Starbucks Corporation

Fiscal 2021
Annual Report
Washington, DC 20549
Form 10-K
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT
OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended October 3, 2021
or
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ACT OF 1934
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Starbucks Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Washington 91-1325671
(State of Incorporation) (IRS Employer ID)
2401 Utah Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98134
(206) 447-1575
(Address of principal executive office, zip code, telephone number)
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Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share
Trading Symbol
SBUX
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
Form 10-K
For the Fiscal Year Ended October 3, 2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I
Item 1
Business 2
Item 1A Risk Factors 11
Item 1B Unresolved Staff Comments 22
Item 2 Properties 22
Item 3 Legal Proceedings 22
Item 4 Mine Safety Disclosures 22
PART II
Item 5
Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of
Equity Securities 23
Item 6 Reserved 25
Item 7 Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 26
Item 7A Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 40
Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 41
Index for Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements 46
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm 81
Item 9 Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 83
Item 9A Controls and Procedures 83
Item 9B Other Information 85
Item 9C Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections 85
PART III
Item 10
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 86
Item 11 Executive Compensation 86
Item 12 Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Shareholder Matters 86
Item 13 Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence 86
Item 14 Principal Accountant Fees and Services 86
PART IV
Item 15
Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 87
Item 16 Form 10-K Summary 92
SIGNATURES 93

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to
historical or current facts. They often include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,”
“plans,” “seeks” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “aims,”
“intends,” or “projects.” A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances,
and those future events or circumstances may not occur. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. These forward-looking statements are all based on
currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Our
actual future results and trends may differ materially depending on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the risks
and uncertainties discussed under “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations.” Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not rely on forward-looking statements as a prediction
of actual results. Any or all of the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K and any other
public statement made by us, including by our management, may turn out to be incorrect. We are including this cautionary note
to make applicable and take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for
forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether
as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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PART I
Item 1.
Business
General
In this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“10-K” or “Report”) for the fiscal year ended October 3, 2021 (“fiscal 2021”), Starbucks
Corporation (together with its subsidiaries) is referred to as “Starbucks,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our.”
Starbucks is the premier roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 84 markets. Formed in 1985,
Starbucks Corporation’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “SBUX.” We
purchase and roast high-quality coffees that we sell, along with handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of
high-quality food items through company-operated stores. We also sell a variety of coffee and tea products and license our
trademarks through other channels, such as licensed stores as well as grocery and foodservice through our Global Coffee
Alliance with Nestlé S.A. (“Nestlé”). In addition to our flagship Starbucks Coffee brand, we sell goods and services under the
following brands: Teavana, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, Ethos, Starbucks Reserve and Princi.
Our primary objective is to maintain Starbucks standing as one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. We
believe our work to create a company that is profit-, people- and planet-positive, along with our ability to successfully execute
strategies that support this work, contribute to our primary objective.
Profit-Positive
Our profit-positive efforts are aligned with our global long-term “Growth at Scale” agenda to deliver consistent revenue and
income growth, through focus and discipline. We believe incremental investments in our brand, principally to support our
people- and planet-positive work, will deliver long-term targeted revenue and income growth. This includes expansion of our
global store base, adding stores in both existing, developed markets such as the U.S. and in newer, higher growth markets such
as China, as well as optimizing the mix of company-operated and licensed stores around the world. In addition, by leveraging
experiences gained through our stores and elsewhere, we continue to drive beverage, equipment, process and technology
innovation. We strive to regularly offer consumers new, innovative coffee and other products in a variety of forms, across new
categories, diverse channels and alternative store formats. We are committed to further investments in our partners (employees)
and our industry-leading digital platform as well as environmental, social and governance issues underscoring our mission and
values. Our disciplined capital allocation methodology, which prioritizes high-return investments as well as share repurchases
and competitive dividends, rounds out our “Growth at Scale” agenda and our profit-positive vision.
People-Positive
Our people-positive vision is to cultivate an inclusive environment where everyone belongs. This includes empowering our
partners with opportunities to pursue their aspirations while living our mission and values, acting with empathy and compassion
and sharing in our success. This enables our partners to deliver an elevated
Starbucks Experience to our customers every day.
We also strive to develop long-lasting trust and make tangible differences in the communities where we serve by investing in
humanity and the well-being of everyone we connect with, advancing initiatives that support diversity, equity and inclusion
through education, pay equity, hiring commitments and meaningful community involvement, including donations.
Planet-Positive
Our planet-positive vision is to give back more than we take from the planet. This includes reducing our environmental impacts,
such as expanding reusable packaging, conserving water, shifting to renewable energy and eliminating landfill waste, and
committing to the sustainability of high-quality coffee and other raw materials. Sustainability of our raw materials, especially
coffee, is paramount to our business operations. We are committed to ethically sourcing coffee, tea and cocoa, donating diseaseresistant coffee trees to farmers, providing farmers access to low-interest loans and sharing the expertise of our agronomists
with all coffee farmers, among other things.
Human Capital Management
As a company, Starbucks mission is not only to deliver outstanding financial results by offering exceptional and unique
products and services, but to also create a strong connection with the communities where we operate. We believe the strength of
our workforce is one of the significant contributors to our success as a global brand that leads with purpose as part of our
people-positive vision. This is largely attributed to our partners who strive every day to create a welcoming and inclusive
environment. Therefore, one of our core strategies is to invest in and support our partners to differentiate our brand, products
and services in the competitive specialty coffee market, including the following areas of focus:
Oversight and Management
We recognize the diversity of customers, partners and communities, and believe in creating an inclusive and equitable
environment that represents a broad spectrum of backgrounds and cultures. Working under these principles, our Partner
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Resources Organization is tasked with managing employment-related matters, including recruiting and hiring, onboarding and
training, compensation planning, performance management and professional development. Our Board of Directors and Board
committees provide oversight on certain human capital matters, including our Inclusion and Diversity programs and initiatives.
As noted in its charter, our Compensation and Management Development Committee is responsible for periodically reviewing
Starbucks partner resource programs and initiatives, including healthcare and other benefits, as well as our management
development and succession planning practices and strategies. Our Audit and Compliance Committee works closely with the
Risk Management Committee, led by Starbucks cfo and general counsel, to monitor and mitigate current and emerging labor
and human capital management risks. Furthermore, our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, in consultation
with management, including our chief partner officer and chief inclusion and diversity officer, annually evaluates the
effectiveness of our social responsibility policies, goals and programs, which also include partner-related issues. These reports
and recommendations to the Board and its committees are part of the broader framework that guides how Starbucks should
attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce that aligns with our values and strategies.
We regularly conduct anonymous surveys to seek feedback from our partners on a variety of topics, including confidence in
company leadership, competitiveness of our compensation and benefits package, career growth opportunities and
recommendations on how we can remain an employer of choice. The results are shared with our partners and reviewed by
senior leadership, who analyze areas of progress or deterioration and prioritize actions and activities in response to this
feedback to drive meaningful improvements in partner engagement. Our management and cross-functional teams also work
closely to evaluate human capital management issues such as partner retention, workplace safety, harassment and bullying, as
well as to implement measures to mitigate these risks.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We believe it is our responsibility to advance racial and
social equity, and we are committed to furthering that work with intention, transparency and accountability. In 2021, we
published our third Civil Rights Assessment that evaluated our ongoing efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion and
how they support our mission and values. The report addressed our progress over time and provides recommendations for how
we can better advance diversity, equity and inclusion on behalf of our partners, customers and communities.
We continue to welcome our partners, customers, civil rights and community leaders, along with our chief inclusion and
diversity officer, to advise us along this journey.
Starbucks has made specific racial equity commitments based on our principles of being intentional, transparent and
accountable at all levels:
• Being intentional in cultivating a culture of inclusion, with a focus on partner retention and development.
◦ Launching a mentorship program connecting black, indigenous and people of color (“BIPOC”) partners to
senior leaders, beginning with a cohort of leaders, senior vice president and above, as well as BIPOC
directors in corporate and retail roles.
◦ Investing in strategic partnerships with professional organizations that focus on the development of BIPOC
talent, providing additional development opportunities for our BIPOC partners.
• Being transparent in our approach to Inclusion and Diversity goal setting and progress.
◦ Publicly sharing workforce diversity data.
◦ Setting annual Inclusion and Diversity goals based on retention rates and progress towards achieving BIPOC
representation. Our goal is for at least 30% of all corporate roles and at least 40% of all retail and
manufacturing roles to be held by BIPOC partners by 2025.
• Holding ourselves accountable at the highest levels of the organization.
Incorporating metrics focused on building inclusive and diverse teams into our executive compensation
programs beginning in fiscal 2021.
◦ Joining the Board Diversity Action Alliance to act alongside other companies similarly committed to
increasing racially and ethnically diverse representation on corporate boards of directors.
◦ Publicizing self-identified race/ethnicity of each member of our board of directors.
Total Rewards
We have demonstrated a history of investing in our workforce by offering competitive salaries and wages by continuously
assessing the current business environment and labor market. We have consistently made enhancements in wages in order to
attract talent to support our growth strategy and to elevate the customer experience. To foster a stronger sense of ownership and
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align the interests of partners with shareholders, restricted stock units are provided to eligible non-executive partners under our
broad-based stock incentive programs. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive, locally relevant and innovative benefits to all
eligible partners. In the U.S., our largest and most mature market, these include:
• Comprehensive health insurance coverage is offered to partners working an average of 20 hours or more each week.
• 100% upfront tuition coverage is offered through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan for partners to earn a firsttime bachelor’s degree online at Arizona State University.
• 100% paid parental leave is available to new parents that welcome a child through birth, adoption or foster placement
and work an average of 20 hours or more each week.
• A Partner and Family Sick Time program is provided and allows partners to accrue paid sick time based on hours
worked and use that time for themselves or family members in need of care.
[email protected] benefit provides partners with backup care benefits for children and adults at a small cost to partners, as
well as free unlimited senior care planning services. This benefit includes up to 30 days of backup care services
through the end of fiscal 2022, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• We view mental health as a fundamental part of our humanity and provide a comprehensive suite of related programs
and benefits. These include a free subscription to Headspace, an online application that enables guided mediation, and
20 free mental health therapy or coaching sessions annually with Lyra.
Outside of the U.S., we have provided other innovative benefits to help address market-specific needs, such as providing
interest-free loans to our U.K. partners to help cover rental deposits, mental health services in Canada, and in China, a monthly
housing subsidy for full-time Starbucks baristas and shift supervisors, as well as comprehensive health insurance coverage for
parents of partners.
Role-based Support
To help our partners succeed in their roles, we emphasize continuous training and development opportunities. These include,
but are not limited to, safety and security protocols, updates on new products and service offerings and deployment of
technologies. Training provided through our Pour Over sessions, which are a series of inspiring talks with thought leaders to
help partners understand how to bring the
Starbucks Experience to life, include a wide variety of topics such as achievable goal
setting, giving and receiving constructive feedback and effective engagement with customers and communities. To help further
promote an inclusive culture and to better serve our customers, we encourage U.S.-based partners to enroll in the To Be
Welcoming courses we created in partnership with Arizona State University to address different forms of bias and
discrimination.
Pay Equity
To be an employer of choice and maintain the strength of our workforce, we consistently assess the current business
environment and labor market to refine our compensation and benefits programs and other resources available to our partners.
We previously achieved and currently maintain 100 percent pay equity in the U.S. for women and men and people of all races
for partners performing similar work. We have also achieved gender pay equity in China and Canada, two of our largest
markets outside of the U.S., and we made a commitment to achieve gender pay equity in all company-operated markets.
Further, we have formulated pay-equity principles which provide equal footing, transparency and accountability as best
practices that help address known, systemic barriers to global pay equity.
As of October 3, 2021, Starbucks employed approximately 383,000 people worldwide. In the U.S., Starbucks employed
approximately 245,000 people, with approximately 235,000 in company-operated stores and the remainder in corporate support,
store development, roasting, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations. Approximately 138,000 employees were
employed outside of the U.S., with approximately 135,000 in company-operated stores and the remainder in regional support
operations. The number of Starbucks partners represented by unions is not significant. We believe our efforts in managing our
workforce have been effective, evidenced by a strong Starbucks culture and a good relationship between the company and our
partners.
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Information about our Executive Officers
Name Age Position

Kevin R. Johnson
John Culver
61
61
president and chief executive officer
group president, North America, and chief operating officer
Michael Conway
Rachel A. Gonzalez
Rachel Ruggeri
55
52
52
group president, International and Channel Development
executive vice president and general counsel
executive vice president, chief financial officer
Angela Lis 54 executive vice president, chief partner officer
Gina Woods 48 executive vice president, Public Affairs and Social Impact

Kevin R. Johnson has served as president and chief executive officer since April 2017 and has been a Starbucks director since
March 2009. Mr. Johnson served as president and chief operating officer from March 2015 to April 2017. Mr. Johnson served
as Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance networking products and services,
from September 2008 to December 2013. He also served on the Board of Directors of Juniper Networks from September 2008
to February 2014. Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Mr. Johnson served as President, Platforms and Services Division for
Microsoft Corporation, a worldwide provider of software, services and solutions. Mr. Johnson was a member of Microsoft’s
Senior Leadership Team and held several senior executive positions over the course of his 16 years at Microsoft. Prior to
joining Microsoft in 1992, Mr. Johnson worked in International Business Machine Corp.’s systems integration and consulting
business.
John Culver joined Starbucks in August 2002 and has served as group president, North America and chief operating officer
since July 2021. From July 2018 to July 2021, Mr. Culver served as group president, International, Channel Development and
Global Coffee & Tea. From October 2017 to July 2018, Mr. Culver served as group president, International and Channels.
From September 2016 to October 2017, he served as group president, Starbucks Global Retail. From May 2013 to September
2016, he served as group president, China, Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands. Mr. Culver served as
president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific from October 2011 to May 2013. From December 2009 to October 2011, he
served as president, Starbucks Coffee International. Mr. Culver served as executive vice president; president, Global Consumer
Products, Foodservice and Seattle’s Best Coffee from February 2009 to September 2009, and then as president, Global
Consumer Products and Foodservice from October 2009 to November 2009. He previously served as senior vice president;
president, Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific from January 2007 to February 2009, and vice president; general manager,
Foodservice from August 2002 to January 2007. Mr. Culver serves on the Board of Directors of Kimberly-Clark Corporation
and Columbia Sportswear Company.
Michael Conway joined Starbucks in March 2013 and was named group president, International and Channel Development in
June 2021, where he is responsible for leading Starbucks retail growth and operations in over 80 markets across Asia Pacific,
Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and growth for the Global Channel Development business,
which consists of consumer packaged goods, ready-to-drink businesses and strategic partnerships, including those with Nestlé,
PepsiCo and other key business partners. Prior to this, he served as executive vice president and president, International
Licensed Markets, from March 2020 to June 2021. He also served as executive vice president and president, Starbucks Canada,
executive vice president and president for Starbucks Licensed Stores business for the United States and Latin America and
executive vice president and president of Starbucks Global Channel Development from December 2014 to March 2020. He
currently serves on the Board of Directors of McCormick & Company, Incorporated.
Rachel A. Gonzalez has served as executive vice president, general counsel, law and corporate affairs since joining Starbucks
in April 2018. From April 2018 to March 2021, she also served as secretary. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Gonzalez served as
executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Sabre Corporation, a technology provider to the travel industry,
from May 2017 to April 2018 and as Sabre’s executive vice president and general counsel from September 2014 to May 2017.
From March 2013 to September 2014, Ms. Gonzalez served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary
of Dean Foods Company, a food and beverage company, and as its executive vice president, general counsel designate from
November 2012 to March 2013. She served as chief counsel, corporate and securities of Dean Foods from 2008 to 2012. From
2006 to 2008, Ms. Gonzalez served as senior vice president and group counsel for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., an
information technology service provider. Prior to that, Ms. Gonzalez was a partner with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis &
Bockius LLP, where she focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, Securities and Exchange Commission
(“SEC”) compliance and corporate governance. Ms. Gonzalez currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dana Incorporated.
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Rachel Ruggeri joined Starbucks in 2001 as a member of the accounting team and was named executive vice president and
chief financial officer in February 2021. In this leadership role, Rachel is responsible for the global finance function for
Starbucks, which includes developing and executing the financial strategies that enable the long-term growth of the Company.
Prior to her promotion in 2021, she served as senior vice president of Americas with responsibility for the retail portfolio across
the segment, including company-operated and licensed stores from June 2020 to January 2021. From September 2016 to June
2020, she held various leadership roles in finance both internal and external to Starbucks, including Chief Financial Officer of
Continental Mills from July 2018 to May 2020 and prior to that she was senior vice president of Finance at Starbucks in support
of the Americas and Global Retail from September 2016 to June 2018. She was also a vice president of Finance from December
2010 to September 2016 supporting Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis and the U.S. Retail business.
Angela Lis joined Starbucks in 1992 as a part-time barista and has served as executive vice president, chief partner officer since
November 2020. From September 2016 to October 2020, Ms. Lis served as senior vice president, partner resources. In this role
she was responsible for talent and partner strategies that drive our global retail operations business. Prior to this role, she served
as a vice president of partner resources for corporate business functions and global supply chain from December 2012 to
September 2016. During her tenure at Starbucks, Ms. Lis has led partner resources business partners across the globe. She has
supported both retail and all non-retail business units and was instrumental in the startup of our Channel Development business.
Gina Woods joined Starbucks in 2005 and was named executive vice president of Public Affairs and Social Impact in January
2021. In this role, she leads global communications, partner (employee) communications and events, government affairs and
public policy, community impact, people-positive, integrated reputation communications, storytelling and content creation,
Seattle’s hometown strategy and entertainment partnerships. From July 2018 to January 2021, she served as senior vice
president, Reputation Marketing for Public Affairs, and she previously served as vice president, Entertainment & Executive
Communications from September 2013 to July 2018.
Segment Financial Information
Segment information is prepared on the same basis that our management reviews financial information for operational decisionmaking purposes. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, certain changes were made to our management team, and our operating
segment reporting structure was re-aligned as a result. Specifically, we realigned our fully licensed Latin America and
Caribbean markets from our Americas operating segment to our International operating segment. Additionally, we renamed the
Americas operating segment to the North America operating segment, comprised of our company-operated and licensed stores
in the U.S. and Canada. We also made certain other immaterial changes between our International operating segment and
Corporate and Other.
We have three reportable operating segments: 1) North America, which is inclusive of the U.S. and Canada; 2) International,
which is inclusive of China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean; and 3) Channel
Development. Non-reportable operating segments such as Evolution Fresh and unallocated corporate expenses are reported
within Corporate and Other. Revenues from our reportable operating segments as a percentage of total net revenues for fiscal
2021 were as follows: North America (70%), International (24%) and Channel Development (6%).
Our North America and International segments include both company-operated and licensed stores. Our North America
segment is our most mature business and has achieved significant scale. Certain markets within our International operations are
in various stages of development and may require more extensive support, relative to their current levels of revenue and
operating income, than our North America operations.
Our Channel Development segment includes roasted whole bean and ground coffees, Seattle’s Best Coffee
®, Starbucks- and
Teavana-branded single-serve products, a variety of ready-to-drink beverages, such as Frappuccino
® and Starbucks
Doubleshot
®, foodservice products and other branded products sold worldwide outside of our company-operated and licensed
stores. A large portion of our Channel Development business operates under a licensed model of the Global Coffee Alliance
with Nestlé, while our global ready-to-drink businesses operate under collaborative relationships with PepsiCo, Inc., TingyiAshi Beverages Holding Co., Ltd., Arla Foods amba and others.
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Revenue Components
We generate the majority of our revenues through company-operated stores and licensed stores.
Company-operated and Licensed Store Summary as of October 3, 2021
North America
As a% of
Total
North America
Stores International
As a% of
Total
International
Stores Total
As a% of
Total
Stores

Company-operated stores
Licensed stores
Total
9,861
6,965
16,826
59 %
41 %
100 %
7,272
9,735
17,007
43 %
57 %
100 %
17,133
16,700
33,833
51 %
49 %
100 %

The mix of company-operated versus licensed stores in a given market generally varies based on several factors, including our
ability to access desirable local retail space, the complexity, profitability and expected ultimate size of the market for Starbucks
and our ability to leverage the support infrastructure within a geographic region.
Company-operated Stores
Revenue from company-operated stores accounted for 85% of total net revenues during fiscal 2021. Our retail objective is to be
the leading retailer and brand of coffee and tea in each of our target markets by selling the finest quality coffee, tea and related
products, as well as complementary food offerings, and by providing each customer with a unique
Starbucks Experience. The
Starbucks Experience is built upon superior customer service, convenience and a seamless digital experience as well as safe,
clean and well-maintained stores that reflect the personalities of the communities in which they operate, thereby building a high
degree of customer loyalty.
Our strategy for expanding our global retail business is to increase our category share in a disciplined manner, by selectively
opening additional stores in new and existing markets, as well as increasing sales in existing stores, to support our long-term
strategic objective to maintain Starbucks standing as one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. Store
growth in specific existing markets will vary due to many factors, including expected financial returns, the maturity of the
market, economic conditions, consumer behavior and local business practices.
Company-operated store data for the fiscal year-ended October 3, 2021:
Stores Open
as of
Stores Open
as of
Sep 27, 2020 Opened Closed Transfers Net Oct 3, 2021

North America:
U.S.
Canada
Siren Retail
Total North America
International:
China
Japan
U.K.
All Other
Siren Retail
Total International
Total company-operated
8,941
1,159
9
10,109
449
30
1
480
(424)
(277)
(4)
(705)
(19)
(4)

(23)
6
(251)
(3)
(248)
8,947
908
6
9,861
4,704
1,464
288
67
5
6,528
16,637
697
95
15


807
1,287
(43)
(13)
(5)


(61)
(766)



(2)

(2)
(25)
654
82
10
(2)

744
496
5,358
1,546
298
65
5
7,272
17,133

Starbucks® company-operated stores are typically located in high-traffic, high-visibility locations. Our ability to vary the size
and format of our stores allows us to locate them in or near a variety of settings, including downtown and suburban retail
centers, office buildings, university campuses and rural and off-highway locations. We are continuing the expansion of our
stores, particularly drive-thru formats that provide a higher degree of access and convenience, and alternative store formats,
which are designed to provide a more streamlined customer experience in dense metropolitan areas.
Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 80% of Starbucks transactions in U.S. company-operated stores were
“on-the-go” occasions. This has prompted us to reexamine our U.S. store footprint and evolve our retail presence over time
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through targeted store renovations, relocations and new stores. We have since introduced new store formats, such as Starbucks®
Pickup, Starbucks Now stores and curbside pickup, to enhance the “on-the-go” customer experience and improve operating
efficiency across Starbucks
® stores in certain major metropolitan areas in the United States. New store formats are suitable for
customers who prefer to order ahead and pay through the Starbucks
® Mobile App for pick-up. In our major international
markets, we continue to invest in technology and establish partnerships with third parties with relevant expertise to increase
digital adoption to provide convenience and elevate the customer experience. In China, the introduction of Starbucks Now
TM
stores is intended to enable a seamless integration of physical and digital customer touchpoints. Orders may be placed in
advance through the Starbucks Mobile App or Starbucks Delivers
TM and can be conveniently picked up by customers and
delivery providers in these express retail format locations. These strategies align closely with rapidly evolving customer
preferences, including higher levels of mobile ordering, more contactless pick-up experiences and reduced in-store congestion,
all of which naturally allow for greater physical distancing. We believe our continued efforts to transform our store portfolio
and elevate technology will enhance the customer experience and position Starbucks for long-term growth.
Retail sales mix by product type for company-operated stores:
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019

