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Lifevantage Corp (NASDAQ:LFVN)
Q1 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to today's conference call to discuss LifeVantage's First Fiscal Quarter of 2021 Financial Result. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Following the formal remarks, we will conduct a question-and-answer session. Instructions will be provided at that time for you to queue-up. Hosting today's conference will be Scott Van Winkle with ICR. As a reminder, today's conference is being recorded.

And now, I would like to turn the conference over to Mr. Van Winkle. Please go ahead, sir.

Scott Van Winkle -- Managing Director at ICR LLC

Thank you. Good afternoon and welcome to LifeVantage Corporation's conference call to discuss results for the first fiscal quarter of 2021. On the call today from LifeVantage with prepared remarks are Steve Fife, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer; and Justin Rose, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. By now, everyone should have access to the earnings release, which went out this afternoon at approximately 4:05 P.M. Eastern Time. If you have not received the release, it is available on the Investor Relations portion of LifeVantage's website at www.lifevantage.com. This call is being webcast and a replay will be available on the company's website as well.

Before we begin, we would like to remind everyone that our prepared remarks contain certain forward-looking statements and management may make additional forward-looking statements in response to your questions. These statements do not guarantee future performance and therefore undue reliance should not be placed upon them. These statements are based on current expectations of the company's management and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Risk Factors section of LifeVantage's most recently filed Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Please note that during today's call, we will discuss non-GAAP financial measures including results on an adjusted basis. Management believes these financial measures can facilitate a more complete analysis and greater transparency into LifeVantage's ongoing results of operations, particularly when comparing underlying operating results from period to period. We have included a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures with today's release.

This call also contains time-sensitive information that is accurate only as of the date of this live broadcast, November 3rd, 2020. LifeVantage assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking projection that may be made in today's release or call.

Now I will turn the call over to the company's Interim CEO, Steve Fife.

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Scott and good afternoon, everyone. I hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. It is my pleasure to join you today and I am equally pleased to introduce our investors to Justin Rose, our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, who has been with the company for over five years and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Justin is joining me today with prepared comments and will participate in the Q&A.

We have been busy during the first quarter with some leadership changes and are continuing to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our business continues to perform well with year-over-year growth in distributor and driving increased engagement across our member base. We delivered $54.8 million of revenue, a modest decline of 2.5% compared to the prior year period; primarily reflecting the fact that we did not hold an elite academy event during this year's first quarter, as we did in the prior year. However, we generated 42.5% growth in adjusted EBITDA and nearly doubled adjusted earnings per share. These gains reflect the leverage on past investments and reduced event expenses. We believe we are in a strong position to drive continued earnings growth, and of course, we continue to focus on driving revenue growth.

During the first quarter, we opened for business in Singapore and expanded our NFR offerings into Malaysia, although the timing of the launches did not contribute significantly to the Q1 results. We recently expanded our Axio product flavoring offering at our virtual convention, and our team is working diligently on expanding our online and video tools to accelerate our efforts to grow our active account base. Justin will speak about our new deliverables momentarily.

I remain incredibly proud of our entire organization, employees and distributors, at adapting to the challenging environment. We all continue to work remotely and are seeing strong levels of productivity and success. In January, we will move into our new corporate offices, providing further capacity to support our growth and enhance our distributor and customer support capability. Our entire team is energized, as evidenced by the reaction to our recent virtual convention. Additionally, I've had the privilege to spend countless hours on the phone with our field leadership. I am overwhelmed by their passion for LifeVantage and their desire to grow the business and broadcast our story. I'm excited for the opportunity that lies ahead.

Before I turn to a discussion of the first quarter results, let me turn the call over to Justin Rose, our Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, to discuss our recent activities and the successes of our first ever virtual global convention. Justin?

