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January 24, 2013
12:43 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees FY13 EPS $2.06-$2.15, 10-%13% revenue growth
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report Q1 after the market close on Thursday, January 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 57c on revenue of $3.84B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $3.79B-$3.91B... LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported Q4 EPS of 46c, including charges of 2c per share related to store portfolio optimization initiatives in Europe, against estimates for 45c on revenue of $3.36B against estimates for $2.28B. The company raised its FY13 EPS view to $2.06-$2.15 against estimates of $2.16 and said it was targeting 10%-13% revenue growth driven by mid-single-digit comparable store sales growth, approximately 1,300 net new store openings and continued strong growth in the Channel Development business. The company also forecast FY operating margin improvement of approximately 100bps over FY12. Additionally, the company raised its dividend 24% to 21c from 17c. During the quarter, Starbucks announced the acquisition of Teavana (TEA) for $15.50 per share, or $620M; the acquisition was closed on December 31. Starbucks also announced its entry into the Vietnam market and started selling Square's mobile readers in its U.S. stores... STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research believes Starbucks Q1 comps are trending above consensus due to stronger traffic, favorable coffee costs, and cost savings initiatives. Wells Fargo noted that according to Nielsen, Starbucks K-Cups sales increased 4.0% sequentially while its share of K-Cups decelerated to 16.4% from 17.4% for the four weeks ending December 22, 2012. The firm noted Starbucks' share of the Ground Coffee category was 24.8% for the period, up from 23.1% in November... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares hare up over 20%. Year-to-date, shares are up almost 2%.
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February 26, 2015
07:10 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $108 from $97 at Jefferies
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06:53 EDTSBUXKFC to test edible coffee cup in U.K., NY Times says
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February 25, 2015
07:18 EDTSBUXPiper bumps Starbucks price target up to $107
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for shares of Starbucks to $107 from $102 saying it has increased conviction in the achievability of its estimates over the next five years after traveling with management. Piper remains confident in its prediction that Starbucks will double earnings and reach a $100B-plus market capitalization in less than five years. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
February 24, 2015
06:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks to stop selling CDs as it moves to other formats, Mashable says
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February 23, 2015
12:40 EDTSBUXStarbucks pushing China employees to open new stores, WantChinaTimes says
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February 20, 2015
07:10 EDTSBUXBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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February 19, 2015
11:23 EDTSBUXStarbucks management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on February 25 hosted by Jefferies.
February 18, 2015
12:17 EDTSBUXStarbucks management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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February 17, 2015
13:14 EDTSBUXStarbucks announces launch of coffee delivery service
Starbucks announced the launch of its fresh delivery subscription service. It stated, "Available in monthly increments, Starbucks Reserve Roastery Subscriptions will allow customers access to unique, small-lot coffees only available at the Roastery or through the subscription. Designed to provide the highest quality coffee immediately after roasting, these fresh delivery subscriptions ensure customers receive their coffee within three to five days of being roasted, depending on location in the U.S." A one month subscription costs $24 while an annual subscription costs $288.

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