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Monster Beverage Corp (MNST) Q2 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

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Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST)
Q2 2019 Earnings Call
Aug 7, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Monster Beverage Corporation Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Mr. Rodney Sacks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Sir, you may begin.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for attending this call. I'm Rodney Sacks. Hilton Schlosberg, our Vice Chairman and President, is with me today; as is Tom Kelly, our Executive Vice President of Finance.

Before we begin, I'd like to remind listeners that certain statements made during this call 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, and are based on currently available information regarding the expectations of management with respect to revenues, profitability, future business, future events, financial performance and trends. Management cautions that these statements are based on our current knowledge and expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the control of the Company, that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements made during this call. Please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2019, and our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed on May 3, 2019 including the sections contained therein entitled Risk Factors and Forward-looking Statements, for a discussion on specific risks and uncertainties that may affect our performance. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

An explanation of the non-GAAP measure of gross sales and certain expenditures, which may be mentioned during the course of this call, is provided in the notes and designated with asterisks in the condensed consolidated statements of income and other information attached to the earnings release dated August 7, 2019. A copy of this information is also available on our website at monsterbevcorp.com in the Financial Information section. Consumer beverage preferences and tastes are continuing to evolve, and we are endeavoring to address them through our ongoing innovation of new products. In the second quarter of 2019, net sales were $1.1 billion, up 8.7% from $1.02 billion in the second quarter of 2018. Net sales in the second quarter were negatively impacted by approximately $25.9 million of foreign currency movements. Without these foreign currency movements, net sales for the quarter would have been up 11.2%.

Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for the 2019 second quarter was 59.9% compared with 61.1% in the 2018 second quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, gross profit as a percentage of net sales was positively affected by increased sales prices of our products sold in the United States and Canada, as well as by reduced aluminum costs. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales were primarily negatively affected by geographical and product sales mix and increases in certain input costs. Distribution costs as a percentage of net sales were 3.4% for the 2019 second quarter as compared to 3.7% in the 2018 second quarter. Selling expenses as a percentage of net sales were 11.2% for the 2019 second quarter as compared to 11.4% in the same quarter in 2018. General and administrative costs as a percentage of net sales were 10.9% for the 2019 second quarter as compared to 10.7% in the same quarter in 2018. In the quarter, payroll expenses as a percentage of net sales were 6.6% compared to 6.5% in the same period in 2018.

Payroll costs increased $7.4 million in dollars, primarily due to headcount growth, both domestically and internationally as well as an increase in payroll taxes. Stock-based compensation, which is a non-cash item, was $15.6 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $14.9 million in the same quarter in 2018. Our effective tax rate decreased from 24.6% in the 2018 second quarter to 23.4% in the 2019 second quarter. The decrease in the effective tax rates was primarily due to the increase in profits earned by certain foreign subsidiaries in lower tax jurisdictions than the United States. Net income was $292.5 million in the 2019 second quarter, compared to the net income of $270.1 million in the 2018 second quarter and increase of 8.3%. Diluted earnings per share for the 2019 second quarter increased 11.9% to $0.53 from $0.48 in the second quarter of 2018.

We continue to make good progress in the implementation of our strategic alignment with Coca-Cola Bottlers globally. We transitioned the distribution of Monster Energy drinks from Big Geyser's territory, which is located in New York metro markets to Liberty Coca-Cola in early April 2019. As of April 6, 2019, the United States has been fully transitioned to Coca-Cola network bottlers. In the second quarter of 2019, Monster Energy was launched by Coke Bottlers in Azerbaijan, Paraguay and Saudi Arabia. We are planning further international launches later this year. We launched Predator, our affordable energy brand in the second quarter of 2019 in markets in Europe, namely Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. We are planning to launch prototype connected additional markets in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa throughout the second half of 2019.

In China, we completed the rollout of Monster Ultra in the second quarter and also launched Monster Mango. We have significantly expanded our shelf space for Monster with three SKUs in our targeted top 40 cities and key accounts. We continued the rollout of Monster across India, and are planning additional SK launches in India later in 2019.

