The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q4), Starbucks met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share dropped.
Gross margins grew, operating margins grew, net margins shrank.
Starbucks reported revenue of $3.36 billion. The 27 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $3.40 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.03 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.46. The 29 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.45 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.46 for Q4 were 2.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.47 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 56.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.6%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.7%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.83 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.56.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $14.89 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.13.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,426 members out of 8,064 rating the stock outperform, and 1,638 members rating it underperform. Among 2,149 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,939 give Starbucks a green thumbs-up, and 210 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Starbucks is outperform, with an average price target of $58.56.
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