Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) and Herbalife LTD. (NYSE:HLF) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Herbalife LTD.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nu Skin Enterprises $2.18 billion 1.44 $326.95 million $2.95 20.08
Herbalife LTD. $4.42 billion 1.41 $727.70 million $4.76 14.47

Herbalife LTD. has higher revenue and earnings than Nu Skin Enterprises. Herbalife LTD. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nu Skin Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.3% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 5.2% of Nu Skin Enterprises shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Herbalife LTD. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Nu Skin Enterprises and Herbalife LTD.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nu Skin Enterprises 7.53% 24.14% 11.26%
Herbalife LTD. 9.28% 216.82% 14.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Nu Skin Enterprises and Herbalife LTD., as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nu Skin Enterprises 2 2 3 0 2.14
Herbalife LTD. 0 2 2 0 2.50

Nu Skin Enterprises presently has a consensus price target of $61.86, indicating a potential upside of 4.40%. Herbalife LTD. has a consensus price target of $86.33, indicating a potential upside of 25.32%. Given Herbalife LTD.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Herbalife LTD. is more favorable than Nu Skin Enterprises.


Nu Skin Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Herbalife LTD. does not pay a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Nu Skin Enterprises has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Nu Skin Enterprises has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Herbalife LTD. has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Herbalife LTD. beats Nu Skin Enterprises on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nu Skin Enterprises

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. is a direct selling company that develops and distributes personal care products and nutritional supplements, and a range of other products and services. The Company offers anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under its Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands. The Nu Skin brand offers a range of products, including ageLOC Me customized skin care system, ageLOC Spa systems and ageLOC Transformation anti-aging skin care system. The Pharmanex product line includes ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement, ageLOC TR90 weight management and body shaping system, and LifePak nutritional supplements. The Company has operations in various geographic regions, including Greater China, North Asia, Americas, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It is focused on offering ageLOC Youth nutritional supplement and ageLOC Me personalized skin care system. The Company also offers household products and technology services.

About Herbalife LTD.

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. Its operating segments are based on geographical operations in six regions: North America; Mexico; South and Central America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China. The Company categorizes its products into five groups: weight management, targeted nutrition, energy, sports and fitness, outer nutrition, and literature, promotional and other. As of December 31, 2016, it marketed and sold approximately 140 products encompassing over 4,700 stock keeping units (SKUs) globally. Its product categories include meal replacement; protein shakes; drink mixes; dietary and nutritional supplements containing herbs, vitamins, minerals and other natural ingredients; facial skin care; body care; hair care products; sales tools, and educational materials.

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