I will now briefly discuss arbitration with the Coca-Cola Company and litigation with Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., VPX, the maker of Bang energy drinks. As we have previously disclosed, in October 2018, Monster Beverage Corporation and the Coca-Cola Company mutually agreed to submit to arbitration the issue of where that Coca-Cola is permits to manufacturer, market sell or distribute, energy drink products, it had developed under the Coca-Cola brand.

On June 28, 2019, the arbitration panel issued a final awarding flavor of Coca-Cola. Regardless of this outcome Monster and Coca-Cola value the relationship and look forward to continuing their partnership. I've also previously addressed the lawsuit filed against VPX in September 2018 for false advertising and VPXs trademark lawsuit against Monster filed in March, 2019, but proceedings are ongoing. In one of the court filings in May, 2019, we stated that sales of Reign beverages from June through December 2019, we're projected to exceed $235 million. Ourselves of Reign for June and July was solid as illustrated by the Nielsen numbers were lower than our initial expectations as any new product launches, sales may be affected by many factors, including authorizations, the date or dates on which listings are secured for products with major retailers and introductions of new flavors. The Company has not changed its practice with respect to projections and will not be providing projections with respect to Reign or any other products. As our litigation with VPX is subjugate. We will not be answering questions on this matter on today's call. According to the Nielsen reports, for the 13 weeks through July 27, 2019, all outlets combined, namely convenience, grocery, drug, mass merchandisers, sales in dollars in the energy drink category, including energy shots, increased by 9.9% versus the same period a year-ago.

Sales of the Company's energy brands including Reign grew 5.6% in the 13-week period. Sales of Monster were down 1.4%; sales of NOS decreased 0.6%; and sales of Full Throttle decreased 12.7%; sales of Red Bull increased 4.6%; sales of Rockstar decreased by 14.4%; sales of 5-Hour decreased 8.1%; and sales of Amp decreased 48.1%, as there were no comparable sales of our Reign products last year. We have not included Reign in the about statistics. According to Nielsen, for the four weeks ended July 27, 2019, sales in the convenience and gas channel, including energy shots, in dollars increased 8.1% over the same period the previous year. Sales of the Company's energy brands, which include Reign through 4.7% in the four-week period in the convenience and gas channel. Sales of Monster decreased by 3.9% over the same period versus the previous year, NOS was down 1.5%, and Full Throttle was down 11.4%. Sales of Red Bull were up 3.3%, Rockstar was down 18%, 5-Hour was down 10%, and Amp was down 40.9%. According to Nielsen, for the four weeks ended July 27, 2019, the Company's market share of the energy drink category in the convenience and gas channel, including energy shots, in dollars decreased by 1.3 points over the same period the previous year to 41.1%. Monster share decreased 4.2 share points to 33.5%, Reign's share was 3.4%, NOS' share declined 0.3 share points to 3.5%, and Full Throttle's share declined 0.2 points to 0.7%. Red Bull's share decreased 1.6 points to 33.7%, Rockstar share was down 1.6 points to 4.9%, 5-Hour share was lower by 1.1 points at 5.4%, and Amp share decreased 0.3 of a point to 0.4%. VPX Bang's share was 8.1%. According to Nielsen, for the four weeks ended July 27, 2019, sales of coffee plus energy drinks, which includes Caffe Monster and Espresso Monster, in dollars in the convenience and gas channel increased 9.8% over the same period the previous year.

Sales of our Java Monster alone were 6.6% higher than in the same period the previous year. Sales of our other coffee plus energy drinks were 3% lower, while sales of Starbucks Energy were 18.3% higher. Our Company's share of the coffee plus energy category, which includes Java Monster, Caffe Monster, Espresso Monster, Starbucks Double Shot and Rockstar Roasted, for the four weeks ended July 20, 2019, was 49.1%, down 6.5 points. Java Monster's share on its own for the four weeks ended July 27, 2019, was 43.9%, down 1.3 points, while Starbucks Energy share was 47.7%, up 3.4 points. According to Nielsen, in the community and gas channel in Canada, for the 12 weeks ended June 22, 2019, the energy drink category increased 4% in dollars. Monster brands sales increased 9% versus a year ago. Monster's market share increased 1.3 share points to 33.6%. NOS' sales decreased 4% and its market share decreased 0.1 of a share point to 2.6%. Full Throttle's sales decreased 17% and its market share decreased 0.3 of a point to 1.2%. Red Bull's sales increased 2% and its market share decreased 0.6 points to 36.9%. Rockstar's sales increased 2% and its market share decreased 0.6 points to 16.6%. According to Nielsen, for all outlets combined in Mexico, the energy drink category grew 12.6% during the month of June 2019. Monster sales increased 11%.

