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Why Nu Skin Enterprises Stock Dropped Today

Steve Symington, The Motley Fool

What happened

Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) plunged 14.6% on Wednesday after the direct-selling personal care products company announced disappointing preliminary second-quarter 2019 results. 

More specifically, Nu Skin says its second-quarter revenue is now expected to arrive between $622 million and $623 million, translating to earnings per share of $0.82 to $0.84. Analysts, on average, were modeling earnings closer to $0.92 per share on revenue of $665.4 million. 

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So what

According to Nu Skin CEO Ritch Wood, weakness in Mainland China primarily was to blame following a 100-day campaign by the government "to review and inspect the health products and direct selling industries."

In particular, Wood called out media scrutiny and continued government restrictions on sales meetings -- approvals for which remain limited even now -- for hurting consumer sentiment in the Middle Kingdom.

Now what

As such, Nu Skin also reduced its outlook for 2019 revenue to be in the range of $2.48 billion to $2.52 billion, which should translate to earnings per share of $3.20 to $3.35. By comparison, the company's previous guidance called for revenue of $2.76 billion to $2.81 billion, with earnings per share of $3.80 to $4.05.

For now, investors seeking more color on Nu Skin's performance will need to wait until the company's official second-quarter release in early August. But given this preliminary guidance reduction in the meantime, it's no surprise to see the stock falling hard today.

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