Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST) issued second-quarter 2018 earnings results on August 8. The energy-drink pioneer reported record quarterly net revenue that crossed the billion-dollar mark for the first time, landing at $1.02 billion. Profitability was pressured by a 320 basis-point decline in gross margin, however, and was one of the significant points that company management discussed with analysts on Monster’s quarterly earnings conference call.
Let’s review the essentials on this topic, as well as two other key exchanges from Wednesday’s discussion, directly below.
1. Numerous factors are squeezing margins
…[T]here’s also been a switch between the proportion between strategic brands which have concentrated models, [and] higher margins; and Monster. And Monster is continuing to grow ahead of the strategic brand, so that continues to put some pressure on the margin as well.– CEO Rodney Sacks
CEO Rodney Sacks’ comments followed a more specific list of gross operating profit headwinds enumerated by CFO Hilton Schlosberg. These included rising aluminum import costs due to tariffs enacted by the Trump administration, increased promotional spends due to higher cooler placement fees and shelf costs, rising sales of lower margin coffee-based beverages, and climbing international sales, which are slightly less profitable than their domestic counterparts.
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