Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Significant Accounting Policies

Significant Accounting Policies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Significant Accounting Policies

2. Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The unaudited condensed interim financial information of the Company has been prepared in accordance with Article 10 of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s, or the SEC, Regulation S-X. Accordingly, as permitted by Article 10 of the SEC’s Regulation S-X, it does not include all of the information required by generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S., or U.S. GAAP, for complete financial statements. The condensed consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2013 was derived from the audited financial statements at that date and does not include all the disclosures required by U.S. GAAP, as permitted by Article 10 of the SEC’s Regulation S-X. The Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2014, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, include Herbalife and all of its direct and indirect subsidiaries. In the opinion of management, the accompanying financial information contains all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2014, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, or the 2013 10-K. Operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2014.

New Accounting Pronouncements

In April 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, issued Accounting Standards Update, or ASU, No. 2014-08, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity. This ASU changes the threshold for a disposal to qualify as a discontinued operation. To be considered a discontinued operation a disposal now must represent a strategic shift that has or will have a major effect on an entity’s operations and financial results. This ASU also requires new disclosures for individually material disposal transactions that do not meet the definition of a discontinued operation. This update will be applied prospectively and is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2014. Early adoption is permitted provided the disposal was not previously disclosed. The adoption of this guidance will not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The new revenue recognition standard provides a five-step analysis of transactions to determine when and how revenue is recognized. The core principle is that a company should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. This ASU is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 and shall be applied either retrospectively to each period presented or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption. The Company is evaluating the potential impact of this adoption on its consolidated financial statements.

In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-12, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period (a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force). This ASU clarifies that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition. A reporting entity should apply existing guidance in Topic 718 as it relates to awards with performance conditions that affect vesting to account for such awards. As such, the performance target should not be reflected in estimating the grant-date fair value of the award. Compensation cost should be recognized in the period in which it becomes probable that the performance target will be achieved and should represent the compensation cost attributable to the period(s) for which the requisite service has already been rendered. This ASU is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. This ASU may be applied either (a) prospectively to all awards granted or modified after the effective date or (b) retrospectively to all awards with performance targets that are outstanding as of the beginning of the earliest annual period presented in the financial statements and to all new or modified awards thereafter. The adoption of this guidance will not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.


Certain reclassifications were made to the prior period statement of cash flows, within cash flows from operating activities, to conform to current period presentation. These reclassifications did not impact the prior period total net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, investing activities and financing activities, nor did it impact the Company’s accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets and related condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.


Currency restrictions enacted by the Venezuelan government have become more restrictive and have impacted the ability of the Company’s subsidiary in Venezuela, Herbalife Venezuela, to timely obtain U.S. dollars in exchange for Venezuelan Bolivars, or Bolivars, at the official foreign exchange rate. The application and approval process continues to be delayed and the Company’s ability to timely obtain U.S. dollars using the official exchange rate mechanisms described below remains uncertain. In recent instances, the Company has been unsuccessful in obtaining U.S. dollars at these official rates and it remains uncertain whether the Company’s future anticipated applications will be approved. The current operating environment in Venezuela also continues to be challenging for the Company’s Venezuela business, with high inflation in the country, government restrictions on foreign exchange and pricing controls, and the possibility of the government announcing further devaluations to its currency. These foreign exchange controls in Venezuela limit Herbalife Venezuela’s ability to repatriate earnings and settle the Company’s intercompany obligations at any official rate which is causing its Bolivar denominated cash and cash equivalents to accumulate in Venezuela.

In February 2013, the Venezuela government announced that it devalued its Bolivar currency and eliminated the SITME regulated system. The SITME 5.3 Bolivars per U.S. dollar rate was eliminated and the CADIVI rate was devalued from 4.3 Bolivars to 6.3 Bolivars per U.S. dollar. This CADIVI rate was approximately 16% less favorable than the previously published 5.3 SITME rate. The Company recognized approximately $15.1 million of net foreign exchange losses within its condensed consolidated statement of income for the six months ended June 30, 2013, as a result of remeasuring the Company’s Bolivar denominated monetary assets and liabilities at the CADIVI rate of 6.3 Bolivars per U.S. dollar.

In March 2013, the Venezuelan government also announced they will introduce an additional complimentary exchange mechanism known as SICAD. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company received an approval through the SICAD mechanism for a bid of approximately 6.8 million Bolivars, or approximately $1.1 million U.S. dollars remeasured using the CADIVI rate, for a distribution of approximately $0.6 million in U.S. dollars, which resulted in a foreign exchange loss of approximately $0.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2013, or an effective exchange rate of 11.3 Bolivars per U.S. dollar.

