Starbucks reports Q1 fiscal 2023 results

Feb. 10, 2023
Q1 consolidated net revenues up 8% to a record $8.7 billion.

Starbucks Corporation reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ending January 1, 2023. 

Highlights include:

Q1 consolidated net revenues up 8% to a record $8.7 billion.

Q1 comparable store sales up 5% globally; up 10% in the U.S; up double digits internationally, excluding China.

Q1 GAAP EPS $0.74; non-GAAP EPS $0.75; performance materially impacted by headwinds in China.

Q1 active U.S. Starbucks rewards membership reaches 30.4 million, up 15% over prior year, up 6% sequentially.

Q1 Card loads reaches a record $3.3 billion; ranking as #2 U.S. brand in holiday gift card activations.

The company reaffirms 2023 full year guidance.

Q1 fiscal 2023 highlights

  • Global comparable store sales increased 5%, primarily driven by a 7% increase in average ticket, partially offset by a 2% decline in comparable transactions.
  • North America and U.S. comparable store sales increased 10%, driven by a 9% increase in average ticket and a 1% increase in comparable transactions.
  • International comparable store sales decreased 13%, driven by a 12% decline in comparable transactions and a 1% decline in average ticket; China comparable store sales decreased 29%, driven by a 28% decline in comparable transactions and a 1% decline in average ticket.
  • The company opened 459 net new stores in Q1, ending the period with 36,170 stores globally: 51% company-operated and 49% licensed.
  • At the end of Q1, stores in the U.S. and China comprised 61% of the company’s global portfolio, with 15,952 stores in the U.S. and 6,090 stores in China.
  • Consolidated net revenues up 8%, to a record $8.7 billion, inclusive of approximately 3% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.
  • GAAP operating margin of 14.4% decreased from 14.6% in the prior year, primarily driven by previously committed investments in labor including enhanced store partner wages and benefits, inflationary pressures and sales deleverage in China, partially offset by strategic pricing in North America and sales leverage across markets outside of China.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 14.5% decreased from 15.1% in the prior year.
  • GAAP earnings per share of $0.74 grew 7% over prior year, including an estimated $0.06 of dilutive impact from China.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.75 grew 4% over the prior year, including an estimated $0.06 of dilutive impact from China.
  • Starbucks Rewards loyalty program 90-day active members in the U.S. increased to 30.4 million, up 15% year-over-year. 

“Starbucks performance in Q1 demonstrates the strength and resilience of our business and accelerating demand for Starbucks Coffee all around the world," Howard Schultz, interim CEO, said in the announcement. “We posted today's strong results despite challenging global consumer and inflationary environments, a soft quarter for retail overall and the unprecedented, COVID-related headwinds that unfolded in China in Q1.”

Rachel Ruggeri, chief financial officer, added: “I am very proud of what we achieved in Q1, with nearly every business segment contributing to our strong performance. And I’m pleased to share that our fiscal 2023 guidance remains unchanged, despite the headwinds from China.”

Q1 North America segment results

Net revenues for the North America segment grew 14% over Q1 FY22 to $6.6 billion in Q1 FY23, primarily driven by a 10% increase in company-operated comparable store sales, driven by a 9% increase in average ticket and a 1% increase in transactions, net new store growth of 3% over the past 12 months and strength in our licensed store sales.

Operating income increased to $1.2 billion in Q1 FY23 compared to $1.1 billion in Q1 FY22. Operating margin of 18.5% contracted from 18.9% in the prior year, primarily driven by previously committed investments in labor including enhanced store partner wages and benefits, as well as higher commodity and supply chain costs due to inflationary pressures. This contraction was partially offset by strategic pricing and sales leverage.

Q1 international segment results

Net revenues for the international segment declined 10% over Q1 FY22 to $1.7 billion in Q1 FY23, primarily driven by approximately 13% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation, as well as a 13% decline in comparable store sales, primarily attributable to suppressed mobility in China. These decreases were partially offset by growth in our licensed store revenue including higher product sales and royalty revenues, as well as net new store growth of 8% over the past 12 months.

Operating income decreased to $240.4 million in Q1 FY23 compared to $299.6 million in Q1 FY22. Operating margin of 14.3% contracted from 16.0% in the prior year, primarily driven by sales deleverage in China. This contraction was partially offset by sales leverage across markets outside of China, lapping amortization expenses and business mix.

Q1 channel development segment results

Net revenues for the channel development segment grew 15% over Q1 FY22 to $478.2 million in Q1 FY23, driven by growth in the Global Coffee Alliance and global ready-to-drink business.

Operating income increased to $226.3 million in Q1 FY23 compared to $183.2 million in Q1 FY22. Operating margin of 47.3% expanded from 43.9% in the prior year, primarily due to strength in its North American Coffee Partnership joint venture income.

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