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Monster Beverage shares soar 30% after Coke deal announced

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Monster shares up more than 30% after Coke agrees to take stake in Corona beverage business

Shares of energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. got a jolt after Coca-Cola Co. agreed to take a minority stake in the Corona company.

Monster shares soared $21.84, more than 30%, to $93.49 Friday, a day after the deal was announced after the close of trading. The companies said Coca-Cola will take a 16.7% stake in Monster, as part of a $2.15-billion all-cash deal.

Monster and privately owned Red Bull dominate the growing energy drink market, while Coke and rival PepsiCo have struggled to break through with brands of their own.

Regulators still must approve the Coke-Monster deal. If they do, the Atlanta beverage giant will transfer its energy drink brands—such as NOS, Full Throttle and Burn — to Monster.

Coke, meanwhile, would receive the smaller company’s non-energy brands such as Hansen’s Natural Sodas and Hubert’s Lemonade.

Coke would also gain two seats on Monster’s board.

The transaction allows Monster to boost its international presence through Coke’s distribution system and energy brands, Monster Chief Executive Rodney Cyril Sacks said.

“Our primary objective is to end up with Monster as a fully global brand,” he said in a conference call with analysts Friday.

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UPDATE

9:29 a.m.: This post was updated with comment from Monster Chief Executive Chris Sacks.

This post was originally published at 8:51 a.m.

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