Monster Beverage Reports 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results

--Third Quarter Net Sales Rise 4.1 percent to $788.0 million; Third Quarter Diluted Earnings per Share Increase 17.5 percent to $0.99 per share--

CORONA, Calif., Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) today reported financial results for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter ResultsNet sales for the 2016 third quarter increased 4.1 percent to $788.0 million from $756.6 million in the same period last year. Gross sales for the 2016 third quarter increased 5.9 percent to $913.3 million, from $862.4 million in the same period last year.  The comparative gross and net sales of $862.4 million and $756.6 million, respectively, for the 2015 third quarter were impacted by advance purchases made by the Company's customers due to a pre-announced price increase, effective August 31, 2015, ("Advance Purchases"), on certain of the Company's Monster Energy® brand energy drinks.  The Company estimates that gross and net sales for the 2015 third quarter increased by approximately $12.0 million and $11.0 million, respectively, as a result of such Advance Purchases. Gross and net sales for the 2016 third quarter, after adjusting the 2015 third quarter comparatives for Advance Purchases, increased by 7.4 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively. Unfavorable currency exchange rates reduced gross sales by approximately $4.8 million and net sales by approximately $2.6 million in the 2016 third quarter.

Net sales for the Company's Monster Energy® Drinks segment, which is comprised of the Company's Monster Energy® drinks as well as Mutant TM Super Soda, increased 3.4 percent to $710.1 million for the 2016 third quarter, from $686.7 million for the same period last year.  Net sales for the Company's Strategic Brands segment, which include the various energy drink brands acquired from The Coca-Cola Company, increased 3.2 percent to $72.1 million for the 2016 third quarter, from $69.9 million in the comparable 2015 quarter.  Net sales for the Company's Other segment, which includes certain products of American Fruits & Flavors sold to independent third parties, were $5.7 million for the 2016 third quarter. There were no net sales for the Other segment for the 2015 third quarter.

Net sales to customers outside the United States rose to $190.8 million in the 2016 third quarter, from $170.6 million in the corresponding quarter in 2015.

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2016 third quarter, increased to 63.8 percent from 61.5 percent for the comparable 2015 third quarter.

Operating expenses for the 2016 third quarter were $212.6 million, compared with $174.0 million in the third quarter last year.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 3.1 percent for the 2016 third quarter, compared with 3.5 percent in the third quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2016 third quarter were 12.1 percent, compared with 10.7 percent in the third quarter last year.

General and administrative expenses for the 2016 third quarter were $92.5 million, or 11.7 percent of net sales, compared with $67.0 million, or 8.8 percent of net sales, for the comparable 2015 third quarter. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $12.1 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared with $8.9 million in the third quarter last year.

Operating income for the 2016 third quarter was $290.4 million, compared with $291.4 million in the third quarter of last year.  

The effective tax rate for the 2016 third quarter was 33.8 percent, compared with 39.4 percent in the same period last year. The decrease in the effective tax rate was due in part to a one-time tax benefit related to a prior period domestic production deduction.

Net income for the 2016 third quarter was $191.6 million, compared with $174.6 million in the same period last year.  Net income per diluted share for the 2016 third quarter was $0.99, compared with $0.84 in the third quarter of 2015.

Rodney C. Sacks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said:  "We are pleased to report continued progress on the implementation of our strategic alignment with Coca-Cola bottlers internationally. We transitioned to Coca-Cola bottlers in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and certain other countries in Africa during the quarter.  We commenced the launch of Monster Energy® drinks in China beginning with Beijing in September and Shanghai and Hunan Province in October.  Further launches are planned in the fourth quarter and throughout 2017 in China.  We also launched Monster Energy® drinks in Turkey in October.  We commenced the transition to Coca-Cola bottlers in Brazil earlier this week and in the fourth quarter we will be transitioning to Coca-Cola bottlers in certain Central Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and African countries, with further launches to follow in 2017.  In the United States, we are continuing to see improvements in our quality of distribution. We launched Mutant TM, our new Super Soda, in certain convenience store chains in late September 2016 with encouraging early results.