Beverages
Food
Other
(1)
Total
21 % 20 % 20 %
100 % 100 % 100 %

74 % 75 % 74 %
5 % 5 % 6 %
(1) “Other” primarily consists of sales of packaged and single-serve coffees and teas, serveware and ready-to-drink
beverages, among other items.
Stored Value Cards and Loyalty Program
The Starbucks Card, our branded stored value card program, is designed to provide customers with a convenient payment
method, support gifting and increase the frequency of store visits by cardholders, in part through the related Starbucks
®
Rewards loyalty program where available, as discussed below. Stored value cards are issued to customers when they initially
load them with an account balance. They can be obtained in our company-operated and most licensed stores in North America,
China, Japan and many of our markets in our International segment. Stored value cards can also be obtained online, via the
Starbucks
® Mobile App and through other U.S. and international retailers. Customers may access their card balances by
utilizing their stored value card or the Starbucks
® Mobile App in participating stores. In nearly all markets, including the U.S.
and Canada, customers who register their Starbucks Cards are automatically enrolled in the Starbucks Rewards program.
Registered members can receive various benefits depending on factors such as the number of reward points (“Stars”) earned. In
addition to using their Starbucks Cards, Starbucks
® Rewards members can earn Stars by paying with cash, credit or debit cards,
or selected mobile wallets at company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada. Using the Mobile Order and Pay functionality of
the Starbucks
® Mobile App, customers can also place orders in advance for pick-up at certain participating locations in several
markets. Refer to
Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Estimates, included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K,
for further discussion of our stored value cards and loyalty program.
Licensed Stores
Revenues from our licensed stores accounted for 9% of total net revenues in fiscal 2021. Licensed stores generally have a lower
gross margin and a higher operating margin than company-operated stores. Under the licensed model, Starbucks receives a
margin on branded products and supplies sold to the licensed store operator along with a royalty on retail sales. Licensees are
responsible for operating costs and capital investments, which more than offset the lower revenues we receive under the
licensed store model.
In our licensed store operations, we seek to leverage the expertise of our local partners and share our operating and store
development experience. Licensees provide improved, and at times the only, access to desirable retail space. Most licensees are
prominent retailers with in-depth market knowledge and access. As part of these arrangements, we sell coffee, tea, food and
related products to licensees for resale to customers and receive royalties and license fees from the licensees. We also sell
certain equipment, such as coffee brewers and espresso machines, to our licensees for use in their operations. Licensee
employees working in licensed retail locations are required to follow our detailed store operating procedures and attend training
classes similar to those given to employees in company-operated stores. In a limited number of international markets, we also
use traditional franchising and include these stores in the results of operations from our other licensed stores.
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Licensed store data for the fiscal year-ended October 3, 2021:
Stores Open
as of
Stores Open
as of
Sep 27, 2020 Opened Closed Transfers Net Oct 3, 2021
North America:

U.S. 6,387 191 (100) 19 110 6,497
Canada 444 48 (28) 4 24 468
Total North America(1)
International:
Korea
6,831 239 (128) 23 134 6,965
1,468 166 (23) 143 1,611
Mexico
U.K.
752
737
7
68
(13)
(14)

(6)
54
746
791
Latin America 662 35 (6) 29 691
Turkey 530 36 (7) 29 559
Taiwan 501 28 (6) 22 523
Indonesia 458 29 29 487
Thailand 405 26 (6) 20 425
Philippines 396 5 5 401
All Other 3,283 313 (97) 2 218 3,501
Total International(1) 9,192 713 (172) 2 543 9,735
Total licensed 16,023 952 (300) 25 677 16,700

