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Starbucks announces financial results

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Starbucks Corporation reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ended 27th December, 2020. GAAP results in fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 include items that are excluded from non-GAAP results.

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“I am very pleased with our start to fiscal 2021, with meaningful, sequential improvements in quarterly financial results despite ongoing business disruption from the pandemic. Investments in our partners, beverage innovation and digital customer relationships continued to fuel our recovery and position Starbucks for long-term, sustainable growth,” said Kevin Johnson, President and CEO.

“Our results demonstrate the continued strength and relevance of our brand, the effectiveness of the actions we have taken to adapt to changes in consumer behavior and the steadfast commitment of our green apron partners to serve our customers and communities. We remain optimistic about our robust operating outlook for fiscal 2021 as well as our ability to unlock the full potential of Starbucks to create value for our stakeholders,” concluded Johnson.

Global comparable store sales declined 5%, driven by a 19% decrease in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 17% increase in average ticket.

Americas comparable store sales declined 6%, driven by a 21% decrease in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 20% increase in average ticket; U.S. comparable store sales declined 5%, driven by a 21% decrease in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 19% increase in average ticket.

International comparable store sales were down 3%, driven by a 10% decline in comparable transactions, partially offset by an 8% increase in average ticket; China comparable store sales were up 5%, driven by a 9% increase in average ticket, partially offset by a 3% decline in transactions; International and China comparable store sales are inclusive of a benefit from value-added tax exemptions of approximately 3% and 5%, respectively

The company opened 278 net new stores in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, yielding 4% year-over-year unit growth, ending the period with 32,938 stores globally, of which 51% and 49% were company-operated and licensed, respectively. Stores in the U.S. and China comprised 61% of the company’s global portfolio at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2021, with 15,340 and 4,863 stores, respectively.

Consolidated net revenues of $6.7 billion declined 5% from the prior year primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact included the effects of reduced customer traffic, modified operations, reduced store operating hours and temporary store closures.

GAAP operating margin of 13.5%, down from 17.2% in the prior year primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly sales deleverage, as well as growth in wages and benefits and Americas store portfolio optimization expenses, partially offset by labor efficiency and the impact of pricing in the Americas.

Non-GAAP operating margin of 15.5%, down from 18.2% in the prior year. GAAP earnings per share of $0.53, down from $0.74 in the prior year primarily due to unfavorable impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.61, down from $0.79 in the prior year.

Starbucks® Rewards loyalty program 90-day active members in the U.S. increased to 21.8 million, up 15% year-over-year.

Net revenues for the Americas segment of $4.7 billion in Q1 FY21 were 6% lower relative to Q1 FY20, primarily due to a 6% decline in comparable store sales as well as lower product sales to and royalty revenues from our licensees primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These declines were slightly offset by 105 net new store openings, or 1% store growth, over the past 12 months.

The Americas segment reported operating income of $813.5 million in Q1 FY21, compared to $1.1 billion in Q1 FY20. Operating margin of 17.3% contracted 460 basis points, primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including sales deleverage and additional costs incurred, growth in retail partner wages and benefits as well as expenses relating to the Americas store portfolio optimization, partially offset by labor efficiency and pricing.

Net revenues for the International segment grew 5% over Q1 FY20 to $1.7 billion in Q1 FY21, primarily driven by 1,038 net new store openings, or 8% store growth, over the past 12 months as well as favorable foreign currency translation, partially offset by lower product sales to and royalty revenues from our international licensees and a 3% decline in comparable store sales primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International segment reported operating income of $274.8 million in Q1 FY21 compared to $275.9 million in Q1 FY20. Operating margin contracted 100 basis points to 16.6%, primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly sales deleverage, partially offset by improved labor efficiency.

Net revenues for the Channel Development segment of $371.4 million in Q1 FY21 were 25% lower relative to Q1 FY20. The decline was primarily driven by a 22% unfavorable impact of Global Coffee Alliance transition-related activities, including a structural change in our single-serve business as well as an adverse impact of COVID-19 on the Foodservice business, partially offset by growth in at-home coffee and our ready-to-drink business.

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Operating income increased 3% to $180.8 million in Q1 FY21, up from $175.5 million in Q1 FY20. Operating margin expanded 1,320 basis points to 48.7%, primarily due to the structural change in single-serve business and strength in ready-to-drink business.

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