Hansen Natural Reports Record Sales for 2010 Fourth Quarter and Full Year

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Fourth Quarter Net Sales Rise 9.5% to $318.7 Million

Full Year Net Sales Rise 14.1% to $1.3 Billion

CORONA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hansen Natural Corporation (Nasdaq:HANS) today reported record financial results for the three- and twelve-months ended December 31, 2010.

Gross sales for the 2010 fourth quarter increased 10.5 percent to $364.1 million from $329.6 million a year earlier. Net sales for the 2010 fourth quarter increased 9.5 percent to $318.7 million from $290.9 million in the same quarter last year. Both gross and net sales for the 2009 fourth quarter were positively impacted by advance purchases made by customers due to the Company's announcement in the fourth quarter of 2009 of a new per case marketing contribution program for Monster Energy® distributors commencing January 1, 2010, as well as to avoid potential interruptions in product supply due to our planned transition to the SAP enterprise resource planning system from January 1, 2010. The Company previously estimated that approximately 4 percent to 6 percent of our fiscal 2009 fourth quarter gross sales were attributable to such advance purchases.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 51.6 percent for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared with 53.4 percent for the comparable 2009 quarter, in part due to increased promotional allowances, production variances and product mix.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.2 percent for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with 4.1 percent in the same quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2010 fourth quarter were 12.2 percent, compared with 10.4 percent in the same quarter a year ago primarily due to increased expenses to further promote the Monster Energy® brand in existing markets, as well as to increase awareness and to establish the brand in new international markets.          

General and administrative expenses for the 2010 fourth quarter as a percentage of net sales were 10.2 percent compared with 9.4 percent in the corresponding quarter last year. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $4.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Operating expenses for the 2010 fourth quarter increased to $84.6 million from $69.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Operating income for the 2010 fourth quarter decreased 7.0 percent to $79.8 million from $85.8 million in the comparable 2009 quarter.

The effective tax rate for the 2010 fourth quarter was 38.7 percent compared with 38.3 percent in the same quarter last year. 

Net income for the 2010 fourth quarter decreased 7.9 percent to $49.1 million from $53.4 million in the same quarter last year. Net income per diluted share decreased 7.8 percent to $0.53 from $0.57 per diluted share in the 2009 comparable quarter.

Net sales for the Company's DSD segment increased 10.4 percent to $297.5 million for the 2010 fourth quarter from $269.3 million for the same period in 2009. Net sales for the Company's warehouse segment were $21.2 million for the three-months ended December 31, 2010, compared with $21.6 million for the same period in 2009.

Gross sales to customers outside the United States rose to $66.4 million in the 2010 fourth quarter, compared with $43.3 million in the corresponding quarter in 2009.

Rodney C. Sacks, chairman and chief executive officer, attributed the record revenues to continuing strong demand for Monster Energy® drinks as well as to continued strength of the energy category. Monster Energy® drinks continued to gain market share in the US, with sales increasing in excess of category growth. Sacks said that good progress was made on the international front during the quarter, with sales of Monster Energy® drinks increasing well over comparable sales in the same quarter last year.  "During the fourth quarter, we continued to invest in our Monster Energy® brand, both domestically and overseas," Sacks said. "In the US, we also launched Monster Energy® M3 Super Concentrate, which is packaged in 5-oz glass bottles and Worx Energy™ energy shots, which is packaged in 2-oz PET plastic bottles. The launch of Worx Energy™ energy shots is being supported with traditional television advertising," Sacks said. "Plans are proceeding for the launch of our new non carbonated Monster Rehab™ energy drink with electrolytes and additional supplements in March 2011," Sacks added.

For the 2010 fiscal year, gross sales increased 13.7 percent to $1.489 billion from $1.309 billion a year earlier.  Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased 14.1 percent to $1.304 billion from $1.143 billion a year ago.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 52.2 percent for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with 53.6 percent for the 2009 year.

Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased to $332.4 million from $275.0 million for 2009. Included in operating expenses in the 2009 year was a $4.7 million credit related to reimbursements to the Company of legal expenses previously paid by the Company. Operating income for the 2010 year increased 3.1 percent to $347.8 million from $337.3 million a year ago.

