How to buy Starbucks shares
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Starbucks Corporation is a restaurants business with stocks listed in the US. Starbucks shares (SBUX) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Starbucks
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Starbucks. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: SBUX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Starbucks reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Starbucks, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Starbucks. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Starbucks key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Starbucks stock a buy or sell?
- Starbucks performance over time
- Can I short Starbucks shares?
- Is Starbucks suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Starbucks shares over-valued?
- Starbucks's financials
- How volatile are Starbucks shares?
- Does Starbucks pay a dividend?
- Have Starbucks shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Starbucks share priceUse our graph to track the performance of SBUX stocks over time.
Starbucks shares at a glance
|52-week range||USD$50.02 - USD$94.13|
|50-day moving average||USD$82.5109|
|200-day moving average||USD$75.677|
|Dividend yield||USD$1.64 (1.98%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$1.126|
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Is it a good time to buy Starbucks stock?
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Is Starbucks under- or over-valued?
Valuing Starbucks stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Starbucks's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Starbucks's P/E ratio
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 77x. In other words, Starbucks shares trade at around 77x 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 PEG ratio
Starbucks's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.959. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
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 US$3.4 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Starbucks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$24.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||7.81%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$7.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.7%|
|Return on equity TTM||0%|
|Market capitalisation||US$97 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Starbucks shares
There are currently 12.8 million Starbucks shares held short by investors – that's known as Starbucks's "short interest". This figure is 0.3% down from 12.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Starbucks shares can be evaluated.
Starbucks's "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 7.4 million). Starbucks's SIR currently stands at 1.72. In other words for every 100,000 Starbucks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1720 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 0.0109% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Starbucks shares, roughly 11 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.
Starbucks's 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.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Starbucks's total ESG risk score
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 07/31/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 27th 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
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
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
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
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. 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|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||3|
Starbucks share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 141.96% of net profits
Recently Starbucks has paid out, on average, around 141.96% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.98% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Starbucks shareholders could enjoy a 1.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Starbucks's case, that would currently equate to about $1.64 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 20 August 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Starbucks's shares ever split?
Starbucks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 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.
Starbucks share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Starbucks's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$50.02 up to US$94.13. 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 0.8082. This would suggest that Starbucks's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Starbucks Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Americas; International; and Channel Development. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single-serve and ready-to-drink beverages, and iced tea; and various food products, such as pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items. The company also licenses its trademarks through licensed stores, and grocery and foodservice accounts. It offers its products under the Starbucks, Teavana, Seattle's Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, Ethos, Starbucks Reserve, and Princi brand names. As of October 30, 2019, the company operated approximately 31,000 stores. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
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