General Nutrition Centers, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

Thursday, May 6, 2010 General News
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PITTSBURGH, May 6 General Nutrition Centers, Inc. ("GNC" or the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

For the first quarter of 2010, the Company reported net income of $26.0 million, a $6.5 million, or 33.5%, increase over net income of $19.4 million for the first quarter of 2009. Net income as a percentage of revenue was 5.6% in the first quarter of 2010, compared to 4.4% in the first quarter of 2009.

For the first quarter of 2010, the Company reported consolidated revenue of $465.0 million, an increase of 5.7% over consolidated revenue of $439.9 million for the first quarter of 2009. Revenue increased in the Company's retail and franchise segments by 5.1% and 12.6%, respectively, and declined in the manufacturing/wholesale segment by 0.3%. Same store sales improved 3.1% in domestic Company-owned stores representing the 19(th) consecutive quarter of positive same store sales.

Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash stock-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA") for the first quarter of 2010 was $70.3 million, an $8.0 million, or 12.8%, increase over the Adjusted EBITDA of $62.3 million for the first quarter of 2009. Adjusted EBITDA was 15.1% as a percentage of revenue in the first quarter of 2010, compared to 14.2% in the first quarter of 2009.

For the first quarter of 2010, the Company generated net cash from operations of $72.1 million, incurred capital expenditures of approximately $7.3 million, and paid approximately $0.6 million in principal on outstanding debt. Additionally during the quarter, the Company declared and paid a dividend of $28.4 million to GNC Corporation, its direct parent. At March 31, 2010, the Company's cash balance was $110.6 million.

In the first quarter of 2010, the Company opened 9 net new domestic Company-owned stores, 3 net new Company-owned stores in Canada, 31 net new international franchise locations, and 54 net new franchise store-within-a-store Rite Aid locations, and closed 8 net domestic franchise locations.

In the first quarter of 2010, the Company announced an alliance with The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo, to launch G Series Pro - a new sports drink variant of Gatorade's recently launched G Series that until now has only been available in professional sports locker rooms and specialized training facilities. Through this alliance, G Series Pro will be distributed initially through an exclusive co-marketing and co-distribution collaboration with the Company and its network of more than 3,500 company-owned and franchised GNC stores across the country.

Joe Fortunato, Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our first quarter results represent a good start to 2010, as we continue to grow revenue, profit, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and cash flow. We also continue to make progress on our major strategic initiatives. The recently announced collaboration with Gatorade is a good example of our exciting new brand extension efforts. We are confident that our relentless focus on science and product innovation will continue to generate opportunities to build brand awareness and strengthen GNC's leading position in the health and wellness industry."

General Nutrition Centers, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. General Nutrition Centers, Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of GNC Parent LLC, which was acquired by affiliates of Ares Management LLC and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board through a merger on March 16, 2007.

As of March 31, 2010, GNC has more than 7,000 locations, of which more than 5,450 retail locations are in the United States (including 901 franchise and 1,923 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 49 countries. The Company - which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well - also offers products and product information online at GNC has scheduled a conference call and webcast to report its first quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:00 am EDT. To listen to this call dial 1-866-468-1032 inside the U.S. and 1-832-445-1665 outside the U.S. The conference identification number for all participants is 72367448. A webcast of the call will also be available through the "About GNC" link on through June 7, 2010.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our 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 of strategy. While GNC believes there is a reasonable basis for its expectations and beliefs, they are inherently uncertain, and the Company may not realize its expectations and its beliefs may not prove correct. GNC 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 our quarterly and annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G. Management has included this information because it believes it represents a more effective means by which to measure the Company's operating performance. This press release contains a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to the financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP which is most directly comparable to the applicable non-GAAP financial measure.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest expense (net), income tax expense, depreciation, amortization and non-cash stock-based compensation. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a tool to measure operating performance of the business. We use Adjusted EBITDA as one criterion for evaluating our performance relative to our competitors and also as a measurement for the calculation of management incentive compensation. Although we primarily view Adjusted EBITDA as an operating performance measure, we also consider it to be a useful analytical tool for measuring our liquidity, our leverage capacity, and our ability to service our debt and generate cash for other purposes. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to GAAP cash flow from operating activities, as a measure of our profitability or liquidity.

GENERAL NUTRITION CENTERS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands) (unaudited)

SOURCE General Nutrition Centers, Inc.

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