Don't you just love Hansen Natural
In the first quarter of 2009, Hansen rode a bevy of new or expanded distribution deals to monstrous highs. Net sales grew 15% year-over-year, to $244 million, and profit margins expanded across the length of the income statement -- the net margin moved from 13.6% a year ago to 17% today. And when you put growing sales together with wider margins, you get 44% fatter earnings, at $0.44 per share.
Hansen is in the process of expanding its global footprint considerably, invading large new markets from one side of the globe to the other. In Europe, Coca-Cola Enterprises
The great results and CEO Rodney Sacks' comments on how well the international rollout is progressing have energized Hansen's stock, which has been up as much as 12% today, and is in sniffing distance of its 52-week highs.
Hansen is one of the best performers in my own portfolio, though it hasn't quite kept up with the torrid pace set by Intuitive Surgical
This monster charges ahead while others hesitate. I'm in Hansen for the long haul.
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