Starbucks Reports Q4 and Full Year Fiscal 2021 Results


Q4 Consolidated Net Revenues Up 31% to a Record $8.1 Billion
Q4 Comparable Store Sales Up 17% Globally; U.S. Up 22% with 11% Two-Year Growth
Q4 GAAP EPS $1.49; Non-GAAP EPS of $1.00 Driven by Strong U.S. Performance
Active Starbucks® Rewards Membership in the U.S. Approaches 25 million, Up 28% Year-Over-Year
Company Commits to $20 Billion of Share Repurchases and Dividends Over Next Three Years
Company Announces Historic Investments in its Partners (Employees), Bringing Average U.S. Retail Hourly Wage to Nearly $17/hr. by Summer 2022

SEATTLE – Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today reported financial results for its 14-week fiscal fourth quarter ended October 3, 2021.  GAAP results in fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020 include items that are excluded from non-GAAP results.  Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release for more information.

“Our strong finish to fiscal 2021, including record performance in the fourth quarter, demonstrates the resilience of Starbucks and reinforces the value of the bold strategic moves we have taken over the past two years. Through it all, we have thoughtfully navigated a strong recovery with an eye towards our future, all guided by our Mission and Values,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo. 

“Today we announce we will be doubling-down on our investments in our partners, the heartbeat of our company. We know that when we exceed the expectations of our people, they in turn exceed the expectations of our customers – which creates value for all of our stakeholders – our partners, our customers, our communities and our shareholders. We anticipate that our strong business momentum, increased operating efficiency and continued global store expansion will fund these unprecedented investments while delivering yet another year of significant growth,” concluded Johnson.

Fiscal 2021 Re-segmentation

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, certain changes were made to the company’s management team, and the operating segment reporting structure was realigned as a result. The company realigned the fully licensed Latin America and Caribbean markets from the Americas operating segment to the International operating segment. The Americas operating segment has been renamed the North America operating segment, comprised of company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and Canada. Fiscal 2020 segment information has been restated to conform with current period presentation.

There was no impact to consolidated net revenues, consolidated operating income or net earnings per share as a result of these changes.

PDF: Detailed financial data

Q4 Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Global comparable store sales increased 17%, driven by a 15% increase in comparable transactions and a 2% increase in average ticket
  • North America comparable store sales increased 22%, primarily driven by an 18% increase in comparable transactions and a 3% increase in average ticket; U.S. comparable store sales increased 22%, driven by a 19% increase in comparable transactions and a 3% increase in average ticket
  • International comparable store sales increased 3%, driven by a 6% increase in comparable transactions, partially offset by a 2% decline in average ticket; China comparable store sales decreased 7%, driven by a 5% decline in average ticket and a 2% decline in transactions; International and China comparable store sales include adverse impacts of approximately 3% and 4%, respectively, from lapping prior-year value-added tax exemptions in China
  • The company opened 538 net new stores in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, yielding 4% year-over-year unit growth, ending the period with a record 33,833 stores globally, of which 51% and 49% were company-operated and licensed, respectively
    • Stores in the U.S. and China comprised 62% of the company’s global portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, with 15,450 and 5,360 stores, respectively
  • Consolidated net revenues of $8.1 billion grew 31% (22% on a 13-week basis(1)) compared to the prior year, mainly driven by a 17% increase in comparable store sales primarily from lapping the unfavorable impact of business disruption in the prior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strength in U.S. company-operated store sales in the current year in addition to the impact of the extra week in Q4 fiscal 2021
  • GAAP operating margin of 18.2% increased from 9.0% in the prior year primarily driven by sales leverage from business recovery and the lapping of COVID-19 related costs in the prior year as well as pricing in North America, partially offset by increased supply chain costs due to inflationary pressures; GAAP operating margin also benefited from lapping the higher restructuring activities in the prior year primarily associated with the North America Trade Area Transformation
    • Non-GAAP operating margin of 19.6% increased from 13.2% in the prior year
  • GAAP earnings per share of $1.49 grew from $0.33 in the prior year including a $0.56 gain on the divestiture of our South Korea joint venture and $0.10 related to the extra week in Q4 fiscal 2021
    • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.00 grew from $0.51 in the prior year including $0.10 related to the extra week in Q4 fiscal 2021
  • Starbucks® Rewards loyalty program 90-day active members in the U.S. increased to 24.8 million, up 28% year-over-year

Full Year Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Global comparable store sales increased 20%, primarily driven by a 10% increase in average ticket and a 9% increase in comparable transactions
    • North America comparable store sales increased 22%, primarily driven by a 13% increase in average ticket and a 7% increase in comparable transactions; U.S. comparable store sales increased 21%, driven by a 13% increase in average ticket and an 8% increase in comparable transactions
    • International comparable store sales were up 16%, driven by a 14% increase in comparable transactions and a 1% increase in average ticket; China comparable store sales increased 17%, driven by a 19% increase in comparable transactions and a 2% decrease in average ticket
  • Consolidated net revenues of $29.1 billion increased 24% (21% on a 52-week basis) from the prior year mainly driven by a 20% increase in comparable store sales primarily from lapping the unfavorable impact of business disruption in the prior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • GAAP operating margin of 16.8%, up from 6.6% in the prior year primarily driven by sales leverage from business recovery and the lapping of COVID-19 related costs in the prior year as well as pricing in North America, partially offset by additional investments and growth in wages and benefits for store partners
    • Non-GAAP operating margin of 18.1%, up from 9.1% in the prior year
  • GAAP earnings per share of $3.54 grew from $0.79 in the prior year including a $0.56 gain on the divestiture of our South Korea joint venture and $0.10 related to the 53rd week in fiscal 2021
    • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.24 grew from $1.17 in the prior year including $0.10 related to the 53rd week in fiscal 2021

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(1)      For additional reconciliations of the extra week in fiscal 2021, please see the Supplemental Financial Data section of our Investor Relations website at http://investor.starbucks.com.