OWINGS MILLS, Md., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a provider of leading clinically proven portion-controlled weight-loss programs, announced today preliminary unaudited fourth quarter and full year-end financial results for the period ended December 31, 2009. Results are unaudited and reflect management's expectations as of this date notwithstanding any unanticipated charges that come to light during the audit process. The Company expects to announce formal audited financial results for the full year in early to mid March 2010.
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009, Medifast expects to report revenue between $44.6 million and $45.6 million, representing an increase of between 75% and 79% over the $25.5 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2008. For the fourth quarter, the Company expects to report fully diluted earnings per share between $0.17 and $0.20, compared to $0.07 per fully diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008, a diluted EPS increase of between 142% and 186%.
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, Medifast expects to report revenue between $164 million and $165 million, representing an increase of between 56% and 57% over the $105.4 million reported for the fiscal year 2008. For the fiscal year 2009, the Company expects to report fully diluted earnings per share between $0.77 and $0.80, compared to $0.38 per fully diluted share for the fiscal year 2008, a diluted EPS increase of between 103% and 111%.
"We are pleased that our unique business model of providing a clinically proven weight-loss program through multiple unique distribution channels continued to operate at a high level during the fourth quarter of 2009," commented Michael S. McDevitt, chief executive officer of Medifast, Inc. "We believe that our final audited results will reflect growth in each of our direct sales, direct response, and clinics channels during the quarter and throughout the full year. Additionally, we expect significant improvement in advertising efficiency ratios and same-store clinic volumes which we believe will lead to expansion of operating margins."
"We are also pleased to announce today that we have expanded our Medifast Weight Control Centers into the Minneapolis/St. Paul market with the grand opening of five new franchisee-owned clinics. This expansion continues our strategy of providing the clinically-proven Medifast program to individuals in the support format of their choice. Currently, Medifast Weight Control Centers operate in just nine markets throughout the U.S. We are uniquely positioned with a significant opportunity to expand to a large number of additional markets in the years to come. We look to the future with great enthusiasm."
Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the leading easy-to-use, clinically proven, portion-controlled weight-loss program. Medifast has been recommended by over 20,000 doctors and used by over one million customers since 1980. It is committed to enriching lives by providing innovative choices for lasting health. Medifast programs have been proven effective through studies by major university teaching hospitals. The company sells its products and programs via four unique distribution channels: 1) the web and national call centers, 2) the Take Shape For Life personal coaching division, 3) medically supervised Medifast Weight Control Centers, and 4) a national network of physicians. Medifast was founded in 1980 and is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. For more information, log onto http://www.choosemedifast.com. MED-F
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