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Fiscal First Quarter 2010 Highlights:
"Continued innovation, the successful enhancement of the customer experience and a transformed, more-efficient cost structure have brought Starbucks to a significant milestone---a return to profitable growth," said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo. "And while we are encouraged by our recent progress, we are aware of the profound economic uncertainty that exists in the world. We recognize we must continue to improve, continue to innovate and continue to maintain our laser focus on serving customers and strengthening our connection to them. We also recognize that we must now apply the same rigor that enabled us to transform our U.S. business to our international operations in order to take full advantage of the significant growth opportunities in multiple channels that exist around the world," added Schultz.
"Solid comparable store sales growth, combined with our continuing focus on controlling operating costs, drove significant operating margin improvement in both our U.S. and International business segments," commented Troy Alstead, executive vice president and cfo. "Looking ahead, the financial disciplines we sharpened last year and the encouraging first quarter trends position us to grow revenues, operating margin and earnings despite a still very challenging global consumer environment. As a result, we are increasing our non-GAAP EPS outlook for fiscal year 2010 to a range of $1.05 to $1.08."
First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Summary
Consolidated net revenues for Q1 FY10 were $2.7 billion, compared to $2.6 billion in Q1 FY09. The higher revenues were attributable to a 4% increase in comparable stores sales and the impact of foreign currency translation related to the weakening of the U.S. dollar, most notably against the Canadian dollar. A smaller store base and a decline in specialty revenues partially offset these increases.
Non-GAAP Q1 FY10 operating income totaled $370.9 million, representing a non-GAAP operating margin expansion of 620 basis points to 13.6%. This improvement was driven mainly by lower cost of sales including occupancy costs related to operational initiatives, which resulted in lower product costs and reduced store waste, and to lower commodity costs in the U.S. Also contributing to the margin expansion were lower store operating expenses resulting from initiatives focused on in-store labor efficiencies and the impact of the closure of underperforming company-operated stores. These improvements were partially offset by higher general and administrative expenses due in part to higher performance-based compensation expenses in the quarter.
Restructuring charges of $18.3 million for the quarter were due to lease exit and other costs associated with the closure of company-operated stores. These closures are part of the company's previously-announced global store portfolio rationalization, most of which was completed in fiscal 2009. Most of the remaining store closures are in the International segment, and are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2010, with related lease exit costs expected to be recognized concurrently with the actual closures.
Q1 U.S. Segment Results
U.S. net revenues were $1.9 billion in Q1 FY10, a slight increase over Q1 FY09. The increase was due to a 4% increase in comparable store sales, comprised entirely of an increase in the average value per transaction, partially offset by the closure of 369 underperforming company-operated stores over the last 12 months.
U.S. non-GAAP operating income for Q1 FY10 was $342.4 million compared to $165.2 million for the same period a year ago. Non-GAAP operating margin expanded to 17.7% in Q1 FY10 compared to 8.6% in the corresponding period of fiscal 2009. The margin increase was primarily driven by both lower cost of sales including occupancy costs, and store operating expenses as a percentage of total U.S. net revenues. Lower cost of sales including occupancy costs were driven by lower product costs associated with a redesigned food program, in-store programs to reduce waste, and lower commodity costs. Lower store operating expenses resulted from initiatives focused on in-store labor efficiencies and the effect of company-operated store closures.
Q1 International Segment Results
International net revenues were $591.0 million in Q1 FY10 compared to $495.7 million in Q1 FY09, with the increase mainly due to the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar relative primarily to the Canadian dollar, the effect of consolidating our previous joint venture operations in France, and to a 4% increase in comparable store sales. The increase in comparable store sales consisted entirely of a 4% increase in the number of transactions.
International non-GAAP operating income increased to $53.9 million in Q1 FY10 compared to $14.9 million for the same period a year ago, with the related non-GAAP operating margin expanding 610 basis points to 9.1% from 3.0% in Q1 FY09. The margin increase was driven in part by lower cost of sales including occupancy costs as a percentage of total International revenues, related to programs implemented to reduce product waste, a mix shift to higher-margin items, and increased sales leverage on occupancy costs. Also contributing to the margin expansion were lower store operating expenses as a percentage of total International revenues, attributable to lower store impairments in the current-year period, and to improved sales leverage.
Q1 Global Consumer Products Group Segment Results
Net revenues were $196.8 million in Q1 FY10 compared to $205.9 million in Q1 FY09. This decrease was due to lower licensing revenues in the packaged coffee business, and lower foodservice revenues driven by ongoing softness in the hospitality industry.
Operating income for the CPG segment was $67.2 million in Q1 FY10. Operating margin decreased to 34.1% of net revenues, with the decline due primarily to lower royalties from the packaged coffee and International ready-to-drink businesses.
Fiscal 2010 Targets
Starbucks has updated its fiscal 2010 financial and operational targets as follows:
Starbucks will be holding a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, which will be hosted by Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo, and Troy Alstead, executive vice president and cfo. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed at the company's web site address of http://investor.starbucks.com. A replay of the call will be available via telephone through 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, January 22, 2010, by calling 1-800-642-1687, reservation number 2786791. A replay of the call will also be available via the Investor Relations page on Starbucks.com through approximately 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, February 19, 2010, at the following URL: http://investor.starbucks.com.
The company's consolidated statements of earnings, operating segment results, and other additional information have been provided on the following pages in accordance with current year classifications. This information should be reviewed in conjunction with this press release. Please refer to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2009 for additional information.
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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to certain company initiatives and plans, as well as trends in or expectations regarding, earnings per share, revenues, operating margins, comparable store sales, store openings and closings, cost savings, restructuring charges, tax rates, cash from operations, capital expenditures and free cash flow. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, coffee, dairy and other raw material prices and availability, successful execution of the company's initiatives, fluctuations in U.S. and international economies and currencies, the impact of competition, the effect of legal proceedings, and other risks detailed in the company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the "Risk Factors" section of Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2009. The company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.
The tables below present reportable segment results net of intersegment eliminations (in millions):
Fiscal First Quarter 2010 Store Data
The company's store data for the periods presented are as follows:
In addition to the GAAP results provided in this release, the company provides non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP earnings per share (non-GAAP EPS), as well as free cash flow. These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, and non-GAAP earnings per share (non-GAAP EPS) are operating income, operating margin, net earnings, and diluted net earnings per share, respectively. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to free cash flow is cash flow from operations (or net cash provided by operating activities).
The non-GAAP financial measures provided in this release, other than free cash flow, exclude restructuring charges, primarily related to company-operated store closures and, with respect to non-GAAP financial measures for fiscal 2009, the impacts of workforce reductions. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures (or net additions to property, plant and equipment). The company's management believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures better enables investors to understand and evaluate the company's historical and prospective operating performance. More specifically, for historical non-GAAP financial measures other than free cash flow, management excludes each of those items mentioned above because it believes that these costs do not reflect expected future operating expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company's future operating performance or comparisons to the company's past operating performance.
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