Justin Rose -- Chief Sale and Marketing Officer

Thank you, Steve. It's an honor to join you today and a pleasure to speak to all of our valued shareholders and stakeholders. As Steve just mentioned, we just completed our global convention in which we had 13,000 unique visitors who tuned in and participated in our event. And with multiple household viewers and small gatherings, we estimate expanded participation at around 20,000 individuals from over 18 different countries. The overall excitement and optimism about the future of LifeVantage is as high right now as any time since I've been here in the last five plus years. The highlight of the event was launching a unified global systems in the field with app integration for our ITT cell system, which stands for Invite, Tool and Team. This includes the first touch video as the invite, an overview video that is recommended for the first tool that they share and then followed up with third-party validation from a team member which is usually in a three-way call format. This is the first time that we've had full alignment on how to do and how to teach customer and distributor acquisition.

We gained full support from our top leadership with the ITT system. We spoke clearly and often about the importance of following the system and how being fully aligned now enables the company to better support the field with complementary programs and promotions. The videos can be shared both, directly through the app or through an individual's replicated website, providing the ability to connect the viewer to the person who actually shared the video. Videos can be watched at www.lifevantage.com/flip for the first touch and www.lifevantage.com/learn for the overview.

To drive these efforts, we introduced Operation 25 ITT as our call-to-action for the event, allowing participants to start putting the system into action by contacting a minimum of 25 people in the month of November. We launched the Operation 25 ITT program and challenge during the convention with a goal of achieving our biggest monthly enrollment in company history during the month of November. This combined goal with the company in the field will be tracked on our distributor tools throughout the month. We also introduced our friends and family, [Indecipherable] program. This global program now gives our customers the ability to receive a $10 credit each time they share the products with someone new who places an order. The new customer will also get a $10 discount on their first order. The program goes live November 4th. Our initial results and feedback have exceeded our expectations during a pilot test in Australia and New Zealand done earlier this fiscal year. The program is designed to engage our large customer base and incentivize them to share the products they have come to love. For the first time, we now have provided an opportunity for our 104,000 plus active customers to share their LifeVantage experience with others without having to become a distributor.

At convention, we launched the new Platinum Enrollment Pack, which also provides both a beautiful display opportunity and a great consumer experience as the packaging has unfolded. We have also enhanced the sustainability of our kit with reusable and recycled packaging. Addressing a key focus of our distributors and aligned with our corporate values, the new kit efficiently organizes and displays our key product categories and the launch at conventions sold out to existing distributors within the first hour. It is also available to brand new distributors who enrolled with our top Platinum Pack. We have introduced six new limited time Axio flavors, including Black Licorice, Tropical Twist, Strawberry Splash, Candied Apple, Purple Grape and Orange Cream. We saw a great response from our field and we believe we have many opportunities to provide several types of product experiences throughout this particular core category.

Our distributors and customers often respond positively to our Axio innovation, including having twice knocked out our Internet provider offline as a result of overwhelming interest in this new product launch. We have worked diligently on these programs for over a year and I could not be more excited about now having them integrated into our bill. Our programs are focused on driving both, distributor and customer enrollment. We are seeing many leaders step up and reengage at this time, actively taking part in helping teach and train our new ITT systems to the masses. We are very encouraged by the initial results, which we believe can and will have a dramatic positive effect on our enrollment and our overall revenue.

Now, let me turn the call back over to Steve to run through the first quarter financial results.

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Justin. Before I review the financials, let me reiterate the strong positioning of LifeVantage in not only today's environment, but in any environment. Our business model where 70% of sales are on a subscription provides recurring revenue and limit volatility during times of external disruption, as we have seen over this year. We are positioned to be highly effective by working remotely and are leveraging technology across our organization. Of course, most important, we provide healthy solution to a global population that is increasingly focused on health. We believe we have the team, the products, the business model, and a healthy financial position to achieve our goals.

As we proceed through fiscal 2021, we will continue to be focused on the key metrics that drive our business, including one, enrollment; two, attrition; three, average revenue per account, and four, net promoter score. We will also continue to drive innovation to further supplement our leading product offering and open new markets to expand our reach. I want to thank each and every one of our LifeVantage team members for their continued focus and commitment and I reiterate my confidence in our future.