Our market share in value decreased 0.4 of a point to 28.6% against the comparable period in previous year. Sales of Burn were down 33.8%. Burn's market share decreased 0.6 points to 1.9%. Red Bull's sales decreased 2.9% as market share decreased by 1.3 points to 8.2%. Vive 100 sales increased 12.5% and its market share remained the same at 38.2%. Vault's sales increased 56.2% and its market share increased 4.5 share points to 16.1%, while Boost's sales increased 4.7% and its market share decreased 0.5 of a point to 7.2%. Amp and affordable energy brand launch in March increased its market share to 6.2% in June 2019. The Nielsen statistics for Mexico cover single months, which is a short period that may often be materially influenced positively and/or negatively by sales in the OXXO convenience chain, which dominates the market. Sales in the OXXO convenience chain in turn can be materially influenced by promotions that maybe undertaken in that chain by one or more energy drink brands during a particular month. Consequently, such activities could have a significant impact on the monthly Nielsen statistics for Mexico.

I would like to point out that the Nielsen numbers in EMEA should only be used as a guide because the channels read by Nielsen in EMEA vary from country-to-country and also are reported on varying dates within the month referred to from country-to-country.

According to Nielsen, in the 13-week period ended July 2019, Monster's retail market share in value as compared to the same period the previous year grew from 12.2% to 12.7% in Belgium, from 22.1% to 27.4% in France, from 19.5% to 20.9% in Great Britain, and from 7.2% to 7.3% in the Netherlands, from 17.8% to 24.5% in Norway, and from 30.3% to 32.5% in Spain. According to Nielsen, in the 13-week period ending June 2019, Monster's retail market share in value, as compared to the same period the previous year grew from 16% to 16.1% in Germany, from 11.2% to 14.3% in Poland, from 14.8% to 16.5% in South Africa, and from 12.6% to 12.8% in Sweden. According to Nielsen, in the 13-week period ending May 2019, Monster's retail market share in value as compared to the same period the previous year grew from 12.6% to 13.4% in the Czech Republic, from 31.8% to 34.7% in Greece, from 14.6% to 17.8% in Ireland, and from 14.3% to 18.5% in Italy. According to Nielsen, for the month of June 2019 in Chile, Monster's retail market share in value increased from 34.2% to 37.4% compared to the same period the previous year. According to Nielsen in Brazil, Monster's retail market share for the month of June 2019 increased from 17.9% to 22.6% as compared to the same period the previous year. We launched Monster Energy in Argentina in mid-February 2018.

According to Nielsen, for the month of June 2019, Monster's retail market share in value increased from 12% to 25.4% compared to the same period the previous year. According to IRI in Australia, Monster's market share in value for the four weeks ending June 30, 2019, increased from 7.7% to 9.3% as compared to the same period the previous year. Mother's market share in value increased from 14.3% to 14.5% during the same period. According to IRI in New Zealand, Monster's market share in value for the four weeks ending June 30, 2019, increased from 6% to 7.7% as compared to the same period the previous year. Lift Plus market share in value decreased from 10.6% to 8.4% and Mother's market share in value increased from 6.2% to 6.6%. According to Nielsen in South Korea, Monster's market share in value in all outlets combined for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2019 grew from 34.8% to 38.6% as compared to the same period the previous year.

