After a year of declining sales, Starbucks Corp on Tuesday is expected to report record second-quarter revenue of over USD 6.8 billion, as speedy vaccinations in the United States and China make customers more comfortable with returning to their morning coffee runs.
The world’s largest coffee chain was plagued in 2020 by falling store traffic, as rising infections and the closure of most offices prompted many to start making coffee at home.
”Not everyone’s gone back to work, but a lot of people have. So in the mornings you go by the Starbucks and you’re back to seeing drive-thrus having long lines,” Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough said on the company’s US business.
The bulk of the benefit of the US economy reopening will be seen in the coming quarters and investors will be paying especially close attention to Starbucks’ forecast, he added.
For an interactive graphic on Starbucks’ Q2 sales performance in the last decade.
Twelve months ago, Starbucks was reeling from the fallout of the early stages of the pandemic, with its stores around the globe either closed or operating under heavily limited capacity.
Fast forward a year, and analysts say the framework the company has built with its online ordering service, loyalty program and drive-thru lanes place it in a strong position to take advantage of a recovering economy.
”They’re doing a lot of right things. The digital mix is now over half the business, mobile pay is a quarter of transactions and the newer menu items have seen a lot of traction,” Wedbush Securities analyst Nick Setyan said.
”So they have a lot of visibility into customer habits, more so than any other name in the industry.”
Revenue from the company’s smaller international segment is expected to rise about 58 percent, largely on the near-full recovery of business in China and a slowdown in the expansion of accounting scandal-ridden rival Luckin Coffee.
* Starbucks is expected to report second-quarter net revenue of $6.82 billion, a 13.7 percent increase from a year ago and an 8.1 percent rise from 2019, according to analysts’ mean estimate, based on Refinitiv data.
* Americas revenue expected to rise 7.1 percent from last year to USD 4.64 billion
* Earnings per share expected at 53 cents, up from 32 cents.
WALL STREET SENTIMENT
* Starbucks has an average ”buy” rating on Wall Street and a median price target of USD 119, according to Refinitiv data.
* The company’s shares last traded at USD 115.71, having gained over 53 percent in the last year.
QUARTER ENDING EPS ESTIMATE EPS ACTUAL RESULT
Dec. 31 2020 0.55 0.61 Beat
Sep. 30 2020 0.31 0.51 Beat
June 30 2020 -0.59 -0.46 Beat
March 31 2020 0.34 0.32 Missed