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Nutraceutical Reports 2008 Fiscal Year End Results

PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nutraceutical International Corporation (Nasdaq: NUTR) today reported results for the fiscal 2008 fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2008.

Net sales for the fiscal 2008 fourth quarter were $40.9 million compared to $39.9 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2007. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, net income was $1.5 million, or $0.14 diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.23 diluted earnings per share, for the same quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $1.8 million (net of tax), or $0.17 per diluted share, related to the company's health food stores. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 included a non-cash intangible asset impairment charge of $0.3 million (net of tax), or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the re-branding of certain health food stores.

Net sales for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 were $166.9 million compared to $156.5 million for fiscal 2007. For fiscal 2008, net income was $11.9 million (including the $1.8 million goodwill impairment charge), or $1.07 diluted earnings per share (including the goodwill impairment charge of $0.16 per share), compared to net income of $13.0 million (including the $0.3 million intangible asset impairment charge), or $1.15 diluted earnings per share (including the intangible asset impairment charge of $0.02 per share), for fiscal 2007.

Operating cash flow for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008 was $20.3 million compared to $23.8 million for the same period of fiscal 2007. This operating cash flow, combined with net borrowings of $8.0 million, was used to invest $17.9 million in property and equipment, $5.9 million in acquisitions of branded natural product businesses and $4.5 million in repurchases of common stock.

Bill Gay, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "Fiscal 2008 revenues were the highest in company history and reflect the positive contributions of our fiscal 2007 and 2008 acquisitions. Fiscal 2008 gross profit margins were strong and improved slightly to 54.4% as a result of our focus on raw material sourcing and controlling manufacturing costs. Our management team has been successful during these challenging economic times by focusing on cost containment throughout the company to offset costs that are outside of our control and inflationary pressures. We believe that the strength of our balance sheet, operating cash flows and bank relationships are important and will enable us to execute our business strategy and pursue acquisition opportunities that can enhance EBITDA and profitability. We are appreciative of our customers, employees and investors that support us in our efforts to improve our business and achieve leadership in the Healthy Foods Channel."

ABOUT NUTRACEUTICAL

We are an integrated manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of branded nutritional supplements and other natural products sold primarily to and through domestic health and natural food stores. Internationally, we market and distribute branded nutritional supplements and other natural products to and through health and natural product distributors and retailers. Our core business strategy is to acquire, integrate and operate, from beginning to end, the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of branded nutritional supplement businesses in the natural products industry. We believe that the consolidation and integration of these acquired businesses provides ongoing financial synergies through increased scale and market penetration, as well as strengthened customer relationships.

We sell branded nutritional supplements and other natural products under the trademarks Solaray(R), VegLife(R), KAL(R), Nature's Life(R), Sunny Green(R), Action Labs(R), Natural Balance(R), NaturalMax(R), bioAllers(R), Herbs for Kids(TM), Natra-Bio(R), NaturalCare(R), Zand(R), Health from the Sun(R), Life-flo(R), Larenim(R), Living Flower Essences(R), Pioneer(R), Thompson(R), Natural Sport(R), Supplement Training Systems(R), Premier One(R), Montana Big Sky(TM), ActiPet(R), FunFresh Foods(TM), Dowd & Rogers(TM), CompliMed(R), AllVia(TM), Oakmont Labs(R), Healthway(R), Body Gold(R), Sayge Biosciences(TM), Monarch Nutraceuticals(TM) and Great Basin Botanicals(TM). Under the name Woodland Publishing(TM), we publish, print and market a line of books and booklets to, among others, book distributors, national retail bookstores and health and natural food stores. We also distribute branded products of certain third parties.

We own neighborhood natural food markets, which operate under the trade names The Real Food Company (TM), Thom's Natural Foods(TM) and Cornucopia Community Market(TM). We also own health food stores, which operate under the trade names Fresh Vitamins(TM), Granola's(TM) and Pilgrim's Natureway(TM).