According to INTAGE in Japan, Monster's market share in value in the convenience store channel for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2019 grew from 48.7% to 53.3% as compared to the same period in the previous year. We again point out that in certain market statistics that cover single month may often be materially influenced positively and/or negatively by promotions or other trading factors during those months.

Net sales for the Monster Energy Drinks segment for the second quarter of 2019 which includes Reign increased 9.6% from $929 million to $1.02 billion from the comparable period in 2018. Net sales for the Monster Energy Drinks segment in the second quarter of 2019 were negatively impacted by approximately $22.1 million of foreign currency movements. A net sale for the Strategic Brands segment, which includes Predator, our affordable energy brand was $79.1 million for the second quarter as compared to $79.8 million in the same quarter in 2018. Net sales for the Company's Strategic Brands segment in the second quarter of 2019 were negatively impacted by approximately $3.8 million of foreign currency movements. Net sales for the other segment, which includes third-party sales made by AFF were $5.8 million in the second quarter as compared to $6.6 million in the same quarter in 2018. Net sales to customers outside the U.S. were $343.3 million or 31% of total net sales in the 2019 second quarter, compared to $293.8 million, which is 28.9% of total net sales in the corresponding quarter in 2018. Foreign currency exchange rates had the effect of decreasing net sales in U.S. dollars by approximately $25.9 million.

Included in reported geographic sales are our sales to the Company's military customers, which are delivered in the U.S. and transshipped to the military and their customers overseas. In EMEA, supply chain and production issues were considerably reduced versus previous quarters, but still continue to effect performance in the second quarter. As mentioned earlier, our Nielsen growth rates and market share continues to be strong in the territory. We are continuing to managing through and reduce these supply chain and production issues. Certain of our co-packers that contributed in part to these issues are back on track. Furthermore, we have secured and are continuing to securing additional production capacity. In EMEA, net sales in the second quarter increased 10.9% in dollars and increased 21.1% in local currencies over the same period in 2018. Gross profit in this region as a percentage of net sales for the quarter was 39.5% compared to 43.8% in the same quarter in 2018.

Gross profit percentage for the region was impacted by country and product mix, as well as increases in manufacturing costs. We are also pleased that Monster continues to perform well and gained market share in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. In Asia Pacific, net sales in the second quarter increased 35.1% in dollars and 41.5% in local currencies over the same period in 2018. Gross profit in this region as a percentage of net sales was 43.6% versus 49% over the same period in 2018, as a result of country and product mix. In Japan, net sales in the quarter increased 33.5% in dollars and 37.8% in local currency. In South Korea, net sales increased 38.8% in dollars and 48.6% in local currency as compared to the same quarter in 2018. In Oceania, which includes Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Guam, net sales increased 5.1% in dollars and 13.4% in local currencies. In Latin America, including Mexico and the Caribbean, net sales in the second quarter increased 22.9% in dollars and 34.7% in local currencies over the same period in 2018. Gross profit in this region as a percentage of net sales was 43.3% versus 47.4% over the same period in 2018, largely due to increases in cost of goods affected by adverse foreign exchange rates and country mix. In Brazil, net sales in the quarter increased by 97.7% in dollars and increased 126.8% in local currency. Net sales in Chile decreased 2.4% in dollars, but increased 8% in local currency in the quarter.

Our new product launches in the U.S. largely took place in the first quarter of 2019. We plan to launch a number of products in the United States later this year, namely Monster Mule, Reign Orange Creamsicle, Reign Strawberry Sublime and Reign Mango magic as well as Monster MAXX Mango magic and Monster MAXX Red-Red extra strength with zero sugar. As well as a new innovative Java Monster Line extension. The details of which will be revealed at a later date. We launched Monster Pacific Punch in May with the convenience chain customers as a first to market exclusive in Canada with a national launch in July 2019 and also launching Monster Mule later into 2019 in Canada. In Mexico, we launched Monster Mango Loco in April 2019. During the second quarter of 2019 we launched Monster Pacific Punch in the Caribbean and extended our range in Puerto Rica. We also launched Predator in Trinidad in May 20, 2019. In the second quarter of 2019, we launched Monster Mango Loco in several countries across the EMEA. Monster Mango Loco is now available in 31 EMEA markets. We continue to launch different Monster Line extensions and our strategic brands in several countries across EMEA markets. Monster Pipeline Punch was launched in South Africa in the second quarter of 2019 and it will be launched in a further six markets in the second half of 2019. We also launched Espresso Monster and Espresso Monster Vanilla in France, Norway and Sweden. We are planning to expand the rollout of our Espresso Monster Line in Europe and we anticipate that Espresso Monster will be available in 29 countries in EMEA by the end of 2019.

