Corona, CA - August 7, 2006 - Hansen Natural Corporation (NASDAQ:HANS) today reported record financial results, including sharp increases in sales and profits, for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2006.
Gross sales for the second quarter increased 77.7 percent to $182.1 million from $102.5 million a year earlier. Net sales for the second quarter increased 82.6 percent to $156.0 million from $85.4 million a year ago.
Operating income for the second quarter increased to $45.8 million from $25.4 million a year ago. Net income for the second quarter increased 85.0 percent to $28.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share on a post-split basis ($1.14 per diluted share on a pre-split basis), from $15.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share on a post-split basis ($0.63 per diluted share on a pre-split basis), last year.
Gross sales for the six months ended June 30, 2006 increased 82.3 percent to $319.9 million from $175.5 million a year earlier. Net sales for the first half of 2006 were up 89.6 percent to $275.8 million from $145.5 million a year ago.
Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2006 advanced 101.1 percent to $80.6 million from $40.1 million a year ago. Net income for the 2006 year-to-date period increased 104.6 percent to $49.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share on a post-split basis ($2.00 per diluted share on a pre-split basis), from $24.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share on a post-split basis ($0.99 per diluted share on a pre-split basis), last year.
On June 12, 2006, the Company announced a 4-for-1 split of Hansen Natural common stock, which began trading on a post-split basis on July 10, 2006.
The quarterly results are stated after fully expensing the cost of shelf programs which were negotiated in the second quarter. Such programs have become significant in the Company's merchandising strategy and normally have a duration of twelve months. The results are also stated after expensing stock option expenses, of $1.7 million before tax, during the quarter.
Rodney C. Sacks, chairman and chief executive officer, said the exceptional performance reflected record sales of Monster Energy® brand energy drinks, which more than doubled over the comparable period last year. "While the energy category continues to show strong growth over the prior year, the growth of Monster continues to outpace all of its major competitors. Monster gained both increased distribution and market share during the quarter," Sacks said. He also noted that the Company had achieved record sales during the second quarter without the benefit of the anticipated distribution arrangements with selected Anheuser-Busch wholesalers which did not commence during the quarter.
"During July, Florida was the first state to be transitioned to the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler network. Additional areas are in the process of being transitioned to selected Anheuser-Busch wholesalers during the third quarter," added Sacks. He also noted that amounts expensed for merchandise displays during the quarter were $2.3 million higher than in the comparable quarter last year, partly in anticipation of the changeover to Anheuser- Busch wholesalers. In addition, the Company significantly increased inventory levels to prepare for such changeover.
The increase in net sales for the 2006 second quarter was also attributable, to a lesser extent, to increases in sales by volume, primarily of teas, lemonades and juice cocktails and apple juice and juice blends.
The increase in net sales was partially offset by lower sales by volume of Hansen's® energy drinks, Smoothies in cans, Energade® and Hansen's® Natural Sodas.
Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for the quarter decreased slightly to 51.9 percent, from 52.6 percent for the comparable 2005 quarter, largely due to the Company fully expensing the cost of shelf programs in the quarter.
The Company will host an investor conference call on August 7, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (2:30 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.earnings.com. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, the call will be archived for approximately one year on both websites.
Hansen Natural Corporation markets and distributes Hansen's® Natural Sodas, Signature Sodas, fruit juice Smoothies, Energy drinks, Energade® energy sports drinks, E20 Energy Water®, Sparkling Lemonades and Orangeades, multi-vitamin juice drinks in aseptic packaging, Junior Juice® juice, iced teas, lemonades and juice cocktails, apple juice and juice blends, Blue Sky® brand beverages, Monster Energy® brand energy drinks, Lost® Energy brand energy drinks, Joker Mad Energy and Unbound® Energy brand energy drinks, Rumba brand energy juice, and Fizzit brand powdered drink mixes. Hansen's can be found on the Web at www.hansens.com.
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 generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (" 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 the Company's internal reporting requirements.
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 revenues and profitability. Management cautions that these statements are qualified by their terms or important factors, 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, including, but not limited to, the following: changes in consumer preferences; changes in demand that are weather related, particularly in areas outside of California; competitive pricing and/or marketing pressures; activities and strategies of competitors; changes in the price and/or availability of raw materials for the Company's products; the availability of production and/or suitable facilities; the marketing efforts of the distributors of the Company's products, most of which distribute products that are competitive with the products of the Company; the introduction of new products, as well as unilateral decisions that may be made by grocery and/or convenience chain stores, specialty chain stores, club stores and other customers to discontinue carrying all or any of the Company's products that they are carrying at any time; and other risks detailed from time to time in 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 assures no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Rodney C. Sacks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hilton H. Schlosberg
Roger S. Pondel