Second Quarter Net Sales Rise 21.8% to $365.7 million;

Operating Income Increases 18.2% to $109.7 million

CORONA, Calif., Aug. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hansen Natural Corporation (Nasdaq:HANS) today reported record sales and profits for the three-months ended June 30, 2010.

Gross sales for the 2010 second quarter increased 20.1 percent to $415.3 million from $345.8 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the three-months ended June 30, 2010 increased 21.8 percent to $365.7 million from $300.2 million a year ago.

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2010 second quarter was 52.9 percent, compared with 53.9 percent for the comparable 2009 second quarter. Operating expenses for the 2010 second quarter increased to $83.7 million from $69.0 million in the same quarter last year.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.3 percent for the 2010 second quarter, compared with 4.2 percent in the same quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales were 10.4 percent for the 2010 second quarter, compared with 11.2 percent in the same quarter a year ago. 

General and administrative expenses for the 2010 second quarter were $29.6 million, compared with $22.9 million for the corresponding quarter last year. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared with $3.7 million for the same period in 2009. 

Operating income for the 2010 second quarter increased 18.2 percent to $109.7 million from $92.8 million in the 2009 comparable quarter.

The effective tax rate for the 2010 second quarter was 42.0 percent compared with 38.5 percent in the same quarter last year. The increased rate was primarily the result of a non-cash charge to establish a full valuation allowance against a deferred tax asset related to a foreign subsidiary, and its related impact on the Company's overall tax rate.