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Starbucks Reports Q1 Fiscal 2020 Results

Q1 Comparable Store Sales Up 5% Globally, Led by 6% Comp Growth in the U.S. and 3% Comp Growth in China

Global Net Store Growth of 6% Versus Prior Year, Led by 16% Net Store Growth in China

GAAP EPS of $0.74; Non-GAAP EPS of $0.79

Active Starbucks® Rewards Membership in the U.S. Up 16% Year-Over-Year to 18.9 Million

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ended December 29, 2019. GAAP results in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019 include items which are excluded from non-GAAP results. Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release for more information.

"Building on solid business momentum from fiscal 2019, Starbucks performed very well throughout the first quarter, including one of the strongest holiday seasons in the history of our company. As a result, we are off to a strong start in fiscal 2020," said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo. "Our growth was fueled by a healthy balance of comparable sales growth and new store development, as well as continued expansion of our Global Coffee Alliance with Nestlé. Investments in our partners, beverage innovation and digital customer relationships contributed not only to strong topline growth, but also significant margin expansion in the quarter."

"Our partners are the center of creating a special Starbucks Experience for each and every customer we serve, and I am very grateful for their extraordinary efforts through this holiday quarter. As we begin our fiscal second quarter, I want to acknowledge the dynamic situation our partners in China are navigating as health officials respond to the coronavirus. As events unfold, we will be transparent with all stakeholders in communicating how we are responding to these extraordinary circumstances and the implications for our near-term business results. We remain optimistic and committed to the long-term opportunity in China, building on our brand heritage and 20-year legacy of profitable growth," concluded Johnson.

Q1 Fiscal 2020 Highlights

  • Global comparable store sales up 5%, driven by a 3% increase in average ticket and a 2% increase in comparable transactions
    • Americas comparable store sales up 6%, driven by a 3% increase in average ticket and a 2% increase in comparable transactions; U.S. comparable store sales up 6%, with comparable transactions up 3%
    • International comparable store sales up 1%, driven by a 2% increase in average ticket and a 1% decrease in comparable transactions; China comparable store sales up 3%, with comparable transactions up 1%
  • The company opened 539 net new stores in Q1, yielding 31,795 stores at the end of the quarter, a 6% increase over the prior year
  • Consolidated net revenues of $7.1 billion grew 7% over the prior year
    • Consolidated net revenues grew 9% over the prior year adjusted for unfavorable impacts of approximately 2% from Streamline-driven activities
    • Streamline-driven activities primarily included the conversion of certain international retail operations from company-operated to licensed models
  • GAAP operating margin expanded 190 basis points year-over-year to 17.2%, primarily due to sales leverage, supply chain efficiencies and lower restructuring and impairment charges, partially offset by growth in wages and benefits, as well as investments in store labor hours
    • Non-GAAP operating margin of 18.2% expanded 80 basis points compared to the prior year
  • GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.74, up 21% over the prior year
    • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.79, up 5% over the prior year. Excluding an 11% headwind from income tax rate favorability related to fiscal year 2019, non-GAAP EPS increased 16%
  • The company returned $1.6 billion to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends
  • Starbucks® Rewards loyalty program grew to 18.9 million active members in the U.S., up 16% year-over-year
  • The company adopted the new lease accounting guidance and recognized right-of-use assets of $8.4 billion with corresponding lease obligations of $9.0 billion. Adoption of the new guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated statement of earnings

     

Q1 Americas Segment Results

 

Quarter Ended

 

Change (%)

($ in millions)

Dec 29, 2019

 

Dec 30, 2018

 

Comparable Store Sales Growth (1)

6%

 

4%

 

 

Change in Transactions

2%

 

0%

 

 

Change in Ticket

3%

 

4%

 

 

Store Count

18,203

 

17,653

 

3%

Revenues

$5,010.9

 

$4,612.5

 

9%

Operating Income

$1,098.8

 

$968.7

 

13%

Operating Margin

21.9%

 

21.0%

 

90 bps

(1) Includes only Starbucks® company-operated stores open 13 months or longer. Comparable store sales exclude the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and Siren Retail stores.

Net revenues for the Americas segment grew 9% over Q1 FY19 to $5.0 billion in Q1 FY20, primarily driven by 6% growth in comparable store sales and 550 net new store openings, or 3% store growth, over the past 12 months.

Operating income grew 13% to $1.1 billion in Q1 FY20, up from $1.0 billion in Q1 FY19. Operating margin of 21.9% expanded 90 basis points, primarily due to sales leverage, supply chain efficiencies and lower restructuring and impairment charges, partially offset by growth in wages and benefits, as well as investments in store labor hours and higher occupancy costs.