During the first quarter of 2014, the Venezuelan government announced the establishment of CENCOEX which replaced the previous foreign exchange commission, CADIVI. Also, during the first quarter of 2014, additional activities, such as processing of dividend payments, which were previously administered by CADIVI, are now required to be processed at the SICAD auction rate, or SICAD I rate. During March 2014, the government introduced an additional exchange mechanism known as SICAD II. During March 2014, the Company submitted a SICAD II bid to exchange its 5.3 million Bolivars for $0.1 million U.S. dollars which was approved and resulted in the Company recognizing a $0.7 million U.S. dollar foreign exchange loss at an effective exchange rate of approximately 56.2 Bolivars per U.S. dollar. The Company continues to evaluate the viability of this SICAD II mechanism and its public availability and accessibility to the Company in future periods. The SICAD II mechanism is still in its early stages and there is limited information being published around this mechanism so it is currently difficult to determine how the SICAD II mechanism functions and if there are any volume constraints around this mechanism.

Based on the events above and the Company’s facts and circumstances, the Company remeasured its financial statements at the SICAD I rate of 10.7 Bolivars per U.S. dollar at March 31, 2014. As a result of using the less favorable SICAD I rate for remeasurement, during the three months ended March 31, 2014 the Company’s cash and cash equivalents were reduced by approximately $96.0 million, and the Company recognized $86.1 million of foreign exchange losses in selling, general & administrative expenses within its condensed consolidated statement of income. The Company continues to use the SICAD I rate for remeasurement which was 10.6 Bolivars per U.S. dollar at June 30, 2014.

As of June 30, 2014, if the Company had used the SICAD II rate of approximately 50 Bolivars per U.S. dollar to remeasure its net monetary assets and liabilities denominated in Bolivars, the Company would have incurred an additional approximate foreign exchange loss of $109.5 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, and its Herbalife Venezuela cash and cash equivalents would have been further reduced by approximately $120.2 million at June 30, 2014.


Due to the evolving foreign exchange control environment in Venezuela, it is possible that the Company’s ability to access certain foreign exchange mechanisms, including the SICAD I and SICAD II exchange mechanisms, could change in future periods which may have an impact on what rate the Company uses in the future to remeasure Herbalife Venezuela’s net monetary Bolivar denominated assets and liabilities. The Company is closely monitoring the SICAD I and SICAD II exchange mechanisms as they continue to evolve.

As of June 30, 2014, the Company’s net monetary assets and liabilities denominated in Bolivars were approximately $138.9 million, and included approximately $152.6 million in Bolivar denominated cash and cash equivalents. These Bolivar denominated assets and liabilities were remeasured at the SICAD I rate. These remeasured amounts, including cash and cash equivalents, being reported on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet using the published official SICAD I rate may not accurately represent the amount of U.S. dollars that the Company could ultimately realize. Herbalife Venezuela’s net sales represented approximately 4% of the Company’s consolidated net sales for both the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, and its total assets represented approximately 7% and 10% of the Company’s consolidated total assets as of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. As of June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the majority of Herbalife Venezuela’s total assets consisted of Bolivar denominated cash and cash equivalents.

Investments in Bolivar-Denominated Bonds

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company invested in additional Bolivar denominated bonds with a purchase price of 45.1 million and 65.4 million Bolivars, respectively, or approximately $4.3 million and $7.6 million, respectively. The Company classifies these bonds as long-term available-for-sale investments which are carried at fair value, inclusive of unrealized gains and losses, and net of discount accretion and premium amortization. The fair value of these bonds is determined using Level 2 inputs which include prices of similar assets traded in active markets in Venezuela and observable yield curves. Net unrealized gains and losses on these bonds are included in other comprehensive income (loss) and are net of applicable income taxes. During the three months and six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company did not sell any of its bonds.

The Company’s investments in Bolivar denominated bonds as of June 30, 2014 are summarized as follows:


            (In thousands)  

Investments in Venezuelan bonds

   $ 8,453       $ 411      $ (64 )   $ 347      $ 8,800   

The Company evaluates securities for other-than-temporary impairment on a quarterly basis. The impairment evaluation considers numerous factors, and their relative significance varies depending on the situation. Factors considered include the length of time and extent to which the market value has been less than cost; the financial condition and near-term prospects of the issuer of the securities; when applicable, the foreign exchange rates that are available to the Company; and the intent and ability of the Company to retain the security in order to allow for an anticipated recovery in fair value. If, based upon the analysis, it is determined that the impairment is other-than-temporary, the security is written-down to fair value, and a loss is recognized in other expense, net in the Company’s condensed consolidated income statement. Other-than-temporary impairments relating to available-for-sale securities for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $3.2 million which was primarily due to the less favorable SICAD I rate being used to determine the U.S. dollar equivalent fair value of these Bolivar denominated bonds as opposed to the previous CADIVI rate. There were no other-than-temporary impairments related to available-for-sale securities during the three months ended June 30, 2014.

The amortized cost and estimated fair value of these bonds as of June 30, 2014 by contractual maturity are as follows:


     Amortized Cost      Estimated
Market Value
     (In thousands)  

Contractual Maturity


Due in 1 year or less

   $ —        $ —    

Due in 1-2 years

     —          —    

Due in 2-5 years

     —          —    

Due after 5 years

     8,453         8,800   







Total investments

   $ 8,453       $ 8,800   








Expected disposal dates may be less than the contractual dates as indicated in the table above.

See the Company’s 2013 10-K for further information on Herbalife Venezuela and Venezuela’s highly inflationary economy.