"The continued strength of the U.S. dollar as well as distributor transitions impacted our results," Sacks added.

2016 Nine MonthsGross sales for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 increased 11.6 percent to $2.6 billion, from $2.4 billion for the comparable period a year earlier.  Net sales for the first nine months of 2016 rose to $2.3 billion, from $2.1 billion for the same period in 2015. The comparative gross and net sales of $2.4 billion and $2.1 billion, respectively, for the nine-months ended September 30, 2015 were impacted by Advance Purchases. The Company estimates that gross sales and net sales for the nine-months ended September 30, 2015 were increased by approximately $12.0 million and $11.0 million, respectively, as a result of Advance Purchases. Gross and net sales for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016, after adjusting the nine-months ended September 30, 2015 comparatives for Advance Purchases, increased by 12.2 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 62.9 percent for the first nine months of 2016, compared with 59.2 percent for the comparable period in 2015.

Operating expenses for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 were $610.3 million, compared with $725.2 million in the same period last year. 

Operating income for the first nine months of 2016 was $833.6 million, compared with $665.2 million for the comparable period in 2015.

The effective tax rate for the first nine months of 2016 was 35.2 percent, compared with 38.4 percent in the same period last year. The decrease in the effective tax rate was due in part to a one-time benefit related to a prior period domestic production deduction.

Net income for the first nine months of 2016 was $539.7 million, compared with $408.0 million in the same period last year.  Net income per diluted share for the first nine months of 2016 was $2.67, based on 202.1 million shares outstanding, versus $2.17 based on 188.1 million shares outstanding in the same period last year.

Factors Impacting Profitability The following table summarizes the impact of certain items on net sales and operating income for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:

(In Thousands) Three-Months Ended September 30,   Nine-Months Ended September 30,
   
    2016       2015       2016       2015  
               
Included in Net Sales:              
Accelerated recognition of deferred revenue $ -     $ -     $ 4,963     $ 39,761  
               
Included in Operating Expenses:              
•  "modified Dutch auction" stock repurchase expenses $ -     $ -     $ (1,556 )   $ -  
•  American Fruits & Flavors transaction expenses   -       -       (4,483 )     -  
•  The Coca-Cola Company transaction expenses   -       (292 )     -       (15,426 )
•  Distributor termination costs   (4,712 )     (2,471 )     (33,413 )     (220,658 )
•  Expenditures related to regulatory matters and litigation concerning the advertising, marketing, promotion, ingredients, usage, safety and sale of the Company's Monster Energy® brand energy drinks   (4,904 )     (3,432 )     (14,115 )     (11,828 )
Gain on sale of the non-energy business $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 161,470  
               
Net Impact on Operating Income $ (9,616 )   $ (6,195 )   $ (48,604 )   $ (46,681 )
                               

Investor Conference CallThe Company will host an investor conference call today, November 3, 2016, 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 www.monsterbevcorp.com in the "Events & Presentations" section.  For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately one year on the website.