Q1 International Segment Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Change (%)

($ in millions)

Dec 29, 2019

 

Dec 30, 2018

 

Comparable Store Sales Growth (1)

1%

 

2%

 

 

Change in Transactions

(1)%

 

1%

 

 

Change in Ticket

2%

 

1%

 

 

Store Count

13,592

 

12,212

 

11%

Revenues

$1,571.1

 

$1,504.0

 

4%

Operating Income

$275.9

 

$230.0

 

20%

Operating Margin

17.6%

 

15.3%

 

230 bps

(1) Includes only Starbucks® company-operated stores open 13 months or longer. Comparable store sales exclude the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and Siren Retail stores.

Net revenues for the International segment grew 4% over Q1 FY19 to $1.6 billion in Q1 FY20, primarily driven by 1,380 net new store openings, or 11% store growth, over the past 12 months and 1% growth in comparable store sales, partially offset by a 5% revenue-dilutive impact of converting certain retail businesses to fully licensed markets.

Q1 FY20 operating income of $275.9 million grew 20% over Q1 FY19 operating income of $230.0 million. Operating margin expanded 230 basis points to 17.6%, primarily due to sales leverage, supply chain efficiencies, the impact of the conversions of certain retail businesses to fully licensed markets and lower restructuring and impairment charges, partially offset by product mix shift and strategic investments.

Q1 Channel Development Segment Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Change (%)

($ in millions)

Dec 29, 2019

 

Dec 30, 2018

 

Revenues

$494.6

 

$504.6

 

(2)%

Operating Income

$175.5

 

$175.8

 

—%

Operating Margin

35.5%

 

34.8%

 

70 bps

Net revenues for the Channel Development segment declined 2% from Q1 FY19 to $494.6 million in Q1 FY20, primarily due to lapping prior year product sales to Unilever as a result of the sale and transition of the Tazo brand, partially offset by expansion of the Global Coffee Alliance.

Operating income of $175.5 million in Q1 FY20 was flat compared to Q1 FY19. Operating margin expanded 70 basis points to 35.5%, primarily due to the lapping of prior year Nestlé transaction costs, distribution efficiencies and favorable business mix shift, partially offset by incremental costs to develop and grow the Global Coffee Alliance.

Fiscal 2020 Guidance

The company's fiscal year 2020 guidance is unchanged from what was provided in conjunction with its Q4 fiscal 2019 earnings report which excludes any impact of the coronavirus.

Currently, we have closed more than half of our stores in China and continue to monitor and modify the operating hours of all of our stores in the market in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. This is expected to be temporary. Given the dynamic nature of these circumstances, the duration of business disruption, reduced customer traffic and related financial impact cannot be reasonably estimated at this time but are expected to materially affect our International segment and consolidated results for the second quarter and full year of fiscal 2020. The company will update its guidance for fiscal 2020 when we can reasonably estimate the impact of the coronavirus.

Company Updates

1. In October, Starbucks announced a $10 million investment in four established Community Development Financial Institutions to drive economic opportunities in Chicago. The investment is expected to finance more than 500 small business loans focused on supporting entrepreneurs in Chicago's underserved communities.

2. In November, Starbucks opened its first-ever Starbucks® Pickup store in New York City's Penn Plaza. This unique location is designed for customers on-the-go and uses Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay as the primary ordering and payment method.

3. In November, Starbucks announced a new flexible benefits program for its partners in China known as Flex Star Benefits. The program empowers partners to make individual benefits selections based on what they need from a variety of options designed to help partners enrich themselves, provide better care for loved ones, or make a positive difference to their communities.

4. In November, Starbucks announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from nearly 1,500 stores across Japan starting in January 2020. The change will introduce new paper straws made of responsibly-sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® and will eliminate an estimated 200 million single-use plastic straws annually from Starbucks stores in Japan.

5. The company repurchased 13.0 million shares of common stock in Q1 fiscal 2020; approximately 16.2 million shares remain available for purchase under the current authorization.

6. The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.41 per share, payable on February 21, 2020, to shareholders of record as of February 6, 2020.