(1) North America and International licensed stores as of September 27, 2020, have been recast as a result of our fiscal 2021
operating segment reporting structure realignment.
Other Revenues
Other revenues primarily are recorded in our Channel Development segment and include sales of packaged coffee, tea and
ready-to-drink beverages to customers outside of our company-operated and licensed stores, as well as royalties received from
Nestlé under the Global Coffee Alliance and other collaborative partnerships.
Product Supply
Starbucks is committed to selling the finest whole bean coffees and coffee beverages. To help ensure compliance with our
rigorous coffee standards, we generally control substantially all coffee purchasing, roasting and packaging and the global
distribution of coffee used in our operations. Nestlé controls distribution of certain finished goods through the Global Coffee
Alliance. We purchase green coffee beans from multiple coffee-producing regions around the world and custom roast them to
our exacting standards for our many blends and single origin coffees.
The price of coffee is subject to significant volatility. Although most coffee trades in the commodity market, high-altitude
arabica coffee of the quality sought by Starbucks tends to trade on a negotiated basis at a premium above the “C” coffee
commodity price. Both the premium and the commodity price depend upon the supply and demand at the time of purchase.
Supply and price can be affected by multiple factors in the producing countries, including weather, water supply quality and
availability throughout the coffee production chain, natural disasters, crop disease and pests, general increase in farm inputs and
costs of production, inventory levels and political and economic conditions. Climate change may further exacerbate many of
these factors. Price is also impacted by trading activities in the
arabica coffee futures market, including hedge funds and
commodity index funds. In addition, green coffee prices have been affected in the past, and may be affected in the future, by the
actions of certain organizations and associations that have historically attempted to influence prices of green coffee through
agreements establishing export quotas or by restricting coffee supplies.
We buy coffee using fixed-price and price-to-be-fixed purchase commitments, depending on market conditions, to secure an
adequate supply of quality green coffee. We also utilize forward contracts, futures contracts and collars to hedge “C” price
exposure under our price-to-be-fixed green coffee contracts and our long-term forecasted coffee demand where underlying
fixed price and price-to-be-fixed contracts are not yet available. Total purchase commitments, together with existing inventory,
are expected to provide an adequate supply of green coffee through fiscal 2022.
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We depend upon our relationships with coffee producers, outside trading companies and exporters for our supply of green
coffee. We believe, based on relationships established with our suppliers, the risk of non-delivery on such purchase
commitments is remote.
To help ensure the future supply of high-quality green coffee and to reinforce our leadership role in the coffee industry,
Starbucks operates ten farmer support centers, including our China Farmer Support Center located in the Yunnan Province of
this high-growth market. Farmer support centers are staffed with agronomists and sustainability experts who work with coffee
farming communities to promote best practices in coffee production designed to improve both coffee quality and yields and
agronomy support to address climate change and other impacts.
In addition to coffee, we also purchase significant amounts of dairy and plant-based dairy-free alternative products, particularly
fluid milk, oat milk and almond milk, to support the needs of our company-operated stores. We believe, based on relationships
established with our dairy and plant-based dairy-free suppliers, that the risk of non-delivery of sufficient fluid milk and plantbased dairy-free alternatives to support our stores generally is remote.
Products other than whole bean coffees and coffee beverages sold in Starbucks
® stores include tea and a number of ready-todrink beverages that are purchased from several specialty suppliers, usually under long-term supply contracts. Food products,
such as pastries, breakfast sandwiches and lunch items, are purchased from national, regional and local sources. We also
purchase a broad range of paper and plastic products, such as cups and cutlery, from several companies to support the needs of
our retail stores as well as our manufacturing and distribution operations. Consistent with our planet-positive vision, we are also
expanding our use of reusable packaging to reduce landfill waste. We believe, based on relationships established with these
suppliers and manufacturers, that the risk of non-delivery of sufficient amounts of these items generally is remote.
During fiscal 2021, we began to experience certain supply shortages and transportation delays largely attributable to impacts of
the COVID-19 pandemic as well as changes in customer demand and behaviors. While we expect these shortages and delays
may continue into fiscal 2022, we view them to be temporary and do not believe they will have a material impact to our longterm growth and profitability.
Competition
Our primary competitors for coffee beverage sales are specialty coffee retailers and shops. We believe that our customers
choose among specialty coffee retailers and shops primarily on the basis of product quality, brand reputation, service and
convenience, as well as price. We continue to experience direct competition from large competitors in the quick-service
restaurant sector and the ready-to-drink coffee beverage market, in addition to both well-established and start-up companies in
many international markets. We also compete with restaurants and other specialty retailers for prime retail locations and
qualified personnel to operate both new and existing stores.
Our coffee and tea products sold through our Channel Development segment compete directly against specialty coffees and teas
sold through grocery stores, warehouse clubs, specialty retailers, convenience stores and foodservice accounts and compete
indirectly against all other coffees and teas on the market.
Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Domain Names
Starbucks owns and has applied to register numerous trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and in other countries
throughout the world. Some of our trademarks, including Starbucks, the Starbucks logo, Starbucks Reserve, Seattle’s Best
Coffee, Teavana and Frappuccino are of material importance. The duration of trademark registrations varies from country to
country. However, trademarks are generally valid and may be renewed indefinitely as long as they are in use and/or their
registrations are properly maintained.
We own numerous copyrights for items such as product packaging, promotional materials, in-store graphics and training
materials. We also hold patents on certain products, systems and designs which have an average remaining useful life of
approximately two years. In addition, Starbucks has registered and maintains numerous Internet domain names, including
“Starbucks.com,” “Starbucks.net,” “Starbucksreserve.com,” “Seattlesbest.com” and “Teavana.com.”
Seasonality and Quarterly Results
Our business is subject to moderate seasonal fluctuations, of which our fiscal second quarter typically experiences lower
revenues and operating income. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on consumer behaviors and customer traffic;
however, it is not yet certain that these changes will sustain and cause other than temporary changes in the seasonal fluctuations
of our business. Additionally, as Starbucks Cards are issued to and loaded by customers during the holiday season, we tend to
have higher cash flows from operations during the first quarter of the fiscal year. However, since revenues from Starbucks
Cards are recognized upon redemption and not when cash is loaded onto the Card, the impact of seasonal fluctuations on the
consolidated statements of earnings is much less pronounced. As a result of moderate seasonal fluctuations, results for any
quarter are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for the full fiscal year.
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Government Regulation
As a company with global operations, we are subject to the laws and regulations of the United States and the multiple foreign
jurisdictions in which we operate as well as the rules, reporting obligations and interpretations of all such requirements and
obligations by various governing bodies, which may differ among jurisdictions. In addition, changes to such laws, regulations,
rules, reporting obligations and related compliance obligations could result in significant costs but are not expected to have a
material effect on our capital expenditures, results of operations and competitive position as compared to prior periods.
Available Information
Starbucks Annual Report on Form 10-K reports, along with all other reports and amendments filed with or furnished to the
SEC, are publicly available free of charge on the Investor Relations section of our website at investor.starbucks.com or at
www.sec.gov as soon as reasonably practicable after these materials are filed with or furnished to the SEC. We also use our
website as a tool to disclose important information about the company and comply with our disclosure obligations under
Regulation Fair Disclosure. Our corporate governance policies, code of ethics and Board committee charters and policies are
also posted on the Investor Relations section of Starbucks website. The information on our website (or any webpages
referenced in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) is not part of this or any other report Starbucks files with, or furnishes to, the
SEC.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
You should carefully consider the risks described below in addition to the other information set forth in this Annual Report on
Form 10-K, including the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations section,
the Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk section, and the consolidated financial statements and related
notes. If any of the risks and uncertainties described in the cautionary factors described below actually occur or continue to
occur, our business, financial condition and results of operations and the trading price of our common stock could be materially
and adversely affected. The considerations and risks that follow are organized within relevant headings but may be relevant to
other headings as well. Moreover, the risks below are not the only risks we face and additional risks not currently known to us
or that we presently deem immaterial may emerge or become material at any time and may negatively impact our business,
reputation, financial condition, results of operations or the trading price of our common stock.
Risks Related to Macroeconomic Conditions
• Our financial condition and results of operations have been and are expected to continue to be adversely affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and is continuing to have, a significant impact on our business and results of operations. At
the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of our company-operated and licensed stores were closed. For stores that remained
open, same-store sales declined due to modified operating hours and reduced customer traffic. While nearly all of our companyoperated and licensed stores have reopened, we expect that our operations will continue to be impacted by the continuing
effects of COVID-19, including resurgences and variants of the virus. It remains difficult to predict the full impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic on the broader economy and how consumer behavior may change, and whether such change is temporary
or permanent. Social distancing, telecommunicating and reductions in travel may become the new normal. In addition, the
COVID-19 pandemic has required and may continue to require us to make controversial decisions about precautionary
measures, such as vaccinations, showing proof of vaccinations and face coverings, that could impact our results, including by
impacting our brand, our employee retention and satisfaction, and the willingness of customers to buy our products. All of these
conditions could fundamentally impact the way we work and the services we provide, and could have continuing adverse
effects on our results of operations, cash flows and financial condition. As a result, we may incur additional impairment charges
to our inventory, store and corporate assets—and our ability to realize the benefits from deferred tax assets may become limited
—any of which may have a significant or material impact on our financial results.
Prolonged volatility or significant disruption of global financial markets due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic could have a
negative impact on our ability to access capital markets and other funding sources, on acceptable terms or at all and impede our
ability to comply with debt covenants.
• Our financial condition and results of operations are subject to, and may be adversely affected by, a number of other
factors, many of which are also largely outside our control.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, our operating results have been in the past and will continue to be subject to a number
of other factors, many of which are largely outside our control. Any one or more of the factors listed below or described
elsewhere in this risk factors section could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and/or results of
operations:
• increases in real estate costs in certain domestic and international markets;
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• inflationary pressures;
• disruptions to our supply chain;
• changes in governmental rules and approaches to taxation;
• fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
• adverse outcomes of litigation;
• severe weather or other natural or man-made disasters affecting a large market or several closely located markets that
may temporarily but significantly affect our retail business in such markets;
changes in climate, including changes to the frequency of severe weather events, that impact the price and availability
or cost of goods and services, energy and other materials throughout our supply chain; and
• especially in our largest markets, including the U.S. and China, labor discord or disruption, geopolitical events, war,
terrorism (including incidents targeting us), political instability, acts of public violence, boycotts, increasing antiAmerican sentiment in certain markets, hostilities and social unrest and other health pandemics that lead to avoidance
of public places or restrictions on public gatherings such as in our stores.
Economic conditions in the U.S. and international markets could adversely affect our business and financial results.
As a retailer that is dependent upon consumer discretionary spending, our results of operations are sensitive to changes in or
uncertainty about macro-economic conditions. Our customers may have or in the future have less money for discretionary
purchases and may stop or reduce their purchases of our products or switch to Starbucks or competitors’ lower-priced products
as a result of various factors, including job losses, inflation, higher taxes, reduced access to credit, changes in federal economic
policy, the COVID-19 pandemic and recent international trade disputes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other global health
events, we may experience a reduction and/or increased volatility in demand for our products, which may be caused by, among
other things: store closures or modified operating hours and business model, reduced customer traffic due to illness, quarantine
or government or self-imposed restrictions placed on our stores’ operations, impacts caused by precautionary measures such as
those related to face coverings and vaccinations, and changes in consumer spending behaviors (e.g. continued practice of social
distancing, decrease in consumer confidence in general macroeconomic conditions and a decrease in consumer discretionary
spending). Decreases in customer traffic and/or average value per transaction without a corresponding decrease in costs would
put downward pressure on margins and would negatively impact our financial results. There is also a risk that if negative
economic conditions or uncertainty, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise, persist for a long period of time or
worsen, consumers may make long-lasting changes to their discretionary purchasing behavior, including less frequent
discretionary purchases on a more permanent basis or there may be a general downturn in the restaurant industry. These and
other macroeconomic factors could have an adverse effect on our sales, profitability or development plans, which could harm
our results of operations and financial condition.
Failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance and fluctuations in the stock market as a whole will
likely adversely affect the market price and volatility of our stock.
Failure to meet market expectations going forward, particularly with respect to our operational and financial results and related
guidance, environmental performance and shareholder returns, will likely result in a decline and/or increased volatility in the
market price of our stock. In addition, price and volume fluctuations in the stock market as a whole may affect the market price
of our stock in ways that may be unrelated to our financial performance.
Risks Related to Brand Relevance and Brand Execution
Our success depends substantially on the value of our brands and failure to preserve their value could have a negative
impact on our financial results.
We believe we have built an excellent reputation globally for the quality of our products, for delivery of a consistently positive
consumer experience and for our global social and environmental impact programs. The Starbucks brand is recognized
throughout most of the world, and we have received high ratings in global brand value studies. To be successful in the future,
particularly outside of the U.S. where the Starbucks brand and our other brands are less well-known, we believe we must
preserve, grow and leverage the value of our brands across all sales channels. Brand value is based in part on consumer
perceptions on a variety of subjective qualities.
Business incidents, whether isolated or recurring and whether originating from us or our business partners, that erode consumer
trust can significantly reduce brand value, potentially trigger boycotts of our stores or result in civil or criminal liability and can
have a negative impact on our financial results. Such incidents include actual or perceived breaches of privacy or violations of
domestic or international privacy laws, contaminated food, product recalls, store employees or other food handlers infected with
communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, or other potential incidents discussed in this risk factors section. The impact of
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such incidents may be exacerbated if they receive considerable publicity, including rapidly through social or digital media
(including for malicious reasons) or result in litigation. Consumer demand for our products and our brand equity could diminish
significantly if we, our employees, licensees or other business partners fail to preserve the quality of our products, act or are
perceived to act in an unethical, illegal, racially-biased, unequal or socially irresponsible manner, including with respect to the
sourcing, content or sale of our products, service and treatment of customers at Starbucks stores, treatment of employees, or the
use of customer data for general or direct marketing or other purposes. Furthermore, if we are not effective in addressing our
social and environmental program goals, including our people- and planet-positive work, or achieving relevant sustainability
goals, consumer trust in our brand may suffer. Additionally, if we fail to comply with laws and regulations, take controversial
positions or actions or fail to deliver a consistently positive consumer experience in each of our markets, including by failing to
invest in the right balance of wages and benefits to attract and retain employees that represent the brand well or to foster an
inclusive and diverse environment, our brand value may be diminished.
The ongoing relevance of our brand may depend on the success of our people- and planet-positive initiatives, which require
company-wide coordination and alignment. We are working to manage risks and costs to us, our licensees and our supply chain
of any effects of climate change as well as diminishing energy and water resources. These risks include any increased public
focus, including by governmental and nongovernmental organizations, on these and other environmental sustainability matters,
including packaging and waste, animal health and welfare, deforestation and land use. These risks may also include any
increased pressure to make commitments, set targets or establish additional goals and take actions to meet them, which could
expose us to market, operational and execution costs or risks.
If our business partners and third-party providers do not satisfactorily fulfill their responsibilities and commitments, it
could damage our brand and our financial results could suffer.
Our global business strategy, including our plans for new stores, branded products and other initiatives, relies significantly on a
variety of business partners, including licensee and joint venture relationships, third-party manufacturers, distributors and
retailers, particularly for our entire global Channel Development business. Licensees, retailers and foodservice operators are
often authorized to use our logos and provide branded food, beverage and other products directly to customers. We believe our
customers expect the same quality of service regardless of whether they visit a licensed or company-operated store, so we
provide training and support to, and monitor the operations of, certain of these licensees and other business partners. However,
the product quality and service they deliver may still be diminished by any number of factors beyond our control, including
financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. We do not have direct control over our business
partners, including in their adherence to additional sanitation protocols and guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
and may not have visibility into their practices.
We also source our food, beverage and other products from a wide variety of domestic and international business partners, and
in certain cases such products are produced or sourced by our licensees directly. And although foodservice operators are
authorized to use our logos and provide branded products as part of their foodservice business, we do not monitor the quality of
non-Starbucks products served in those locations. Additionally, inconsistent uses of our brand and other of our intellectual
property assets, as well as failure to protect our intellectual property, can erode consumer trust and our brand value and have a
material negative impact on our financial results.
Incidents involving food or beverage-borne illnesses, tampering, adulteration, contamination or mislabeling, whether or
not accurate, as well as adverse public or medical opinions about the health effects of consuming our products, could
harm our business.
Instances or reports, whether true or not, of unclean water supply or food-safety issues, such as food or beverage-borne
illnesses, tampering, adulteration, contamination or mislabeling, either during growing, manufacturing, packaging, storing or
preparation, have in the past severely injured the reputations of companies in the food and beverage processing, grocery and
quick-service restaurant sectors. Any report linking us to such instances could severely hurt our sales and could possibly lead to
product liability claims, litigation (including class actions) and/or temporary store closures. Clean water is critical to the
preparation of coffee, tea and other beverages, as well as ice for our cold beverages, and our ability to ensure adequate supplies
of clean water and ice to our stores can be limited, particularly in some international locations. We are also continuing to
incorporate more products in our food and beverage lineup that require freezing or refrigeration, which increases the risk of
food safety related incidents if correct temperatures are not maintained due to mechanical malfunction or human error.
We also face risk by relying on third-party food suppliers to provide and transport ingredients and finished products to our
stores. While we monitor the operations of certain of these business partners, the product quality and service they deliver may
be diminished by any number of factors beyond our control and it may be difficult to detect contamination or other defects in
these products. There is greater risk from those we do not monitor, or do not monitor as closely. Furthermore, due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, there are stricter health regulations and guidelines and increased public concern over food safety
standards and controls. Potential food safety incidents, whether at our stores or involving our business partners, could lead to
wide public exposure, which could materially harm our business.
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Additionally, we are evolving our product lineup to include more local or smaller suppliers for some of our products who may
not have as rigorous quality and safety systems and protocols as larger or more national suppliers, especially in light of the
heightened safety protocols as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, instances of food or beverage-safety issues,
even those involving solely the restaurants or stores of competitors or of suppliers or distributors (regardless of whether we use
or have used those suppliers or distributors), could adversely affect our sales on a regional or global basis by resulting in
negative publicity about us or the foodservice industry in general. A decrease in customer traffic as a result of food-safety
concerns or negative publicity, or as a result of a temporary closure of any of our stores, product recalls, viral-contaminated
food or beverage claims or other food or beverage-safety claims or litigation, could materially harm our business and results of
operations.
We may not be successful in implementing important strategic initiatives or effectively managing growth, which may have
an adverse impact on our business and financial results.
There is no assurance that we will be able to implement important strategic initiatives in accordance with our expectations or
that they will generate expected returns, which may result in an adverse impact on our business and financial results. These
strategic initiatives, which include our profit-, people- and planet-positive visions, are designed to create growth, improve our
results of operations and drive long-term shareholder value, and include:
• being an employer of choice and investing in employees to deliver a superior customer experience;
• building our leadership position around coffee;
• driving convenience, brand engagement and digital relationships through our mobile, loyalty, delivery and digital
capabilities both domestically and internationally;
• simplifying store administrative tasks to allow store partners to better engage with customers;
• increasing the scale of the Starbucks store footprint with disciplined global expansion and introducing flexible and
unique store formats, including the accelerated development of alternative store formats (such as Starbucks
® Pickup
stores, Starbucks Now stores and curbside pickup) especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic;
• adjusting rapidly to changing customer preferences and behaviors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic;
• moving to a more licensed store model in some markets and a more company-owned model in other markets;
• creating new occasions in stores across all dayparts with new product offerings, including our growing lunch food and
beverage product lineup;
• continuing the global growth of our Channel Development business through our supply, distribution and licensing
agreements with Nestlé and other Channel Development business partners;
• delivering continued growth in our cold beverage business;
• working to address the potential effects of climate change and the sustainability of our business; and
• reducing our operating costs, particularly general and administrative expenses.
In addition to other factors listed in this risk factors section, factors that may adversely affect the successful implementation of
these initiatives, which could have a material adverse impact on our business and financial results, include the following:
• imposition of additional taxes by jurisdictions, such as on certain types of beverages or based on number of
employees;
• construction cost increases associated with new store openings and remodeling of existing stores; delays in store
openings for reasons beyond our control, such as potential shortages of materials and labor and delays in permits, or a
lack of desirable real estate locations available for lease at reasonable rates, either of which could keep us from
meeting annual store opening targets in the U.S. and internationally;
• governmental regulations or other health guidelines concerning operations of stores, including due to the COVID-19
pandemic or other public health emergencies;
• not successfully scaling our supply chain infrastructure as our product offerings increase and as we continue to expand,
including our emphasis on a broad range of high-quality food offerings;
• not successfully adapting to customer or market factors affecting our supply chain as we work to address sustainability
and climate change; and
• the deterioration in our credit ratings, which could limit the availability of additional financing and increase the cost of
obtaining financing to fund our initiatives.
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Effectively managing growth can be challenging, particularly as we expand in international markets where we must balance the
need for flexibility and a degree of autonomy for local management against the need for consistency with our goals, policies
and standards. If we are not successful in implementing our strategic initiatives, or, in the event we undertake large acquisitions,
integrations and divestitures, we may be required to evaluate whether certain assets, including goodwill and other intangibles,
have become impaired. In the event we record an impairment charge, it could have a material impact on our financial results.
Evolving consumer preferences and tastes may adversely affect our business.
Our continued success depends on our ability to attract and retain customers. Our financial results could be adversely affected
by a shift in consumer spending away from outside-the-home food and beverages (such as the disruption caused by online
commerce that results in reduced foot traffic to “brick & mortar” retail stores); lack of customer acceptance of new products
(including due to price increases necessary to cover the costs of new products or higher input costs), brands (such as the global
expansion of the Starbucks brand) and platforms (such as features of our mobile technology, changes in our loyalty rewards
programs and our delivery services initiatives); or customers reducing their demand for our current offerings as new products
are introduced. In addition, some of our products contain caffeine, dairy products, sugar and other compounds and allergens, the
health effects of which are the subject of public and regulatory scrutiny, including the suggestion of linkages to a variety of
adverse health effects. Particularly in the U.S., there is increasing consumer awareness of health risks, including obesity, as well
as increased consumer litigation based on alleged adverse health impacts of consumption of various food and beverage
products. While we have a variety of beverage and food items, including items that are coffee-free and have reduced calories,
an unfavorable report on the health effects of caffeine or other compounds present in our products, whether accurate or not,
imposition of additional taxes on certain types of food and beverage components, or negative publicity or litigation arising from
certain health risks could significantly reduce the demand for our beverages and food products and could materially harm our
business and results of operations. Furthermore, our financial results have been and could continue to be adversely affected by
the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a disruption of customer routines, changes to employer “workfrom-home” policies, reduced business and recreational travel and changes in consumer behavior and the ability or willingness
to spend discretionary income on our products.
We may not be successful in our marketing, promotional and advertising plans and pricing strategies
Our continued success depends in part on our ability to adjust our marketing, promotional and advertising plans and pricing
strategy to respond quickly and effectively to shifting economic and competitive conditions as well as evolving customer
preferences. We operate in a complex and costly marketing, promotional and advertising environment. Our marketing,
promotional and advertising programs may not be successful in reaching our customers in the way we intend. Our success
depends in part on whether the allocation of our advertising, promotional and marketing resources across different channels,
including digital marketing, allows us to reach our customers effectively and efficiently, and in ways that are meaningful to
them. If the advertising, promotional and marketing programs or our pricing strategies are not successful, or are not as
successful as those of our competitors, our sales and market share could decrease.
Finally, customers are focusing more on sustainability and the environmental impacts of operations. An inability to meet
customer expectations with respect to these issues could adversely affect our financial results.
Risks Related to Cybersecurity and Data Privacy
• Failure to maintain satisfactory compliance with certain privacy and data protections laws and regulations may subject us
to substantial negative financial consequences and civil or criminal penalties.
Complex local, state, national, foreign and international laws and regulations apply to the collection, use, retention, protection,
disclosure, transfer and other processing of personal data. These privacy and data protection laws and regulations are quickly
evolving, with new or modified laws and regulations proposed and implemented frequently and existing laws and regulations
subject to new or different interpretations and enforcement. In addition, our legal and regulatory obligations in jurisdictions
outside the U.S. are subject to unexpected changes, including the potential for regulatory or other governmental entities to enact
new or additional laws or regulations, to issue rulings that invalidate prior laws or regulations or to increase penalties
significantly. Complying with these laws and regulations can be costly and can impede the development and offering of new
products and services.
For example, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the U.K. General Data Protection Regulation (which
implements the GDPR into U.K. law), impose stringent data protection requirements and provide for significant penalties for
noncompliance. Additionally, California enacted legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The CCPA
requires, among other things, covered companies to provide new disclosures to California consumers and allows such
consumers new abilities to opt-out of certain sales of personal data. The CCPA also provides for civil penalties for violations as
well as a private right of action for data breaches that may increase data breach litigation.
Further, the California Privacy Rights
Act, which was passed in November 2020 and is fully effective in January 2023, significantly modifies the CCPA. These
modifications will require us to incur additional costs and expenses in our effort to comply. Virginia and Colorado recently
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enacted similar data privacy legislation that will take effect in 2023, and several other states and countries are considering
expanding or passing privacy laws in the near term.
In June 2021, the European Commission finalized recommendations in relation to cross border data transfers and published new
versions of the Standard Contractual Clauses. The new requirements will require us to incur costs and expenses in order to
comply and may impact the transfer of personal data throughout our organization and to third parties.
Our failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations or other obligations to which we may be subject relating to personal
data, or to protect personal data from unauthorized access, use or other processing, could result in enforcement actions and
regulatory investigations against us, claims for damages by customers and other affected individuals, fines, damage to our brand
reputation, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our operations, financial performance and business.
• The unauthorized access, use, theft or destruction of customer or employee personal, financial or other data or of
Starbucks proprietary or confidential information that is stored in our information systems or by third parties on our
behalf could impact our reputation and brand and expose us to potential liability and loss of revenues.
Many of our information technology systems (whether cloud-based or hosted in proprietary servers), including those used for
our point-of-sale, web and mobile platforms, online and mobile payment systems, delivery services and rewards programs and
administrative functions, contain personal, financial or other information that is entrusted to us by our customers and
employees. Many of our information technology systems also contain Starbucks proprietary and other confidential information
related to our business, such as business plans and product development initiatives and designs, and confidential information
about third parties, such as licensees and business partners. Similar to many other retail companies and because of the
prominence of our brand, we are consistently subject to attempts to compromise our information technology systems from both
internal and external sources. The number and frequency of these attempts varies from year to year but could be exacerbated to
some extent by an increase in our digital operations, including our efforts to comply with state and local mandates in response
to COVID
19. In addition, we provide some customer and employee data, as well as Starbucks proprietary information and
other confidential information important to our business, to third parties where necessary to conduct our business, including
licensees and business partners. Individuals performing work for Starbucks and such third parties also may possess some of this
data, including on personally-owned digital devices. To the extent we, a third party or such an individual were to experience a
breach of our or their information technology systems that results in the unauthorized access, theft, use, destruction or other
compromises of customers’ or employees’ data or confidential information of the Company stored in or transmitted through
such systems, including through cyber-attacks or other external or internal methods, it could result in a material loss of revenues
from the potential adverse impact to our reputation and brand, a decrease in our ability to retain customers or attract new ones,
the imposition of potentially significant costs (including loss of data or payment for recovery of data) and liabilities, loss of
business, loss of business partners and licensees and the disruption to our supply chain, business and plans. Unauthorized
access, theft, use, destruction or other compromises may occur through a variety of methods, including attacks using malicious
code, those taking advantage of vulnerabilities in software, hardware or other infrastructure (including systems used by our
supply chain), those using techniques aimed at convincing those with access to such data or information to share passwords or
otherwise allow access through deceit or otherwise and those taking advance of inadequate account security practices.
Such security breaches also could result in a violation of applicable U.S. and international privacy, cyber and other laws or
trigger U.S. state data breach notification laws, and subject us to private consumer, business partner or licensee or securities
litigation and governmental investigations and proceedings, any of which could result in our exposure to material civil or
criminal liability.
Significant capital investments and other expenditures could also be required to investigate security incidents, remedy
cybersecurity problems, recuperate lost data, prevent future compromises and adapt systems and practices to react to the
changing threat environment. These include costs associated with notifying affected individuals and other agencies, additional
security technologies, trainings, personnel, experts and credit monitoring services for those whose data has been breached.
These costs, which could be material, could adversely impact our results of operations in the period in which they are incurred,
including by interfering with the pursuit of other important business strategies and initiatives, and may not meaningfully limit
the success of future attempts to breach our information technology systems.
Media or other reports of existing or perceived security vulnerabilities in our systems or those of our third-party business
partners or service providers can also adversely impact our brand and reputation and materially impact our business.
Additionally, the techniques and sophistication used to conduct cyber-attacks and compromise information technology systems,
as well as the sources and targets of these attacks, change frequently and are often not recognized until such attacks are
launched or have been in place for a period of time. We continue to make significant investments in technology, third-party
services and personnel to develop and implement systems and processes that are designed to anticipate cyber-attacks and to
prevent or minimize breaches of our information technology systems or data loss, but these security measures cannot provide
assurance that we will be successful in preventing such breaches or data loss.
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We rely heavily on information technology in our operations and growth initiatives, and any material failure, inadequacy,
interruption or security failure of that technology could harm our ability to effectively operate and grow our business and
could adversely affect our financial results.
We rely heavily on information technology systems across our operations for numerous purposes including for administrative
functions, point-of-sale processing and payment in our stores and online, management of our supply chain, Starbucks Cards,
online business, delivery services, mobile technology, including mobile payments and ordering apps, reloads and loyalty
functionality and various other processes and transactions, and many of these systems are interdependent on one another for
their functionality. Additionally, the success of several of our initiatives to drive growth, including our ability to increase digital
relationships with our customers to drive incremental traffic and spend, is highly dependent on our technology systems.
Furthermore, due to the social distancing measures put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we accelerated the
transformation of our store portfolio by expanding convenience-led formats, which depend heavily on our mobile ordering
capabilities. We also rely on third-party providers and platforms for some of these information technology systems and support.
Additionally, our systems hardware, software and services provided by third-party service providers are not fully redundant
within a market or across our markets. Although we have operational safeguards in place, they may not be effective in
preventing the failure of these systems or platforms to operate effectively and be available. Such failures may be caused by
various factors, including power outages, climate change-related impacts, catastrophic events, physical theft, computer and
network failures, inadequate or ineffective redundancy, problems with transitioning to upgraded or replacement systems or
platforms, flaws in third-party software or services, errors or improper use by our employees or third party service providers, or
a breach in the security of these systems or platforms, including through cyber-attacks such as those that result in the blockage
of our or our third-party business partners’ or service providers’ systems and platforms and those discussed in more detail in
this risk factors section. If our incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity plans do not resolve these issues in
an effective and timely manner they could result in an interruption in our operations and could cause material negative impacts
to our product availability and sales, the efficiency of our operations and our financial results. In addition, remediation of any
problems with our systems could result in significant, unplanned expenses.
Risks Related to Intellectual Property
We may not be able to adequately protect our intellectual property or adequately ensure that we are not infringing the
intellectual property of others, which could harm the value of our brand and our business.
The success of our business depends on our continued ability to use our existing trademarks and service marks in order to
increase brand awareness and further develop our branded products in both domestic and international markets. We rely on a
combination of trademarks, copyrights, service marks, trade secrets, patents and other intellectual property rights to protect our
brand and branded products.
We have registered certain trademarks and have other trademark registrations pending in the U.S. and certain foreign
jurisdictions. The trademarks that we currently use have not been registered in all of the countries outside of the U.S. in which
we do business or may do business in the future and may never be registered in all of these countries. It may be costly and time
consuming to protect our intellectual property, and the steps we have taken to protect our intellectual property in the U.S. and
foreign countries may not be adequate. In addition, the steps we have taken may not adequately ensure that we do not infringe
the intellectual property of others, and third parties may claim infringement by us in the future. Any claim of infringement,
whether or not it has merit, could be time-consuming, result in costly litigation and harm our business. In addition, we cannot
ensure that licensees will not take actions that hurt the value of our intellectual property.
Risks Related to Labor and Supply Chain
Our reliance on key business partners may adversely affect our business and operations.
The growth of our business relies on the ability of our licensee partners to implement our growth platforms and product
innovations as well as on the degree to which we are able to enter into, maintain, develop and negotiate appropriate terms and
conditions of, and enforce, commercial and other agreements and the performance of our business partners under such
agreements. Our international licensees may face capital constraints or other factors that may limit the speed at which they are
able to expand and develop in a certain market. Our Channel Development business is heavily reliant on Nestlé, which has the
right to sell and distribute our packaged goods and foodservice products to retailers and operators, with few exceptions. If
Nestlé fails to perform its distribution and marketing commitments under our agreements and/or fails to support, protect and
grow our brand in Channel Development, our Channel Development business could be adversely impacted for a period of time,
present long-term challenges to our brand, limit our ability to grow our Channel Development business and have a material
adverse impact on our business and financial results. Additionally, the growth of our Channel Development business is in part
dependent on the level of discretionary support provided by our retail and licensed store businesses.
There are generally a relatively small number of licensee partners operating in specific markets. If they are not able to access
sufficient funds or financing, or are otherwise unable or unwilling to successfully operate and grow their businesses it could
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have a material adverse effect on our results in the markets. Our business partners may be materially adversely impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic and may not have sufficient financial support and capital to remain financially solvent and may not have
the ability to meet their development goals and targets.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our financial results have been and could continue in the future to be adversely affected by the
disruption to the operations of our business partners, including licensee relationships, third-party manufacturers, distributors
and retailers, through the effects of business and facilities closures, reductions in operating hours, social, economic, political or
labor instability in affected areas, transportation delays, travel restrictions and changes in operating procedures, including for
additional cleaning and safety protocols.
Increases in the cost of high-quality arabica coffee beans or other commodities or decreases in the availability of highquality arabica coffee beans or other commodities could have an adverse impact on our business and financial results.
The availability and prices of coffee beans and other commodities are subject to significant volatility. We purchase, roast and
sell high-quality whole bean
arabica coffee beans and related coffee products. The high-quality arabica coffee of the quality
we seek tends to trade on a negotiated basis at a premium above the “C” price. This premium depends upon the supply and
demand at the time of purchase and the amount of the premium can vary significantly. Increases in the “C” coffee commodity
price increase the price of high-quality
arabica coffee and also impact our ability to enter into fixed-price purchase
commitments. We frequently enter into supply contracts whereby the quality, quantity, delivery period and other negotiated
terms are agreed upon, but the date, and therefore price, at which the base “C” coffee commodity price component will be fixed
has not yet been established.
The supply and price of coffee we purchase can also be affected by multiple factors in the producing countries, such as weather,
climate change, water supply quality and availability throughout the coffee production chain, natural disasters, crop disease and
pests, general increase in farm inputs and costs of production, inventory levels, political and economic conditions and the
actions of certain organizations and associations that have historically attempted to influence prices of green coffee through
agreements establishing export quotas or by restricting coffee supplies. Speculative trading in coffee commodities can also
influence coffee prices. For example, drought conditions in Brazil have and, given continued drought conditions, are predicted
to continue to impact coffee prices. Because of the significance of coffee beans to our operations, combined with our ability to
only partially mitigate future price risk through purchasing practices and hedging activities, increases in the cost of high-quality
arabica coffee beans could have a material adverse impact on our profitability. In addition, if we are not able to purchase
sufficient quantities of green coffee due to any of the above factors or due to a worldwide or regional shortage, we may not be
able to fulfill the demand for our coffee, which could have a material adverse impact on our business operations and financial
performance.
We also purchase significant amounts of dairy products, particularly fluid milk, to support the needs of our company-operated
retail stores. Additionally, and although less significant to our operations than coffee or dairy, other commodities, including tea
and those related to food and beverage inputs, such as cocoa, produce, baking ingredients, meats, eggs and energy, as well as
the processing of these inputs, are important to our operations. Increases in the cost of dairy products and other commodities, or
lack of availability, whether due to supply shortages, delays or interruptions in processing, or otherwise, especially in
international markets, could have a material adverse impact on our profitability. Similarly, increases in the cost of, or lack of
availability, whether due to supply shortages, delays or interruptions in the processing of plant-based alternatives could have a
material adverse impact on our profitability.
Interruption of our supply chain could affect our ability to produce or deliver our products and could negatively impact
our business and profitability.
Any material interruption in our supply chain, such as material interruption of roasted coffee supply due to the casualty loss of
any of our roasting plants, interruptions in service by our third-party logistic service providers or common carriers that ship
goods within our distribution channels, trade restrictions, such as increased tariffs or quotas, embargoes or customs restrictions,
pandemics, social or labor unrest, labor shortages, natural disasters or political disputes and military conflicts that cause a
material disruption in our supply chain could have a negative material impact on our business and our profitability.
Additionally, our food, beverage and other products are sourced from a wide variety of domestic and international business
partners in our supply chain operations, and in certain cases are produced or sourced by our licensees directly. We rely on these
suppliers to provide high quality products and to comply with applicable laws. Our ability to find qualified suppliers who meet
our standards and supply products in a timely and efficient manner is a significant challenge as we increase our fresh and
prepared food offerings, especially with respect to goods sourced from outside the U.S. and from countries or regions with
diminished infrastructure, developing or failing economies or which are experiencing political instability or social unrest. For
certain products, we may rely on one or very few suppliers. A supplier’s failure to meet our standards, provide products in a
timely and efficient manner, or comply with applicable laws is beyond our control. These issues could have a material negative
impact on our business and profitability.
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Changes in the availability of and the cost of labor could adversely affect our business.
Our business could be adversely impacted by increases in labor costs, including wages and benefits, which, in a retail business
such as ours, are two of our most significant costs, both domestically and internationally, including those increases triggered by
regulatory actions regarding wages, scheduling and benefits; increased health care and workers’ compensation insurance costs;
increased wages and costs of other benefits necessary to attract and retain high quality employees with the right skill sets and
increased wages, benefits and costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth of our business can make it increasingly
difficult to locate and hire sufficient numbers of employees, to maintain an effective system of internal controls for a globally
dispersed enterprise and to train employees worldwide to deliver a consistently high-quality product and customer experience,
which could materially harm our business and results of operations. Furthermore, we have experienced, and could continue to
experience, a shortage of labor for store positions, including due to concerns around COVID-19 and other factors, which could
decrease the pool of available qualified talent for key functions. Such labor shortages could be further exacerbated by expanded
COVID-19 vaccination requirements. In addition, our wages and benefits programs may be insufficient to attract and retain the
best talent. Additionally, while the number of partners represented by unions is not significant, if a significant portion of our
employees were to become unionized, our labor costs could increase and our business could be negatively affected by other
requirements and expectations that could increase our costs, change our employee culture, decrease our flexibility and disrupt
our business. Further, our responses to any union organizing efforts could negatively impact how our brand is perceived and
have adverse effects on our business, including on our financial results.
The loss of key personnel or difficulties recruiting and retaining qualified personnel could adversely impact our business
and financial results.
Much of our future success depends on the continued availability and service of senior management personnel. The loss of any
of our executive officers or other key senior management personnel could harm our business. Our success also depends
substantially on the contributions and abilities of our retail store employees on whom we rely to give customers a superior instore experience and elevate our brand. Accordingly, our performance depends on our ability to recruit and retain high quality
management personnel and other employees to work in and manage our stores, both domestically and internationally. Our
ability to attract and retain corporate, retail and other personnel is also acutely impacted in certain international and domestic
markets where the competition for a relatively small number of qualified employees is intense or in markets where large hightech companies are able to offer more competitive salaries and benefits. Additionally, there is intense competition for qualified
technology systems developers necessary to develop and implement new technologies for our growth initiatives, including
increasing our digital relationships with customers. If we are unable to recruit, retain and motivate employees sufficiently to
maintain our current business and support our projected growth, our business and financial performance may be adversely
affected.
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Risks Related to Competition
We face intense competition in each of our channels and markets, which could lead to reduced profitability.
The specialty coffee market is intensely competitive, including with respect to product quality, innovation, service,
convenience, such as delivery service and mobile ordering, and price, and we face significant and increasing competition in all
of these areas in each of our channels and markets. Accordingly, we do not have leadership positions in all channels and
markets. In the U.S., the ongoing focus by large competitors in the quick-service restaurant sector on selling high-quality
specialty coffee beverages could lead to decreases in customer traffic to Starbucks
® stores and/or average value per transaction
adversely affecting our sales and results of operations. Similarly, continued competition from well-established competitors, or
competition from large new entrants or well-funded smaller companies, in our domestic and international markets could hinder
growth and adversely affect our sales and results of operations in those markets. Many small competitors also continue to open
coffee specialty stores in many of our markets across the world, which in the aggregate may also lead to significant decreases of
customer traffic to our stores in those markets. Increased competition globally in packaged coffee and tea and single-serve and
ready-to-drink coffee beverage markets, including from new and large entrants to this market, could adversely affect the
profitability of the Channel Development segment. In addition, not all of our competitors may seek to establish environmental
or sustainability goals at a comparable level to ours, which could result in lower supply chain or operating costs for our
competitors. We may incur increased costs associated with reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions,
reducing the use of plastic or imposing performance obligations on our suppliers that could increase financial obligations for us
and our business partners and could affect our profitability. Additionally, if we are unable to respond to consumer demand for
healthy beverages and foods, or our competitors respond more effectively, this could have a negative effect on our business.
Furthermore, declines in general consumer demand for specialty coffee products for any reason, including due to consumer
preference for other products, flattening demand for our products, changed customer daily routines or traffic to stores as a result
of the COVID-19 pandemic, or changed customer spending behaviors due to challenging economic conditions, could have a
negative effect on our business.
Risks Related to Operating a Global Business
We are highly dependent on the financial performance of our North America operating segment.
Our financial performance is highly dependent on our North America operating segment, which comprised approximately 70%
of consolidated total net revenues in fiscal 2021. If the North America operating segment revenue trends slow or decline, or
does not successfully recover in the post COVID-19 environment, especially in our U.S. market, our other segments may be
unable to make up any significant shortfall and our business and financial results could be adversely affected. And because the
North America segment is relatively mature and produces the large majority of our operating cash flows, such a slowdown or
decline could result in reduced cash flows for funding the expansion of our international businesses and other initiatives and for
returning cash to shareholders.
We are increasingly dependent on the success of certain international markets in order to achieve our growth targets.
Our future growth increasingly depends on the growth and sustained profitability of certain international markets. Some or all
of our international market business units (“MBUs”), which we generally define by the countries in which they operate, may
not be successful in their operations or in achieving expected growth, which ultimately requires achieving consistent, stable net
revenues and earnings. The performance of these international operations may be adversely affected by economic downturns in
one or more of the countries in which our large MBUs operate. A decline in performance of one or more of our significant
international MBUs could have a material adverse impact on our consolidated results.
The International segment is a significant profit center driving our global returns, along with our North America segment. In
particular, our China MBU contributes meaningfully to both consolidated and International net revenues and operating income.
China is currently our fastest growing market, our second largest market overall and 100% company-owned. Due to the
significance of our China market for our profit and growth, we are exposed to risks in China, including the risks mentioned
elsewhere and the following:
• the effects of current U.S.-China relations, including rounds of tariff increases and retaliations and increasing
restrictive regulations, potential boycotts and increasing anti-Americanism;
• escalating U.S.-China tension and increasing political sensitivities in China;
• the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental regulations and restrictions on our operations in
China;
• entry of new competitors to the specialty coffee market in China;
• changes in economic conditions in China and potential negative effects to the growth of its middle class, wages, labor,
inflation, discretionary spending and real estate and supply chain costs;
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• ongoing government regulatory reform, including relating to public health, food safety, tariffs and tax, sustainability
and responses to climate change, which result in regulatory uncertainty as well as potential significant increases in
compliance costs; and
• food-safety related matters, including compliance with food-safety regulations and ability to ensure product quality
and safety.
Additionally, some factors that will be critical to the success of our international operations overall are different than those
affecting our U.S. stores and licensees. Tastes naturally vary by region, and consumers in some MBUs may not embrace our
products to the same extent as consumers in the U.S. or other international markets. Occupancy costs and store operating
expenses can be higher internationally than in the U.S. due to higher rents for prime store locations or costs of compliance with
country-specific regulatory requirements. Because many of our international operations are in an early phase of development,
operating expenses as a percentage of related revenues are often higher compared to more developed operations.
• We face risks as a global business that could adversely affect our financial performance.
We operate in 84 markets globally. Our international operations are also subject to additional inherent risks of conducting
business abroad, such as:
• foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, or requirements to transact in specific currencies;
• changes or uncertainties in economic, legal, regulatory, social and political conditions in our markets, as well as
negative effects on U.S. businesses due to increasing anti-American sentiment in certain markets;
• interpretation and application of laws and regulations, including tax, tariffs, labor, merchandise, anti-bribery and
privacy laws and regulations;
• restrictive actions of foreign or U.S. governmental authorities affecting trade and foreign investment, especially during
periods of heightened tension between the U.S. and such foreign governmental authorities, including protective
measures such as export and customs duties and tariffs, government intervention favoring local competitors and
restrictions on the level of foreign ownership;
• import or other business licensing requirements;
• the enforceability of intellectual property and contract rights;
• limitations on the repatriation of funds and foreign currency exchange restrictions due to current or new U.S. and
international regulations;
• in developing economies, the growth rate in the portion of the population achieving sufficient levels of disposable
income may not be as fast as we forecast;
• difficulty in staffing, developing and managing foreign operations and supply chain logistics, including ensuring the
consistency of product quality and service, due to governmental actions affecting supply chain logistics, distance,
language and cultural differences, as well as challenges in recruiting and retaining high quality employees in local
markets;
• local laws that make it more expensive and complex to negotiate with, retain or terminate employees;
• local regulations, health guidelines and safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our operations;
and
• delays in store openings for reasons beyond our control, competition with locally relevant competitors or a lack of
desirable real estate locations available for lease at reasonable rates, any of which could keep us from meeting annual
store opening targets and, in turn, negatively impact net revenues, operating income and earnings per share.
Moreover, many of the foregoing risks are particularly acute in developing countries, which are important to our long-term
growth prospects.
Risks Related to Governmental and Regulatory Changes
Failure to comply with applicable laws and changing legal and regulatory requirements could harm our business and
financial results.
Our policies and procedures are designed to comply with all applicable laws, accounting and reporting requirements, tax rules
and other regulations and requirements, including those imposed by the SEC, Nasdaq and foreign countries, as well as
applicable trade, labor, healthcare, food and beverage, sanitation, safety, environmental, labeling, anti-bribery and corruption
and merchandise laws. Such laws and regulations are complex and often subject to differing interpretations, which can lead to
unintentional or unknown instances of non-compliance. Changes in applicable environmental laws and regulations, including
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increased or additional regulations and associated costs to limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, to
discourage the use of plastic or to limit or impose additional costs on commercial water use, may result in increased compliance
costs, capital expenditures, incremental investments and other financial obligations for us and our business partners, which
could affect our profitability. Furthermore, due to the COVID
19 pandemic, we are subject to additional domestic and foreign
governmental regulations and health guidelines, as well as any other voluntary safety protocols.
In addition, our business is subject to complex and rapidly evolving U.S. and international laws and regulations regarding data
privacy and data protection, and companies are under increased regulatory scrutiny relating to these matters. The Federal Trade
Commission and many state attorneys general are also interpreting federal and state consumer protection laws to impose
standards for the online collection, use, dissemination and security of data. The interpretation and application of existing laws
and regulations regarding data privacy and data protection are in flux and authorities around the world are considering a number
of additional legislative and regulatory proposals in this area. Current and future data privacy and data protection laws and
regulations (including the GDPR and the CCPA, discussed in more detail in this risk factors section, and other applicable
international and U.S. privacy laws), or new interpretations of existing laws and regulations, may limit our ability to collect and
use data, require us to otherwise modify our data processing practices and policies or result in the possibility of fines, litigation
or orders, which may have an adverse effect on our business and results of operations. The burdens imposed by these and other
laws and regulations that may be enacted, or new interpretations of existing and future laws and regulations, may also require us
to incur substantial costs in reaching compliance in a manner adverse to our business.
The complexity of the regulatory environment in which we operate and the related costs of compliance are both increasing due
to additional or changing legal and regulatory requirements, our ongoing expansion into new markets and new channels and the
fact that foreign laws occasionally conflict with domestic laws. In addition to potential damage to our reputation and brand,
failure by us or our business partners to comply with the various applicable laws and regulations, as well as changes in laws and
regulations or the manner in which they are interpreted or applied, may result in litigation, civil and criminal liability, damages,
fines and penalties, increased cost of regulatory compliance and restatements of our financial statements and have an adverse
impact on our business and financial results.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
None.
Item 2. Properties
The material properties used by Starbucks in connection with its roasting, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and
corporate administrative operations, serving all segments, are as follows:

