Starbucks beats earnings estimates

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

15:24, 27 January 2021

The largest coffeehouse chain in the world reported mixed fiscal first-quarter 2021 figures

Starbucks topped the 55 cents earnings per share expected in the past quarter, the figures coming in at 61 cents per share. On the other hand, its revenue fell short of the $6.93 billion mark forecasted as they came in at $6.75 billion.

At a global level, the company’s same-store sales fell 5%. The same applies to the US, as the recovery was hampered by the resurgence in COVID-19 case. In December alone, the same-stores sales fell 8%. But in China, the same-store sales were positive for the first time since the pandemic started, reporting a 5% increase.

However, the number of Starbucks Rewards members who made purchases in the last 90 days went up 15%, reaching 21.8 million. At the same time, the number of mobile orders was up 17% compared to the pre-pandemic figures.

For the next quarter, Starbucks expects its US sales to grow as much as 10%, and in China to double. The EPS is seen at a high of 41 cents. For the whole fiscal 2021, the EPS ranges between $2.42 and $2.62.

Following the news, Starbucks stock price closed 1.20% higher.


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