Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) is a leading restaurants business based in the US. It opened the day at $116.06 after a previous close of $115.99. During the day the price has varied from a low of $116.15 to a high of $117.7375. The latest price was $117.47 (25 minute delay). Starbucks is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 349,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Starbucks
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: SBUX in this case.
- Research Starbucks shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Starbucks shares. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Starbucks?
- Has coronavirus impacted Starbucks shares?
- Starbucks shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Starbucks stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Can I short Starbucks shares?
- Is Starbucks suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Starbucks shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Starbucks shares?
- Does Starbucks pay a dividend?
- Have Starbucks shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Starbucks's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Starbucks's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $113.41, which is 22.97% up on its pre-crash value of $87.36 and 126.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $50.02.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Starbucks shares at the start of February 2020, those shares 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 $1,318.96.
Starbucks share price (NASDAQ:SBUX)Use our graph to track the performance of SBUX stocks over time.
Starbucks shares at a glance
|52-week range||$80.3882 - $125.8316|
|50-day moving average||$117.0294|
|200-day moving average||$114.0733|
|Wall St. target price||$131.26|
|Dividend yield||$1.8 (1.57%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.402|
Fees for buying 5x Starbucks shares with popular platforms
Both exchange rates and share prices fluctuate in real time, so the costs presented here should be considered as a guide only. They do not incorporate stamp duty. Always refer to the platform itself for availability and pricing – which may differ from our information.
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|£9.99 per month||No minimum||£14.42
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|£36 per year||£20||£14.86
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Is it a good time to buy Starbucks stock?
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Starbucks price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-09)||-1.11%|
|1 month (2021-08-19)||2.76%|
|3 months (2021-06-18)||7.08%|
|6 months (2021-03-19)||10.47%|
|1 year (2020-09-18)||38.28%|
|2 years (2019-09-19)||28.30%|
|3 years (2018-09-19)||111.92%|
|5 years (2016-09-19)||121.60%|
Is Starbucks under- or over-valued?
Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.
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 47x. In other words, Starbucks shares trade at around 47x 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 "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2142. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.
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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $5.5 billion (£4 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Starbucks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|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%|
|Market capitalisation||$133.7 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Starbucks shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "SBUX.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 9.4 million Starbucks shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 15.8% up from 8.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Starbucks shares can be evaluated.
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 5.2 million). Starbucks's SIR currently stands at 1.8. In other words for every 100,000 Starbucks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1800 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 0.008% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Starbucks shares, roughly 8 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.
Find out more about how you can short Starbucks stock.
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.
Total ESG risk score
Starbucks's 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 01/01/2019) 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: 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: 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: 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: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, 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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||21.08|
|Total ESG percentile||27.52|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||3|
Starbucks share dividends
Dividend yield: 1.57% of stock value
Forward annual dividend yield: 1.57% of stock value
Dividend payout ratio: 65.45% of net profits
Starbucks has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.57% of its share value annually.
Starbucks has paid out, on average, around 65.45% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.57% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.57% 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 27 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Starbucks's shares ever split?
Starbucks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 9 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.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Starbucks's shares have ranged in value from as little as $80.3882 up to $125.8316. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 0.8723. This would suggest that Starbucks's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
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