Starbucks (SBUX) earnings for the fourth quarter of 2022 beat estimates

The ornate decor of Starbucks coffee chain in Xujiahui district attracts customers’ attention in Shanghai, China, 12 May 2021.

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Starbucks on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ estimates, fueled by US customers spending more on their orders.

Shares rose 2.3% in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

Here’s what the company reported for the quarter ended Oct. 2, compared to Wall Street expectations based on a poll of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 81 cents adjusted vs. 72 cents expected
  • Revenue: $8.41 billion versus $8.31 billion expected

net sales rose 3.3% to $8.41 billion. Global same-store sales increased 7%, driven by higher spending in the home market.

In the United States, Starbucks reported same-store sales growth of 11% due to people spending more on average and traffic picking up slightly. Its loyalty program saw a 16% increase in active membership to 28.7 million people during the quarter.

Outside the US, the Covid-19 restrictions in China continued to weigh on Starbucks’ international performance. According to StreetAccount, the company’s international same-store sales fell 5%, which wasn’t as sharp as the expected 7.1% drop. Same-store sales in China, Starbucks’ second-largest market, fell 16% in the quarter.

In September, Starbucks updated its long-term guidance at its investor day, where it also unveiled a comprehensive strategy for reinventing the business. The company now expects earnings per share to grow 15% to 20% annually over the next three years. Additionally, global and US same-store sales are forecast to grow 7% to 9% annually.

Starbucks said in Thursday’s press release that executives will provide more details on its fiscal 2023 guidance on its quarterly conference call.

The coffee giant reported fourth-quarter net income attributable to Starbucks of $878.3 million, or 76 cents a share, compared to $1.76 billion, or $1.49 a share, a year ago.

Excluding restructuring and impairment charges, the sale of its Russian joint venture and other items, Starbucks earned 81 cents a share.

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