Location
York, PA
Seattle, WA
Minden, NV (Carson Valley)
Lebanon, TN
Kent, WA
Auburn, WA
Shanghai, China
Approximate Size in Square Feet Purpose
1,957,000 Roasting, warehousing and distribution
1,288,000 Corporate administrative
1,080,000 Roasting, warehousing and distribution
680,000 Warehousing and distribution
510,000 Roasting and distribution
491,000 Warehousing and distribution
175,000 Corporate administrative

We own most of our roasting facilities and lease the majority of our warehousing and distribution locations. As of October 3,
2021, Starbucks had 17,133 company-operated stores, almost all of which are leased. We also lease space in various locations
worldwide for regional, district and other administrative offices, training facilities and storage. In addition to the locations listed
above, we hold inventory at various locations managed by third-party warehouses. We believe our existing facilities, both
owned and leased, are in good condition and suitable for the conduct of our business.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
See Note 16, Commitments and Contingencies, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-
K for information regarding certain legal proceedings in which we are involved.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
Not applicable.
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PART II
Item 5.
Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity
Securities
SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION
MARKET INFORMATION AND DIVIDEND POLICY
Starbucks common stock is traded on Nasdaq, under the symbol “SBUX.”
As of November 12, 2021, we had approximately 18,000 shareholders of record. This does not include persons whose stock is
in nominee or “street name” accounts through brokers.
Future decisions to pay comparable cash dividends continue to be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be
dependent on our operating performance, financial condition, capital expenditure requirements and other factors that the Board
of Directors considers relevant.
ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Shares under our ongoing share repurchase program may be repurchased in open market transactions, including pursuant to a
trading plan adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), as
amended, or through privately negotiated transactions. The timing, manner, price and amount of repurchases will be determined
at our discretion, and the share repurchase program may be suspended, terminated or modified at any time for any reason.
During the fiscal year ended October 3, 2021, there was no share repurchase activity. As of October 3, 2021, 48.9 million
shares remained available for repurchase under current authorizations. Due to our business recovery and restoration of certain
leverage metrics, we have resumed our share repurchase program in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
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Performance Comparison Graph
The following graph depicts the total return to shareholders from October 2, 2016, through October 3, 2021, relative to the
performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the NASDAQ Composite Index and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Consumer
Discretionary Sector, a peer group that includes Starbucks. All indices shown in the graph have been reset to a base of 100 as of
October 2, 2016, and assume an investment of $100 on that date and the reinvestment of dividends paid since that date. The
stock price performance shown in the graph is not necessarily indicative of future price performance.

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Item 6. [Reserved]
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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
General
Our fiscal year ends on the Sunday closest to September 30. All references to store counts, including data for new store
openings, are reported net of related store closures, unless otherwise noted. Fiscal year 2021 included 53 weeks, with the 53rd
week falling in the fourth fiscal quarter. Fiscal years 2020 and 2019 included 52 weeks. For fiscal 2021, comparable store sales
percentages were calculated excluding the extra week in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.
The discussion of our financial condition and results of operations for the year ended September 29, 2019, included in Item 7.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) can be found in the
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2020. The fiscal 2021 Latin America and Caribbean licensed
store market resegmentation did not have a material impact to prior year North America and International operating segment
business trends and operating margins.
Overview
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, certain changes were made to our management team, and our operating segment reporting
structure was realigned as a result. We realigned our fully licensed Latin America and Caribbean markets from our Americas
operating segment to our International operating segment. Additionally, we renamed the Americas operating segment to the
North America operating segment, since it is comprised of our company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and Canada.
We also made certain other immaterial changes between our International operating segment and Corporate and Other.
Concurrent with the change in reportable segments, we revised our prior period financial information to be consistent with the
current period presentation. There was no impact on consolidated net revenues, total operating expenses, operating income or
net earnings per share as a result of these changes.
We have three reportable operating segments: 1) North America, which is inclusive of the U.S. and Canada; 2) International,
which is inclusive of China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean; and 3) Channel
Development. Non-reportable operating segments such as Evolution Fresh and unallocated corporate expenses are reported
within Corporate and Other.
Our financial results and long-term growth model will continue to be driven by new store openings, comparable store sales and
margin management. We believe these key operating metrics are useful to investors because management uses these metrics to
assess the growth of our business and the effectiveness of our marketing and operational strategies. Throughout this MD&A, we
commonly discuss the following key operating metrics:
• New store openings and store count
• Comparable store sales
• Operating margin
Starbucks results for fiscal 2021 demonstrate the overall strength and resilience of our brand. Consolidated revenues increased
24% to $29.1 billion in fiscal 2021 compared to $23.5 billion in fiscal 2020, primarily due to business recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic. Also contributing to the increase was $576 million of incremental revenue attributable to the extra week
in fiscal 2021.
For the North America segment, comparable store sales increased 22% for fiscal 2021 compared to a decline of 12% in fiscal
2020. Comparable store sales for our U.S. market increased 21% for fiscal 2021 compared to a decline of 12% in fiscal 2020.
The U.S. market also had a 7% increase in two-year comparable store sales
(1). We lapped higher costs attributable to COVID-19
in the prior year, including catastrophe pay programs for company-operated store partners (employees), net of qualified tax
credits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Canada Emergency Wage
Subsidy (“CEWS”). In fiscal 2020, we announced a restructuring plan to optimize our North America store portfolio, primarily
in dense, metropolitan markets, by blending store formats to better cater to changing customer tastes and preferences. As of the
fiscal year ended October 3, 2021, we had substantially completed our restructuring plan, which resulted in the closure of 807
stores in the U.S. and Canada. Costs incurred related to the restructuring efforts were recorded as restructuring and impairments
on our consolidated statements of earnings. In October 2021, we announced plans to deliver retail wage increases across the
U.S. in fiscal 2022. This investment, combined with industry-leading benefits, supports Starbucks aspiration to remain an
employer of choice that can attract and retain the high-quality talent necessary to support our continued growth.
For the International segment, comparable store sales increased by 16% for fiscal 2021 compared to a decline of 19% in fiscal
2020. Comparable store sales for our China market increased 17%, inclusive of a 3% adverse impact from lapping the prioryear value-added tax (“VAT”) benefit. Key markets in the International segment continued to experience pandemic-related
restrictions that significantly impacted customer mobility during the year. Although nearly all company-operated stores in these
markets remained open, the modified operating protocols had an adverse impact to comparable store sales and operating results.
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Revenue for our Channel Development segment decreased $331 million, or 17%, when compared with fiscal 2020. This was
largely due to the transition of certain single-serve product activities to Nestlé beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
This was partially offset by growth in our ready-to-drink business. We expect Channel Development to return to more
normalized reported revenue growth levels in fiscal 2022, as the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 is the last quarter lapping these
transition related activities.
During fiscal 2021, we began to experience certain supply shortages and transportation delays largely attributable to impacts of
the COVID-19 pandemic as well as changes in customer demand and behaviors. While we expect these shortages and delays
may continue into fiscal 2022, we view them to be temporary and do not believe they will have a material impact to our longterm growth and profitability. Absent significant and prolonged COVID-19 relapses or global economic disruptions, and based
on the current trend of our business operations and our focused efforts to elevate customer experiences, enhance digital
capabilities and drive beverage innovation, we are confident in the strength of our brand and the durability of long-term
“Growth at Scale” strategy to deliver consistent revenue and income growth. We anticipate the planned wage investment in the
U.S., along with increased supply chain costs primarily related to inflationary pressures that began in the latter half of the fiscal
year, will have an impact to operating margin in fiscal 2022. However, these should be meaningfully offset by benefits from
pricing decisions and leverage from revenue growth and productivity efficiency.
(1) Two-year comparable store sales metric is calculated as ((1 + % change in comparable store sales in FY20) * (1 + %
change in comparable store sales in FY21)) – 1. Two-year comparable store sales for the U.S. of 7% = ((1 + (-12%)) * (1 +
21%)) – 1.
Financial Highlights
• Total net revenues increased 24% to $29.1 billion in fiscal 2021 compared to $23.5 billion in fiscal 2020, including
$576 million attributable to the extra week in fiscal 2021.
• Consolidated operating income increased to $4.9 billion in fiscal 2021 compared to $1.6 billion in fiscal 2020. Fiscal
2021 operating margin was 16.8% compared to 6.6% in fiscal 2020. Operating margin expansion was primarily due to
sales leverage from business recovery and lapping higher COVID-19 related costs in the prior year, mainly catastrophe
and service pay for store partners, net of temporary subsidies from the U.S. and certain foreign governments, as well as
pricing in North America in the current year. These increases were partially offset by enhancements in retail store
partner wages and benefits and, to a lesser extent, increased supply chain costs due to accelerated inflationary pressures
in the latter half of fiscal 2021.
• Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for fiscal 2021 increased to $3.54, compared to EPS of $0.79 in fiscal 2020. The
increase was primarily driven by lapping the adverse impacts of COVID-19 in prior year. Also contributing to the
increase was a $0.56 gain net of estimated taxes on the divestiture of our South Korea joint venture and $0.10 related to
the extra week in fiscal 2021.
• Capital expenditures were $1.5 billion for both fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020.
• We returned $2.1 billion to our shareholders in fiscal 2021 through dividends. We returned $3.6 billion in fiscal 2020
through share repurchases and dividends. We temporarily suspended our share repurchase program in March 2020. Due
to our business recovery and restoration of certain leverage metrics, we have resumed our share repurchase program in
the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Acquisitions and Divestitures
See Note 2, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Strategic Alliance, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part
II of this 10-K for information regarding acquisitions and divestitures.
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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — FISCAL 2021 COMPARED TO FISCAL 2020
Consolidated results of operations
(in millions):
Revenues
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
%
Change
Net revenues:

Company-operated stores
Licensed stores
Other
Total net revenues
$ 24,607.0 $
2,683.6
1,770.0
29,060.6 $
19,164.6
2,327.1
2,026.3
23,518.0
28.4 %
15.3
(12.6)
23.6 %
$

Total net revenues increased $5.5 billion, or 24%, over fiscal 2020, primarily due to higher revenues from company-operated
stores ($5.4 billion). The growth in company-operated store revenue was driven by a 20% increase in comparable store sales
($3.8 billion), attributable to a 9% increase in comparable transactions and a 10% increase in average ticket, the incremental
revenues from 524 net new Starbucks
® company-operated store openings, or a 3% increase, over the past 12 months ($782
million), the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2021 ($496 million) and the impact of favorable foreign currency translation
($359 million).
Licensed stores revenue of $357 million also contributed to the increase in total net revenues, driven by higher product and
equipment sales to and royalty revenues from our licensees ($270 million), the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2021 ($57
million) and the impact of favorable foreign currency translation ($28 million).
Other revenues decreased $256 million, primarily driven by the transition of certain single-serve product activities to Nestlé.
Partially offsetting this decrease was growth in our ready-to-drink business ($43 million) and the impact of the extra fiscal week
in fiscal 2021 ($23 million).
Operating Expenses
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
As a % of Total
Net Revenues

Product and distribution costs
Store operating expenses
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Restructuring and impairments
Total operating expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income
Store operating expenses as a % of
related revenues
$ 8,738.7 $
11,930.9
359.5
1,441.7
1,932.6
170.4
24,573.8
385.3
4,872.1 $
7,694.9
10,764.0
430.3
1,431.3
1,679.6
278.7
22,278.8
322.5
1,561.7
30.1 %
41.1
1.2
5.0
6.7
0.6
84.6
1.3
16.8 %
32.7 %
45.8
1.8
6.1
7.1
1.2
94.7
1.4
6.6 %
$
48.5 % 56.2 %

Product and distribution costs as a percentage of total net revenues decreased 260 basis points, primarily due to sales leverage
driven by lapping the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the prior year and pricing in North America in the current
year. These decreases were partially offset by increased supply chain costs due to accelerated inflationary pressures in the latter
half of fiscal 2021.
Store operating expenses as a percentage of total net revenues decreased 470 basis points. Store operating expenses as a
percentage of company-operated store revenues decreased 770 basis points, primarily due to sales leverage from business
recovery and lapping higher COVID-19 related costs in the prior year, mainly catastrophe and service pay for store partners, net
of temporary subsidies from the U.S. and certain foreign governments (approximately 190 basis points) and labor efficiencies
(approximately 110 basis points). These decreases were partially offset by enhancements in retail store partner wages and
benefits (approximately 140 basis points).
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Other operating expenses decreased $71 million, primarily due to lower Global Coffee Alliance transaction costs, inclusive of
lapping integration costs for the Global Coffee Alliance and a change of a related accrual estimate in fiscal 2021.
Depreciation and amortization expenses as a percentage of total net revenues decreased 110 basis points, primarily due to sales
leverage.
General and administrative expenses increased $253 million, primarily due to higher performance-based compensation,
recognizing the strength of the Company’s overall recovery from pandemic-related business impacts ($111 million),
incremental strategic investments in technology ($89 million), increased partner wages and benefits ($26 million) and the
impact of the extra week in fiscal 2021 ($22 million).
Restructuring and impairment expenses decreased $108 million, primarily due to lower asset impairment related to our North
America store portfolio optimization ($65 million), lapping the intangible asset impairment from the prior year ($22 million)
and lower severance costs.
Income from equity investees increased $63 million, primarily due to higher income from our North American Coffee
Partnership joint venture ($30 million) and growth in our South Korea joint venture prior to divestiture ($22 million). We
expect lower income from equity method investments in the future as a result of the sale of our South Korea joint venture (see
Note 2); however, we do not expect this transaction to have a material impact on future revenue and operating margin trends.
The combination of these changes resulted in an overall increase in operating margin of 1,020 basis points in fiscal 2021 when
compared to fiscal 2020.
Other Income and Expenses
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
As a % of Total
Net Revenues

Operating income
Net gain resulting from divestiture of
certain operations
Interest income and other, net
Interest expense
Earnings before income taxes
Income tax expense
Net earnings including
noncontrolling interests
Net earnings/(loss) attributable to
noncontrolling interests
Net earnings attributable to
Starbucks
Effective tax rate including
noncontrolling interests
$ 4,872.1 $ 1,561.7 16.8 % 6.6 %
864.5
90.1
(469.8)
5,356.9
1,156.6

39.7
(437.0)
1,164.4
239.7
3.0
0.3
(1.6)
18.4
4.0

0.2
(1.9)
5.0
1.0
4,200.3 924.7 14.5 3.9
1.0 (3.6)
$ 4,199.3 $ 928.3 14.5 % 3.9 %
21.6 % 20.6 %

Net gain resulting from divestiture of certain operations increased $865 million due to the sale of our ownership interest in our
South Korea joint venture.
Interest income and other, net increased $50 million, primarily due to additional income from certain investments and net
favorable fair value adjustments from derivatives used to manage our commodity price fluctuation risk.
Interest expense increased $33 million primarily due to additional interest incurred on long-term debt issued in March 2020 and
May 2020.
The effective tax rate for fiscal 2021 was 21.6% compared to 20.6% for fiscal 2020. The increase was due to the foreign rate
differential on our jurisdictional mix of earnings (approximately 380 basis points) as well as higher pre-tax income in fiscal
2021, which resulted in lower rate benefits from several discrete items, including stock-based compensation excess tax benefits
(approximately 380 basis points), the release of income tax reserves upon expiration of statute of limitations (approximately
150 basis points) and the remeasurement of deferred tax assets due to an enacted foreign corporate rate change (approximately
80 basis points). These unfavorable drivers were partially offset by lapping valuation allowances recorded against deferred tax
assets of certain international jurisdictions in the prior year (approximately 990 basis points). See
Note 14, Income Taxes, for
further discussion.
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Segment Information
Results of operations by segment (in millions):
North America (1)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
As a % of North America
Total Net Revenues

