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Monster Beverage Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results

-- Fourth Quarter Net Sales Rise 14.7% to $540.8 million -- -- Full Year Net Sales Rise 9.0% to $2.2 billion --

CORONA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monster Beverage Corporation (Nasdaq:MNST) today reported financial results for the three- and twelve-months ended December 31, 2013.

2013 Fourth Quarter

Gross sales for the 2013 fourth quarter increased 14.0 percent to $621.1 million from $545.0 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the three-months ended December 31, 2013 increased 14.7 percent to $540.8 million from $471.5 million a year ago.

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2013 fourth quarter was 51.2 percent, compared with 51.7 percent for the comparable 2012 quarter. The 2013 fourth quarter gross profit was impacted by certain inventory damages and reserves. Operating expenses for the 2013 fourth quarter increased to $142.4 million from $130.0 million in the same quarter last year.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.5 percent for the 2013 fourth quarter, compared with 4.7 percent in the same quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales were 10.8 percent for the 2013 fourth quarter, compared with 12.5 percent in the same quarter a year ago.

General and administrative expenses for the 2013 fourth quarter were $59.6 million, or 11.0 percent of net sales, compared with $48.8 million, or 10.3 percent of net sales, for the corresponding quarter last year. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Operating income for the 2013 fourth quarter increased 18.3 percent to $134.8 million from $113.9 million in the comparable 2012 quarter.

The effective tax rate for the 2013 fourth quarter was 42.2 percent, compared with 39.1 percent in the same quarter last year. The increase in the effective tax rate was primarily the result of the establishment of a full valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets of certain foreign subsidiaries, as well as losses in certain foreign subsidiaries for which no tax benefit is recorded.

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