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How to buy Starbucks (SBUX) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Starbucks shares.

Starbucks Corporation is a restaurants business based in the US. Starbucks shares (SBUX) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Starbucks employs 349,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$27.1 billion.

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How has Coronavirus impacted Starbucks's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Starbucks's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $111.45, which is 21.62% up on its pre-crash value of $87.36 and 122.81% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $50.02.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Starbucks stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $657.68 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,296.16.

Is it a good time to buy Starbucks stock?

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Starbucks shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-15.
Latest market close$111.45
52-week range$84.03 - $125.83
50-day moving average $114.15
200-day moving average $114.75
Wall St. target price$130.19
PE ratio 46.3988
Dividend yield $1.8 (1.61%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.40

Starbucks stock price (NASDAQ: SBUX)

Use our graph to track the performance of SBUX stocks over time.

Starbucks price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $111.45 from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-11) 0.46%
1 month (2021-09-17) -1.73%
3 months (2021-07-17) -5.92%
6 months (2021-04-16) -5.82%
1 year (2020-10-16) 25.90%
2 years (2019-10-18) 29.55%
3 years (2018-10-18) 90.06%
5 years (2016-10-18) 111.84%

Is Starbucks under- or over-valued?

Valuing Starbucks stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Starbucks's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Starbucks's P/E ratio

Starbucks's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 46x. In other words, Starbucks shares trade at around 46x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Starbucks's PEG ratio

Starbucks's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1774. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Starbucks's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Starbucks's EBITDA

Starbucks's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $5.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Starbucks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Starbucks financials

Revenue TTM $27.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 14.61%
Gross profit TTM $5.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.45%
Return on equity TTM 0%
Profit margin 10.43%
Book value $-3.58
Market capitalisation $131.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Starbucks shares

There are currently 11.3 million Starbucks shares held short by investors – that's known as Starbucks's "short interest". This figure is 3.2% up from 10.9 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Starbucks shares can be evaluated.

Starbucks's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Starbucks's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Starbucks shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Starbucks shares traded daily (recently around 5.5 million). Starbucks's SIR currently stands at 2.06. In other words for every 100,000 Starbucks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2060 shares are currently held short.

However Starbucks's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Starbucks shares, or, against the total number of tradable Starbucks shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Starbucks's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Starbucks shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0096% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Starbucks shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Starbucks.

Starbucks's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Starbucks.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Starbucks's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 21.08

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Starbucks's overall score of 21.08 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 28th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Starbucks is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Starbucks's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.67/100

Starbucks's environmental score of 3.67 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Starbucks is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Starbucks's social score

Social score: 13.57/100

Starbucks's social score of 13.57 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Starbucks is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Starbucks's governance score

Governance score: 6.84/100

Starbucks's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Starbucks is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Starbucks's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Starbucks scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Starbucks hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Starbucks share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 66.91% of net profits

Recently Starbucks has paid out, on average, around 66.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.77% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Starbucks shareholders could enjoy a 1.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Starbucks's case, that would currently equate to about $1.8 per share.

Starbucks's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Starbucks's most recent dividend payout was on 25 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Starbucks's shares ever split?

Starbucks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 April 2015. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Starbucks shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Starbucks shares which in turn could have impacted Starbucks's share price.

Starbucks share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Starbucks's shares have ranged in value from as little as $84.0267 up to $125.8316. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SBUX.US volatility(beta: 0.88)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Starbucks's is 0.8794. This would suggest that Starbucks's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Starbucks overview

Starbucks Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Americas, International, and Channel Development. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single-serve and ready-to-drink beverages, and iced tea; and various food products, such as pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items. The company also licenses its trademarks through licensed stores, and grocery and foodservice accounts. The company offers its products under the Starbucks, Teavana, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, Ethos, Starbucks Reserve, and Princi brand names. As of October 29, 2020, it operated approximately 32,000 stores. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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