Starbucks Investor Relations

Investor FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions 
1.Does Starbucks franchise?
2.How can I request that a Starbucks store open in my neighborhood?
3.What is the symbol and exchange that the company trades under?
4.When did Starbucks go public and at what price?
5.When and where was Starbucks incorporated?
6.How can I purchase Starbucks stock?
7.Can I purchase shares without going to a stockbroker?
8.Does Starbucks pay a dividend on its stock? At what rate and when is it paid?
9.How do I receive the dividend payout? Will I receive a check to my home or business address?
10.Can the dividend be deposited directly into my bank account like my paycheck?
11.Can the dividend be used to buy more stock? If so, can this purchase happen automatically?
12.Will I be taxed on the dividend?
13.How many stock splits has Starbucks executed?
14.Who is Starbucks stock transfer agent?
15.How do I know if I’m a Registered Shareholder?
16.How do I know if I’m a Beneficial Shareholder?
17.Who are Starbucks independent accountants/auditors?
18.Why haven’t I received my annual mailing?
19.What is Escheated / Abandoned Property?
20.What are Starbucks current debt ratings?
21.What public debt does Starbucks have outstanding?
1.Does Starbucks franchise?
 Starbucks franchises on a very limited basis. Applications are not being accepted for new Starbucks franchisees at this time, however our Seattle’s Best Coffee brand is offering franchising opportunities to qualified and select applicants. A predefined set of criteria is used which focuses on multi-unit franchisees with a proven track record of success. For more information, visit http://seattlesbestcoffee.com/contact-us   

2.How can I request that a Starbucks store open in my neighborhood?
 Please refer to the Contact Us section of our Web site to let us know of your interest for a new Starbucks store in your community.

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 $0.53 per share, adjusted for our five subsequent stock splits) and closed trading that first day at $21.50 per share (or $0.67 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. To purchase Starbucks stock, please consult a stockbroker.

7.Can I purchase shares without going to a stockbroker?
 Yes. Through the BuyDirect Plan, which is sponsored and administered by Computershare, current stockholders and new investors have the ability to purchase and sell shares of Starbucks common stock. Computershare provides the shares through market purchases. Participants also have the option to automatically reinvest Starbucks quarterly dividend or to receive it in cash. More information about the program and enrollment forms are available by calling Computershare at 888-835-2866 or visiting Computershare's website at www.computershare.com/investor

8.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 32 cents per share. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval, but we are currently anticipating paying a dividend on a quarterly basis.

9.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 BuyDirect. You can find information on how to enroll at www.computershare.com/investor
  • 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.

10.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 BuyDirect. You can find information on how to enroll at www.computershare.com/investor

11.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 BuyDirect. You can find information on how to enroll at www.computershare.com/investor

12.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.

13.How many stock splits has Starbucks executed?
 

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

Date Split Adj. price ex-date
Sept. 29, 1993 $1.67 Sept. 30, 1993
Dec. 1, 1995 $2.59 Dec. 4, 1995
Mar. 19, 1999 $7.01 Mar. 22, 1999
Apr. 27, 2001 $9.29 Apr. 30, 2001
Oct. 21, 2005 $27.51 Oct. 24, 2005

14.Who is Starbucks stock transfer agent?
 www.computershare.com/investor

15.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 address communications concerning statements, change of address, lost certificates, stock split information, transfer of shares, and additional administrative matters to our transfer agent, www.computershare.com/investor

16.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.

17.Who are Starbucks independent accountants/auditors?
 Deloitte & Touche

18.Why haven’t I received my annual mailing?
 There are a few reasons why you may not have received your annual mailing:
  • You were not a shareholder as of the record date.
  • You have moved within the last year and have not had the chance to update your mailing address with your stockbroker. Please make sure your stockbroker has your most current mailing address.
  • You receive information electronically.
View and print the Annual Report and Proxy Statement online

19.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, www.computershare.com/investor

20.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)

21.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.