the third and fourth quarter of 2017.



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
U.S. Company-Owned Same Store Sales (including GNC.com)

  2018   2017
  Q1  3/31   Q2  6/30   Q3  9/30   Q4  12/31   YTD  12/31   Q1  3/31   Q2  6/30   Q3  9/30   Q4  12/31   YTD  12/31
Contribution to same store sales:                                      
Domestic retail same store sales (1.2 )%   (4.2 )%   (3.4 )%   (1.4 )%   (2.6 )%   (3.6 )%   (0.5 )%   (1.2 )%   0.2 %   (1.4 )%
GNC.com contribution to same store sales 1.7 %   3.8 %   1.3 %   0.8 %   2.0 %   (0.3 )%   (0.4 )%   2.5 %   5.5 %   1.6 %
Total same store sales 0.5 %   (0.4 )%   (2.1 )%   (0.6 )%   (0.6 )%   (3.9 )%   (0.9 )%   1.3 %   5.7 %   0.2 %



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

  December 31,
  2018   2017
  (unaudited)
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 67,224     $ 64,001  
Receivables, net 127,317     126,650  
Inventory 465,572     485,732  
Forward contracts for issuance of convertible preferred stock 88,942      
Prepaid and other current assets 55,109     66,648  
Total current assets 804,164     743,031  
Long-term assets:      
Goodwill 140,764     141,029  
Brand name 300,720     324,400  
Other intangible assets, net 92,727     99,715  
Property, plant and equipment, net 155,095     186,562  
Deferred income taxes 8,776     1,737  
Other long-term assets 25,604     23,289  
Total long-term assets 723,686     776,732  
Total assets $ 1,527,850     $ 1,519,763  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 148,782     $ 153,018  
Current debt 158,756      
Deferred revenue and other current liabilities 120,169     114,081  
Total current liabilities 427,707     267,099  
Long-term liabilities:      
Long-term debt 993,566     1,297,023  
Deferred income taxes 39,834     56,060  
Other long-term liabilities 82,249     85,502  
Total long-term liabilities 1,115,649     1,438,585  
Total liabilities 1,543,356     1,705,684  
       
Mezzanine equity      
Convertible preferred stock 99,761      
       
Stockholders’ deficit:      
Common stock 130     130  
Additional paid-in capital 1,006,870     1,001,315  
Retained earnings 613,637     543,814  
Treasury stock, at cost (1,725,349 )   (1,725,349 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (10,555 )   (5,831 )
Total stockholders’ deficit (115,267 )   (185,921 )
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders’ deficit $ 1,527,850     $ 1,519,763  



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

  Year ended December 31,
  2018   2017
  (unaudited)
Net income (loss) $ 69,780     $ (150,262 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization expense 47,105     56,809  
Amortization of debt costs 23,199     13,160  
Stock-based compensation 6,808     8,359  
Long-lived asset impairments 38,236     457,794  
Gains on refranchising (513 )   (314 )
Gains on convertible debt exchange and related debt financing costs     (10,996 )
Loss on debt refinancing 16,740      
Gain on forward contracts for the issuance of convertible preferred stock (88,942 )    
Third-party fees associated with refinancing (16,322 )    
Deferred income tax benefit (23,265 )   (191,578 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Increase in receivables (1,358 )   (448 )
Decrease (increase) in inventory 16,757     72,903  
Decrease (increase) in prepaid and other current assets 14,687     (5,529 )
Decrease in accounts payable (3,351 )   (23,960 )
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue and accrued liabilities 1,252     (10,181 )
Other operating activities (4,945 )   4,751  
Net cash provided by operating activities 95,868     220,508  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures (18,981 )   (32,123 )
Refranchising proceeds 2,924     3,983  
Store acquisition costs (410 )   (1,989 )
Proceeds from sale of Lucky Vitamin     6,367  
Net cash used in investing activities (16,467 )   (23,762 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 410,000     317,500  
Payments on revolving credit facility (410,000 )   (444,500 )
Proceeds from issuance of convertible preferred stock 100,000      
Payments on Tranche B-1 Term Loan (4,550 )   (40,853 )
Payments on Tranche B-2 Term Loan (132,100 )    
Original Issuance Discount and revolving credit facility fees (35,235 )    
Fees associated with the issuance of convertible preferred stock (3,587 )    
Minimum tax withholding requirements (296 )   (253 )
Net cash used in financing activities (75,768 )   (168,106 )
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (410 )   897  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,223     29,537  
Beginning balance, cash and cash equivalents 64,001     34,464  
Ending balance, cash and cash equivalents $ 67,224     $ 64,001  



