There are core problems lurking at Starbucks, in our view, and the idea that the chain will triple the number of company-owned store closings in US markets in fiscal 2019, to 150 (from 50, on average, in prior years), is rather telling that something’s not quite right, regardless of whether it may be too-high of prices, changing consumer preferences (millennials), increasing competition (McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts), oversaturation in densely-penetrated markets--or a combination of all of the above.
This page is available to subscribers only. To gain access to members only content (including this research piece), click here to subscribe. With a subscription, you'll have access to all of our premium commentary, equity reports, dividend reports and Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter, as well as receive discounts on all of our modeling tools and products. Financial advisers and institutional investors have even more to choose from!