Starbucks Says Earnings Cut in Half as Pandemic Sinks Sales

Starbucks Says Earnings Cut in Half as Pandemic Sinks Sales
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Starbucks says fiscal second-quarter earnings will be cut nearly in half following sales plunges in the U.S. and China.

Starbucks  (SBUX) – Get Report said its fiscal second-quarter earnings will be cut nearly in half as sales plunged in the U.S. and China, the coffee-chain’s two biggest markets, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The company estimated that adjusted earnings in the period would be 32 cents a share, down from 60 cents a year earlier.

Analysts’ most recent estimates called for second-quarter earnings of 39 cents a share.

“These estimates reflect the impact of lost sales for the period as well as incremental expenses for partner wages and benefits, store operations and other activities related to the Covid-19 outbreak,” Starbucks said. “This includes inventory write-offs, honoring supplier obligations, store safety-related items, asset impairments and preliminary estimates of certain government stimulus program benefits.”

Starbucks also pulled its fiscal-year guidance.

“Given the dynamic nature of the Covid-19 crisis and how it is affecting our business globally, we are currently unable to estimate the full financial impacts beyond Q2 with reasonable accuracy,” said a letter to shareholders signed by CEO Kevin Johnson and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Grismer.

Source: The Street

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