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
(in thousands)

  Year ended  December 31,
  2018   2017
  (unaudited)
       
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 95,868     $ 220,508  
Capital expenditures (18,981 )   (32,123 )
Refranchising proceeds 2,924     3,983  
Store acquisition costs (410 )   (1,989 )
Third-party fees associated with refinancing 16,322      
Proceeds from sale of Lucky Vitamin     6,367  
     Free cash flow $ 95,723     $ 196,746  
       



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Segment Financial Data
 (in thousands)

  Three months ended December 31,   Year ended  December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
  (unaudited)
Revenue:              
U.S. and Canada $ 444,970     $ 462,113     $ 1,951,220     $ 2,018,931  
International 51,302     45,756     191,409     177,778  
Manufacturing / Wholesale:              
Intersegment revenues 70,615     56,160     264,211     231,495  
Third-party 51,589     54,954     210,894     218,071  
Subtotal Manufacturing / Wholesale 122,204     111,114     475,105     449,566  
Total reportable segment revenues 618,476     618,983     2,617,734     2,646,275  
Other             66,182  
Elimination of intersegment revenues (70,615 )   (56,160 )   (264,211 )   (231,495 )
Total revenue $ 547,861     $ 562,823     $ 2,353,523     $ 2,480,962  
Operating (loss) income:              
U.S. and Canada $ (5,896 )   $ (378,947 )   $ 94,663     $ (244,104 )
International 13,743     14,162     60,367     60,987  
Manufacturing / Wholesale 15,139     (5,897 )   62,861     49,175  
Total reportable segment operating income 22,986     (370,682 )   217,891     (133,942 )
Corporate costs (25,867 )   (22,276 )   (105,378 )   (102,114 )
Other         (160 )   (20,760 )
Unallocated corporate costs and other (25,867 )   (22,276 )   (105,538 )   (122,874 )
Total operating (loss) income $ (2,881 )   $ (392,958 )   $ 112,353     $ (256,816 )



GNC HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Store Count Activity

  Year ended December 31,
  2018   2017
U.S. & Canada      
Company-owned (a) :      
Beginning of period balance 3,423     3,513  
Store openings 24     59  
Acquired franchise stores(b) 25     60  
Franchise conversions(c) (9 )   (2 )
Store closings (257 )   (207 )
End of period balance 3,206     3,423  
Domestic Franchise:      
Beginning of period balance 1,099     1,178  
Store openings 12     29  
Acquired franchise stores(b) (25 )   (60 )
Franchise conversions(c) 9     2  
Store closings (58 )   (50 )
End of period balance 1,037     1,099  
International (d) :      
Beginning of period balance 2,015     1,973  
Store openings 61     243  
Store closings (119 )   (201 )
End of period balance 1,957     2,015  
Store-within-a-store (Rite Aid):      
Beginning of period balance 2,418     2,358  
Store openings 62     70  
Store closings (e) (297 )   (10 )
End of period balance 2,183     2,418  
Total Stores 8,383     8,955  

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(a) Includes Canada.

(b) Stores that were acquired from franchisees and subsequently converted into company-owned stores.

(c) Company-owned store locations sold to franchisees.

(d) Includes franchise locations in approximately 50 countries (including distribution centers where sales are made) and company-owned stores located in Ireland and China.

(e) In 2018, store closings primarily related to Walgreens acquisition of certain Rite Aid locations.

Contacts:    
     
Investors:   Matt Milanovich, VP - Investor Relations & Treasury, (412) 402-7260; or
    John Mills, Partner - ICR, (646) 277-1254
     
SOURCE:   GNC Holdings, Inc.
     
Web site:   http://www.gnc.com

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