Net revenues:
Company-operated stores
Licensed stores
Other
Total net revenues
Product and distribution costs
Store operating expenses
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Restructuring and impairments
Total operating expenses
Operating income
18,737.3 $
1,702.2
8.4
20,447.9
5,453.8
9,359.5
166.0
753.9
300.0
155.4
16,188.6
4,259.3 $
14,778.8
1,509.9
7.5
16,296.2
4,564.4
8,488.0
154.6
762.0
268.0
257.5
14,494.5
1,801.7
$ 91.6 %
8.3

100.0
26.7
45.8
0.8
3.7
1.5
0.8
79.2
20.8 %
90.7 %
9.3

100.0
28.0
52.1
0.9
4.7
1.6
1.6
88.9
11.1 %
$

(1) North America licensed store revenues, total net revenues, product and distribution costs, other operating expenses, total
operating expenses and operating income for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020, have been restated to conform
with current period presentation.
Revenues
North America total net revenues for fiscal 2021 increased $4.2 billion, or 25%, primarily due to a 22% increase in comparable
store sales ($3.1 billion) driven by a 13% increase in average ticket and a 7% increase in transactions and the impact of the
extra week in fiscal 2021 ($427 million). Also contributing to these increases were the performance of new stores compared to
the closure of underperforming stores, including stores related to our restructuring plan ($394 million), higher product and
equipment sales to and royalty revenues from our licensees ($151 million) primarily due to lapping the severe impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic in the prior year and favorable foreign currency translation ($76 million).
Operating Margin
North America operating income for fiscal 2021 increased 136% to $4.3 billion, compared to $1.8 billion in fiscal 2020.
Operating margin increased 970 basis points to 20.8%, primarily due to sales leverage from business recovery and lapping
higher COVID-19 related costs in the prior year, mainly catastrophe and service pay for store partners, net of temporary
subsidies provided by the CARES Act and CEWS (approximately 180 basis points). Also contributing to the margin
improvements were pricing (approximately 130 basis points), lower restructuring expenses (approximately 80 basis points) and
benefits from the closure of lower-performing stores (approximately 60 basis points). These increases were partially offset by
enhancements in retail store partner wages and benefits (approximately 150 basis points) and, to a lesser extent, increased
supply chain costs due to accelerated inflationary pressures in the latter half of fiscal 2021.
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International (1)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
As a % of International
Total Net Revenues

Net revenues:
Company-operated stores
Licensed stores
Other
Total net revenues
Product and distribution costs
Store operating expenses
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Restructuring and impairments
Total operating expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income
5,869.7 $
981.4
70.5
6,921.6
2,187.3
2,571.4
147.3
544.7
360.5

5,811.2
135.3
1,245.7 $
4,385.8
817.2
27.6
5,230.6
1,729.1
2,276.0
153.6
518.4
286.4
(1.2)
4,962.3
102.3
370.6
$ 84.8 %
14.2
1.0
100.0
31.6
37.2
2.1
7.9
5.2

84.0
2.0
18.0 %
83.8 %
15.6
0.5
100.0
33.1
43.5
2.9
9.9
5.5

94.9
2.0
7.1 %
$

(1) International licensed store revenues, total net revenues, product and distribution costs, other operating expenses, general
and administrative expenses, total operating expenses and operating income for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020,
have been restated to conform with current period presentation.
Revenues
International total net revenues for fiscal 2021 increased $1.7 billion, or 32%, primarily due to a 16% increase in comparable
store sales ($697 million), driven by a 14% increase in transactions and a 1% increase in average ticket. Also contributing to
this increase were 746 net new Starbucks
® company-operated stores, or an 11% increase, over the past 12 months ($388
million). Additionally, there was favorable foreign currency translation ($310 million), the impact of the extra week in fiscal
2021 ($127 million) and higher product sales to and royalty revenues from our licensees ($121 million) primarily due to lapping
the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the prior year.
Operating Margin
International operating income for fiscal 2021 increased 236% to $1.2 billion, compared to $371 million in fiscal 2020.
Operating margin increased 1,090 basis points to 18.0%, primarily due to sales leverage driven by lapping the severe impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic in the prior year as well as higher temporary government subsidies (approximately 170 basis points)
and labor efficiencies (approximately 110 basis points). Also contributing to this increase was lapping temporary royalty relief
provided to licensees in the prior year (approximately 60 basis points).
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Channel Development
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
As a % of Channel Development
Total Net Revenues

Net revenues
Product and distribution costs
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Total operating expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income
Revenues
$ 1,593.6 $
1,011.2
31.3
1.2
10.8
1,054.5
250.0
789.1 $
1,925.0
1,338.1
108.2
1.2
10.5
1,458.0
220.2
687.2
63.5
2.0
0.1
0.7
66.2
15.7
49.5 %
69.5
5.6
0.1
0.5
75.7
11.4
35.7 %
$

Channel Development total net revenues for fiscal 2021 decreased $331 million, or 17%, compared to fiscal 2020, primarily
due to the transition of certain single-serve product activities to Nestlé ($348 million) and the lapping of higher transition
activities related to the Global Coffee Alliance in the prior year ($85 million). These were partially offset by growth in our
ready-to-drink business ($52 million) and the impact of the extra week in fiscal 2021 ($21 million).
Operating Margin
Channel Development operating income for fiscal 2021 increased 15% to $789 million, compared to $687 million in fiscal
2020. Operating margin increased 1,380 basis points to 49.5%, primarily due to the transfer of certain single-serve product
activities to Nestlé as part of the Global Coffee Alliance (approximately 730 basis points) and lapping higher transition costs for
the Global Coffee Alliance and a change in estimate relating to a transaction cost accrual in fiscal 2021 (approximately 380
basis points). Strong performance from our North American Coffee Partnership joint venture (approximately 120 basis points)
also contributed.
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Corporate and Other (1)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
%
Change
Net revenues:

Other
Total net revenues
Product and distribution costs
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Restructuring and impairments
Total operating expenses
Operating loss
$ 97.5 $
97.5
86.4
14.9
141.9
1,261.3
15.0
1,519.5
(1,422.0) $
66.2
66.2
63.3
13.9
149.7
1,114.7
22.4
1,364.0
(1,297.8)
47.3 %
47.3
36.5
7.2
(5.2)
13.2
(33.0)
11.4
9.6 %
$

(1) Corporate and other general and administrative expenses and operating loss for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020,
have been restated to conform with current period presentation.
Corporate and Other primarily consists of our unallocated corporate expenses and Evolution Fresh. Unallocated corporate
expenses include corporate administrative functions that support the operating segments but are not specifically attributable to
or managed by any segment and are not included in the reported financial results of the operating segments.
Corporate and Other operating loss increased to $1.4 billion for fiscal 2021, or 10%, compared to $1.3 billion in fiscal 2020.
This increase was primarily driven by incremental investments in technology ($81 million) and higher performance-based
compensation, due to better than expected business recovery ($57 million).
FINANCIAL CONDITION, LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
Cash and Investment Overview
Our cash and investments were $6.9 billion and $4.8 billion as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, respectively. We
actively manage our cash and investments in order to internally fund operating needs, make scheduled interest and principal
payments on our borrowings, make acquisitions and return cash to shareholders through common stock cash dividend payments
and share repurchases. Our investment portfolio primarily includes highly liquid available-for-sale securities, including
corporate debt securities, government treasury securities (domestic and foreign) and commercial paper. As of October 3, 2021,
approximately $2.9 billion of cash was held in foreign subsidiaries.
Borrowing capacity
Credit Facilities and Commercial Paper
Our total contractual borrowing capacity for general corporate purposes was $3.0 billion as of the end of fiscal 2021.
Revolving Lines of Credit
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we replaced our $2.0 billion unsecured 5-year revolving credit facility (the “2018
credit facility”) and our $1.0 billion unsecured 364-Day credit facility (the “364-day credit facility”) with a new $3.0 billion
unsecured 5-year revolving credit facility (the “2021 credit facility”).
Our 2021 credit facility, of which $150 million may be used for issuances of letters of credit, is currently set to mature on
September 16, 2026. We have the option, subject to negotiation and agreement with the related banks, to increase the maximum
commitment amount by an additional $1.0 billion. Borrowings under the credit facility will bear interest at a variable rate based
on LIBOR, and, for U.S. dollar-denominated loans under certain circumstances, a Base Rate (as defined in the credit facility), in
each case plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin is based on the Company’s long-term credit ratings assigned by
Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies. The 2021 credit facility contains alternative interest rate provisions specifying
rate calculations to be used at such time LIBOR ceases to be available as a benchmark due to reference rate reform. The “Base
Rate” of interest is the highest of (i) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.025%, (ii) Bank of America’s prime rate, and (iii) the
Eurocurrency Rate (as defined in the credit facility) plus 1.025%. The 2021 credit facility is available for general corporate
purposes. As of October 3, 2021, we had no borrowings under the 2021 credit facility.
Commercial Paper
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Under our commercial paper program, we may issue unsecured commercial paper notes up to a maximum aggregate amount
outstanding at any time of $3.0 billion, with individual maturities that may vary but not exceed 397 days from the date of issue.
Amounts outstanding under the commercial paper program are required to be backstopped by available commitments under the
2021 credit facility discussed above. The proceeds from borrowings under our commercial paper program may be used for
working capital needs, capital expenditures and other corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, business expansion,
payment of cash dividends on our common stock and share repurchases. As of October 3, 2021, we had no amounts outstanding
under our commercial paper program.
Credit Facilities in Japan
Additionally, we hold Japanese yen-denominated credit facilities which are available for working capital needs and capital
expenditures within our Japanese market.
• A ¥5 billion, or $44.9 million, facility is currently set to mature on December 30, 2021. Borrowings under the credit
facility are subject to terms defined within the facility and will bear interest at a variable rate based on TIBOR plus an
applicable margin of 0.400%.
• A ¥10 billion, or $89.9 million, facility is currently set to mature on March 26, 2022. Borrowings under the credit
facility are subject to terms defined within the facility and will bear interest at a variable rate based on TIBOR plus
0.350%.
As of October 3, 2021, we had no borrowings outstanding under these credit facilities.
See
Note 9, Debt, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K for details of the
components of our long-term debt.
Our ability to incur new liens and conduct sale and leaseback transactions on certain material properties is subject to
compliance with terms of the indentures under which the long-term notes were issued. As of October 3, 2021, we were in
compliance with all applicable covenants.
Use of Cash
We expect to use our available cash and investments, including, but not limited to, additional potential future borrowings under
the credit facilities, commercial paper program and the issuance of debt to support and invest in our core businesses, including
investing in new ways to serve our customers and supporting our store partners, repaying maturing debts, as well as returning
cash to shareholders through common stock cash dividend payments and discretionary share repurchases and investing in new
business opportunities related to our core and developing businesses. Further, we may use our available cash resources to make
proportionate capital contributions to our investees. We may also seek strategic acquisitions to leverage existing capabilities and
further build our business in support of our “Growth at Scale” agenda. Acquisitions may include increasing our ownership
interests in our investees. Any decisions to increase such ownership interests will be driven by valuation and fit with our
ownership strategy.
We believe that net future cash flows generated from operations and existing cash and investments both domestically and
internationally combined with our ability to leverage our balance sheet through the issuance of debt will be sufficient to finance
capital requirements for our core businesses as well as shareholder distributions for the foreseeable future. However, significant
new joint ventures, acquisitions and/or other new business opportunities may require additional outside funding. We have
borrowed funds and continue to believe we have the ability to do so at reasonable interest rates; however, additional borrowings
would result in increased interest expense in the future. In this regard, we may incur additional debt, within targeted levels, as
part of our plans to fund our capital programs, including cash returns to shareholders through future dividends and discretionary
share repurchases. If necessary, we may pursue additional sources of financing, including both short-term and long-term
borrowings and debt issuances.
We regularly review our cash positions and our determination of partial indefinite reinvestment of foreign earnings. In the event
we determine that all or another portion of such foreign earnings are no longer indefinitely reinvested, we may be subject to
additional foreign withholding taxes and U.S. state income taxes, which could be material. We currently do not anticipate the
need for repatriated funds to the U.S. to satisfy domestic liquidity needs. See
Note 14, Income Taxes, for further discussion.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we replaced our $2.0 billion 2018 credit facility and our $1.0 billion 364-day credit
facility with a new $3.0 billion 2021 credit facility. The 2021 credit facility was not drawn on in fiscal 2021 and is currently set
to mature on September 16, 2026.
During each of the first three quarters of fiscal 2020, we declared a cash dividend to shareholders of $0.41 per share. On
September 30, 2020, and for each of the first three quarters of fiscal 2021, we declared a cash dividend of $0.45 per share.
Dividends are generally paid in the quarter following the declaration date. Cash returned to shareholders through dividends in
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fiscal 2021 and 2020 totaled $2.1 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we declared a
cash dividend of $0.49 per share to be paid on November 26, 2021, with an expected payout of approximately $578.1 million.
In March 2019, we entered into accelerated share repurchase agreements (“ASR agreements”) with third-party financial
institutions totaling $2.0 billion, effective March 22, 2019. We made a $2.0 billion up-front payment to the financial institutions
and received an initial delivery of 22.2 million shares of our common stock. In June 2019, we received an additional 3.9 million
shares upon the completion of the program based on a volume-weighted average share price (less discount) of $76.50.
Outside of the ASR agreements noted above, we repurchased 36.6 million shares of common stock for $3.1 billion on the open
market during the fiscal year ended September 29, 2019. In total, we repurchased 139.6 million shares at a total cost of
$10.1 billion for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2019.
Our Board of Directors approved an increase of 120 million and 40 million shares to our ongoing share repurchase program
during the fiscal first quarter of 2019 and fiscal second quarter of 2020, respectively. We temporarily suspended our share
repurchase program in March 2020. Prior to the suspension, we repurchased 20.3 million shares of common stock for $1.7
billion on the open market during the year ended September 27, 2020. As of October 3, 2021, 48.9 million shares remained
available for repurchase under current authorizations. Due to our business recovery and restoration of certain leverage metrics,
we have resumed our share repurchase program in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
Other than operating expenses, cash requirements for fiscal 2022 are expected to consist primarily of capital expenditures for
investments in our new and existing stores, our supply chain and corporate facilities. Total capital expenditures for fiscal 2022
are expected to be approximately $2 billion.
The following table summarizes current and long-term material cash requirements as of October 3, 2021, which we expect to
fund primarily with operating cash flows (
in millions):
Material Cash Requirements

Total Less than 1
Year
1,504.6 $
1 – 3
Years
2,751.5 $
3 – 5
Years
2,169.1 $
More than
5 Years
3,704.7
Operating lease obligations(1)
Debt obligations
Principal payments
Interest payments
Purchase obligations
(2)
Other obligations(3)
Total
$ 10,129.9 $
14,713.8
6,639.0
1,800.2
368.4
33,651.3 $
1,000.0
457.1
1,202.6
54.6
4,218.9 $
2,513.8
840.7
533.9
92.6
6,732.5 $
1,750.0
730.1
63.7
136.5
4,849.4 $
9,450.0
4,611.1

84.7
17,850.5
$

(1) Amounts include direct lease obligations, excluding any taxes, insurance and other related expenses.
(2) Purchase obligations include agreements to purchase goods or services that are enforceable and legally binding on
Starbucks and that specify all significant terms. Green coffee purchase commitments comprise 96% of total purchase
obligations.
(3) Other obligations include other long-term liabilities primarily consisting of long-term income taxes payable, asset
retirement obligations and equity investment capital commitments.
Cash Flows
Cash provided by operating activities was $6.0 billion for fiscal 2021, compared to $1.6 billion for fiscal 2020. The change was
primarily due to higher net earnings and lapping the U.S. federal tax payment related to the Nestlé transaction in fiscal 2020.
Cash used in investing activities totaled $0.3 billion for fiscal 2021, compared to $1.7 billion for fiscal 2020. The change was
primarily driven by net proceeds from the divestiture of our ownership interest in our South Korea joint venture and higher
maturities and calls of investments. This was partially offset by a decrease in sales of investments and higher capital
contributions to equity method investments.
Cash used in financing activities for fiscal 2021 totaled $3.7 billion, compared to cash provided by financing activities of $1.7
billion for fiscal 2020. The change was primarily due to lower net proceeds from borrowing activities and higher debt
repayments, partially offset by the temporary suspension of our share repurchase program.
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COMMODITY PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND GENERAL RISK CONDITIONS
Commodity price risk represents Starbucks primary market risk, generated by our purchases of green coffee and dairy products,
among other items. We purchase, roast and sell high-quality
arabica coffee and related products and risk arises from the price
volatility of green coffee. In addition to coffee, we also purchase significant amounts of dairy products to support the needs of
our company-operated stores. The price and availability of these commodities directly impacts our results of operations, and we
expect commodity prices, particularly coffee, to impact future results of operations. For additional details see Product Supply in
Item 1, as well as Risk Factors in Item 1A of this 10-K.
FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Market risk is defined as the risk of losses due to changes in commodity prices, foreign currency exchange rates, equity security
prices and interest rates. We manage our exposure to various market-based risks according to a market price risk management
policy. Under this policy, market-based risks are quantified and evaluated for potential mitigation strategies, such as entering
into hedging transactions. The market price risk management policy governs how hedging instruments may be used to mitigate
risk. Risk limits are set annually and prohibit speculative trading activity. We also monitor and limit the amount of associated
counterparty credit risk, which we consider to be low. We use interest rate swap agreements and treasury locks to primarily
hedge against changes in benchmark interest rates related to anticipated debt issuances. We also use cross-currency swaps and
foreign exchange debt instruments to hedge against changes in the fair value of our fixed-rate debt and foreign exchange
exposure of net investments in Japan. Excluding interest rate hedging instruments, cross currency swaps and foreign currency
debt, hedging instruments generally do not have maturities in excess of three years. Refer to
Note 1, Summary of Significant
Accounting Policies, and
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8
of Part II of this 10-K for further discussion of our hedging instruments.
The sensitivity analyses disclosed below provide only a limited, point-in-time view of the market risk of the financial
instruments discussed. The actual impact of the respective underlying rates and price changes on the financial instruments may
differ significantly from those shown in the sensitivity analyses.
Commodity Price Risk
We purchase commodity inputs, primarily coffee, dairy products, diesel, cocoa, sugar and other commodities, that are used in
our operations and are subject to price fluctuations that impact our financial results. We use a combination of pricing features
embedded within supply contracts, such as fixed-price and price-to-be-fixed contracts for coffee purchases, and financial
derivatives to manage our commodity price risk exposure.
The following table summarizes the potential impact as of October 3, 2021 to Starbucks future net earnings and other
comprehensive income (“OCI”) from changes in commodity prices. The information provided below relates only to the hedging
instruments and does not represent the corresponding changes in the underlying hedged items
(in millions):
Increase/(Decrease) to Net Earnings Increase/(Decrease) to OCI
10% Increase in
Underlying Rate
10% Decrease in
Underlying Rate
10% Increase in
Underlying Rate
10% Decrease in
Underlying Rate

