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Monster Beverage Reports 2013 First Quarter Financial Results

First Quarter Net Sales Rise 6.5% to $484.2 million

Profitability impacted by $8.3 million of distributor termination obligations; $4.7 million of foreign currency transaction losses and $3.0 million of legal and other costs related to regulatory matters and litigation concerning Monster Energy® brand energy drinks

CORONA, Calif., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monster Beverage Corporation (Nasdaq:MNST) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Gross sales for the 2013 first quarter increased 7.3 percent to $555.0 million from $517.3 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the three-months ended March 31, 2013 increased 6.5 percent to $484.2 million from $454.6 million a year ago.

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2013 first quarter was 52.1 percent, compared with 53.1 percent for the comparable 2012 quarter. Operating expenses for the 2013 first quarter increased to $144.7 million from $114.9 million in the same quarter last year. Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales were 29.9 percent for the 2013 first quarter, compared with 25.3 percent in the same quarter last year.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.6 percent for the 2013 first quarter, compared with 4.3 percent in the same quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2013 first quarter were 13.5 percent, compared with 12.3 percent in the same quarter a year ago.

General and administrative expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2013 first quarter were 11.8 percent, compared with 8.7 percent for the corresponding quarter last year. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $6.6 million for the first quarter of 2012.

Operating income for the 2013 first quarter decreased 15.0 percent to $107.3 million from $126.3 million in the comparable 2012 quarter.

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