Monster Beverage CorporationBased in Corona, California, Monster Beverage Corporation is a holding company and conducts no operating business except through its consolidated subsidiaries.  The Company's subsidiaries develop and market energy drinks, including Monster Energy® energy drinks, Monster Energy Extra Strength Nitrous Technology® energy drinks, Java Monster® non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, Monster Rehab® non-carbonated energy drinks with electrolytes, Muscle Monster® Energy Shakes, Übermonster® energy drinks, NOS® energy drinks, Full Throttle® energy drinks, Burn® energy drinks, Samurai® energy drinks, Relentless® energy drinks, Mother® energy drinks, Power Play® energy drinks, BU® energy drinks, Nalu® energy drinks, BPM® energy drinks, Gladiator® energy drinks, and Ultra® energy drinks.  The Company's subsidiaries also develop and market Mutant TM Super Soda.  For more information, visit www.monsterbevcorp.com.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Measures Gross sales is used internally by management as an indicator of and to monitor operating performance, including sales performance of particular products, salesperson performance, product growth or declines and overall Company performance. The use of gross sales allows evaluation of sales performance before the effect of any promotional items, which can mask certain performance issues. We therefore believe that the presentation of gross sales provides a useful measure of our operating performance. Gross sales is not a measure that is recognized under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (" GAAP ") and should not be considered as an alternative to net sales, which is determined in accordance with 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 practices. In addition, gross sales may not be realized in the form of cash receipts as promotional payments and allowances may be deducted from payments received from certain customers.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made in this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws , as amended, regarding the expectations of management with respect to our future operating results and other future events including revenues and profitability.  The Company 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: our ability to recognize benefits from The Coca-Cola Company transaction and the American Fruits & Flavors transaction; our ability to introduce and increase sales of both existing and new products; our ability to implement the share repurchase program; unanticipated litigation concerning the Company's products; 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 new and/or increased excise sales and/or other taxes on our products; criticism of energy drinks and/or the energy drink market generally; our ability to satisfy all criteria set forth in any U.S. model energy drink guidelines; 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 and/or the size of containers in which energy drinks can be sold; or political, legislative or other governmental actions or events , including the outcome of any state attorney general, government and/or quasi-government agency inquiries, 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.

(tables below)
MONSTER BEVERAGE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER INFORMATION
FOR THE THREE- AND NINE-MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND 2015
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)
       
  Three-Months Ended   Nine-Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2016       2015       2016       2015  
               
Net sales 1 $   787,954     $   756,619     $ 2,295,628     $   2,077,131  
               
Cost of sales   284,979       291,143       851,741       848,191  
               
Gross profit 1   502,975       465,476       1,443,887       1,228,940  
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales   63.8 %     61.5 %     62.9 %     59.2 %
               
Operating expenses 2,3   212,600       174,038       610,277       725,205  
Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales   27.0 %     23.0 %     26.6 %     34.9 %
               
Gain on sale of the non-energy business   -       -       -       161,470  
               
Operating income 1,2,3   290,375       291,438       833,610       665,205  
Operating income as a percentage of net sales   36.9 %     38.5 %     36.3 %     32.0 %
               
               
Interest and other expense, net   (1,037 )     (3,362 )     (651 )     (3,144 )
               
Income before provision for income taxes 1,2,3   289,338       288,076       832,959       662,061  
               
Provision for income taxes   97,695       113,502       293,221       254,070  
Income taxes as a percentage of income before taxes   33.8 %     39.4 %     35.2 %     38.4 %
               
Net income 1,2,3 $   191,643     $   174,574     $   539,738     $   407,991  
Net income as a percentage of net sales   24.3 %     23.1 %     23.5 %     19.6 %
               
Net income per common share:*            
  Basic $   1.01     $   0.85     $   2.72     $   2.22  
  Diluted $   0.99     $   0.84     $   2.67     $   2.17  
               
Weighted average number of shares of common stock    and common stock equivalents:*              
  Basic   190,379       205,051       198,073       184,098  
  Diluted   194,431       208,094       202,093       188,131  
               
Case sales (in thousands) (in 192-ounce case equivalents)   82,767       81,274       242,994       207,090  
Average net sales per case 4 $   9.45     $   9.31     $   9.40     $   10.03  
                               

1 Includes $8.4 million and $8.2 million for the three-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to the recognition of deferred revenue. Includes $28.6 million and $54.7 million for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to the recognition of deferred revenue.  There was no accelerated amortization of deferred revenue for the three-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Included in $28.6 million recognition of deferred revenue for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016, is $5.0 million related to the accelerated amortization of the deferred revenue balances associated with certain of the Company's prior distributors who were sent notices of termination during the nine-months ended September 30, 2016.  Included in the $54.7 million recognition of deferred revenue for the nine-months ended September 30, 2015, is $39.8 million related to the accelerated amortization of the deferred revenue balances associated with certain of the Company's prior distributors who were sent notices of termination during the nine-months ended September 30, 2015.

2 Includes $4.7 million and $2.5 million for the three-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to distributor termination costs. Includes $33.4 million and $220.7 million for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to distributor termination costs.

