Bill Ackman Comments on Starbucks
- By Holly LaFon SBUX's (NASDAQ:SBUX) fiscal second quarter results lend further support to our belief in the company's wide competitive moat and its long-term, high -single-digit revenue growth outlook. Starbucks' store base grew 7% this quarter to more than 30,000 stores globally. Same-store sales grew 3% globally, including 4% growth in the U.S. for the third consecutive quarter, and slightly positive transaction growth in the U.S. for the second quarter in a row. U.S. same-store sales should continue to improve due to the rollout of the Nitro cold beverage platform from just over half of company-operated stores to all by the end of September, new innovations such as the Cloud Macchiato, and continued efforts to engage less frequent customers, including a more accessible loyalty program.China same-store sales growth of 3% was impressive in light of the intense competitive environment and the rapid expansion of the Starbucks store base, which should be supported in the near-term by the launch of mobile order and pay, and the continued rollout of delivery.