Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments And Contingencies

Commitments And Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 30, 2017
Commitments And Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments And Contingencies



Operating leases

With the exception of the Company’s Salt Lake City headquarters, Australia facility, Beijing, China facility and Tianjin, China facility, facilities are generally leased.  Each of the facility lease agreements is a non-cancelable operating lease generally structured with renewal options and expire prior to or during 2026.  The Company utilizes equipment under non-cancelable operating leases, expiring through 2021.  The minimum commitments under operating leases at December 30, 2017 are as follows:







Year ending






$           9,883























$         23,614





These leases generally provide that property taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses are the responsibility of the Company.  Such expenses are not included in the operating lease amounts outlined in the table above or in the rent expense amounts that follow.  The total rent expense was approximately $10,503,  $10,153, and $10,931 for the years ended 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively. 

The Company has other unconditional purchase obligations relating to advertising agreements of $10,725 that will be paid in the next year.



The Company is involved in various lawsuits, claims, and other legal matters from time to time that arise in the ordinary course of conducting business, including matters involving our products, intellectual property, supplier relationships, distributors, competitor relationships, employees and other matters. The Company records a liability when a particular contingency is probable and estimable.  The Company faces contingencies that are reasonably possible to occur; however, they cannot currently be estimated. While complete assurance cannot be given to the outcome of these proceedings, management does not currently believe that any of these matters, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, liquidity or results of operations.

On February 7, 2017, the Company disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC that it is conducting a voluntary internal investigation regarding its BabyCare operations in China.  In connection with this investigation, the Company expects to continue to incur costs in conducting the on-going review and investigation, in responding to requests for information in connection with any government investigations and in defending any potential civil or governmental proceedings that are instituted against it or any of its current or former officers or directors.  The Company has voluntarily contacted the SEC and the United States Department of Justice to advise both agencies that an internal investigation is underway and intends to provide additional information to both agencies as the investigation progresses.  Because the internal investigation is ongoing, the Company cannot predict the duration, scope, or result of the investigation.  One or more governmental actions could be instituted in respect of the matters that are the subject of the internal investigation, and such actions, if brought, may result in judgments, settlements, fines, penalties, injunctions, cease and desist orders, criminal penalties, or other relief.


On February 13, 2017, a purported shareholder class action lawsuit (Rumbaugh v. USANA Health Sciences Inc., et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-00106) was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Utah by April Rumbaugh, a purported shareholder of USANA, alleging that the Company failed to disclose that (i) the Company’s BabyCare subsidiary had engaged in improper reimbursement practices in China, (ii) these practices constituted violations of the FCPA, (iii) as such, the Company’s China revenues were in part the product of unlawful conduct and unlikely to be sustainable, and (iv) the foregoing conduct, when it became known, was likely to subject the Company to significant regulatory scrutiny. On behalf of herself and a putative class of purchasers of USANA stock between March 14, 2014 and February 7, 2017, the plaintiff asserted claims for violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. The plaintiff sought, among other things, an award of damages, interest, reasonable attorneys’ fees, expert fees, and other costs. The lawsuit named as defendants the Company; our former Co-Chief Executive Officer, David A. Wentz; and our Chief Leadership Development Officer, Paul A. Jones. On June 2, 2017, the court appointed Chi Wah On (another purported stockholder of USANA) as lead plaintiff.  On August 4, 2017, lead plaintiff filed a consolidated amended complaint seeking similar relief. This new complaint asserted additional allegations and added our Chief Executive Officer, Kevin G. Guest, and our Chief Financial Officer, G. Douglas Hekking, as defendants. On September 18, 2017, we filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint, and briefing was completed on November 8, 2017. A hearing on the motion to dismiss is currently scheduled for March 21, 2018. We believe that the action is without merit, and intend to vigorously defend against all claims asserted.

Chinese regulators regularly make inquiries about the business activities of direct sellers in China and have done so with the Company’s operating subsidiary in China, BabyCare, Ltd.  There have been instances where inquiries or complaints about BabyCare’s business have resulted in the payment of fines by BabyCare.  For instance, during the first quarter of 2017, an inquiry from a provincial-level regulator was received and promptly resolved by BabyCare.  A fine was issued in a BabyCare Associate’s name and paid by BabyCare in connection with resolving this matter.  The fine was not quantitatively material.


Employee Benefit Plan

The Company sponsors an employee benefit plan under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This plan covers employees who are at least 18 years of age and have met a one-month service requirement.  The Company makes a matching contribution equal to 100 percent of the first one percent of a participant’s compensation that is contributed by the participant, and 50 percent of that deferral that exceeds one percent of the participant’s compensation, not to exceed six percent of the participant’s compensation, subject to the limits of ERISA.    In addition, the Company may make a discretionary contribution based on earnings.  The Company’s matching contributions cliff vest at two years of service.  Contributions made by the Company to the plan in the United States were $1,458,  $1,594, and $1,794 for the years ended 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively.