SC 13G/A 1 p16-1070sc13ga.htm MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP.

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
SCHEDULE 13G/A
 
 
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
(Amendment No. 3)*
 

Monster Beverage Corporation

(Name of Issuer)
 

Common Stock, $0.005 par value

(Title of Class of Securities)
 

611740101

(CUSIP Number)
 

April 14, 2016**

(Date of event which requires filing of this statement)
 
 
Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule 13G is filed:
 
¨ Rule 13d-1(b)
x Rule 13d-1(c)
¨ Rule 13d-1(d)
 
(Page 1 of 6 Pages)

 

______________________________

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

** The Reporting Person is making this filing voluntarily. This date reflects the date that the filing is being made rather than an event which requires the filing of this Statement.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

CUSIP No. 611740101SCHEDULE 13G/A Page 2 of 6 Pages
 

 

     
1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS

Sterling Trustees LLC

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

(a) ¨

(b) ¨

3 SEC USE ONLY
4

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

South Dakota

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON WITH
5

SOLE VOTING POWER

- 0 -

6

SHARED VOTING POWER

10,089,222 Shares

7

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

- 0 -

8

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

10,089,222 Shares

9

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

10,089,222 Shares

10 CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES ¨
11

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)

4.9%

12

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

CO

             

 

 

 

CUSIP No. 611740101SCHEDULE 13G/A Page 3 of 6 Pages
 

 

Item 1(a). NAME OF ISSUER.
   
  The name of the issuer is Monster Beverage Corporation (the "Company").

 

Item 1(b). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES:
   
  The Company's principal executive offices are located at 1 Monster Way, Corona, CA 92879.

 

Item 2(a). NAME OF PERSON FILING:

 

  This statement is filed by Sterling Trustees LLC, a South Dakota limited liability company ("Sterling"), with respect to (A) 2,522,774 Shares (as defined in Item 2(d) below) held by or issuable to certain grantor retained annuity trusts for which Sterling serves as an independent third party trustee and (B) 7,566,448 Shares held by certain entities for which Sterling serves as an independent third party manager (the "Entities").
   
  The filing of this statement should not be construed as an admission that any person named herein is, for the purposes of Section 13 of the Act, the beneficial owner of the Shares reported herein.
   
  Sterling is hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "Reporting Person."

 

Item 2(b). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE:

 

  The address of the principal business office of Sterling is 101 S. Phillips Avenue, Suite 509, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.  

 

Item 2(c). CITIZENSHIP:

 

  Sterling is a South Dakota limited liability company.  

 

Item 2(d). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES:
   
  Common Stock, $0.005 par value (the "Shares").

 

 

CUSIP No. 611740101SCHEDULE 13G/A Page 4 of 6 Pages
 

 

Item 2(e). CUSIP NUMBER:
   
  611740101

 

Item 3. IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO §§ 240.13d-1(b) OR 240.13d-2(b) OR (c), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A:

 

  (a) ¨ Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o);
  (b) ¨ Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c);
  (c) ¨ Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c);
  (d) ¨ Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8);
  (e) ¨ Investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
  (f) ¨

Employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with

Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);

 

  (g) ¨

Parent holding company or control person in accordance with

Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);

  (h) ¨

Savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);

 

  (i) ¨

Church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);

 

  (j) ¨ Non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J);
  (k) ¨ Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K).

 

 

If filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please

specify the type of institution:_______________________________________________

   

 

Item 4. OWNERSHIP.

 

      The percentages used herein are calculated based upon 202,919,837 Shares outstanding as of February 4, 2016.    
         
    Sterling:
      (a) Amount beneficially owned: 10,089,222 Shares
      (b) Percent of class:  4.9%
      (c) (i) Sole power to vote or direct the vote:  0
        (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote:  10,089,222 Shares
        (iii) Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition:  0
        (iv) Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition:  10,089,222 Shares
               

 

CUSIP No. 611740101SCHEDULE 13G/A Page 5 of 6 Pages
 

 

Item 5. OWNERSHIP OF FIVE PERCENT OR LESS OF A CLASS.
   
  If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than 5 percent of the class of securities, check the following ý

 

Item 6. OWNERSHIP OF MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER PERSON.
   
  Not applicable.

 

Item 7. IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE SUBSIDIARY WHICH ACQUIRED THE SECURITY BEING REPORTED ON BY THE PARENT HOLDING COMPANY.
   
  Not applicable.

 

Item 8. IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP.
   
  Not applicable.

 

Item 9. NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF GROUP.
   
  Not applicable.

 

Item 10. CERTIFICATION.

 

  The Reporting Person hereby makes the following certification:
   
  By signing below, the Reporting Person certifies that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

 

 

CUSIP No. 611740101SCHEDULE 13G/A Page 6 of 6 Pages
 

 

SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of our knowledge and belief, the undersigned certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

DATED: April 14, 2016

 

  STERLING TRUSTEES LLC
   
   
  By: /s/ Antony Joffe
  Name: Antony Joffe
  Title: President