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Monster Beverage Okays $500M Share Buyback Program

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The board of directors of Monster Beverage Corporation (MNST - Free Report) has authorized a share repurchase program worth $500 million. Shares may be repurchased in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to regulatory approvals.

This California-based energy drink company completed its previous share repurchase program valued at $200 million.       

During the second-quarter 2015 earnings conference on Aug 6, the company had mentioned that its board of directors was considering a return of capital through programs such as share repurchases. The consideration came as the company received a major boost following the closure of its deal with The Coca-Cola Company (KO - Free Report) on Jun 12.

The long-term deal with Coca-Cola Company gave the company full access to Coca-Cola’s world-class global distribution network. The deal is expected to enhance the cash position while significantly expanding Monster’s presence in the international energy drinks market, where it currently has a limited presence. Moreover, the brands acquired from Coca-Cola, which are produced as concentrates or beverage bases, are high-margin products and will drive Monster Beverage’s top line and gross margin over the near term.

The company had cash and cash equivalent of $1.70 billion at the end of the second quarter 2015. Apparently, management has been able to fulfill its commitment to return values to stockholders.

Monster Beverage carry a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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