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Monster Beverage gets perfect score using Buffett model portfolio

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California-based Monster Beverage Corp. makes energy drinks and alternative beverages under such names as Monster Energy, Java Monster, X-Presso Monster, M-3, Worx Energy and Hansen's natural sodas and juices. It has a market cap of $12-billion (U.S.).

Monster Beverage gets a 100-per-cent score from the Warren Buffett-based model, thanks in part to having upped earnings per share in all but one year of the past decade.

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It has averaged a 34-per-cent return on equity over the past decade, another reason the Buffett model likes it.

The company has grown earnings at a 21-per-cent pace over the long term, more than doubling the non-alcoholic beverage industry average (using an average of the 3-, 4-, and 5-year EPS growth rates), which the Martin Zweig-based model likes.

Earnings growth has been driven by revenue growth (18 per cent, using an average of the 3-, 4-, and 5-year sales growth rates), not one-time unsustainable factors, another reason the Zweig model has some interest.

Monster Beverage has a solid 77 12-month relative strength, even though the non-alcoholic beverages industry average is just 44.

The company has no long term debt, which both the Zweig and Buffett models like. It has strong 15-per-cent profit margins, and it has a strong 3.7 current ratio which the Ben Graham-inspired model likes.

John Reese is long MNST.

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