Head to Head Comparison: USANA Health Sciences (USNA) & Herbalife LTD. (HLF)

Herbalife LTD. (NYSE: HLF) and USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.


This table compares Herbalife LTD. and USANA Health Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Herbalife LTD. 9.28% 216.82% 14.15%
USANA Health Sciences 9.47% 28.93% 20.74%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Herbalife LTD. and USANA Health Sciences’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Herbalife LTD. $4.42 billion 1.32 $727.70 million $4.76 13.01
USANA Health Sciences $1.02 billion 1.36 $147.32 million $3.86 14.65

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.6% of USANA Health Sciences shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Herbalife LTD. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 53.2% of USANA Health Sciences shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Herbalife LTD. and USANA Health Sciences, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Herbalife LTD. 0 2 2 0 2.50
USANA Health Sciences 0 0 1 0 3.00

Herbalife LTD. presently has a consensus target price of $86.33, suggesting a potential upside of 39.36%. USANA Health Sciences has a consensus target price of $70.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.78%. Given Herbalife LTD.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Herbalife LTD. is more favorable than USANA Health Sciences.

Volatility & Risk

Herbalife LTD. has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USANA Health Sciences has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Herbalife LTD. Company Profile

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.

USANA Health Sciences Company Profile

USANA Health Sciences, Inc. develops and manufactures science-based nutritional and personal care products. The Company operates as a direct selling company in two geographic regions: Americas and Europe, and Asia Pacific, which includes three sub-regions: Southeast Asia Pacific, Greater China and North Asia. Its product lines include USANA Nutritionals Essentials, Optimizers, Foods, Sense-beautiful science and All Other. Its USANA Nutritionals Essentials product line includes vitamin and mineral supplements that provide a foundation of total body nutrition for every age group beginning with children of approximately one year. Its Optimizers product line consists of targeted supplements designed to meet individual health and nutritional needs. Its Sense-beautiful science product line includes science-based, personal care products that support skin and hair by providing topical nourishment, moisturization and protection.

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