We manufacture and/or distribute one of the broadest branded product lines in the industry with over 4,000 SKUs, including over 700 SKUs sold internationally. We believe that as a result of our emphasis on innovation, quality, loyalty, education and customer service, our brands are widely recognized in health and natural food stores and among their customers.

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements relate to our future plans, objectives, expectations, intentions and financial performance and the assumptions that underlie these statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these statements. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Press Release. Important factors that may cause our results to differ from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, government regulations, product liability claims and litigation, insurance coverage issues, a decrease in or slowing of the growth rate of the vitamin, mineral and supplement market, the success of the healthy foods channel, consumer perception of safety and quality of our products and similar products, competition, intellectual property rights of other parties, the loss of key personnel, disruptions from acquisitions, issues with obtaining raw materials of adequate quality or quantity, problems with information management systems, manufacturing efficiencies and operations, litigation generally, the volatility of the stock market generally and of our stock specifically, a general lack of adequate industry analyst coverage, and other factors indicated from time to time in our SEC reports, copies of which are available upon request from our investor relations group or which may be obtained at the SEC's website (http://www.sec.gov).

    (C) 2008 Nutraceutical Corporation.  All rights reserved.



                     NUTRACEUTICAL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
                      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                        (unaudited; dollars in thousands)


                                              September 30,     September 30,
                                                       2008              2007
    Assets
         Current assets, net                        $55,577           $51,534
         Property, plant and equipment, net          52,356            39,506
         Goodwill                                    37,632            38,978
         Other non-current assets, net               16,099            16,384
                                                   $161,664          $146,402

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
         Current liabilities                        $19,239           $20,275
         Long-term liabilities                       28,965            20,208
         Stockholders' equity                       113,460           105,919
                                                   $161,664          $146,402



                     NUTRACEUTICAL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
             (unaudited; dollars in thousands, except per share data)


                                   Three months ended     Twelve months ended
                                      September 30,           September 30,
                                     2008        2007        2008        2007
    Net sales                     $40,899     $39,902    $166,885    $156,548
    Cost of sales                  18,914      18,429      76,106      71,622
       Gross profit                21,985      21,473      90,779      84,926
    Operating expenses
       Selling, general and
        administrative             16,434      16,217      66,973      61,905
       Amortization of
        intangible assets             179         161         701         391
       Impairment of goodwill
        and intangible asset        2,875         450       2,875         450
    Income from operations          2,497       4,645      20,230      22,180
    Interest and other
     (income)/expense, net            262         443       1,270       1,257
    Income before provision
     for income taxes               2,235       4,202      18,960      20,923
    Provision for income taxes        708       1,597       7,017       7,951

    Net income                     $1,527      $2,605     $11,943     $12,972


    Net income per common share
       Basic                        $0.14       $0.23       $1.09       $1.17
       Diluted                       0.14        0.23        1.07        1.15

    Weighted average common
     shares outstanding
       Basic                   10,846,018  11,136,702  10,993,505  11,054,828
       Diluted                 10,966,785  11,307,910  11,127,634  11,253,283



                    NUTRACEUTICAL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
                           ADJUSTED EBITDA SCHEDULE
                       (unaudited; dollars in thousands)


                                            Three months     Twelve months
                                               ended             ended
                                           September 30,     September 30,
                                            2008    2007     2008     2007

    Net income                            $1,527  $2,605  $11,943  $12,972
    Provision for income taxes               708   1,597    7,017    7,951
    Interest and other (income)/expense,
     net (1)                                 262     443    1,270    1,257
    Depreciation and amortization          1,603   1,292    5,859    4,793
    Impairment of goodwill and intangible
     asset (2)                             2,875     450    2,875      450

    Adjusted EBITDA                       $6,975  $6,387  $28,964  $27,423



    (1) Includes amortization of deferred financing fees.

    (2) A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $2,875 related to the
        company's health food stores was recorded for the three months and
        twelve months ended September 30, 2008.  A non-cash intangible asset
        impairment charge of $450 related to the re-branding of certain health
        food stores was recorded for the three months and twelve months ended
        September 30, 2007.


SOURCE Nutraceutical International Corporation



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