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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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August 15, 2014
06:39 EDTSBUXTim Hortons aims to lure customers via new coffee launch, Reuters says
Tim Hortons (THI) is looking to attract new customers and fight competitors, such as Starbucks (SBUX) and McDonald's (MCD), by revealing a new dark roast coffee blend throughout North America while possibly increasing prices to fend-off increasing expenses and rivals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Tim Hortons CEO Marc Caira. Caira said, "Looking at the coffee market, I would suggest that, given the degree of cost increases, that we are looking at prices going up sometime in 2015." Reference Link
August 12, 2014
12:34 EDTSBUXStarbucks lost some packaged coffee share, says Wells Fargo
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August 8, 2014
06:11 EDTSBUXOSI withdraws products made in Shanghai in response to food scandal
After dealing with a food scandal, OSI China, parent company of Shanghai Husi Food, announced the withdrawal of products produced in Shanghai. The company said, "Husi is the subject of company and government investigations and it is proceeding smoothly. While there have been no reported illnesses linked to any Shanghai Husi products, recovering this production is an important step in facilitating the investigations and rebuilding the respect and trust of our customers, the government and the people of China. With assistances and guidance provided by Shanghai FDA, we have started the recovery process of products in question in a comprehensive and orderly." Worldwide brands such Yum! Brands (YUM) McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the scandal in China. Reference Link

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