We are planning to launch Monster in Israel in the fourth quarter of 2019. We're also planning to launch Predator, our affordable energy brand in additional markets in EMEA and Predator should be available in 19 EMEA countries by the end of 2019. We launched Pipeline Punch in Japan in May for a limited period. We also want Mango Loco in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and Ultra launched in Malaysia and Vietnam in the second quarter. We plan to launch a number of products in Asia Pacific later this year, including a full country launch of Pipeline Punch in Japan in the spring of 2020.

Turning to the balance sheet. Cash and cash equivalents amounted to $888.3 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $637.5 million at December 31, 2018. Short-term investments were $358 million at June 30, 2019, compared to $320.7 million at December 31, 2018. Net accounts receivable increased to $688.2 million at June 30, 2019, from $484.6 million at December 31, 2018. Days outstanding for accounts receivable were 48.5 days at June 30, 2019, compared to 41.4 days at December 31, 2018. Inventories increased to $299.5 million at June 30, 2019, from $277.7 million at December 31, 2018. Average days of inventory were 60.9 days at June 30, 2019, compared to 67 days at December 31, 2018. We estimate July 2019 gross sales to be approximately 16.1% higher than in July 2018. On a foreign currency-adjusted basis, July 2019 gross sales would have been approximately 17.4% higher than comparable July 2018 gross sales. There was one more selling day in July 2019 than in July 2018. In this regard, we caution again that sales over a short period are often disproportionately impacted by various factors such as for example, selling days, days of the week in which holidays fall, timing of new product launches and the timing of price increases and promotions in retail stores, distributor incentives as well as shifts in the timing of production, in some instances, where our bottlers are responsible for production and unilaterally determine their production schedules, which affects the dates on which we invoice such bottlers as well as inventory levels maintained by our distribution partners, which they alter unilaterally for their own business reasons.

We reiterate that sales over a short period such as a single month or even two months should not necessarily be imputed to or regarded as indicative of results for a full quarter or any future period. During the 2019 second quarter, no shares repurchased under the previously authorized share repurchase program. As of August 7, 2019 approximately $520.6 million remained available for repurchase under our previously authorized repurchase programs. In conclusion, I'd like to summarize some recent positive points. Retail sales statistics from many countries around the world demonstrate that the energy category is continuing to grow, and that Monster is generally growing ahead of the category, in line with earlier periods.

The new additions to the Monster family continue to add to the company's sales. We are excited about the prospects for our brands and our new product launches. We are encouraged by the prospects for our Reign Total Body Fuel high-performance energy drinks, and note that Reign launched at Wal-Mart last week. We are pleased with our performance in our international markets and reiterate the growth potential for us in China and India.

We are continuing with our plans to launch Monster Energy drinks with Coca-Cola Bottlers in certain new markets. We are proceeding with our plans for future launches of our affordable energy brands internationally. We are also proceeding with our plans for the launch of Reign Total Body Fuel high-performance energy drinks in certain countries outside of the USA.

I would like to open the floor to questions about the quarter. Thank you.

Question-and-Answer Session

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from Caroline Levy with Macquarie. Your line is open.

Caroline Levy -- Macquarie -- Analyst

Thanks, and good afternoon.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Good afternoon.