Now let me walk you through our first quarter results in more detail. Please note that I will be discussing our non-GAAP adjusted results. You can refer to the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation in today's press release for additional detail. First quarter revenue were $54.8 million, down 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. Revenue in the Americas declined 3.7% to $38.7 million, largely due to not conducting our Elite Academy event this year. Our revenue in Asia-Pacific and Europe increased 0.7% to $16.2 million, both year-over-year. Growth in the Asia-Pacific and Europe region reflected a 4.8% increase in the number of active independent distributor accounts with strong performance in Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, it is worth noting that we saw a growth return to Europe as markets began to reopen during the quarter from earlier COVID-19 closures.

Gross margin was 82.9%, compared to 83.7% for the prior year period. The decrease in gross margin was driven primarily by lower events related revenue. Gross margin continues to be in line with our longer term target. Commissions and incentive expenses as a percent of revenue decreased 90 basis points year-over-year to 46.8%. Distributor commissions as a percentage of commission of all revenue continues to hold constant on a year-over-year basis. As a reminder, the commissions and incentive expense rates will fluctuate quarter-to-quarter based on the timing and magnitude of promotions and incentive programs as well as the inherent fluctuation in Red Carpet expenditures.

Adjusting to SG&A as a percent of revenue was 26.8% compared to 31% for the prior year period. The decrease in adjusted SG&A expense as a percent of revenue primarily reflects lower event expenses, as no major event was held during the quarter, as well as lower stock compensation and reduced travel expenditure.

Adjusted operating income was $5.1 million or 9.3% of revenue, compared with $2.8 million or 5% of revenue in the prior year period. Adjusted net income was $3.6 million or $0.25 per fully diluted share compared to $1.9 million or $0.13 per fully diluted share for the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter increased 42.5% to $6.7 million compared to $4.7 million in the prior year period.

Please note that all of the adjustments from GAAP to non-GAAP I discussed today are reconciled in our earnings press release issued this afternoon. We ended the first quarter with a strong financial position with $18 million of cash and no debt, having repaid the balance of our term loan during the third quarter of fiscal 2020. In addition, we continue to maintain $5 million of availability under our revolving line of credit. We used $2 million of cash during the quarter fiscal 2021 to repurchase approximately 136,000 common shares under our share repurchase authorization. During the quarter, our Board of Directors approved an increase of $20 million in our share repurchase authorization. As of September 30th, there remains $21.4 million available under the expanded authorization. We expect to continue to be active with our share repurchase efforts in the future.

We invested $1 million in capital expenditures during the first quarter of fiscal 2021 and continue to anticipate capex of approximately $3 million during the current fiscal year, which will be primarily spent on building out our new office space. We anticipated occupying our new space in January 2021, which we have configured to better support our employees and distributors. In addition, we are investing in further development of our technology.

Turning to our fiscal 2021 outlook; we are reiterating our guidance previously provided on our fourth quarter call. We expect to generate revenue in the range of $240 million to $251 million and adjusted non-GAAP EBITDA in the range of $25 million to $27 million with adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.87 to $0.91. On a year-over-year basis, we expect that an increase in our expected tax rate will have a $0.11 negative impact on our year-over-year earnings-per-share growth.

Now, let me turn the call back to the operator to facilitate questions. Operator?

Questions and Answers:

Operator

At this time, we will be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] And our first question is from Doug Lane with Lane Research. Please proceed with your question.

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Hi. Good afternoon, everybody. First question, Steve, in the adjustments you have a leasehold abandonment in some lease items. Is that the transition from your corporate headquarters or what exactly are those items?

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Sorry about that. I was on mute. Yeah, that's exactly what it is. We've made the decision that we're not going back into our current office space. So we accelerated the depreciation and leasehold improvements of those as we start to build-out our new office that will take occupancy in January.

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Okay. And shifting gears to, you mentioned not having the Elite Academy. Were there other events in fiscal 2020 in the second, third and fourth quarter, we should know about that won't likely be repeated this year that might impact the sales line?

