|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2011
|Shareholders' Equity [Abstract]|
8. Shareholders’ equity
The Company had 115.8 million, 117.8 million, and 120.5 million common shares outstanding at December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. In December 2004, the Company authorized 7.5 million preference shares at $0.002 par value. The 7.5 million authorized preference shares remained unissued as of December 31, 2011 and were not adjusted as a result of the stock split as the preference shares were to remain unaffected by the stock split as discussed further below. Preference shares may be issued from time to time in one or more series, each of such series to have such voting powers (full or limited or without voting powers), designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights and qualifications, limitations or restrictions as determined by the Company’s board of directors.
On April 28, 2011, the Company’s shareholders approved a 2-for-1 split of the Company’s common shares. One additional common share was distributed to the Company’s shareholders on or around May 17, 2011, for each common share held on May 10, 2011. All common shares subject to outstanding equity awards and warrants, as well as the number of common shares reserved for issuance under the Company’s share-based compensation plans, were adjusted proportionately.
The declaration of future dividends is subject to the discretion of the Company’s board of directors and will depend upon various factors, including its earnings, financial condition, restrictions imposed by the New Credit Facility and the terms of any other indebtedness that may be outstanding, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by its board of directors. The New Credit Facility entered into on March 9, 2011, permits payments of dividends as long as no default or event of default exists and the consolidated leverage ratio specified in the New Credit Facility is not exceeded.
During the second quarter of 2007, the Company’s board of directors adopted a regular quarterly cash dividend program. The Company’s board of directors authorized a $0.10 per common share cash dividend each quarter from the adoption of the program through the second quarter of 2010. On August 2, 2010, the Company announced that its board of directors approved an increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.13 per common share, an increase of $0.03 per common share from prior quarters. On May 2, 2011, the Company announced that its board of directors approved an increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.20 per common share, an increase of $0.07 per common share from prior quarters. The aggregate amount of dividends paid and declared during the fiscal years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009, was approximately $85.5 million, $53.7 million, and $48.7 million, respectively.
On April 17, 2009, the Company’s share repurchase program adopted on April 18, 2007 expired pursuant to its terms. On April 30, 2009, the Company announced that its board of directors authorized a new program for the Company to repurchase up to $300 million of Herbalife common shares during the following two years, at such times and prices as determined by the Company’s management as market conditions warrant. On May 3, 2010, the Company’s board of directors approved an increase to the share repurchase authorization from $300 million to $1 billion. In addition, the Company’s board of directors approved the extension of the expiration date of the share repurchase program from April 2011 to December 2014. The New Credit Facility permits the Company to repurchase its common shares as long as no default or event of default exists and the consolidated leverage ratio specified in the New Credit Facility is not exceeded. As of December 31, 2011, the remaining authorized capacity under the Company’s share repurchase program was approximately $477.9 million.
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company repurchased 5.5 million of its common shares through open market purchases at an aggregate cost of approximately $298.8 million, or an average cost of $54.27 per share. During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company repurchased 5.7 million of its common shares through open market purchases at an aggregate cost of approximately $150.1 million, or an average cost of $26.13 per share. During the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company repurchased 4.0 million of its common shares through open market purchases at an aggregate cost of approximately $73.2 million, or an average cost of $18.30 per share.
The aggregate purchase price of the common shares repurchased was reflected as a reduction to shareholders’ equity. The Company allocated the purchase price of the repurchased shares as a reduction to retained earnings, common shares and additional paid-in-capital.
The number of shares issued upon vesting or exercise for certain restricted stock units and SARs granted, pursuant to the Company’s share-based compensation plans, is net of the minimum statutory withholding requirements that the Company pays on behalf of its employees. Although shares withheld are not issued, they are treated as common share repurchases in the Company’s consolidated financial statements, as they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. These shares do not count against the authorized capacity under the Company’s share repurchase program described above.
The entire disclosure for shareholders' equity, comprised of portions attributable to the parent entity and noncontrolling interest, if any, including other comprehensive income (as applicable). Including, but not limited to: (1) balances of common stock, preferred stock, additional paid-in capital, other capital and retained earnings; (2) accumulated balance for each classification of other comprehensive income and total amount of comprehensive income; (3) amount and nature of changes in separate accounts, including the number of shares authorized and outstanding, number of shares issued upon exercise and conversion, and for other comprehensive income, the adjustments for reclassifications to net income; (4) rights and privileges of each class of stock authorized; (5) basis of treasury stock, if other than cost, and amounts paid and accounting treatment for treasury stock purchased significantly in excess of market; (6) dividends paid or payable per share and in the aggregate for each class of stock for each period presented; (7) dividend restrictions and accumulated preferred dividends in arrears (in aggregate and per share amount); (8) retained earnings appropriations or restrictions, such as dividend restrictions; (9) impact of change in accounting principle, initial adoption of new accounting principle and correction of an error in previously issued financial statements; (10) shares held in trust for Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); (11) deferred compensation related to issuance of capital stock; (12) note received for issuance of stock; (13) unamortized discount on shares; (14) description, terms, and number of warrants or rights outstanding; (15) shares under subscription and subscription receivables, effective date of new retained earnings after quasi-reorganization and deficit eliminated by quasi-reorganization and, for a period of at least ten years after the effective date, the point in time from which the new retained dates; and (16) retroactive effective of subsequent change in capital structure.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef