CORONA, Calif., May 6, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Hansen Natural Corporation (Nasdaq:HANS) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
Gross sales for the 2010 first quarter decreased 3.0 percent to $270.6 million from $278.9 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the first three months of 2010 decreased 2.5 percent to $238.1 million from $244.2 million in the same period last year. Both gross and net sales for the 2010 first quarter were impacted by advance purchases made by customers in the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter due to the Company's announcement of a new per case marketing contribution program for Monster Energy(R) distributors commencing January 1, 2010, as well as to avoid potential interruptions in product supply due to the announcement of our transition to the SAP enterprise resource planning system commencing January 1, 2010. The Company previously estimated that approximately 4 percent to 6 percent of our fiscal 2009 fourth quarter gross sales were attributable to such advance purchases. In addition, sales of Monster Hitman(TM) energy shooters were significantly down from the same quarter in the prior year.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 52.3 percent for the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared with 53.3 percent for the comparable 2009 first quarter, which decrease was largely as a result of product and geographic mix.
Operating expenses for the 2010 first quarter increased to $73.8 million from $64.4 million in the same quarter last year, partially attributable to increased payroll expenses and increased expenditures for sponsorships and endorsements.
Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.9 percent for the 2010 first quarter, compared with 4.5 percent in the same quarter last year.
Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2010 first quarter were 13.0 percent, compared with 12.5 percent in the same quarter a year ago.
General and administrative expenses for the 2010 first quarter were $31.2 million, compared with $23.0 million for the corresponding quarter last year. Stock based compensation (a non-cash item) was $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared with $2.7 million in the corresponding prior year period. Increased payroll, legal fees and SAP costs also contributed to the higher expenses versus the 2009 first quarter.
Operating income for the 2010 first quarter was $50.8 million, compared with $65.8 million in the 2009 comparable quarter.
The effective tax rate for the 2010 first quarter was 37.1% compared with 34.3% in the same quarter last year, largely as a result of a reduction in our uncertain tax positions in the 2009 first quarter.
Net income for the 2010 first quarter was $32.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, compared with $41.6 million, or $0.44 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.
Net sales for the Company's DSD segment were $217.2 million for the 2010 first quarter, compared with $220.9 million in the same quarter last year.
Gross sales to customers outside the United States rose to $37.8 million in the 2010 first quarter, from $35.3 million in the corresponding quarter in 2009.
Rodney C. Sacks, chairman and chief executive officer, noted that the core Monster Energy(R) brand continues to gain strength both in the United States and internationally. "Nielsen continues to report ongoing improved results for the Monster Energy(R) brand, ahead of category growth," said Sacks.
"We are planning to introduce new products in 2010, both domestically and internationally and we are continuing with our international expansion plans in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America, as well as evaluating additional geographies and opportunities for the Monster Energy(R) brand," Sacks added.
Auction Rate Securities
In March 2010, the Company entered into an agreement relating to $54.2 million in par value auction rate securities, which enables the Company to sell such securities (the "Put Option") in semi-annual or annual installments beginning March 22, 2011 with full sale rights available on or after March 22, 2013. Such auction rate securities, which have been reclassified from available for sale to trading securities, will continue to accrue interest until redeemed through the Put Option, or as determined by the auction process or by the terms outlined in their respective prospectuses in the event of auction failure. The fair market value of the Put Option of $5.1 million, offset by a $4.9 million loss on trading securities, has been recognized in the income statement for the first quarter of 2010. The Company also recognized a gain of $0.4 million, resulting from the redemption at par of a separate security, which previously had been other-than-temporary impaired.
At March 31, 2010 the Company held auction rate securities with a face value of $92.7 million ($96.4 million at December 31, 2009). The Company determined that an impairment of $7.0 million existed at March 31, 2010, of which $3.0 million was deemed temporary and $4.0 million was deemed other-than-temporary. As a result, included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss is $1.8 million, net of taxes as of March 31, 2010. The auction rate securities will continue to accrue interest at their contractual rates until their respective auctions succeed or they are redeemed.
Investor Conference Call
The Company will host an investor conference call today, May 6, 2010, 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.hansens.com and www.opencompany.info. For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately one year on both websites.
Hansen Natural Corporation
Based in Corona, California, Hansen Natural Corporation markets and distributes Hansen's(R) natural sodas, sparkling beverages, apple juice and juice blends, fruit juice smoothies, multi-vitamin juice drinks in aseptic packaging, iced teas, energy drinks, Junior Juice(R) juices and water beverages, Blue Sky(R) brand beverages, Monster Energy(R) brand energy drinks, Nitrous(TM) Monster Energy(R) brand energy drinks, Monster Hitman(TM) energy shooters, Java Monster(TM) brand non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, X-Presso Monster(TM) brand non-carbonated espresso energy drinks, Lost(R) Energy(TM) brand energy drinks, Rumba(R), Samba and Tango brand energy juices, Vidration(TM) brand vitamin enhanced waters and Peace Tea(TM) iced teas. For more information visit www.hansens.com and www.monsterenergy.com
Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Gross sales, although used internally by management as an indicator of operating performance, should not be considered as an alternative to net sales, which is determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("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 requirements. However, gross sales are used by management to monitor operating performance including sales performance of particular products, salesperson performance, product growth or declines and our overall performance. The use of gross sales allows evaluation of sales performance before the effect of any promotional items, which can mask certain performance issues. Management believes the presentation of gross sales allows a more comprehensive presentation of our operating performance. Gross sales may not be realized in the form of cash receipts as promotional payments and allowances may be deducted from payments received from customers.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this announcement may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding the expectations of management with respect to our future operating results and other future events including revenues and profitability. Management 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: 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; political, legislative or other governmental actions or events 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.
HANSEN NATURAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OTHER INFORMATION FOR THE THREE-MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND 2009 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited) ------------------------------------------------------------------ Three-Months Ended March 31, --------------------------- 2010 2009 ------------ ------------- Gross sales, net of discounts and returns* $ 270,566 $ 278,854 Less: Promotional and other allowances** 32,456 34,648 ------------ ------------- Net sales 238,110 244,206 Cost of sales 113,556 114,027 ------------ ------------- Gross profit 124,554 130,179 Gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales 52.3% 53.3% Operating expenses 73,769 64,402 Operating expenses as a percentage of net sales 31.0% 26.4% ------------ ------------- Operating income 50,785 65,777 Operating income as a percentage of net sales 21.3% 26.9% Other income (expense): Interest and other income, net 410 1,016 Gain (loss) on investments and put right, net 576 (3,539) ------------ ------------- Total other income (expense) 986 (2,523) Income before provision for income taxes 51,771 63,254 Provision for income taxes 19,208 21,689 ------------ ------------- Net income $ 32,563 $ 41,565 ============ ============= Net income as a percentage of net sales 13.7% 17.0% Net income per common share: Basic $ 0.37 $ 0.46 ============ ============= Diluted $ 0.35 $ 0.44 ============ ============= Weighted average number of shares of common stock and common stock equivalents: Basic 88,347 90,433 ============ ============= Diluted 93,031 95,316 ============ ============= Case sales (in thousands) (in 192-ounce case equivalents) 24,205 23,468 Average net sales price per case $ 9.84 $ 10.41
*Gross sales, although used internally by management as an indicator of operating performance, should not be considered as an alternative to net sales, which is determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("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 requirements. However, gross sales are used by management to monitor operating performance including sales performance of particular products, salesperson performance, product growth or declines and our overall performance. The use of gross sales allows evaluation of sales performance before the effect of any promotional items, which can mask certain performance issues. Management believes the presentation of gross sales allows a more comprehensive presentation of our operating performance. Gross sales may not be realized in the form of cash receipts as promotional payments and allowances may be deducted from payments received from customers.
** Although the expenditures described in this line item are determined in accordance with GAAP and meet GAAP requirements, the disclosure thereof does not conform with GAAP presentation requirements. Additionally, the presentation of promotional and other allowances may not be comparable to similar items presented by other companies. The presentation of promotional and other allowances facilitates an evaluation of the impact thereof on the determination of net sales and illustrates the spending levels incurred to secure such sales. Promotional and other allowances constitute a material portion of our marketing activities.
HANSEN NATURAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF MARCH 31, 2010 AND DECEMBER 31, 2009 (In Thousands, Except Par Value) (Unaudited) ---------------------------------------------------- December March 31, 31, 2010 2009 --------- ----------- ASSETS ---------------------------- CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $ 375,908 $ 328,349 Short-term investments 61,316 18,487 Trade accounts receivable, net 113,878 104,206 Distributor receivables 3,827 4,699 Inventories 119,145 108,143 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,612 11,270 Deferred income taxes 10,350 10,350 --------- ----------- Total current assets 699,036 585,504 INVESTMENTS 64,442 80,836 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net 32,267 33,314 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES 63,866 65,678 INTANGIBLES, net 36,930 33,512 OTHER ASSETS 4,395 1,226 --------- ----------- Total Assets $ 900,936 $ 800,070 ========= =========== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY ---------------------------- CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable $ 83,445 $ 48,863 Accrued liabilities 29,322 14,174 Deferred revenue 9,229 9,125 Accrued distributor terminations 2,553 2,977 Accrued compensation 3,887 7,623 Current portion of debt 174 206 Income taxes payable 7,032 761 --------- ----------- Total current liabilities 135,642 83,729 DEFERRED REVENUE 129,324 131,388 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Common stock -- $0.005 par value; 120,000 shares authorized; 97,892 shares issued and 88,766 outstanding as of March 31, 2010; 97,285 shares issued and 88,159 outstanding as of December 31, 2009 489 486 Additional paid-in capital 152,988 137,040 Retained earnings 702,959 670,396 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,164) (4,667) Common stock in treasury, at cost; 9,126 shares as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively (218,302) (218,302) --------- ----------- Total stockholders' equity 635,970 584,953 --------- ----------- Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 900,936 $ 800,070 ========= ===========
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CONTACT: Hansen Natural Corporation Rodney C. Sacks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (951) 739-6200 Hilton H. Schlosberg, Vice Chairman (951) 739-6200 PondelWilkinson Inc. Roger S. Pondel Judy Lin Sfetcu (310) 279-5980
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