Commodity hedges
Foreign Currency Exchange Risk

$ — $ — $ 53 $ (53)
The majority of our revenue, expense and capital purchasing activities are transacted in U.S. dollars. However, because a
portion of our operations consists of activities outside of the U.S., we have transactions in other currencies, primarily the
Chinese renminbi, Japanese yen, Canadian dollar, British pound, South Korean won and euro. To reduce cash flow volatility
from foreign currency fluctuations, we enter into derivative instruments to hedge portions of cash flows of anticipated
intercompany royalty payments, inventory purchases, intercompany borrowing and lending activities and certain other
transactions in currencies other than the functional currency of the entity that enters into the arrangements, as well as the
translation risk of certain balance sheet items. The volatility in the foreign exchange market may lead to significant fluctuation
in foreign currency exchange rates and adversely impact our financial results in the case of weakening foreign currencies
relative to the U.S. dollar.
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The following table summarizes the potential impact as of October 3, 2021 to Starbucks future net earnings and other
comprehensive income from changes in the fair value of these derivative financial instruments due to a change in the value of
the U.S. dollar as compared to foreign exchange rates. The information provided below relates only to the hedging instruments
and does not represent the corresponding changes in the underlying hedged items (
in millions):
Increase/(Decrease) to Net Earnings Increase/(Decrease) to OCI
10% Increase in
Underlying Rate
10% Decrease in
Underlying Rate
10% Increase in
Underlying Rate
10% Decrease in
Underlying Rate
Foreign currency hedges $ 43 $ (43) $ 139 $ (139)
Equity Security Price Risk
We have minimal exposure to price fluctuations on equity mutual funds and equity exchange-traded funds within our
marketable equity securities portfolio. Marketable equity securities are recorded at fair value and approximates a portion of our
liability under our Management Deferred Compensation Plan (“MDCP”). Gains and losses from the portfolio and the change in
our MDCP liability are recorded in our consolidated statements of earnings.
We performed a sensitivity analysis based on a 10% change in the underlying equity prices of our investments as of October 3,
2021 and determined that such a change would not have a significant impact on the fair value of these instruments.
Interest Rate Risk
Long-term Debt
We utilize short-term and long-term financing and may use interest rate hedges to manage our overall interest expense related to
our existing fixed-rate debt, as well as to hedge the variability in cash flows due to changes in benchmark interest rates related
to anticipated debt issuances. See
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments and Note 9, Debt, to the consolidated financial
statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K for further discussion of our interest rate hedge agreements and details of
the components of our long-term debt, respectively, as of October 3, 2021.
The following table summarizes the impact of a change in interest rates as of October 3, 2021 on the fair value of Starbucks
debt
(in millions):
Change in Fair Value
Fair Value
100 Basis Point Increase in
Underlying Rate
100 Basis Point Decrease in
Underlying Rate
Long-term debt(1) $ 16,014 $ 1,216 $ (1,216)
(1) Amount disclosed is net of $13 million change in the fair value of our designated interest rate swap. Refer to Note 3,
Derivative Financial Instruments, for additional information on our interest rate swap designated as a fair value hedge.
Available-for-Sale Debt Securities
Our available-for-sale securities comprise a diversified portfolio consisting mainly of investment-grade debt securities. The
primary objective of these investments is to preserve capital and liquidity. Available-for-sale securities are recorded on the
consolidated balance sheets at fair value with unrealized gains and losses reported as a component of accumulated other
comprehensive income. We do not hedge the interest rate exposure on our investments. We performed a sensitivity analysis
based on a 100 basis point change in the underlying interest rate of our available-for-sale securities as of October 3, 2021 and
determined that such a change would not have a significant impact on the fair value of these instruments.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
Critical accounting estimates are those that management believes are the most important to the portrayal of our financial
condition and results and require the most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make
estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain, especially in light of the current economic environment due
to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judgments and uncertainties may result in materially different amounts being reported under
different conditions or using different assumptions.
Our significant accounting estimates are discussed in additional detail in
Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
and Estimates, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K. We consider financial
reporting and disclosure practices and accounting policies quarterly to ensure that they provide accurate and transparent
information relative to the current economic and business environment. During the past five fiscal years, we have not made any
material changes to the accounting methodologies used to assess the areas discussed below, unless noted otherwise. We believe
that our significant accounting estimates involve a higher degree of judgment and/or complexity for the reasons discussed
below:
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Property, Plant and Equipment and Other Finite-Lived Assets
We evaluate property, plant and equipment, operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) assets and other finite-lived assets for
impairment when facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying values of such assets may not be recoverable. When
evaluating for impairment, we first compare the carrying value of the asset to the asset’s estimated future undiscounted cash
flows. If the estimated undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying value of the asset, we determine if we have an
impairment loss by comparing the carrying value of the asset to the asset’s estimated fair value and recognize an impairment
charge when the asset’s carrying value exceeds its estimated fair value. The adjusted carrying amount of the asset becomes its
new cost basis and is depreciated over the asset’s remaining useful life.
Long-lived assets are grouped with other assets and liabilities at the lowest level for which identifiable cash flows are largely
independent of the cash flows of other assets and liabilities. For company-operated store assets, the impairment test is
performed at the individual store asset group level, which is inclusive of property, plant and equipment and lease ROU assets.
The fair value of a store’s assets is estimated using a discounted cash flow model. For other long-lived assets, fair value is
determined using an approach that is appropriate based on the relevant facts and circumstances, which may include discounted
cash flows, comparable transactions or comparable company analyses.
Our impairment calculations contain uncertainties because they require management to make assumptions and to apply
judgment to estimate future cash flows and asset fair values. Key assumptions used in estimating future cash flows and asset
fair values include projected revenue growth and operating expenses, as well as forecasting asset useful lives and selecting an
appropriate discount rate. For company-operated stores, estimates of revenue growth and operating expenses are based on
internal projections and consider the store’s historical performance, the local market economics and the business environment
impacting the store’s performance. The discount rate is selected based on what we believe a buyer would assume when
determining a purchase price for the store. The fair value of a store’s ROU asset is estimated considering what a market
participant would pay to lease the asset for its highest and best use. These estimates are subjective and our ability to realize
future cash flows and asset fair values is affected by factors such as ongoing maintenance and improvement of the assets,
changes in economic conditions and changes in operating performance.
In fiscal 2020, we announced a restructuring plan to optimize our North America store portfolio, primarily in dense
metropolitan markets, by developing new store formats to better cater to changing customer tastes and preferences. As of
October 3, 2021, 807 stores in the U.S. and Canada were identified for closure, and substantially all were closed under the plan.
During fiscal years 2021 and 2020, we recorded approximately $155.4 million and $254.7 million, respectively, to restructuring
and impairments on our consolidated statements of earnings. These totals included $53.1 million and $151.0 million,
respectively, related to impairment and disposition of company-operated store assets and $89.5 million and $87.7 million,
respectively, primarily associated with accelerated amortization of ROU lease assets and other lease costs due to store closures
prior to the end of contractual lease terms. We expect total future restructuring costs under this plan, which are attributable to
our North America segment, to be immaterial.
Asset impairment charges are discussed in
Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the consolidated financial
statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K.
Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets
We evaluate goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually during our third fiscal quarter, or more
frequently if an event occurs or circumstances change that would indicate impairment may exist. When evaluating these assets
for impairment, we may first perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that a reporting
unit is impaired. If we do not perform a qualitative assessment, or if we determine that it is not more likely than not that the fair
value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, we calculate the estimated fair value of the reporting unit using
discounted cash flows or a combination of discounted cash flow and market approaches.
When assessing goodwill for impairment, our decision to perform a qualitative impairment assessment for an individual
reporting unit is influenced by a number of factors, inclusive of the carrying value of the reporting unit’s goodwill, the
significance of the excess of the reporting unit’s estimated fair value over carrying value at the last quantitative assessment date,
the amount of time in between quantitative fair value assessments and the date of acquisition. If we perform a quantitative
assessment of an individual reporting unit’s goodwill, our impairment calculations contain uncertainties because they require
management to make assumptions and to apply judgment when estimating future cash flows and asset fair values, including
projected revenue growth and operating expenses related to existing businesses, product innovation and new store concepts, as
well as utilizing valuation multiples of similar publicly traded companies and selecting an appropriate discount rate. Estimates
of revenue growth and operating expenses are based on internal projections considering the reporting unit’s past performance
and forecasted growth, including assumptions regarding business recovery post COVID-19, strategic initiatives, local market
economics and the local business environment impacting the reporting unit’s performance. The discount rate is selected based
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on the estimated cost of capital for a market participant to operate the reporting unit in the region. These estimates, as well as
the selection of comparable companies and valuation multiples used in the market approaches are highly subjective, and our
ability to realize the future cash flows used in our fair value calculations is affected by factors such as the success of strategic
initiatives, changes in economic conditions, changes in our operating performance and changes in our business strategies,
including retail initiatives and international expansion. Our goodwill impairment assessments were not significantly altered as a
result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to believe the fair value of each of our reporting units is significantly in excess
of its carrying value, and absent a sustained multi-year global decline in our business in key markets such as the U.S. and
China, we do not anticipate incurring significant goodwill impairment in the next 12 months. Our fiscal 2021 annual goodwill
impairment testing, which was completed in the third fiscal quarter, resulted in an estimated fair value of our reporting units
where a quantitative assessment was performed, was in excess of carrying value of approximately $74 billion. When assessing
indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment, where we perform a qualitative assessment, we evaluate if changes in events
or circumstances have occurred that indicate that impairment may exist. If we do not perform a qualitative impairment
assessment or if changes in events and circumstances indicate that a quantitative assessment should be performed, management
is required to calculate the fair value of the intangible asset group. The fair value calculation includes estimates of revenue
growth, which are based on past performance and internal projections for the intangible asset group’s forecasted growth,
including assumptions regarding business recovery post COVID-19, and royalty rates, which are adjusted for our particular
facts and circumstances. The discount rate is selected based on the estimated cost of capital that reflects the risk profile of the
related business. These estimates are highly subjective, and our ability to achieve the forecasted cash flows used in our fair
value calculations is affected by factors such as the success of strategic initiatives, changes in economic conditions, changes in
our operating performance and changes in our business strategies, including retail initiatives and international expansion. We do
not anticipate recording significant impairment charges in the next 12 months.
Definite-lived intangible asset impairment charges are discussed in
Note 8, Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill, to the
consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K.
Income Taxes
We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities based on the differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and
the respective tax bases of our assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using current enacted tax
rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which we expect the temporary differences to reverse. We routinely
evaluate the likelihood of realizing the benefit of our deferred tax assets and may record a valuation allowance if, based on all
available evidence, we determine that some portion of the tax benefit will not be realized.
In evaluating our ability to recover our deferred tax assets within the jurisdiction from which they arise, we consider all
available positive and negative evidence, including scheduled reversals of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable
income, tax-planning strategies and results of operations. In projecting future taxable income, we consider historical results and
incorporate assumptions about the amount of future state, federal and foreign pre-tax operating income adjusted for items that
do not have tax consequences. Our assumptions regarding future taxable income are consistent with the plans and estimates we
use to manage our underlying businesses. In evaluating the objective evidence that historical results provide, we consider three
years of cumulative operating income/(loss).
In addition, our income tax returns are periodically audited by domestic and foreign tax authorities. These audits include review
of our tax filing positions, such as the timing and amount of deductions taken and the allocation of income between tax
jurisdictions. We evaluate our exposures associated with our various tax filing positions and recognize a tax benefit only if it is
more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained upon examination by the relevant taxing authorities, including
resolutions of any related appeals or litigation processes, based on the technical merits of our position. The tax benefits
recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than
50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. For uncertain tax positions that do not meet this threshold, we record
a related liability. We adjust our unrecognized tax benefit liability and income tax expense in the period in which the uncertain
tax position is effectively settled, the statute of limitations expires for the relevant taxing authority to examine the tax position
or when new information becomes available. As discussed in
Note 14, Income Taxes, to the consolidated financial statements
included in Item 8 of Part II of this 10-K, we do not expect a significant amount of the Company’s gross unrecognized tax
benefits to be recognized by the end of fiscal 2022 for reasons such as a lapse of the statute of limitations or resolution of
examinations with tax authorities.
We have generated income in certain foreign jurisdictions that may be subject to additional foreign withholding taxes and U.S.
state income taxes. We regularly review our plans for reinvestment or repatriation of unremitted foreign earnings. The
possibility exists that foreign earnings declared as indefinitely reinvested may be repatriated as our plans are based on our
estimated working and other capital needs in jurisdictions where our earnings are generated. While we do not expect to
repatriate cash to the U.S. to satisfy domestic liquidity needs, if these amounts were distributed to the U.S., in the form of
dividends or otherwise, we may be subject to additional foreign withholding taxes and U.S. state income taxes, which could be
material.
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Our income tax expense, deferred tax assets and liabilities and liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits reflect management’s
best assessment of estimated current and future taxes to be paid. Deferred tax asset valuation allowances and our liabilities for
unrecognized tax benefits require significant management judgment regarding applicable statutes and their related
interpretation, the status of various income tax audits and our particular facts and circumstances. Although we believe that the
judgments and estimates discussed herein are reasonable, actual results, including forecasted business performance could differ,
and we may be exposed to losses or gains that could be material. To the extent we prevail in matters for which a liability has
been established or are required to pay amounts in excess of our established liability, our effective income tax rate in a given
financial statement period could be materially affected.
RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
See Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 of Part II
of this 10-K for a detailed description of recent accounting pronouncements.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the section entitled “Management’s Discussion and
Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Commodity Prices, Availability and General Risk Conditions”
and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Financial Risk Management”
in Item 7 of this Report.
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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
STARBUCKS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(in millions, except per share data)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019

Net revenues:
Company-operated stores
Licensed stores
Other
Total net revenues
Product and distribution costs
Store operating expenses
Other operating expenses
Depreciation and amortization expenses
General and administrative expenses
Restructuring and impairments
Total operating expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income
Net gain resulting from divestiture of certain operations
Interest income and other, net
Interest expense
Earnings before income taxes
Income tax expense
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests
Net earnings/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net earnings attributable to Starbucks
Earnings per share — basic
Earnings per share — diluted
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
Diluted
$ 24,607.0 $
2,683.6
1,770.0
29,060.6
8,738.7
11,930.9
359.5
1,441.7
1,932.6
170.4
24,573.8
385.3
4,872.1
864.5
90.1
(469.8)
5,356.9
1,156.6
4,200.3
1.0
4,199.3 $
3.57 $
3.54 $
19,164.6 $
2,327.1
2,026.3
23,518.0
7,694.9
10,764.0
430.3
1,431.3
1,679.6
278.7
22,278.8
322.5
1,561.7

39.7
(437.0)
1,164.4
239.7
924.7
(3.6)
928.3 $
0.79 $
0.79 $
21,544.4
2,875.0
2,089.2
26,508.6
8,526.9
10,493.6
371.0
1,377.3
1,824.1
135.8
22,728.7
298.0
4,077.9
622.8
96.5
(331.0)
4,466.2
871.6
3,594.6
(4.6)
3,599.2
2.95
2.92
$
$
$
1,177.6
1,185.5
1,172.8
1,181.8
1,221.2
1,233.2

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(in millions)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019

Net earnings including noncontrolling interests
Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax:
Unrealized holding gains/(losses) on available-for-sale securities
Tax (expense)/benefit
Unrealized gains/(losses) on cash flow hedging instruments
Tax (expense)/benefit
Unrealized gains/(losses) on net investment hedging instruments
Tax (expense)/benefit
Translation adjustment and other
Tax (expense)/benefit
Reclassification adjustment for net (gains)/losses realized in net
earnings for available-for-sale securities, hedging instruments,
translation adjustment and other
Tax expense/(benefit)
Other comprehensive income/(loss)
Comprehensive income including noncontrolling interests
Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling
interests
Comprehensive income attributable to Starbucks
$ 4,200.3 $ 924.7 $ 3,594.6
(3.4)
0.7
283.8
(43.6)
63.1
(16.0)
188.2
2.2
8.3
(1.8)
(126.3)
31.3
38.7
(9.8)
206.9
1.5
10.5
(2.3)
(14.1)
3.4
(39.8)
10.1
(146.2)
2.5
41.8
(5.0)
511.8
4,712.1
(20.1)
5.2
133.9
1,058.6
1.3
1.6
(173.0)
3,421.6
1.0
4,711.1 $
(3.6)
1,062.2 $
(4.6)
3,426.2
$

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions, except per share data)
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
ASSETS
Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents
Short-term investments
Accounts receivable, net
Inventories
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
Long-term investments
Equity investments
Property, plant and equipment, net
Operating lease, right-of-use asset
Deferred income taxes, net
Other long-term assets
Other intangible assets
Goodwill
$ 6,455.7 $
162.2
940.0
1,603.9
594.6
9,756.4
281.7
268.5
6,369.5
8,236.0
1,874.8
578.5
349.9
3,677.3
4,350.9
281.2
883.4
1,551.4
739.5
7,806.4
206.1
478.7
6,241.4
8,134.1
1,789.9
568.6
552.1
3,597.2
TOTAL ASSETS
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY/(DEFICIT)
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
Accrued liabilities
Accrued payroll and benefits
Income taxes payable
Current portion of operating lease liability
Stored value card liability and current portion of deferred revenue
Short-term debt
Current portion of long-term debt
Total current liabilities
Long-term debt
Operating lease liability
Deferred revenue
Other long-term liabilities
Total liabilities
Shareholders’ deficit:
Common stock ($0.001 par value) — authorized, 2,400.0 shares; issued and
outstanding, 1,180.0 and 1,173.3 shares, respectively
Additional paid-in capital
Retained deficit
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)
Total shareholders’ deficit
Noncontrolling interests
Total deficit
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY/(DEFICIT)
$ 31,392.6 $ 29,374.5
$ 1,211.6 $
1,973.2
772.3
348.0
1,251.3
1,596.1

998.9
8,151.4
13,616.9
7,738.0
6,463.0
737.8
36,707.1
997.9
1,160.7
696.0
98.2
1,248.8
1,456.5
438.8
1,249.9
7,346.8
14,659.6
7,661.7
6,598.5
907.3
37,173.9
1.2
846.1
(6,315.7)
147.2
(5,321.2)
6.7
(5,314.5)
31,392.6 $
1.2
373.9
(7,815.6)
(364.6)
(7,805.1)
5.7
(7,799.4)
29,374.5
$

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in millions)
Fiscal Year Ended
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net earnings including noncontrolling interests
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
Deferred income taxes, net
Income earned from equity method investees
Distributions received from equity method investees
Net gain resulting from divestiture of certain operations
Stock-based compensation
Goodwill impairments
Non-cash lease cost
Loss on retirement and impairment of assets
Other
Cash provided by/(used in) changes in operating assets and
liabilities:
Accounts receivable
Inventories
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Income taxes payable
Accounts payable
Deferred revenue
Operating lease liability
Other operating assets and liabilities
Net cash provided by operating activities
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of investments
Sales of investments
Maturities and calls of investments
Additions to property, plant and equipment
Net proceeds from the divestiture of certain operations
Other
Net cash used in investing activities
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayments of commercial paper
Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt
Repayments of short-term debt
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
Repayments of long-term debt
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
Cash dividends paid
Repurchase of common stock
Minimum tax withholdings on share-based awards
Other
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:
Beginning of period
End of period
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW
INFORMATION:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest, net of capitalized interest
Income taxes
$ 4,200.3 $ 924.7 $ 3,594.6
1,524.1
(146.2)
(347.3)
336.0
(864.5)
319.1

1,248.6
226.2
(6.0)
1,503.2
(25.8)
(280.7)
227.7

248.6

1,197.6
454.4
24.5
1,449.3
(1,495.4)
(250.6)
216.8
(622.8)
308.0
10.5

142.6
45.3
(43.0)
(49.8)
251.1
286.1
189.9
(6.1)
(1,488.1)
358.7
5,989.1
(2.7)
(10.9)
(317.5)
(1,214.6)
(210.8)
31.0
(1,231.4)
280.5
1,597.8
(197.7)
(173.0)
922.0
1,237.1
31.9
(30.5)

(141.1)
5,047.0
(432.0)
143.2
345.5
(1,470.0)
1,175.0
(81.2)
(319.5)
(443.9)
186.7
73.7
(1,483.6)

(44.4)
(1,711.5)
(190.4)
298.3
59.8
(1,806.6)
684.3
(56.2)
(1,010.8)
(296.5)
215.1
(349.8)

(1,250.0)
246.2
(2,119.0)

(97.0)

(3,651.0)
86.2
2,104.8

1,406.6
(967.7)
4,727.6

298.8
(1,923.5)
(1,698.9)
(91.9)
(37.7)
1,713.3
64.7
1,664.3



1,996.0
(350.0)
409.8
(1,761.3)
(10,222.3)
(111.6)
(17.5)
(10,056.9)
(49.0)
(6,069.7)
4,350.9
6,455.7 $
2,686.6
4,350.9 $
8,756.3
2,686.6
$
$
$
501.1 $
756.3 $
396.9 $
1,699.1 $
299.5
470.1

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
(in millions, except per share data)
Common Stock
Additional
Paid-in Capital
Retained
Earnings/
(Deficit)
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income/(Loss)
Shareholders’
Equity/(Deficit)
Noncontrolling
Shares Amount Interests Total

Balance, September 30, 2018
Cumulative effect of adoption of new accounting
guidance
Net earnings/(loss)
Other comprehensive income/(loss)
Stock-based compensation expense
Exercise of stock options/vesting of RSUs
Sale of common stock
Repurchase of common stock
Cash dividends declared, $1.49 per share
Net distributions to noncontrolling interests
Balance, September 29, 2019
Cumulative effect of adoption of new accounting
guidance
Net earnings/(loss)
Other comprehensive income/(loss)
Stock-based compensation expense
Exercise of stock options/vesting of RSUs
Sale of common stock
Repurchase of common stock
Cash dividends declared, $1.23 per share
Noncontrolling interest resulting from divestiture
Balance, September 27, 2020
Cumulative effect of adoption of new accounting
guidance
Net earnings/(loss)
Other comprehensive income/(loss)
Stock-based compensation expense
Exercise of stock options/vesting of RSUs
Sale of common stock
Cash dividends declared, $2.29 per share
Balance, October 3, 2021
1,309.1 $ 1.3 $ 41.1 $ 1,457.4 $ (330.3) $ 1,169.5 $ 6.3 $ 1,175.8




14.7
0.4
(139.6)


1,184.6 $






(0.1)


1.2 $



311.3
264.9
33.4
(609.6)


41.1 $
495.6
3,599.2




(9,521.8)
(1,801.6)

(5,771.2) $


(173.0)






(503.3) $
495.6
3,599.2
(173.0)
311.3
264.9
33.4
(10,131.5)
(1,801.6)

(6,232.2) $

(4.6)






(0.5)
1.2 $
495.6
3,594.6
(173.0)
311.3
264.9
33.4
(10,131.5)
(1,801.6)
(0.5)
(6,231.0)




8.5
0.5
(20.3)


1,173.3 $









1.2 $



252.1
169.9
37.2
(126.4)


373.9 $
12.5
928.3




(1,548.6)
(1,436.6)

(7,815.6) $
4.8

133.9






(364.6) $
17.3
928.3
133.9
252.1
169.9
37.2
(1,675.0)
(1,436.6)

(7,805.1) $

(3.6)





(0.2)
8.3
5.7 $
17.3
924.7
133.9
252.1
169.9
37.2
(1,675.0)
(1,436.8)
8.3
(7,799.4)




6.3
0.4

1,180.0 $







1.2 $



322.8
107.0
42.4

846.1 $
(2.2)
4,199.3




(2,697.2)
(6,315.7) $


511.8




147.2 $
(2.2)
4,199.3
511.8
322.8
107.0
42.4
(2,697.2)
(5,321.2) $

1.0





6.7 $
(2.2)
4,200.3
511.8
322.8
107.0
42.4
(2,697.2)
(5,314.5)

