Financial Analysis of Starbucks

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The company that I am writing about is Starbucks, the international coffee shop chain. The company's financial statements for this analysis are from the FY2011 Annual Report and 10-K. The company has 10787 stores in the United States, of which 38% are franchised and the remainder are company-owned. The franchise model is more common when the company operates internationally. There are 6216 Starbucks stores internationally and of these 63% are franchises, with just 37% company-owned. The franchise model for international expansion has been utilized to help Starbucks expand quickly in foreign countries and to mitigate foreign political risk and to ensure that the product/service offering is tailored to local tastes (Thompson, 2012). The company is now in the process of buying back some overseas franchise stores in order to retain more profits for itself (Franchise Press, 2011). This paper will take a look at the company's most recent annual report to analyze the financial statements. Debt Starbucks does not have a lot of long-term debt. There was a point in the mid-2000s where Starbucks was struggling, closing stores and seeing reduced profitability. In August of 2007 the company made its first (and to this point only) debt issue. The issue was for $550 million at 6.25% on a 10-year issue (Trent, 2007). This debt remains on the company's books today, as $549.5 million on the balance sheet in long-term debt. The total liabilities that Starbucks has on its balance sheet

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