Statement from Herbalife in Response to Bill Ackman's
Three-Hour Presentation on Nutrition Clubs
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) today issued the
following statement in response to Bill Ackman's three-hour, presentation on the
Company's nutrition clubs:
Herbalife is a 34-year old nutrition company with 7,400 employees
worldwide and millions of members. Today, Mr. Ackman highlighted many of the
reasons we are proud of our company, our record and the value we bring to
members, consumers and communities around the world. His presentation reaffirmed
-- Herbalife is first and foremost a company with great products that
-- There are hundreds of thousands of members and millions more consumers
who choose Herbalife for our products and community-based approach to
health and wellness.
-- There is a comprehensive training system for members who aspire to open
their own nutrition club so that they are fully informed of the time,
commitment and skills required to do so.
Once again, Bill Ackman has over-promised and under-delivered on his $1
billion bet against our company. After spending $50 million, two years and
tens of thousands of man-hours, Bill Ackman further demonstrated today that the
facts are on our side.
We will continue to focus on our mission of bringing good nutrition and
economic opportunities to communities across the globe. We recognize that he is
running out of time to make good on his bad bet against Herbalife, with the
equivalent of 25.7 million shares in put options that expire on January 17,
2015. Today is evidence that Bill Ackman will not succeed.
To clarify, a couple of points:
-- We are proud that our members are required to participate in training
before deciding to open a nutrition club. Our training approach -
sometimes referred to as a "university" - is similar to the training
model that has been deployed by numerous consumer-facing companies.
-- Club 100 was a program that contained many of the best elements of
nutrition clubs, including education, mentoring and fiscal
responsibility. These elements are the cornerstone of our clubs today.
Herbalife is proud of our members who use nutrition clubs as an
important tool of social support to achieve good nutrition and a healthy
-- Mr. Ackman's claim about the earnings of Herbalife nutrition clubs is
completely false and fabricated. In fact, according to a recent study
commission by the Company, 87.5% of nutrition club operators feel good
about the money they earn and 92% want to continue with their club.
In a separate release today, Herbalife today released the findings from
research and analysis conducted by Walter H. A. Vandaele, Ph.D. of Navigant
Economics, LLC regarding Herbalife's U.S. business operations. Dr. Vandaele,
engaged by the Company to conduct this economic analysis, assessed whether
Herbalife's operations appropriately are classified as a beneficial, legitimate
Multi-Level Marketing ("MLM") firm.
Dr. Vandaele is an economic expert with significant experience in, among
other areas, the regulation and operations of firms in the consumer goods
industry. Among his many professional accomplishments, he has previously served
as Economic Advisor to the Director, Bureau of Competition and as Assistant
Director for Regulatory Evaluation, Bureau of Consumer Protection at the U.S.
Federal Trade Commission ("FTC").
Among his numerous determinations, Dr. Vandaele concluded that,
"Herbalife's U.S. business operations are consistent with the socially
beneficial MLM model and inconsistent with the socially harmful pyramid scheme
About Herbalife Ltd.
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells
weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a
healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and
through a network of independent Members. The company supports the Herbalife
Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to
children. Herbalife's website contains a significant amount of financial and
other information about the company at http://ir.Herbalife.com. The company
encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is
updated and new information is posted.