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
INDEX FOR NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Note 1 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Estimates 47
Note 2 Acquisitions, Divestitures and Strategic Alliance 57
Note 3 Derivative Financial Instruments 57
Note 4 Fair Value Measurements 61
Note 5 Inventories 63
Note 6 Equity Investments 64
Note 7 Supplemental Balance Sheet and Statement of Earnings Information 65
Note 8 Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill 66
Note 9 Debt 67
Note 10 Leases 69
Note 11 Deferred Revenue 71
Note 12 Equity 71
Note 13 Employee Stock and Benefit Plans 73
Note 14 Income Taxes 75
Note 15 Earnings per Share 78
Note 16 Commitments and Contingencies 78
Note 17 Segment Reporting 79
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STARBUCKS CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Fiscal Years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019
Note 1: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies and Estimates
Description of Business
We purchase and roast high-quality coffees that we sell, along with handcrafted coffee and tea beverages and a variety of fresh
and prepared food items, through our company-operated stores. We also sell a variety of coffee and tea products and license our
trademarks through other channels such as licensed stores, grocery and foodservice. The grocery and foodservice business is
primarily through our Global Coffee Alliance with Nestlé established in August 2018.
In this 10-K, Starbucks Corporation (together with its subsidiaries) is referred to as “Starbucks,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or
“our.”
Segment information is prepared on the same basis that our management reviews financial information for operational decisionmaking purposes. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, certain changes were made to our management team, and our operating
segment reporting structure was realigned as a result. We realigned our fully licensed Latin America and Caribbean markets
from our Americas operating segment to our International operating segment. We renamed the Americas operating segment to
the North America operating segment, since it is comprised of our company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S. and
Canada. We also made certain other immaterial changes between our International operating segment and Corporate and Other.
Certain prior period information for our North America and International operating segments and our Corporate and Other
reportable segment has been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. There was no impact on consolidated net
revenues, total operating expenses, operating income or net earnings per share as a result of these changes.
We have three reportable operating segments: 1) North America, which is inclusive of the U.S. and Canada; 2) International,
which is inclusive of China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean; and 3)
Channel Development. Non-reportable operating segments such as Evolution Fresh and unallocated corporate expenses are
reported within Corporate and Other.
Additional details on the nature of our business and our reportable operating segments are included in
Note 17, Segment
Reporting.
Principles of Consolidation
Our consolidated financial statements reflect the financial position and operating results of Starbucks, including wholly-owned
subsidiaries and investees that we control. Intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.
Fiscal Year End
Our fiscal year ends on the Sunday closest to September 30. Fiscal year 2021 included 53 weeks, with the 53rd week falling in
the fourth fiscal quarter. Fiscal years 2020 and 2019 included 52 weeks.
Estimates and Assumptions
Preparing financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America
requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and
expenses. Examples include, but are not limited to, estimates for inventory reserves, asset and goodwill impairments,
assumptions underlying self-insurance reserves, income from unredeemed stored value cards, stock-based compensation
forfeiture rates, future asset retirement obligations and the potential outcome of future tax consequences of events that have
been recognized in the financial statements. Actual results and outcomes may differ from these estimates and assumptions due
to risks and uncertainties, including uncertainty in the current economic environment due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Restructuring
In fiscal 2020, we announced a restructuring plan to optimize our North America store portfolio, primarily in dense
metropolitan markets by developing new store formats to better cater to changing customer tastes and preferences. As of
October 3, 2021, 807 stores in the U.S. and Canada had been identified for closure, and substantially all were closed under the
plan. During fiscal years 2021 and 2020, we recorded approximately $155.4 million and $254.7 million, respectively, to
restructuring and impairments on our consolidated statements of earnings. These totals included $53.1 million and
$151.0 million, respectively, related to disposal and impairment of company-operated store assets and $89.5 million and $87.7
million, respectively, primarily associated with accelerated amortization of ROU lease assets and other lease costs due to store
closures prior to the end of contractual lease terms. Company-operated store asset impairments were the result of either a
triggering event that occurred where the assets were determined not to be recoverable or the store was permanently closed. For
impaired store asset groups, we estimated the fair values using an income approach incorporating internal projections of
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revenue growth and operating expenses that are considered Level 3 fair value measurements as well as applicable discount rates
and market lease rates. The application of these projections and fair value measurements did not have a significant impact on
our final impairment charges given that we have closed substantially all of these identified stores. As of October 3, 2021, we
expect total future restructuring costs under this plan, which are attributable to our North America segment, to be immaterial.
Restructuring-related accrued employee termination costs included in accrued payroll and benefits on the consolidated balance
sheets were immaterial as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020. Additionally on the consolidated balance sheets, other
accrued restructuring costs included in accrued liabilities were immaterial as of October 3, 2021 and there were no other
accrued restructuring costs outstanding as of September 27, 2020. Cash payments relating to these liabilities were immaterial
for the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
We consider all highly liquid instruments with maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase, as well as credit card
receivables for sales to customers in our company-operated stores that generally settle within two to five business days, to be
cash equivalents. We maintain cash and cash equivalent balances with financial institutions that exceed federally-insured limits.
We have not experienced any losses related to these balances, and we believe credit risk to be minimal.
Our cash management system provides for the funding of all major bank disbursement accounts on a daily basis as checks are
presented for payment. Under this system, outstanding checks are in excess of the cash balances at certain banks, which creates
book overdrafts. Book overdrafts are presented as a current liability in accrued liabilities on our consolidated balance sheets.
Investments
Available-for-sale Debt Securities
Our short-term and long-term investments consist primarily of investment-grade debt securities, all of which are classified as
available-for-sale. Available-for-sale debt securities are recorded at fair value, and unrealized holding gains and losses are
recorded, net of tax, as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income. Available-for-sale securities with remaining
maturities of less than one year and those identified by management at the time of purchase to be used to fund operations within
one year are classified as short-term. All other available-for-sale securities are classified as long-term. We evaluate our
available-for-sale securities for other-than-temporary impairment on a quarterly basis. Unrealized losses are charged against net
earnings when a decline in fair value is determined to be other than temporary. We review several factors to determine whether
a loss is other than temporary, such as the length and extent of the fair value decline, the financial condition and near-term
prospects of the issuer and whether we have the intent to sell or will more likely than not be required to sell before the
securities’ anticipated recovery, which may be at maturity. Realized gains and losses are accounted for using the specific
identification method. Purchases and sales are recorded on a trade date basis.
Marketable Equity Securities
We also have a marketable equity securities portfolio, which is comprised of marketable equity mutual funds and equity
exchange-traded funds. Marketable equity securities are recorded at fair value and approximates a portion of our liability under
our Management Deferred Compensation Plan (“MDCP”). Gains or losses from the portfolio and the change in our MDCP
liability are recorded in our consolidated statements of earnings.
Equity Investments
Equity investments are accounted for under the equity method if we are able to exercise significant influence, but not control,
over an investee. Our share of the earnings or losses as reported by the investees is classified as income from equity investees
on our consolidated statements of earnings. The investments are evaluated for impairment annually and when facts and
circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. If a decline in fair value is determined to be other-thantemporary, an impairment charge is recorded in interest income and other, net on our consolidated statements of earnings.
We account for equity investments for which we do not have significant influence and without readily determinable fair values
at cost with adjustments for observable changes in price or impairments as permitted by the measurement alternative.
Investments for which the measurement alternative has been elected are assessed for impairment quarterly, or if a triggering
event indicates impairment may be present. Any adjustments as a result of price changes or impairments are recorded in interest
income and other, net on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Fair Value
Fair value is the price we would receive to sell an asset or pay to transfer a liability (exit price) in an orderly transaction
between market participants. For assets and liabilities recorded or disclosed at fair value on a recurring basis, we determine fair
value based on the following:
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Level 1: The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents approximates fair value because of the short-term nature of these
instruments. For equity and U.S. government treasury securities and commodity futures contracts, we use quoted prices in
active markets for identical assets to determine fair value.
Level 2: When quoted prices in active markets for identical assets are not available, we determine the fair value of our
available-for-sale securities and our over-the-counter forward contracts, collars and swaps based upon factors such as the
quoted market price of similar assets or a discounted cash flow model using readily observable market data, which may include
interest rate curves and forward and spot prices for currencies and commodities, depending on the nature of the investment. The
fair value of our long-term debt is estimated based on the quoted market prices for the same or similar issues or on the current
rates offered to us for debt of the same remaining maturities.
Level 3: We determine the fair value of our auction rate securities using an internally-developed valuation model, using inputs
that include interest rate curves, credit and liquidity spreads and effective maturity.
Assets and liabilities recognized or disclosed at fair value on a nonrecurring basis may include items such as property, plant and
equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets, equity and other investments and other assets. We determine the fair value of
these items using Level 3 inputs, as described in the related sections below.
Derivative Instruments
We manage our exposure to various risks within our consolidated financial statements according to a market price risk
management policy. Under this policy, we may engage in transactions involving various derivative instruments to hedge
interest rates, commodity prices and foreign currency-denominated revenue streams, inventory purchases, assets and liabilities
and investments in certain foreign operations. In order to manage our exposure to these risks, we use various types of derivative
instruments including forward contracts, commodity futures contracts, collars and swaps. Forward contracts and commodity
futures contracts are agreements to buy or sell a quantity of a currency or commodity at a predetermined future date and at a
predetermined rate or price. A collar is a strategy that uses a combination of a purchased call option and a sold put option with
equal premiums to hedge a portion of anticipated cash flows, or to limit possible gains or losses on an underlying asset or
liability to a specific range. A swap agreement is a contract between two parties to exchange cash flows based on specified
underlying notional amounts, assets and/or indices. We do not enter into derivative instruments for speculative purposes.
We record all derivatives on our consolidated balance sheets at fair value and typically do not offset derivative assets and
liabilities. Excluding interest rate hedging instruments, cross-currency swaps and foreign currency debt hedging instruments,
we generally do not enter into derivative instruments with maturities longer than three years. However, we are allowed to net
settle transactions with respective counterparties for certain derivative contracts, inclusive of interest rate swaps and foreign
currency forwards, with a single, net amount payable by one party to the other. We also enter into collateral security
arrangements that provide for collateral to be received or posted when the net fair value of certain financial instruments
fluctuates from contractually established thresholds. As of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, cash collateral held under
collateral security arrangements was $44.7 million and $34.9 million, respectively, and is included in other long-term liabilities
on our consolidated balance sheets. The potential effects of netting arrangements with our derivative contracts, excluding the
effects of collateral, would not have had a material impact on our consolidated balance sheets.
By using these derivative instruments, we expose ourselves to potential credit risk. Credit risk is the failure of the counterparty
to perform under the terms of the derivative contract. We minimize this credit risk by entering into transactions with carefully
selected, credit-worthy counterparties and distribute contracts among several financial institutions to reduce the concentration of
credit risk.
Cash Flow Hedges
For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as a cash flow hedge, the derivative’s gain or loss is reported as a
component of other comprehensive income (“OCI”) and recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) on
our consolidated balance sheets. The gain or loss is subsequently reclassified into net earnings when the hedged exposure
affects net earnings, in the same line item as the underlying hedged item on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Cash flow hedges related to anticipated transactions are designated and documented at the inception of each hedge. Cash flows
from hedging transactions are classified in the same categories as the cash flows from the respective hedged items. For dedesignated cash flow hedges in which the transactions are no longer likely to occur, the related accumulated derivative gains or
losses are recognized in interest income and other, net on our consolidated statements of earnings based on the nature of the
underlying transaction.
Net Investment Hedges
For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as a net investment hedge, the derivative’s, or qualifying nonderivative instrument’s gain or loss is reported as a component of OCI and recorded in AOCI. The gain or loss will be
subsequently reclassified into net earnings when the hedged net investment is either sold or substantially liquidated.
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Fair Value Hedges
For derivative instruments that are designated and qualify as a fair value hedge, the changes in fair value of the derivative
instrument and the offsetting changes in fair value of the underlying hedged item due to changes in the hedged risk are recorded
in interest income and other, net or interest expense on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Derivatives Not Designated As Hedging Instruments
We also enter into certain foreign currency forward contracts, commodity futures contracts, collars and swaps that are not
designated as hedging instruments for accounting purposes. The changes in the fair values of these contracts are immediately
recognized in interest income and other, net on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Normal Purchase Normal Sale
We enter into fixed-price and price-to-be-fixed green coffee purchase commitments, which are described further in Note 5,
Inventories. For both fixed-price and price-to-be-fixed purchase commitments, we expect to take delivery of green coffee and to
utilize the coffee in a reasonable period of time in the ordinary course of business. Since these types of purchase commitments
qualify for the normal purchase normal sale exemption, they are not recorded as derivative instruments on our consolidated
balance sheets.
Refer to
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments, and Note 5, Inventories, for further discussion of our derivative instruments
and green coffee purchase commitments.
Receivables, net of Allowance for Credit Losses
Our receivables are mainly comprised of receivables for product and equipment sales to and royalties from our licensees, as
well as receivables from our Global Coffee Alliance and other Channel Development customers. The primary indicators of the
credit quality of our receivables are aging, payment history, economic sector information and outside credit monitoring, and are
assessed on a quarterly basis. Our credit loss exposure is mainly concentrated in our accounts receivable portfolio. Our
allowance for credit losses is calculated using a loss-rate method based on historical experience, current market conditions and
reasonable forecasts. We also assessed incremental risks due to COVID-19 on our licensees’ financial viability. For the year
ended October 3, 2021, we did not observe a significant deterioration of our receivable portfolio that required a significant
increase in our allowance for credit losses. As of October 3, 2021, our allowance for credit losses was $25.6 million. As of
September 27, 2020, prior to adoption of the new estimated credit losses methodology, our allowance for doubtful accounts was
$27.1 million.
To assist certain international licensed partners with their business recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we
provided payment extensions for their outstanding receivables to help them dedicate their capital to further develop stores and
build the brand. During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, we also temporarily waived royalty payments from our international
licensees and did not recognize royalty revenues associated with these accounts. Normal royalty billings and collections
resumed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020. We do not believe the terms and forms of these financial relief actions
changed our revenue recognition policy or had a significant impact on future collectability.
Inventories
Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (primarily moving average cost) or net realizable value. We record inventory reserves
for obsolete and slow-moving inventory and for estimated shrinkage between physical inventory counts. Inventory reserves are
based on inventory obsolescence trends, historical experience and application of the specific identification method. As of
October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, inventory reserves were $36.6 million and $48.4 million, respectively.
Property, Plant and Equipment
Property, plant and equipment is carried at cost less accumulated depreciation. Cost includes all direct costs necessary to
acquire and prepare assets for use, including internal labor and overhead in some cases. Depreciation is computed using the
straight-line method over estimated useful lives of the assets, generally ranging from 2 to 15 years for equipment and 30 to 40
years for buildings. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their estimated useful lives or the related lease
life, generally 10 years. For leases with renewal periods at our option, we generally use the original lease term, excluding
renewal option periods, to determine estimated useful lives. If failure to exercise a renewal option imposes an economic penalty
to us, we may determine at the inception of the lease that renewal is reasonably assured and include the renewal option period in
the determination of the appropriate estimated useful lives.
The portion of depreciation expense related to production and distribution facilities is included in product and distribution costs
on our consolidated statements of earnings. The costs of repairs and maintenance are expensed when incurred, while
expenditures for refurbishments and improvements that significantly add to the productive capacity or extend the useful life of
an asset are capitalized. When assets are disposed of, whether through retirement or sale, the net gain or loss is recognized in
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net earnings. Long-lived assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of their carrying amount or fair value less estimated
costs to sell.
We evaluate property, plant and equipment for impairment when facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying values of
such assets may not be recoverable. When evaluating for impairment, we first compare the carrying value of the asset to the
asset’s estimated future undiscounted cash flows. If the estimated undiscounted future cash flows are less than the carrying
value of the asset, we determine if we have an impairment loss by comparing the carrying value of the asset to the asset’s
estimated fair value and recognize an impairment charge when the asset’s carrying value exceeds its estimated fair value. The
fair value of the asset is estimated using a discounted cash flow model based on forecasted future revenues and operating costs,
using internal projections. Property, plant and equipment assets and ROU assets related to the store lease are grouped at the
lowest level for which identifiable cash flows are largely independent of the cash flows of other assets and liabilities. For
company-operated store assets, the impairment test is performed at the individual store asset group level.
We recognized net disposition and impairment charges of $153.1 million, $294.9 million and $108.0 million in fiscal 2021,
2020 and 2019, respectively. Of the total net impairment and disposition charges, $53.1 million, $151.0 million and $7.3
million in fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively, were restructuring related and recorded in restructuring and impairment
expenses. For fiscal 2021 and 2020, we evaluated COVID-19 business recovery trends and their estimated impacts on future
revenue growth and profitability for assessing impairment of our company-operated retail store and related operating lease
ROU assets. As a result, we recorded $44.4 million and $59.6 million of impairment losses within store operating expenses on
our consolidated statements of earnings during the years ended October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, respectively. Unless it
is restructuring related, the nature of the underlying asset that is impaired or disposed of will determine the operating expense
line on which the related impact is recorded on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Leases
The majority of our leases are operating leases for our company-operated retail store locations. We also lease, among other
things, roasting, distribution and warehouse facilities and office space for corporate administrative purposes.
We categorize leases as either operating or finance leases at the commencement date of the lease. Operating lease agreements
may contain tenant improvement allowances, rent holidays, rent escalation clauses and/or contingent rent provisions. We have
lease agreements with lease and non-lease components, which are accounted for together as a single lease component for all
underlying classes of assets.
We recognize a ROU asset and lease liability for each operating and finance lease with a contractual term greater than 12
months at the time of lease inception. We do not record leases with an initial term of 12 months or less on our consolidated
balance sheet but continue to record rent expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Our leases often include options to
extend or terminate at our sole discretion, which are included in the determination of lease term when they are reasonably
certain to be exercised.
Our lease liability represents the present value of future lease payments over the lease term. Given our policy election to
combine lease and non-lease components, we also consider fixed common area maintenance (“CAM”) part of our fixed future
lease payments; therefore, fixed CAM is also included in our lease liability.
We cannot determine the interest rate implicit in each of our leases. Therefore, we use market and term-specific incremental
borrowing rates. Our incremental borrowing rate for a lease is the rate of interest we expect to pay on a collateralized basis to
borrow an amount equal to the lease payments under similar terms. Because we do not borrow on a collateralized basis, we
consider a combination of factors, including our credit-adjusted risk-free interest rate, the risk profile and funding cost of the
specific geographic market of the lease, the lease term and the effect of adjusting the rate to reflect consideration of collateral.
Our credit-adjusted risk-free rate takes into consideration interest rates we pay on our unsecured long-term bonds as well as
quoted interest rates obtained from financial institutions.
Total lease costs recorded as rent and other occupancy costs include fixed operating lease costs, variable lease costs and shortterm lease costs. Most of our real estate leases require we pay certain expenses, such as CAM costs, real estate taxes and other
executory costs, of which the fixed portion is included in operating lease costs. We recognize operating lease costs on a
straight-line basis over the lease term. In addition to the above costs, variable lease costs also include amounts based on a
percentage of gross sales in excess of specified levels and are recognized when probable and are not included in determining the
present value of our lease liability. Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material
restrictive covenants. A significant majority of our leases are related to our company-operated stores, and their related costs are
recorded within store operating expenses.
The ROU asset is measured at the initial amount of the lease liability adjusted for lease payments made at or before the lease
commencement date, initial direct costs and any tenant improvement allowances received. For operating leases, ROU assets are
reduced over the lease term by the recognized straight-line lease expense less the amount of accretion of the lease liability
determined using the effective interest method. For finance leases, ROU assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over the
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shorter of the useful life of the leased asset or the lease term. Interest expense on each finance lease liability is recognized
utilizing the effective interest method. ROU assets are tested for impairment in the same manner as long-lived assets.
Additionally, we monitor for events or changes in circumstances that may require a reassessment of one of our leases and
determine if a remeasurement is required. During fiscal 2021, the COVID-19-related rent concessions we received for stores,
primarily in our International segment, were immaterial. During fiscal 2020, we received $27.6 million of COVID-19-related
rent concessions for stores in our International segment generally correlating with the temporary period our stores were closed.
Consistent with updated guidance from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) in April 2020, we elected to treat
COVID-19-related rent concessions as variable rent. Rent concessions were recognized as an offset to our rent expense within
store operating expenses on our consolidated statement of earnings. See
Note 10, Leases, for additional details. Additionally,
for the years ended October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, we recognized accelerated amortization of ROU lease assets and
other lease costs of $89.5 million and $87.7 million, respectively, due to planned store closures prior to the end of contractual
lease terms, which were recorded in restructuring and impairments on the consolidated statement of earnings.
Goodwill
We evaluate goodwill for impairment annually during our third fiscal quarter, or more frequently if an event occurs or
circumstances change, such as material deterioration in performance or a significant number of store closures, that would
indicate that impairment may exist. When evaluating goodwill for impairment, we may first perform a qualitative assessment to
determine whether it is more likely than not that a reporting unit is impaired. If we do not perform a qualitative assessment, or if
we determine that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, we calculate
the estimated fair value of the reporting unit. Fair value is typically calculated using a discounted cash flow model. For certain
reporting units, where deemed appropriate, we may also utilize a market approach for estimating fair value. If the carrying
amount of the reporting unit exceeds the estimated fair value, an impairment charge is recorded to reduce the carrying value to
the estimated fair value.
As part of our ongoing operations, we may close certain stores within a reporting unit containing goodwill due to
underperformance of the store or inability to renew our lease, among other reasons. We may abandon certain assets associated
with a closed store, including leasehold improvements and other non-transferable assets. When a portion of a reporting unit that
constitutes a business is to be disposed of, goodwill associated with the business is included in the carrying amount of the
business in determining any loss on disposal. Our evaluation of whether the portion of a reporting unit being disposed of
constitutes a business occurs on the date of abandonment. Although an operating store meets the accounting definition of a
business prior to abandonment, it does not constitute a business on the closure date because the remaining assets on that date do
not constitute an integrated set of activities (substantive processes) and assets that are capable of being managed for the purpose
of providing a return to investors. As a result, when closing individual stores, we do not include goodwill in the calculation of
any loss on disposal of the related assets.
We recorded no goodwill impairment during fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2020. In fiscal 2019, we recorded goodwill impairment of
$10.5 million. See
Note 8, Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill, for further information.
Other Intangible Assets
Other intangible assets include finite-lived intangible assets, which mainly consist of acquired and reacquired rights, trade
secrets, licensing agreements, contract-based patents and copyrights. These assets are amortized over their estimated useful
lives and are tested for impairment using a similar methodology to our property, plant and equipment, as described above.
Indefinite-lived intangibles, which consist primarily of trade names and trademarks, are tested for impairment annually during
the third fiscal quarter, or more frequently if an event occurs or circumstances change that would indicate that impairment may
exist. When evaluating other intangible assets for impairment, we may first perform a qualitative assessment to determine
whether it is more likely than not that an intangible asset group is impaired. If we do not perform the qualitative assessment, or
if we determine that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of the intangible asset group exceeds its carrying amount,
we calculate the estimated fair value of the intangible asset group. Fair value is the price a willing buyer would pay for the
intangible asset group and is typically calculated using an income approach, such as a relief-from-royalty model. If the carrying
amount of the intangible asset group exceeds the estimated fair value, an impairment charge is recorded to reduce the carrying
value to the estimated fair value. In addition, we continuously monitor and may revise our intangible asset useful lives if and
when facts and circumstances change.
There were no significant other intangible asset impairment charges recorded during fiscal 2021. We recorded other intangible
asset impairment charges of $22.1 million during fiscal 2020. There were no significant other intangible asset impairments
charges recorded during fiscal 2019. See
Note 8, Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill, for further information.
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Insurance Reserves
We use a combination of insurance and self-insurance mechanisms, including a wholly-owned captive insurance entity and
participation in a reinsurance treaty, to provide for the potential liabilities for certain risks, including workers’ compensation,
healthcare benefits, general liability, property insurance and director and officers’ liability insurance. Liabilities associated with
the risks that are retained by us are not discounted and are estimated, in part, by considering historical claims experience,
demographics, exposure and severity factors and other actuarial assumptions.
Revenue Recognition
Consolidated revenues are presented net of intercompany eliminations for wholly-owned subsidiaries and investees controlled
by us and for product sales to and royalty and other fees from licensees accounted for under the equity method. Additionally,
consolidated revenues are recognized net of any discounts, returns, allowances and sales incentives, including coupon
redemptions and rebates.
Company-operated Store Revenues
Company-operated store revenues are recognized when payment is tendered at the point of sale as the performance obligation
has been satisfied. Company-operated store revenues are reported excluding sales, use or other transaction taxes that are
collected from customers and remitted to taxing authorities.
Licensed Store Revenues
Licensed store revenues consist of product and equipment sales, royalties and other fees paid by licensees using the Starbucks
brand. Sales of coffee, tea, food and related products are generally recognized upon shipment to licensees, depending on
contract terms. Shipping charges billed to licensees are also recognized as revenue, and the related shipping costs are included
in product and distribution costs on our consolidated statements of earnings.
We consider pre-opening services, including site evaluation and selection, store architectural/design and development and
operational training, to be performance obligations that are separate from the license to operate under the Starbucks brand.
These services provide distinct value to our licensees, including business and industry insight and knowledge that transfers
value apart from the license. Revenues associated with pre-opening services are recognized upon completion of the related
performance obligations, generally when a store is opened. Royalty revenues are recognized based upon a percentage of
reported sales, and other continuing fees, such as marketing and service fees, are recognized as the performance obligations are
met.
Stored Value Cards
Stored value cards can be activated through various channels, including at our company-operated and most licensed store
locations, online at Starbucks.com or via mobile devices held by our customers and at certain other third-party websites and
locations, such as grocery stores, although they cannot be reloaded at these third-party websites or locations. Amounts loaded
onto stored value cards are initially recorded as deferred revenue and recognized as revenue upon redemption. Historically, the
majority of stored value cards are redeemed within one year.
In many of our company-owned markets, including the U.S., our stored value cards do not have an expiration date nor do we
charge service fees that cause a decrement to customer balances. Based on historical redemption rates, a portion of stored value
cards is not expected to be redeemed and will be recognized as breakage over time in proportion to stored value card
redemptions. The redemption rates are based on historical redemption patterns for each market, including the timing and
business channel in which the card was activated or reloaded, and remittance to government agencies under unclaimed property
laws, if applicable.
Breakage is recognized as company-operated stores and licensed stores revenue within the consolidated statement of earnings.
For the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019, we recognized breakage revenue of
$164.5 million, $130.3 million and $125.1 million in company-operated store revenues, respectively, and $16.6 million, $14.3
million and $15.7 million in licensed store revenues, respectively.
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Loyalty Program
Customers in the U.S., Canada and certain other countries who register their Starbucks Card are automatically enrolled in the
Starbucks
® Rewards program, which is primarily a spend-based loyalty program. They earn loyalty points (“Stars”) in a variety
of ways, including with each purchase at participating Starbucks
® stores and when making purchases with the Starbucksbranded credit and debit cards. Starbucks® Rewards members can earn Stars by paying with cash, credit or debit cards, or
selected mobile wallets at company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada. After accumulating a certain number of Stars, the
customer earns a reward that can be redeemed for free product that, regardless of where the related Stars were earned within
that country, will be honored at company-operated stores and certain participating licensed store locations in that same country.
We defer revenue associated with the estimated selling price of Stars earned by Starbucks
® Rewards members towards free
product as each Star is earned and a corresponding liability is established in deferred revenue. This deferral is based on the
estimated value of the product for which the reward is expected to be redeemed, net of estimated unredeemed Stars. Stars
generally expire after six months.
When a customer redeems an earned reward, we recognize revenue for the redeemed product and reduce the related deferred
revenue.
Other Revenues
Other revenues primarily include royalty revenues, sales of packaged coffee, tea and a variety of ready-to-drink beverages and
single-serve coffee and tea products to customers outside of our company-operated and licensed stores. Sales of these products
are generally recognized upon shipment to customers, depending on contract terms.
Other revenues also include product sales to and licensing revenue from Nestlé related to our Global Coffee Alliance. Product
sales to Nestlé are generally recognized when the product is shipped whereas royalty revenues are recognized based on a
percentage of reported sales.
Deferred Revenues
Our deferred revenue primarily consists of the up-front prepaid royalty from Nestlé, for which we have continuing performance
obligations to support the Global Coffee Alliance, and our unredeemed stored value card liability and unredeemed Stars
associated with our loyalty program. See
Note 11, Deferred Revenue, for further information.
Disaggregation of Revenues
Revenues disaggregated by segment, product type and geographic area are disclosed in Note 17, Segment Reporting.
Product and Distribution Costs
Product and distribution costs primarily consist of raw materials, purchased goods and packaging costs as well as operational
costs of our supply chain organization, such as wages and benefits, occupancy costs and depreciation expenses, in support of
sourcing, procuring, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation activities of products sold at our company-operated and
licensed stores as well as through Channel Development and our other businesses. Also included are inventory and supply chain
asset impairment costs.
Store Operating Expenses
Store operating expenses consist of costs incurred in our company-operated stores, primarily wages and benefits related to store
partners (employees), occupancy costs and other costs that directly support the operation and sales-related activities of those
stores.
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses primarily consist of wages and benefits, professional service fees and occupancy costs for
corporate headquarter and regional offices that support our corporate functions, including technology, finance, legal and partner
resources.
Advertising
We expense most advertising costs as they are incurred, except for certain production costs that are expensed the first time the
advertising takes place. Advertising expenses totaled $305.1 million, $258.8 million and $245.7 million in fiscal 2021, 2020
and 2019, respectively.
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Government Subsidies
On March 27, 2020, the U.S. government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”),
which among other things, provides employer payroll tax credits for wages paid to employees who are unable to work during
the COVID-19 pandemic and options to defer payroll tax payments for a limited period. Based on our evaluation of the CARES
Act, we qualify for certain employer payroll tax credits as well as the deferral of payroll tax payments in the future.
Additionally, the Canadian government enacted the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) to help employers offset a
portion of their employee wages for a limited period. We elected to treat qualified government subsidies from the U.S., Canada
and other governments as offsets to the related operating expenses. The qualified payroll credits reduced our store operating
expenses by $210.0 million and $349.6 million on our consolidated statement of earnings during fiscal 2021 and 2020,
respectively. After netting the qualified credits against our payable, a receivable balance of $172.4 million and $155.1 million
was included in prepaid expenses and other current assets as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, respectively. During
the year ended October 3, 2021, we deferred $81.7 million of qualified payroll tax payments. As of October 3, 2021, deferred
payroll tax payments of $116.4 million were included in both accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities, respectively, on
our consolidated balance sheets. As of September 27, 2020, deferred payroll tax payments of $151.0 million were included in
other long-term liabilities on our consolidated balance sheets.
Store Preopening Expenses
Costs incurred in connection with the start-up and promotion of new company-operated store openings are expensed as
incurred.
Asset Retirement Obligations
We recognize a liability for the fair value of required asset retirement obligations (“ARO”) when such obligations are incurred.
Our AROs are primarily associated with leasehold improvements, which, at the end of a lease, we are contractually obligated to
remove in order to comply with the lease agreement. At the inception of a lease with such conditions, we record an ARO
liability and a corresponding capital asset in an amount equal to the estimated fair value of the obligation. We estimate the
liability using a number of assumptions, including store closing costs, cost inflation rates and discount rates, and accrete the
liability to its projected future value over time. The capitalized asset is depreciated using the same depreciation convention as
leasehold improvement assets. Upon satisfaction of the ARO conditions, any difference between the recorded ARO liability and
the actual retirement costs incurred is recognized as a gain or loss in store operating expense on our consolidated statements of
earnings. As of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, our net ARO assets included in property, plant and equipment were
$30.9 million and $30.7 million, respectively, and our net ARO liabilities included in other long-term liabilities were $116.5
million and $111.0 million, respectively.
Stock-based Compensation
We maintain several equity incentive plans under which we may grant non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options,
restricted stock, restricted stock units (“RSUs”) or stock appreciation rights to employees, non-employee directors and
consultants. We also have an employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”). RSUs issued by us are equivalent to nonvested shares
under the applicable accounting guidance. We record stock-based compensation expense based on the fair value of stock
awards at the grant date and recognize the expense over the related service period following a graded vesting expense schedule.
Expense for performance-based RSUs is recognized when it is probable the performance goal will be achieved. Performance
goals are determined by the Board of Directors and may include measures such as earnings per share, operating income and
return on invested capital. The fair value of each stock option granted is estimated on the grant date using the Black-ScholesMerton option valuation model. The assumptions used to calculate the fair value of options granted are evaluated and revised,
as necessary, to reflect market conditions and our historical experience. The fair value of RSUs is based on the closing price of
Starbucks common stock on the award date, less the present value of expected dividends not received during the vesting period.
If applicable, our total shareholder return relative to our peer group is incorporated into the underlying assumptions using a
Monte Carlo simulation valuation model to calculate grant date fair value. Compensation expense is recognized over the
requisite service period for each separately vesting portion of the award, and only for those awards expected to vest, with
forfeitures estimated at the date of grant based on our historical experience and future expectations.
Foreign Currency Translation
Our international operations generally use their local currency as their functional currency. Assets and liabilities are translated
at exchange rates in effect at the balance sheet date. Income and expense accounts are translated at the average monthly
exchange rates during the year. Resulting translation adjustments are reported as a component of OCI and recorded in AOCI on
our consolidated balance sheets.
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Income Taxes
We compute income taxes using the asset and liability method, under which deferred income taxes are recognized based on the
differences between the financial statement carrying amounts and the respective tax bases of our assets and liabilities. Deferred
tax assets and liabilities are measured using current enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which
we expect the temporary differences to reverse. The effect of a change in tax rates on deferred taxes is recognized in income in
the period that includes the enactment date.
We routinely evaluate the likelihood of realizing the benefit of our deferred tax assets and may record a valuation allowance if,
based on all available evidence, we determine that some portion of the tax benefit will not be realized. In evaluating our ability
to recover our deferred tax assets within the jurisdictions from which they arise, we consider all available positive and negative
evidence, including scheduled reversals of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, tax-planning strategies and
results of recent operations. If we determine that we would be able to realize our deferred tax assets in the future in excess of
their net recorded amount, we would make an adjustment to the deferred tax asset valuation allowance, which would reduce the
provision for income taxes.
In addition, our income tax returns are periodically audited by domestic and foreign tax authorities. These audits include review
of our tax filing positions, including the timing and amount of deductions taken and the allocation of income between tax
jurisdictions. We evaluate our exposures associated with our various tax filing positions and recognize a tax benefit from an
uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained upon examination by the relevant
taxing authorities, including resolutions of any related appeals or litigation processes, based on the technical merits of our
position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position are measured based on the largest benefit
that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. For uncertain tax positions that do not meet
this threshold, we record a related liability. We adjust our unrecognized tax benefit liability and income tax expense in the
period in which the uncertain tax position is effectively settled, the statute of limitations expires for the relevant taxing authority
to examine the tax position or when new information becomes available.
Starbucks recognizes interest and penalties related to income tax matters in income tax expense on our consolidated statements
of earnings. Accrued interest and penalties are included within the related tax balances on our consolidated balance sheets.
Global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”) provisions are applied, providing an incremental tax on foreign income. We
have made a policy election to classify taxes due under the GILTI provision as a current period expense.
Earnings per Share
Basic earnings per share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the
period. Diluted earnings per share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock and the effect
of dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period, calculated using the treasury stock method. Dilutive
potential common shares include outstanding stock options and RSUs. Performance-based RSUs are considered dilutive when
the related performance criterion has been met.
Common Stock Share Repurchases
We may repurchase shares of Starbucks common stock under a program authorized by our Board of Directors, including
pursuant to a contract, instruction or written plan meeting the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1) of the Exchange Act. Under
applicable Washington State law, shares repurchased are retired and not displayed separately as treasury stock on the financial
statements. Instead, the par value of repurchased shares is deducted from common stock and the excess repurchase price over
par value is deducted from additional paid-in capital and from retained earnings (deficit).
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In June 2016, the FASB issued guidance replacing the incurred loss impairment methodology with a new methodology that
reflects current expected credit losses on financial assets, including receivables and available-for-sale securities. The new
methodology requires entities to estimate and recognize expected credit losses each reporting period. The guidance was adopted
during the first quarter of fiscal 2021 under the modified retrospective approach and resulted in a $2.2 million transition
adjustment to opening shareholders’ retained deficit on our consolidated statements of equity.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
In March 2020, the FASB issued guidance related to reference rate reform. The pronouncement provides temporary optional
expedients and exceptions to the current guidance on contract modifications and hedge accounting to ease the financial
reporting burden related to the expected market transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) and other
interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates. The guidance was effective upon issuance and generally can be applied to
applicable contract modifications through December 31, 2022. We expect to adopt the guidance and begin transitioning from
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LIBOR to alternative reference rates in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. We do not expect adoption and transition to alternative
reference rates to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
Note 2: Acquisitions, Divestitures and Strategic Alliance
Fiscal 2021
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we sold our 50% ownership interest in Starbucks Coffee Korea Co., Ltd. where our joint
venture partner, E-Mart Inc., acquired an additional 17.5% interest and Apfin Investment Pte Ltd, an affiliate of GIC Private
Limited, which is a Singapore sovereign wealth fund, acquired the remaining 32.5%. The sale had a combined price of
$1.175 billion. This transaction resulted in a pre-tax gain of $864.5 million, which is included in net gain resulting from
divestiture of certain operations on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Fiscal 2019
In the third quarter of fiscal 2019, we sold our company-operated retail business in Thailand to Coffee Concepts Thailand, a
joint-venture between Maxim’s Caterers Limited and F&N Retail Connection Co. Ltd, converting this operation to a fully
licensed market. This transaction resulted in a pre-tax gain of $601.9 million, which was included in net gains resulting from
divestiture of certain operations on our consolidated statements of earnings.
In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, we sold our company-operated retail businesses in France and the Netherlands to Alsea,
S.A.B. de C.V. converting these operations to fully licensed markets. These transactions did not have a material impact on our
consolidated financial statements.
Note 3: Derivative Financial Instruments
Interest Rates
From time to time, we enter into designated cash flow hedges to manage the variability in cash flows due to changes in
benchmark interest rates. We enter into interest rate swap agreements and treasury locks, which are synthetic forward sales of
U.S. treasury securities settled in cash based upon the difference between an agreed-upon treasury rate and the prevailing
treasury rate at settlement. These agreements are cash settled at the time of the pricing of the related debt. Each derivative
agreement’s gain or loss is recorded in AOCI and is subsequently reclassified to interest expense over the life of the related
debt.
To hedge the exposure to changes in the fair value of our fixed-rate debt, we enter into interest rate swap agreements, which are
designated as fair value hedges. The changes in fair values of these derivative instruments and the offsetting changes in fair
values of the underlying hedged debt due to changes in the relevant benchmark interest rates are recorded in interest expense.
Refer to
Note 9, Debt, for additional information on our long-term debt.
Foreign Currency
To reduce cash flow volatility from foreign currency fluctuations, we enter into forward and swap contracts to hedge portions of
cash flows of anticipated intercompany royalty payments, inventory purchases and intercompany borrowing and lending
activities. The resulting gains and losses from these derivatives are recorded in AOCI and subsequently reclassified to revenue,
product and distribution costs, or interest income and other, net, respectively, when the hedged exposures affect net earnings.
From time to time, we may enter into financial instruments, including, but not limited to, forward and swap contracts or foreign
currency-denominated debt, to hedge the currency exposure of our net investments in certain international operations. The
resulting gains and losses from these derivatives are recorded in AOCI and are subsequently reclassified to net earnings when
the hedged net investment is either sold or substantially liquidated.
Foreign currency forward and swap contracts not designated as hedging instruments are used to mitigate the foreign exchange
risk of certain other balance sheet items. Gains and losses from these derivatives are largely offset by the financial impact of
translating foreign currency-denominated payables and receivables; these gains and losses are recorded in interest income and
other, net.
Commodities
Depending on market conditions, we may enter into coffee forward contracts, futures contracts and collars to hedge anticipated
cash flows under our price-to-be-fixed green coffee contracts, which are described further in
Note 5, Inventories, or our longerdated forecasted coffee demand where underlying fixed price and price-to-be-fixed contracts are not yet available. The resulting
gains and losses are recorded in AOCI and are subsequently reclassified to product and distribution costs when the hedged
exposure affects net earnings.
Depending on market conditions, we may also enter into dairy forward contracts and futures contracts to hedge a portion of
anticipated cash flows under our dairy purchase contracts and our forecasted dairy demand. The resulting gains or losses are
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recorded in AOCI and are subsequently reclassified to product and distribution costs when the hedged exposure affects net
earnings.
Cash flow hedges related to anticipated transactions are designated and documented at the inception of each hedge. Cash flows
from hedging transactions are classified in the same categories as the cash flows from the respective hedged items. For dedesignated cash flow hedges in which the underlying transactions are no longer probable of occurring, the related accumulated
derivative gains or losses are recognized in interest income and other, net on our consolidated statements of earnings. There
were no significant cash flow hedge de-designations in fiscal 2021. During the second and third quarters of fiscal 2020, we dedesignated certain cash flow hedges due to the global COVID-19 impacts, which resulted in the release of an insignificant net
gain from AOCI to our consolidated statement of earnings.
To mitigate the price uncertainty of a portion of our future purchases, including diesel fuel and other commodities, we enter into
swap contracts, futures and collars that are not designated as hedging instruments. The resulting gains and losses are recorded in
interest income and other, net to help offset price fluctuations on our beverage, food, packaging and transportation costs, which
are included in product and distribution costs on our consolidated statements of earnings.
Gains and losses on derivative contracts and foreign currency-denominated debt designated as hedging instruments included in
AOCI and expected to be reclassified into earnings within 12 months, net of tax (
in millions):
Net Gains/(Losses)
Included in AOCI
Net Gains/(Losses)
Expected to be
Reclassified from
AOCI into
Earnings within 12
Months
Outstanding
Contract/Debt
Remaining
Maturity
(Months)
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019
Cash Flow Hedges:
Coffee $ 197.8 $ (2.5) $ (1.0) $ 117.4 8

