SBUX Lowering Estimates as China SameStore Sales Down by -78% in February

By Mark Kalinowski Published on March 5, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, Starbucks (SBUX; Buy, $76.19) filed an 8-K which quantified some of the potential impacts on its business from coronavirus in China (a company-owned market for Starbucks). As a result, we lower our full-fiscal 2020E EPS estimate by -23 cents, to $2.80. And, given this lower base of anticipated earnings coming off of 2020, partially offset by 2021 potentially lapping some easy comparisons, we take down our full fiscal 2021E EPS forecast by -17 cents, to $3.25. We note the following:

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SBUX Lowering Estimates as Starbucks Talks Tax Rate Share Repurchases China

By Mark Kalinowski Published on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today at a competitor conference, Starbucks (SBUX; Buy) made comments regarding the outlook for its tax rate, share-repurchase activity, and its China-related growth that cause us to update our model.

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SBUX Updating Our Rating on Starbucks Ahead of 7.25 Earnings Release

By Mark Kalinowski Published on July 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Ahead of Starbucks’ (SBUX) fiscal Q3 earnings release scheduled for after the market close on Thursday, July 25th, we upgrade SBUX to Buy (from Neutral). Some of the concerns we had 3-6 months ago have been alleviated to a meaningful degree, including (1) the possibility that a serious run for office by former CEO Howard Schultz could have an adverse effect on the business; Mr. Schultz has put his campaign on hold which significantly alleviates this risk, and (2) concerns about competition in China — public filings by Luckin Coffee (LK; Not Rated) — which had its IPO this past May — give us a greater comfort level that near-term competitive threats in this key growth market can be fought off.

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