Caroline Levy -- Macquarie -- Analyst

Hi. Just hoping you could give a little background on what you see happening in the performance energy category, whether you were doing the BOGOs in the second quarter and if those pull back. Just what the impact of Reign had on your business and whether you see any slowdown in BOGOs progress? Just anything you can talk about with that sort of disruptive area.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Well, obviously the performance category has had an impact on the overall energy category. And Reign has continued to perform up to our expectations. We are comfortable with the performance. It's a new product. It just got out and it's obviously going to find its feet in different markets and in different channels. The BOGO did not hit all at one time and some parts of the BOGO took place through the end of June and I think 7/11 and there were some others that did bleed into July continuing. When we look at the BOGO, if you look at the average Reign sales on a weekly basis in Nielsen, it's been reasonably consistent over the past number of weeks. And so we don't believe that the BOGO and the tailing off of the BOGO had really marked influence on the sell rates. So we are comfortable with the ongoing sell rate of Reign. A lot of it depends on timing, getting our products onto the shelves, getting shelves space. As we've launched it, we've had to create shelves space.

In many cases, the products are not still worked into schematics, they are still being -- schematics are being reset now and later in the year. So those things will continue to, I think affect the performance of the performance energy category. Now there are a number of other performance energy drinks, there's Bang, and there are also some other performance energy drinks that are seeking to obtain listings in space in the convenience channel, such as Celsius and C4 and others. And so we think that they will ultimately be an additional space allocated to the performance energy drinks. As part of the broader energy drink category, the existing space or probably you will start seeing some additional space being allocated in C stores and coolers in alongside or adjacent to the energy space. We think there will be some development of a sort of subset or category of performance-based drinks that will be lumped together. They will also take into account product. We think like Hydro and other performance, energy drinks that just generally fall outside of the pure carbonated sparkling sort of traditional energy drinks.

And I think we should not meet the Walmart listing, which has really been a few good days now. And the team has done incredible job of getting out and really stacking products that it will mind. So I think good things from that come as well.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

But as with everything, it's timing, and so that only happened in the last few days as opposed to earlier in the year. So we do think that that will start having a positive again on Reign's sales and numbers. And we've also got good listings with Dollar General and a lot of other non-traditional retail stores for Reign.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Andrea Teixeira with JPMorgan. Your line is open.

Andrea Teixeira -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Just -- thank you. Just to clarify, the July figure includes the selling to Walmart for Reign and can you help us quantify the benefits of Reign in the acquiring both sales and the negative impact of the margin for the BOGO promotion? Thank you.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

So please remember that we don't sell to Walmart direct. It goes to the distributors. So it's hard for us to extrapolate those numbers at this time for July. Those are regular July numbers that the distributors would order from us.

Andrea Teixeira -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

But you can confirm that you started -- that you've got a distribution at Walmart for Reign?

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. They anticipated the distribution for Walmart, but they knew it was going to happen. We knew it was going to happen. And they built up inventory according to their schedules to accommodate that listing, which is a big listing as you know.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Let's start it in the beginning of August. So obviously there would be some sales.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

So listing --

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Yes. The listing -- there will be some. We don't know.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

And then may be sales in June as well and we don't know.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Yes.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Vivien Azer with Cowen and Company. Your line is open.

Vivien Azer -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Hi, good afternoon. I was hoping to get your thoughts on what's happening with the, with the core Monster brand and whether you've done any diagnosis around some of the pressure there. Is it primarily from Bang? Is it more from Reign and if it's the ladder, how is cannibalization tracking relative to your expectations? Thank you very much.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Are you talking about the U.S. or internationally? I'm just trying to get an understanding of what you're referring to?

