Tue, Aug. 25, 11:29 AM
- South Korean firm E-Land plans to open more than 700 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores in China, according to Nation's Restaurant News.
- The expansion will place it in closer competition with Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) in the region. Earlier this year, Starbucks said it planned to have 3.4K stores open in China within five years.
- The first Coffee & Bean outlet in China is scheduled to open in Q4.
Mon, Aug. 24, 3:45 PM
- Starbucks (SBUX -5.0%) trades lower on a huge volume day as the impact of slower growth expectations in China is digested by investors.
- The coffee chain juggernaut is now over 15% lower than its 52-week high and fell further on the day than both Yum Brands and McDonald's which also have exposure in China.
- In an e-mail leaked to Forbes, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is revealed to have told employees to be extra sensitive to customers due to the financial markets and political instability.
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Mon, Aug. 17, 10:46 AM
- Starbucks (SBUX +0.4%) will begin selling beer and wine at over 24 new stores in the U.S. this week as it accelerates its push into alcohol.
- The company also has liquor licenses pending in hundreds of other locations.
- The confidence from the Seattle HQ over the beer and wine initiative is based off of positive consumer response at pilot stores.
- The roll-out of alcohol at more Starbucks stores is no help to big brewers such as Anheuser-Busch InBev because the wine and beer selections will be of the local and craft varieties.
- Starbucks Evenings store and menu information
Wed, Aug. 12, 10:01 AM
- Yum Brands (YUM -4.3%) slides to a 4-month low as concerns over sales in China mount amid a weaker local currency and broader macroeconomic question marks.
- Shares of the restaurant company are down almost 9% from last week's high.
- Starbucks (SBUX -1.6%) and McDonald's (MCD -0.9%) face the same foreign currency translation issue as Yum, but not nearly at the same scale.
Thu, Aug. 6, 3:37 PM
Thu, Aug. 6, 2:27 PM
- Starbucks (SBUX -2.7%) CEO Howard Schulz put to rest speculation he might consider launching a bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination in a New York Times Op-Ed piece.
- "I'm not done serving at Starbucks," wrote the coffee exec.
- Schultz has been running Starbucks since 1987.
- A run for the Oval Office by Schultz has been suggested in various circles over the last week with front runner Hillary Clinton's favorable ratings stumbling.
Fri, Jul. 31, 10:07 AM
- Starbucks (SBUX -0.2%) and Danone (OTCQX:DANOY) have strengthened their partnership through a new premium grocery yogurt product.
- Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt launched in U.S. stores this month.
- The product comes in a single-serve 5.3 ounce cup with 11 grams of protein and 120 calories.
- The suggested retail pricing for Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt is on the higher end at $1.69 per cup.
- Starbucks bought Evolution Fresh for $30M in 2011.
Fri, Jul. 24, 6:23 PM
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) jumped to a 52-week high before settling for a 1.3% gain today after the company reported stronger than expected FQ3 results and several analysts reacted by raising their price targets on the stock.
- BofA Merrill's Joseph Buckley reiterated his Buy rating and upped his price target to $68 from $58, saying SBUX's 4% U.S. traffic increase exceeded his estimate of 1%-2% and reassured investors who had been worried about the U.S. transaction count and store cannibalization.
- Jefferies analyst Andy Barish hiked his price target to $65 from $57, noting that all segments generated same-store sales, revenue and margin increases; he thinks new strategic partnerships should enable SBUX to report solid same-store sales and growth going forward.
- BMO's Andrew Strelzik raised his price target to $62 from $56, noting that several SBUX initiatives, including its enhanced food offerings and its mobile order and pay projects, are beginning to bear fruit.
Fri, Jul. 24, 8:22 AM
- Execs with Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) highlighted the strong early returns for the company's Mobile Order & Pay program during yesterday's earnings call.
- CEO Howard Schultz said faster lines are leading to an increase in traffic and throughout (efficiency) at test stores.
- Mobile Order & Pay is being rolled out more broadly and in international markets in the coming months.
- Schultz also said Starbucks is convinced there is "huge" demand for home and office delivery service. Tests in Seattle and NYC begin later this year.
- Schultz strayed a little bit to talk about one of his favorite topics - the slow demise of brick and mortar retail. In referring to the transition of Starbucks into mobile commerce he said, "we've identified a number of companies in unique verticals that we think sequentially can be part of this external ecosystem." He noted regional and national retailers have called to inquire about the Starbucks mobile ecosystem and currency (rewards). Those potential partnerships could rock retail.
- Also of note, Starbucks disclosed 11% comp growth in China consisting of a 10% jump in transactions.
- Investment firm updates: Wedbush PT to $70, BAML PT to $68, RBC Capital PT to $64.
- SBUX +4.31% premarket to $59.00.
- Starbucks earnings call
- Previously: Starbucks powered by strong traffic; new buyback, and PepsiCo deal on tap (Jul. 23 2015)
Thu, Jul. 23, 4:25 PM
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) reports global comparable store sales increased 7% in FQ3vs. 6.2% expected and 7% last quarter.
- Transactions were up 4% and the average price paid per order was 3% higher.
- Comp growth by region: Americas and U.S. +8%; EMEA +3%; China/Asia Pacific +11%. All three regions showed positive traffic.
- Cost of sales +14.2% to $1.9359B as lower coffee costs helped.
- CPG/foodservice revenue +7.9% to $491M.
- The company's operating margin improved 70 bps Y/Y to 19.2%. Non-GAAP operating margin +100 bps to 19.5%.
- The company added 413 net new stores during the quarter to reach 22,519 global stores.
- FY15 guidance is reaffirmed at revenue growth of 16%-18%.
- FY15 EPS of $1.57-$1.58 expected vs. $1.57 consensus (split-adjusted).
- Starbucks announces a share repurchase authorization for an additional 50M shares. The company still has an allowance of 11M shares on an old buyback plan.
- Previously: Starbucks and PepsiCo to partner in Latin America (Jul. 23 2015)
- Previously: Starbucks beats by $0.01, beats on revenue (Jul. 23 2015)
- SBUX +2.44% AH to $57.96.
Thu, Jul. 23, 4:15 PM
Thu, Jul. 23, 4:08 PM
Thu, Jul. 23, 4:36 AM
- The New York Wage Board moved on Wednesday to raise minimum pay for fast-food workers from $8.75/hour to $15/hour - in NYC by the end of 2018 and by mid-2021 for the rest of the state.
- The decision does not need legislative approval, but requires the support of the state labor commissioner, which is expected.
- Similar wage hikes to $15/hour have been set in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle over the past year.
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Wed, Jul. 22, 10:31 AM
- Starbucks (SBUX +0.7%) and New York Times (NYT +0.6%) have struck a strategic partnership which has caught the eye of retail analysts.
- Starbucks reward members (+10M) will have access to select NYT content through the company's mobile app and earn points if they purchase a digital or print subscription.
- The program is expected to launch in the first half of 2016.
- Starbucks plans to bring in other media providers to its app over time.
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Starbucks Corp is the roaster, marketer & retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 65 countries. It sells a variety of coffee & tea products. It sells goods and services under brands under Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, etc.
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