Conference Call

Starbucks will hold a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, which will be hosted by Kevin Johnson, president and ceo, and Patrick Grismer, cfo. The call will be webcast and can be accessed at http://investor.starbucks.com. A replay of the webcast will be available until end of day Thursday, February 27, 2020.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 31,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at stories.starbucks.com or www.starbucks.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "remain," "should," "will," "would," and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These statements include statements relating to: certain company initiatives, strategies and plans, as well as trends in or expectations regarding our diversified business model; the strength, resilience, momentum and potential of our business, operations and brand; the impacts, benefits, goals and expectations of our Streamline-driven initiatives and long-term investments; the execution and anticipated impact of our "Growth at Scale" agenda, with a focus on our two lead growth markets of the U.S. and China; expanding the global reach of the Starbucks brand through our Global Coffee Alliance with Nestlé; increasing shareholder returns; our commitment to the long-term opportunity in China, building on our brand heritage and legacy of profitable growth; the estimated impact of the changes in U.S. tax law; outlook, guidance and projections for revenues, earnings per share, operating income, operating margins, comparable store sales, net new stores, capital expenditures, interest expense, G&A expenses, tax rates, fiscal 2020 guidance and long-term G&A expense guidance. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies; our ability to preserve, grow and leverage our brands; the ability of our business partners and third-party providers to fulfill their responsibilities and commitments; potential negative effects of incidents involving food or beverage-borne illnesses, tampering, adulteration, contamination or mislabeling; potential negative effects of material breaches of our information technology systems to the extent we experience a material breach; material failures of our information technology systems; costs associated with, and the successful execution of, the company’s initiatives and plans, including the integration of the East China business and the successful expansion of our Global Coffee Alliance with Nestlé; our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; the acceptance of the company’s products by our customers and evolving consumer preferences and tastes; changes in the availability and cost of labor; the impact of competition; inherent risks of operating a global business; the prices and availability of coffee, dairy and other raw materials; the effect of legal proceedings; the disruption to our business related to the coronavirus; the effects of changes in tax laws and related guidance and regulations that may be implemented and other risks detailed in the company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2019. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain non-GAAP measures included in our press release were not reconciled to the comparable GAAP financial measures because the GAAP measures are not accessible on a forward-looking basis. The company is unable to reconcile these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts because the company is currently unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty the type and extent of certain items that would be expected to impact GAAP measures for these periods but would not impact the non-GAAP measures. Such items may include acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and other items. The unavailable information could have a significant impact on the company’s GAAP financial results.

STARBUCKS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(unaudited, in millions, except per share data)

 

Quarter Ended

 

Quarter Ended

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

%
Change

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a % of total net revenues

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company-operated stores

$

5,780.7

 

 

$

5,370.3

 

 

7.6

%

 

81.5

%

 

81.0

%

Licensed stores

792.0

 

 

737.1

 

 

7.4

 

 

11.2

 

 

11.1

 

Other

524.4

 

 

525.3

 

 

(0.2)

 

 

7.4

 

 

7.9

 

Total net revenues

7,097.1

 

 

6,632.7

 

 

7.0

 

 

100.0

 

 

100.0

 

Cost of sales

2,236.4

 

 

2,175.8

 

 

2.8

 

 

31.5

 

 

32.8

 

Store operating expenses

2,821.5

 

 

2,586.8

 

 

9.1

 

 

39.8

 

 

39.0

 

Other operating expenses

101.8

 

 

97.6

 

 

4.3

 

 

1.4

 

 

1.5

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses

351.0

 

 

333.4

 

 

5.3

 

 

4.9

 

 

5.0

 

General and administrative expenses

434.2

 

 

448.0

 

 

(3.1)

 

 

6.1

 

 

6.8

 

Restructuring and impairments

6.3

 

 

43.2

 

 

(85.4)

 

 

0.1

 

 

0.7

 

Total operating expenses

5,951.2

 

 

5,684.8

 

 

4.7

 

 

83.9

 

 

85.7

 

Income from equity investees

73.9

 

 

67.8

 

 

9.0

 

 

1.0

 

 

1.0

 

Operating income

1,219.8

 

 

1,015.7

 

 

20.1

 

 

17.2

 

 

15.3

 

Interest income and other, net

15.9

 

 

24.8

 

 

(35.9)

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.4

 

Interest expense

(91.9)

 

 

(75.0)

 

 

22.5

 

 

(1.3)

 

 

(1.1)

 

Earnings before income taxes

1,143.8

 

 

965.5

 

 

18.5

 

 

16.1

 

 

14.6

 

Income tax expense

258.5

 

 

205.1

 

 

26.0

 

 

3.6

 

 

3.1

 

Net earnings including noncontrolling interests

885.3

 

 

760.4

 

 

16.4

 

 

12.5

 

 

11.5

 

Net earnings/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(0.4)

 

 

(0.2)

 

 

nm

 

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Starbucks

$

885.7

 

 

$

760.6

 

 

16.4

 

 

12.5

%

 

11.5

%

Net earnings per common share - diluted

$

0.74

 

 

$

0.61

 

 

21.3

%

 

 

 

 

Weighted avg. shares outstanding - diluted

1,191.0

 

