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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions 
1.Does Starbucks franchise?
No, Starbucks is not accepting applications for franchisees at this time.
2.How can I request that a Starbucks store open in my neighborhood?
To submit a request for a store location through the My Starbucks Idea feature of the Starbucks website, please click here.
3.What is the symbol and exchange that the company trades under?
Our stock is traded on Nasdaq, under the trading symbol SBUX  
4.When did Starbucks go public and at what price?
Starbucks went public on June 26, 1992 at a price of $17 per share (or $0.27 per share, adjusted for our six subsequent stock splits) and closed trading that first day at $21.50 per share (or $0.34 per share, on a split-adjusted basis).
5.When and where was Starbucks incorporated?
Starbucks was incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington, in Olympia, Washington on November 4, 1985.
6.How can I purchase Starbucks stock?
Starbucks Corporation's Common Stock is traded on Nasdaq under the trading symbol SBUX. Starbucks stock may be purchased in two ways:

  • • Through a stockbroker, or
  • • Directly through the Direct Stock Purchase Plan administered by our transfer agent, Computershare. For more information on direct purchase, or to enroll in the Direct Stock Purchase Plan, please click here. Computershare can also be reached by phone at 1-888-835-2866 (US and Canada) and 1-201-680-6578 (Outside US and Canada) or by mail to:
Computershare CIP
c/o Computershare Investor Services
P O Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
7.Does Starbucks pay a dividend on its stock? At what rate and when is it paid?
Yes, Starbucks pays a dividend on its Common Stock and the current quarterly rate is 16 cents per share. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval, but we currently anticipate paying a dividend on a quarterly basis.
8.How do I receive the dividend payout? Will I receive a check to my home or business address?
  • If you hold your shares in your own name through Starbucks transfer agent, Computershare, you will receive a check for the dividend at the address you have on record. Subsequently, you may elect to reinvest future dividends through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. To find out more or enroll, click here.
  • If you hold your stock through a bank or broker (beneficial shareholder), your dividend will be deposited directly into your account. If you have any questions, please contact your broker directly.
9.Can the dividend be deposited directly into my bank account like my paycheck?
Yes, if you hold your shares in your own name through Starbucks transfer agent, Computershare, you can elect to have your dividend directly deposited through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. To find out more, or to enroll, please click here.
10.Can the dividend be used to buy more stock? If so, can this purchase happen automatically?
Yes. If you hold your shares in your own name through Starbucks transfer agent, Computershare, you will receive a check for the first dividend at the address you have on record. Subsequently, you may elect to reinvest future dividends through the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. To find out more or to enroll, please click here.
11.Will I be taxed on the dividend?
  • Dividends are typically considered taxable income which is reported annually to the IRS on Form 1099-DIV and will be mailed to shareholders following the end of the calendar year.
  • Please contact your financial advisor or tax accountant with tax related questions.
12.How many stock splits has Starbucks executed?

Since our Initial Public Offering in 1992, we've had six 2-for-1 stock splits.

Date Split Adj. price ex-date
Sept. 29, 1993 $0.84 Sept. 30, 1993
Dec. 1, 1995 $1.30 Dec. 4, 1995
Mar. 19, 1999 $3.50 Mar. 22, 1999
Apr. 27, 2001 $4.64 Apr. 30, 2001
Oct. 21, 2005 $13.75 Oct. 24, 2005
Apr. 8, 2015 $47.62 Apr. 9, 2015
13.Who is Starbucks stock transfer agent?
Our transfer agent is Computershare Trust Company, N.A. Please visit their website by clicking here . You can also reach them by phone at 1-888-835-2866 (US and Canada) or 1-201-680-6578 (Outside US and Canada) or by mail to:

Computershare CIP
c/o Computershare Investor Services
P O Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170
14.How do I know if I’m a Registered Shareholder?
Investors who hold shares in their own name and not through a broker or other nominee are considered registered shareholders. Registered Shareholders should contact our transfer agent Computershare with questions or concerns related to statements, change of address, lost certificates, stock split information, transfer of shares, and other administrative matters. To access your account online please click here or you can reach them by phone at 1-888-835-2866 (US and Canada) or 1-201-680-6578 (Outside US and Canada).
15.How do I know if I’m a Beneficial Shareholder?
Investors whose shares are held by their broker are considered beneficial shareholders. Beneficial shareholders should address administrative matters to their stockbroker. Additionally, beneficial shareholders will receive account statements, Annual Reports and proxies directly from their stockbroker.
16.Who are Starbucks independent accountants/auditors?
Deloitte & Touche
17.What is Escheated / Abandoned Property?
A number of states have adopted abandoned property laws which require our transfer agent, on behalf of Starbucks, to escheat to the state, after a certain period of time, all stock for “missing Registered Shareholders.” Even shareholders who have a hard-copy of their stock certificate may be considered “missing” if our transfer agent does not have a current mailing address. If you have questions concerning your stock certificates or escheated property, please contact our transfer agent, Computershare on-line by clicking here or by phone at 1-888-835-2866 (US and Canada) or 1-201-680-6578 (Outside US and Canada).
18.What are Starbucks current debt ratings?
S&P: A- (long-term rating) and A-2 (short-term rating)
Moody’s: A3 (long-term rating) and P2 (short-term rating)
Fitch: A- (long-term rating) and F2 (short-term rating)
19.What public debt does Starbucks have outstanding?
• $400 million in senior unsecured notes outstanding due December 5, 2016 with a coupon or interest rate of 0.875% paid semi-annually on June 5 and December 5.

• $550 million in senior unsecured notes outstanding due August 15, 2017 with a coupon or interest rate of 6.25% paid semi-annually on August 15 and February 15.

• $350 million in senior unsecured notes outstanding due December 5, 2018 with a coupon or interest rate of 2.00% paid semi-annually on June 5 and December 5.

• $750 million in senior unsecured notes outstanding due October 1, 2023, with a coupon or interest rate of 3.85% paid semi-annually on April 1 and October 1.