Hansen Natural reports record Q3 earnings of US$82.4M, a 23.9% year-over-year increase; gross sales up 25% to US$548.1M

CORONA, California , November 3, 2011 (press release) – Hansen Natural Corporation (Nasdaq:HANS - News) today reported record sales and profits for the three-months ended September 30, 2011.

Gross sales for the 2011 third quarter increased 25.0 percent to $548.1 million from $438.6 million in the same period last year. Net sales for the three-months ended September 30, 2011 increased 24.4 percent to $474.7 million from $381.5 million a year ago.

Gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, for the 2011 third quarter was 52.7 percent, compared with 51.9 percent for the comparable 2010 quarter. Operating expenses for the 2011 third quarter increased to $118.2 million from $90.4 million in the same quarter last year.

Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 4.4 percent for the 2011 third quarter, compared with 4.5 percent in the same quarter last year.

Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales for the 2011 third quarter were 12.6 percent, compared with 11.0 percent in the same quarter a year ago.

General and administrative expenses for the 2011 third quarter were $37.4 million, compared with $31.1 million for the corresponding quarter last year. Stock-based compensation (a non-cash item) was $4.9 million in the third quarter of 2011, compared with $4.3 million for the third quarter of 2010.

Operating income for the 2011 third quarter increased 22.8 percent to $132.1 million from $107.6 million in the comparable 2010 quarter.

The effective tax rate for the 2011 third quarter was 37.2 percent, compared with 38.1 percent in the same quarter last year.

Net income for the 2011 third quarter increased 23.9 percent to $82.4 million from $66.5 million in the same quarter last year. Net income per diluted share increased 23.3 percent to $0.88 from $0.72 per diluted share in the 2010 comparable quarter.

Net sales for the Company's DSD segment for the 2011 third quarter increased 25.3 percent to $447.1 million from $356.7 million for the same period in 2010.

Gross sales to customers outside the United States rose to $116.8 million in the 2011 third quarter, compared with $69.8 million in the corresponding quarter in 2010.

During the 2011 third quarter the Company purchased 1.4 million shares of its common stock at an average purchase price of $77.40 per share under the share repurchase program authorized by the Board of Directors in 2010. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company purchased an additional 0.3 million shares at an average purchase price of $79.56 per share, which exhausted the availability under the 2010 share repurchase program. In October 2011 the Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program to purchase up to $250million of the Company's outstanding common stock.

Rodney C. Sacks, chairman and chief executive officer, noted that the energy drink category continues to demonstrate solid growth, with the Monster Energy(R) brand growing in excess of the category. The Company is continuing with its strategy to expand the Monster Energy(R) brand into new international markets, with additional launches in South America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia planned for the near future. "Our new non-carbonated Monster Rehab(TM) energy drink, which was launched in the first quarter, continues to gain traction and has become one of the Company's top selling Monster Energy(R) products in the convenience and gas channel. We are in the process of launching three new additional products in the Monster Rehab(TM) line," Sacks said.

For the nine-months ended September 30, 2011, gross sales increased 31.9 percent to $1.483 billion from $1.124 billion for the comparable perioda year earlier. Net sales for the first nine months of 2011 increased 31.3 percent to $1.293 billion from $985.3 million for the same period of 2010. Both gross and net sales for the comparative 2010 period were impacted by advance purchases made by customers in the 2009 fourth quarter, following the Company's announcement of a new marketing contribution program for Monster Energy(R) distributors, as well as to avoid product supply interruptions due to the Company's planned transition to the SAP enterprise resource planning system in January 2010. The Company previously estimated that approximately 4 percent to 6 percent of its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter gross sales were attributable to such advance purchases.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 52.6 percent for the first nine months of 2011, compared with 52.4 percent for the same period last year.

Operating expenses for the nine-months ended September 30, 2011 increased to $327.0 million from $247.8 million in the same period last year. Operating income for the first nine months of 2011 increased 31.7 percent to $353.0 million from $268.0 million in the corresponding period in 2010.

Net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $221.7 million, or $2.37 per diluted share, compared with $162.9 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host an investor conference call today, November 3, 2011, 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 in the "Investor Relations" 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.

Hansen Natural Corporation

Based in Corona, California, Hansen Natural Corporation markets and distributes Hansen's(R) natural sodas, apple juice and juice blends, fruit juice smoothies, multi-vitamin juices, iced teas, energy drinks, Junior Juice(R) beverages, Blue Sky(R) beverages, Monster Energy(R) energy drinks, Monster Energy(R) Extra Strength Nitrous Technology(TM) energy drinks, Java Monster(R) non-carbonated coffee + energy drinks, X-Presso Monster(TM) non-carbonated espresso energy drinks, Monster Rehab(TM) non-carbonated rehydration energy drinks, Peace Tea(R) iced teas, Worx Energy(TM) energy shots, Vidration(R) brand vitamin enhanced waters, Admiral(R) iced teas and Hubert's(TM) Lemonades. For more information, visit www.hansens.com and www.monsterenergy.com.

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