Monster Q2 Earnings Beat Estimates Despite Health Concerns

Monster Beverage second quarter earnings came in just above estimates after closing bell on Thursday.
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Monster Beverage second quarter earnings came in just above estimates after closing bell on Thursday. Earnings reached 81 cents a share up from analyst estimates of 75 cents a share. Revenue also topped estimates coming in at $687 million. The carbonated soft drink maker has been in the news over the last few quarters, but not in a good way, an Oklahoma mom filed a lawsuit against Monster in July. The woman claimed one of the company's beverages caused her 16-year-old son to have a heart attack. Monster has also been under close watch by the FDA as the FDA his been investigating the impact of caffeine in food and dietary supplements. Monster Beverage CEO Rodney Sacks said, "We are pleased to report another quarter of continuing sales growth, in both our domestic and international markets." He also addressed health concerns relating to the drink saying, "We reiterate that our energy drinks are safe, based on both our and the industry's long track record and the scientific evidence supporting the safety of our ingredients." TheStreet's Julie Cerullo reports from New York.