3 Includes $4.5 million for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 of American Fruits & Flavors transaction expenses. There were no American Fruit & Flavors transaction expenses incurred for the three-month ended September 30, 2016. Includes $0.3 million and $15.4 million for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2015, respectively of The Coca-Cola Company transaction expenses. Includes $1.6 million for the nine-months ended September 30, 2016 of  modified Dutch auction stock repurchase expenses.  There were no "modified Dutch auction" stock repurchase expenses during the three-months ended September 30, 2016. 

4 Excludes Other segment net sales of $5.7 million and $12.1 million for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2016 representing third-party sales of American Fruits & Flavors as these sales do not have unit case equivalents. 

*Three-for-one Stock Split

On October 11, 2016, the Company filed a Certificate of Amendment to its Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.005 per share ("Common Stock"), from 240,000,000 shares to 1,250,000,000 shares.

On October 14, 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved a 3-for-1 stock split of its Common Stock to be effected in the form of a 200 percent stock dividend. The additional shares will be distributed on November 9, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business (Eastern Time) on October 26, 2016. The Company anticipates its Common Stock to begin trading at the split-adjusted price on November 10, 2016.

The following pro-forma earnings per share information has been adjusted retroactively to reflect the stock split:
  Three-Months Ended   Nine-Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2016       2015       2016       2015  
               
               
Net income $ 191,643     $ 174,574     $ 539,738     $ 407,991  
               
               
Net income per common share:*            
Basic $ 0.34     $ 0.28     $ 0.91     $ 0.74  
Diluted $ 0.33     $ 0.28     $ 0.89     $ 0.72  
               
Weighted average number of shares of common stock    and common stock equivalents:*              
Basic   571,138       615,153       594,219       552,294  
Diluted   583,293       624,282       606,280       564,393  
               

MONSTER BEVERAGE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND DECEMBER 31, 2015
(In Thousands, Except Par Value) (Unaudited)
         
    September 30, 2016   December 31, 2015
ASSETS        
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 341,526     $ 2,175,417  
Short-term investments     257,653       744,610  
Accounts receivable, net     467,348       352,955  
The Coca-Cola Company transaction receivable     125,000       125,000  
Inventories     167,840       156,121  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     35,016       26,967  
Prepaid income taxes     155,641       18,462  
Total current assets     1,550,024       3,599,532  
         
INVESTMENTS     9,519       15,348  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net     144,625       97,354  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     142,116       140,468  
GOODWILL     1,283,643       1,279,715  
OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net     1,080,813       427,986  
OTHER ASSETS     25,691       10,874  
Total Assets   $ 4,236,431     $ 5,571,277  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:        
Accounts payable   $ 172,159     $ 144,763  
Accrued liabilities     91,819       81,786  
Accrued promotional allowances     140,952       115,530  
Accrued distributor terminations     5,650       11,018  
Deferred revenue     34,407       32,271  
Accrued compensation     21,820       22,159  
Income taxes payable     5,835       2,750  
Total current liabilities     472,642       410,277  
         
DEFERRED REVENUE     365,389       351,590  
         
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:        
Common stock - $0.005 par value; 240,000 shares authorized;              
207,384 shares issued and 190,426 outstanding as of September 30, 2016;              
207,019 shares issued and 202,900 outstanding as of December 31, 2015   1,037       1,035  
Additional paid-in capital     4,036,204       3,991,857  
Retained earnings     1,934,601       1,394,863  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (14,534 )     (21,878 )
Common stock in treasury, at cost;  16,958 and 4,119 shares as of              
September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   (2,558,908 )     (556,467 )
Total stockholders' equity     3,398,400       4,809,410  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 4,236,431     $ 5,571,277  
                 

 
CONTACTS:Rodney C. SacksChairman and Chief Executive Officer(951) 739-6200Hilton H. SchlosbergVice Chairman(951) 739-6200Roger S. Pondel / Judy Lin SfetcuPondelWilkinson Inc.(310) 279-5980

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