 

1,253.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Ratios:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store operating expenses as a % of company-operated store revenues

 

 

 

48.8

%

 

48.2

%

Effective tax rate including noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

22.6

%

 

21.2

%

Segment Results (in millions)

Americas

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

%
Change

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a % of Americas

total net revenues

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company-operated stores

$

4,471.0

 

 

$

4,092.2

 

 

9.3

%

 

89.2

%

 

88.7

%

Licensed stores

537.3

 

 

514.6

 

 

4.4

 

 

10.7

 

 

11.2

 

Other

2.6

 

 

5.7

 

 

(54.4)

 

 

0.1

 

 

0.1

 

Total net revenues

5,010.9

 

 

4,612.5

 

 

8.6

 

 

100.0

 

 

100.0

 

Cost of sales

1,388.4

 

 

1,351.3

 

 

2.7

 

 

27.7

 

 

29.3

 

Store operating expenses

2,214.4

 

 

1,983.1

 

 

11.7

 

 

44.2

 

 

43.0

 

Other operating expenses

42.5

 

 

44.5

 

 

(4.5)

 

 

0.8

 

 

1.0

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses

189.2

 

 

166.9

 

 

13.4

 

 

3.8

 

 

3.6

 

General and administrative expenses

72.4

 

 

75.1

 

 

(3.6)

 

 

1.4

 

 

1.6

 

Restructuring and impairments

5.2

 

 

22.9

 

 

(77.3)

 

 

0.1

 

 

0.5

 

Total operating expenses

3,912.1

 

 

3,643.8

 

 

7.4

 

 

78.1

 

 

79.0

 

Operating income

$

1,098.8

 

 

$

968.7

 

 

13.4

%

 

21.9

%

 

21.0

%

Supplemental Ratio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store operating expenses as a % of company-operated store revenues

 

 

 

49.5

%

 

48.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

%

Change

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a % of International

total net revenues

Net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company-operated stores

$

1,309.7

 

 

$

1,278.1

 

 

2.5

%

 

83.4

%

 

85.0

%

Licensed stores

254.7

 

 

222.5

 

 

14.5

 

 

16.2

 

 

14.8

 

Other

6.7

 

 

3.4

 

 

97.1

 

 

0.4

 

 

0.2

 

Total net revenues

1,571.1

 

 

1,504.0

 

 

4.5

 

 

100.0

 

 

100.0

 

Cost of sales

488.5

 

 

462.7

 

 

5.6

 

 

31.1

 

 

30.8

 

Store operating expenses

607.1

 

 

603.7

 

 

0.6

 

 

38.6

 

 

40.1

 

Other operating expenses

35.9

 

 

31.3

 

 

14.7

 

 

2.3

 

 

2.1

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses

126.6

 

 

127.0

 

 

(0.3)

 

 

8.1

 

 

8.4

 

General and administrative expenses

67.2

 

 

69.3

 

 

(3.0)

 

 

4.3

 

 

4.6

 

Restructuring and impairments

0.8

 

 

6.4

 

 

(87.5)

 

 

0.1

 

 

0.4

 

Total operating expenses

1,326.1

 

 

1,300.4

 

 

2.0

 

 

84.4

 

 

86.5

 

Income from equity investees

30.9

 

 

26.4

 

 

17.0

 

 

2.0

 

 

1.8

 

Operating income

$

275.9

 

 

$

230.0

 

 

20.0

%

 

17.6

%

 

15.3

%

Supplemental Ratio:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store operating expenses as a % of company-operated store revenues

 

 

 

46.4

%

 

47.2

%

Channel Development

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

%
Change

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a % of
Channel Development
net revenues

Net revenues

$

494.6

 

 

$

504.6

 

 

(2.0)

%

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

338.8

 

 

348.4

 

 

(2.8)

 

 

68.5

%

 

69.0

%

Other operating expenses

20.6

 

 

18.6

 

 

10.8

 

 

4.2

 

 

3.7

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses

0.3

 

 

 

 

nm

 

0.1

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

2.4

 

 

3.2

 

 

(25.0)

 

 

0.5

 

 

0.6

 

Total operating expenses

362.1

 

 

370.2

 

 

(2.2)

 

 

73.2

 

 

73.4

 

Income from equity investees

43.0

 

 

41.4

 

 

3.9

 

 

8.7

 

 

8.2

 

Operating income

$

175.5

 

 

$

175.8

 

 

(0.2)

%

 

35.5

%

 

34.8

%

...

Corporate and Other

 

Dec 29,
2019

 

Dec 30,
2018

 

%
Change

Quarter Ended

 

 

Net revenues

$

20.5

 

 

$