Vivien Azer -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

The U.S. please.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Okay. The emergence of the performance energy sort of subcategory or subset within the energy category clearly has had an effect on sales of Monster generally, which is -- as well as on the sales of other energy drinks that have really been in the market is historically, which is the Red Bull and Rockstar and others, even our other brands, NOS and Full Throttle. So there's been an effect on all of those brands. When you look at -- on a stack basis, Monster Energy category had a really good year in 2018. And so you've got to look at it all over. That clearly has been an impact in this year, and in the second quarter. We are seeing some stabilizing of the other brands and -- but overall, we look at the business on an overall basis and on an overall basis, the category is continuing to grow. We are still participating in an overall brands within the category are continuing to grow. And this is not too dissimilar to certain other markets internationally where you've got disruptors or lower affordable energy brands going to the market that you take a market like, Mexico for example, while they were in premium energy category, the shares, our shares were higher as an affordable energy brands got into that market. They grew the market overall and our sales grew continued to grow. Although our share of market if you take those affordable brands and then recategorize and market into a broader market, obviously our share percentage-wise started to and did dropped and lower in Mexico while we've continued to see continued increases and positive sales in Mexico throughout the periods that the category has gone through this redefinition. And so that's where we think, we are all seeing the category in the U.S. and it will continue to grow and evolve. But overall, we obviously are looking to new innovation, we've got new innovation plan for later this year and next year and we do believe that we'll continue to have -- Monster will continue to grow in the U.S. as well as the other products in our portfolio.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

But U.S. has been some cannibalization on Monster. These being Reign is taking share from other brands as well and did as has Bang. So you look here, the category, the energy category, which includes both the traditional energy that we know, and the performance energy drinks and that together makes up the total energy drink category today.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Mark Astrachan with Stifel. Your line is open.

Mark Astrachan -- Stifel -- Analyst

Yes. Hey, good afternoon, guys.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Hi, Mark.

Mark Astrachan -- Stifel -- Analyst

Lots of questions, I guess just starting on the U.S., so I'm curious just the cadence of the quarter. We obviously see what month of April that it implies May, June we're up like 4% on an all-in basis. U.S. sales 6%, I guess sort of in line with scanner data, but if you exclude your commentary about Reign selling basically implies you didn't sell another product in the quarter So maybe you give a bit more detail about -- just what channel inventories look like, what shipments look like or whether some sort of issue in the quarter and shipping product from a retailer standpoint. And then completely different just what happened in international gross margins I heard what you said, but what specifically is going on there that's driving the overall continued weakness there.

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

So maybe I can start with the second question about gross margins internationally. So there were a number of reasons for the decline in international margins and many of these reasons we've actually spoken about on previous calls. So we said that our Monster energy drinks have a lower gross profit percentage. They're not strategic brands which are largely sales of concentrate. So as international sales Monster grows at a faster pace, then the strategic brands overall gross profit percentages are negatively impacted. Our international innovation in the quarter was in part driven by the juice SKUs, which we spoke about on this call and Espresso Monster principally in EMEA which also have lower margins in our non-juice Monster SKUs. There's also had an impact on the gross profit percentage in the quarter. Country mix is another factor; we sell in some countries that have lower percentage margins than in other countries. Mark, I'm giving the whole shopping list.

In the quarter Forex negatively impacted the cost of goods in certain countries, particularly in LATAM that import finished products from the U.S. and from Mexico. This impact obviously was less when certain ingredients only are important not the finish goods. In certain overseas countries as you know, we operate different value sharing models with certain bottlers and that could and did have an impact in the quarter. Production issues and capacity constraints in EMEA also impacted margins in the quarter. So some of these items should not be re reoccurring and frankly we are confident with the operating model. We've had a number of issues EMEA which we prefer to, we are getting to the end of those we believe, but we are comfortable with the model and also with our ability to manage our costs.

So I hope that answered your question probably in more detail than you wanted.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude today's question-and-answer session. I would now like to turn the call back over to Mr. Rodney Sacks for any closing remarks.

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

I would like to thank everyone for their continued interest in the Company. We continue to believe in the Company and our growth strategy and remain committed to continuing to innovate, develop and differentiate our brands and to expand the Company both at home and abroad and in particular to expand distribution of our products through the Coca-Cola Bottling system internationally. We're also particularly excited about new opportunities that we have going forward with a portfolio of energy drink products throughout the world comprised of our Monster Energy brand together with our Strategic Brands as well as Hydro, Predator and Reign. Thank you very much for your attendance.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 46 minutes

Call participants:

Rodney Cyril Sacks -- Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Hilton H. Schlosberg -- Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Levy -- Macquarie -- Analyst

Andrea Teixeira -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Vivien Azer -- Cowen & Company -- Analyst

Mark Astrachan -- Stifel -- Analyst

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