Starbucks reported its fiscal fourth quarter earnings that topped analysts’ expectations.
The coffee chain’s adjusted earnings for the quarter came in at 51 cents a share, well above the 31 cents expected by analysts polled by Refinitiv.
Revenue fell -8% year-over-year to $6.2 billion, surpassing analysts’ forecast of $6.06 billion.
Global same-store sales fell -9%.
The company also indicated that while the number of transactions has reduced due to the pandemic, customers are spending on pricier items like cold beverages and plant-based options.
According to Starbucks, sales in the U.S. and China are recouping from the COVID-19 pandemic impact more quickly than expected.
In the US, same-store sales fell -9%. Active membership in Starbucks’ U.S. loyalty program climbed +10% to 19.3 million people and accounted for 47% of transactions.
China same-store sales dropped by just -3%.
During the quarter, Starbucks opened 480 new cafes on net. It expects to open 1,100 net new stores and $1.9 billion in capital expenditures in the next fiscal year.
Looking ahead, the company forecasts adjusted earnings of 50 cents to 55 cents per share for the fiscal first quarter.