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So we had regional events in Q1 of last year as well, it wasn't just an Elite Academy. So the overall event impact was about two-thirds of that revenue shortfall. Again, primarily the Elite Academy, but some other regional events. We had a very successful virtual convention in October. And as of right now, we are planning kind of a normal season cadence for the remainder of our fiscal Q3 and Q4. We're currently planning on those being live, but are also having contingencies in place for them to be virtual, depending on what the circumstances are at the time. So no significant change from our normal cadence, but that'll be determined based on what the local requirements are at the time.

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Right. And where are they geographically, just so we can have an idea what regions you're holding these events, all of them are on just --

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

It is -- we plan on having an Elite Academy in Salt Lake City in March. And then, there are series of regional events throughout most of our international markets.

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Okay, that makes sense. And then looking at the distributor number, where you ended the June quarter and last fiscal year with a really nice boost net number and then it kind of decelerated over the summer. And I wondered what you're seeing as far as the tail-off in the distributor growth? I would have thought that it would have continued, it seems like a lot of direct-selling nutrition companies have seen a little tailwind here coming out of the spring. And I was just wondering, with LifeVantage, what was going on in the September quarter there?

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. There is some definite seasonality to our business with our fiscal Q1 being a lower overall enrollment quarter for us. Our distributor count was actually up about almost 5%, year-over-year. So that growth trend, we were pleased with that. And I think then, going into our convention we've put in place even prior to that some incentives and promotions. But coming out of what was announced at our convention, we're really excited about both our opportunity to get onto a standard system as well as this Friends and Family referral program that Justin talked about. We think that that's really going to be a catalyst for us to leverage our distributor growth that we experienced this quarter, and translate that into new enrollments, both of distributors and customers, that then really create a higher sense of loyalty with our customer base.

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks, Steve.

Scott Van Winkle -- Managing Director at ICR LLC

Thank you, Doug.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question is from Jim Galloway [Phonetic], Private Investor. Please proceed with your question.

Jim Galloway -- Private Investor -- Analyst

Gentlemen, congratulations on your convention, that's outstanding to have that quantity of people there. So that sounds really good and so does the ITT system. Can you give me some sort of a breakdown as to the 11,000 customers that we lost in the Americas? As to, if there was a certain product that was related to most of them or is it not product-specific?

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

I don't think, Jim, that it's product-specific. What we've actually seen over the last year or so and especially with COVID is actually an increase in our overall product mix, tilted toward our Protandim family of products. And candidly, we attribute that to people be more well aware of health and wellness leaves driven by COVID, but we also think that they're placed in a higher priority or making a choice of our Protandim product over maybe some of our other product lines that might be a little bit more discretionary, like our TrueScience skincare line. So I don't know that we attribute customer decline to our products, I think it's more a matter of -- like I said, we have seen growth in our year-over-year distributor base, as people think more around the business opportunity rather than just being consumers of our products.

Jim Galloway -- Private Investor -- Analyst

Okay,. And one last question is, how much is being spent on R&D on new Protandim products?

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Specifically, on new Protandim products, we introduced NAD last year at our convention and it was a big success when we launched it. It does not have the same level of science behind it as our NRF2. So we continue to conduct studies and are working with institutions of providing kind of a more science-based background to that product. For those that are kind of in-the-know, they understand what the benefits of NAD are, but we continue to do research in that area so that we can help to educate the more general population.

Jim Galloway -- Private Investor -- Analyst

Okay, thank you. Have a great quarter.

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Joe.

Operator

And that is the end of our question-and-answer session. I'll now turn the call back over to Steve Fife for closing remarks.

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you for joining us today. We remain confident in our business model and are working hard to ensure we are able to continue to deliver the LifeVantage products to our customers. We hope that you all stay safe and healthy, and look forward to updating you on our next call. Thanks and have a great day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 29 minutes

Call participants:

Scott Van Winkle -- Managing Director at ICR LLC

Steve Fife -- Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Justin Rose -- Chief Sale and Marketing Officer

Douglas Lane -- Lane Research -- Analyst

Jim Galloway -- Private Investor -- Analyst

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