Editor's note: an earlier version of this article had an incorrect value for Starbucks' return since going public in 1992. The calculation did not account for the multiple splits Starbucks stock has undergone.  

Sometimes understanding the fundamentals of a business and its leadership team can be just as important as being well-versed on its balance sheet. Shares of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), for example, are currently trading near the stock's 52-week high, leaving many investors with the impression that the stock is overpriced. However, a deeper look at the coffee retailer's underlying fundamentals reveals a long-term growth story that still holds plenty of potential for patient investors.

Click through the presentation below to learn 15 interesting Starbucks facts that help explain how the company transformed from a little-known Seattle coffee roaster into the global powerhouse it is today.

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