Net income for the twelve-months ended December 31, 2010 was $212.0 million, or $2.28 per diluted share, compared with $208.7 million, or $2.21 per diluted share, for the same period last year. 

Gross sales to customers outside the United States were $240.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2010, compared with $168.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2009.

Auction Rate Securities

In March 2010, the Company entered into an agreement relating to $54.2 million in par value auction rate securities, which enables the Company to sell such securities (the "Put Option") in semi-annual or annual installments beginning March 22, 2011 with full sale rights available on or after March 22, 2013. Such auction rate securities, which have been reclassified from available-for-sale to trading securities, will continue to accrue interest until redeemed through either the Put Option, by the auction process, or by the terms outlined in their respective prospectuses in the event of auction failure.

At December 31, 2010 the Company held auction rate securities with a face value of $79.6 million. The Company determined that an impairment of $7.4 million had occurred at December 31, 2010, of which $2.4 million was deemed temporary and $5.0 million was deemed other-than-temporary. Included in other comprehensive loss is $1.5 million of accumulated net unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities, net of taxes for the twelve-months ended December 31, 2010. Included in interest and other income, net, is $0.8 million loss on investment and put option for the twelve-months ended December 31, 2010.  The auction rate securities will continue to accrue interest at their contractual rates until their respective auctions succeed or they are redeemed.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call on February 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The conference call will be open to all interested investors through a live audio Web broadcast via the internet at . For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately one year on the Web site.

Hansen Natural Corporation

Based in Corona, California, Hansen Natural Corporation markets and distributes Hansen's® natural sodas, sparkling beverages, apple juice and juice blends, fruit juice smoothies, multi-vitamin juice drinks in aseptic packaging, iced teas, energy drinks, Junior Juice® juices and water beverages, Blue Sky® brand beverages, Monster Energy® brand energy drinks, Monster Energy® Extra Strength Nitrous Technology™ energy drinks, Java Monster™ brand non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, X-Presso Monster™ brand non-carbonated espresso energy drinks, Peace Tea™ iced teas, Worx Energy™ energy shots, Lost® Energy™ brand energy drinks, Rumba®, Samba and Tango brand energy juices, Vidration™ brand vitamin enhanced waters, Admiral™ iced teas and Hubert's™ Lemonades. For more information visit www.hansens.com and .

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Gross sales, although used internally by management as an indicator of operating performance, should not be considered as an alternative to net sales, which is determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), and should not be used alone as an indicator of operating performance in place of net sales. Additionally, gross sales may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies as gross sales has been defined by our internal reporting requirements. However, gross sales are used by management to monitor operating performance including sales performance of particular products, salesperson performance, product growth or declines and our overall performance. The use of gross sales allows evaluation of sales performance before the effect of any promotional items, which can mask certain performance issues. Management believes the presentation of gross sales allows a more comprehensive presentation of our operating performance. Gross sales may not be realized in the form of cash receipts as promotional payments and allowances may be deducted from payments received from customers.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding the expectations of management with respect to our future operating results and other future events including revenues and profitability. Management cautions that these statements are based on management's current knowledge and expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the control of the Company, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the statements made herein. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the current uncertainty and volatility in the national and global economy; changes in consumer preferences; changes in demand due to both domestic and international economic conditions; activities and strategies of competitors, including the introduction of new products and competitive pricing and/or marketing of similar products; actual performance of the parties under the new distribution agreements; potential disruptions arising out of the transition of certain territories to new distributors; changes in sales levels by existing distributors; unanticipated costs incurred in connection with the termination of existing distribution agreements or the transition to new distributors; changes in the price and/or availability of raw materials; other supply issues, including the availability of products and/or suitable production facilities; product distribution and placement decisions by retailers; changes in governmental regulation; the imposition of excise and/or other taxes on our products; criticism of energy drinks and/or the energy drink market generally; the impact of proposals to limit or restrict the sale of energy drinks to minors and/or persons below a specified age and/or restrict the venues in which energy drinks can be sold; political, legislative or other governmental actions or events in one or more regions in which we operate. For a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could affect our operating results, see the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Rodney C. Sacks Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (951) 739-6200 Hilton H. Schlosberg Vice Chairman (951) 739-6200 Roger S. Pondel / Judy Lin Sfetcu PondelWilkinson Inc. (310) 279-5980