Cross-currency swaps
Dairy
Foreign currency – other
Interest rates
Net Investment Hedges:
Cross-currency swaps
Foreign currency
Foreign currency debt
4.4
(0.4)
1.3
(44.8)
5.2
0.5
5.3
(90.6)
(1.4)

12.9
0.5

(0.4)
(0.6)
(1.6)
38
11
34
133
37.9
16.0
(5.3)
32.6
16.0
(37.1)

16.0
(26.1)


96
0
30

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Pre-tax gains and losses on derivative contracts and foreign currency-denominated long-term debt designated as hedging
instruments recognized in OCI and reclassifications from AOCI to earnings (
in millions):

Year Ended
Gains/(Losses)
Recognized in
OCI Before Reclassifications
Gains/(Losses) Reclassified from
AOCI to Earnings
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019
Oct 3,
2021
Sep 27,
2020
Sep 29,
2019
Location of gain/(loss)

Cash Flow Hedges:

Coffee
Cross-currency swaps
$ 223.5 $ (1.2) $ (1.2) $ (3.5) $ 0.5 $ (0.3) Product and distribution costs
13.7 4.4 (5.9)
1.9 2.3 0.1 Interest expense

12.7 (6.1) (19.8) Interest income and other, net
Dairy
0.5 3.0 —
1.7 4.0 — Product and distribution costs
— (1.7) — Interest income and other, net
(1)
Foreign currency – other
(10.0) (6.4) 20.8

1.8
(7.3)

(1.8)
(3.6)
5.5
(8.7)
6.1

7.0 Licensed stores revenues
4.4 Product and distribution costs
— Interest income and other, net
(1)
4.7 Interest expense
— Interest income and other, net
Interest rates 56.1 (126.1) (27.8)

Net Investment Hedges:

Cross-currency swaps
Foreign currency debt
20.5
42.6
56.8
(18.1)

(39.8)
13.4
13.3
— Interest expense

(1) As a result of the global COVID-19 impacts, we discontinued cash flow hedges during the year ended September 27,
2020.
Pre-tax gains and losses on non-designated derivatives and designated fair value hedging instruments and the related fair value
hedged item recognized in earnings (
in millions):
Gains/(Losses) Recognized in Earnings
Location of gain/(loss) recognized
in earnings
Year Ended
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019
Non-Designated Derivatives:

Dairy Interest income and other, net $ — $
2.6
7.5
— $
(8.8)
0.3
(1.9)
(5.9)
(8.1)
Diesel fuel and other commodities Interest income and other, net
Foreign currency – other
Fair Value Hedges:
Interest rate swap
Long-term debt (hedged item)
Interest income and other, net
Interest expense
Interest expense
(0.5)
14.0
28.7
(23.8)
54.7
(50.7)

Notional amounts of outstanding derivative contracts (in millions):
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Coffee $ 481 $ 63
Cross-currency swaps 806 870
Dairy 53 61
Diesel fuel and other commodities 10 5
Foreign currency – other 1,009 1,140
Interest rate swaps 1,250 1,750

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Fair value of outstanding derivative contracts (in millions) including the location of the asset and/or liability on the consolidated
balance sheets:
Derivative Assets
Balance Sheet Location Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Designated Derivative Instruments:

Coffee
Cross-currency swaps
Dairy
Foreign currency – other
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Other long-term assets
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Other long-term assets
Other long-term assets
$ 130.5 $
54.7
0.8
8.9
6.9
22.7
2.6
37.7
2.1
8.6
3.8
45.8
Interest rate swap
Non-designated Derivative Instruments:
Diesel fuel and other commodities
Foreign currency
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
0.1
7.3

2.3

Derivative Liabilities

Balance Sheet Location Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Designated Derivative Instruments:

Coffee Accrued liabilities
Other long-term liabilities
Other long-term liabilities
Accrued liabilities
Accrued liabilities
Other long-term liabilities
Other long-term liabilities
$ — $

3.3
0.9
7.4
3.6
1.3
1.4
0.1
7.3
1.4
1.6
2.6
69.3
Cross-currency swaps
Dairy
Foreign currency – other
Interest rates
Non-designated Derivative Instruments:
Dairy
Diesel fuel and other commodities
Foreign currency
Accrued liabilities
Accrued liabilities
Accrued liabilities
0.2

0.1

1.7
1.2

The following amounts were recorded on the consolidated balance sheets related to fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps
designated in fair value hedging relationships:
Carrying amount of hedged item
Cumulative amount of fair value hedging
adjustment included in the carrying amount
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Location on the balance sheet
Long-term debt $ 771.7 $ 785.6 $ 21.7 $ 35.6
Additional disclosures related to cash flow gains and losses included in AOCI, as well as subsequent reclassifications to
earnings, are included in
Note 12, Equity.
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Note 4: Fair Value Measurements
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis (in millions):
Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
Balance at
October 3, 2021
Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical Assets
(Level 1)
Significant
Other Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents
Short-term investments:
Available-for-sale debt securities
Commercial paper
Corporate debt securities
Mortgage and other asset-backed
securities
Total available-for-sale debt securities
Marketable equity securities
Total short-term investments
Prepaid expenses and other current assets:
Derivative assets
Long-term investments:
Available-for-sale debt securities
Auction rate securities
Corporate debt securities
Foreign government obligations
Mortgage and other asset-backed
securities
State and local government obligations
U.S. government treasury securities
Total long-term investments
Other long-term assets:
Derivative assets
Total assets
Liabilities:
Accrued liabilities:
Derivative liabilities
Other long-term liabilities:
Derivative liabilities
Total liabilities
$ 6,455.7 $ 6,455.7 $ — $
63.0
24.7

63.0
24.7

0.1
87.8
74.4
162.2


74.4
74.4
0.1
87.8

87.8



147.6 131.1 16.5
6.0
162.0
4.0



162.0
4.0
6.0

31.9
1.5
76.3
281.7


76.3
76.3
31.9
1.5

199.4



6.0
84.3
7,131.5 $

6,737.5 $
84.3
388.0 $

6.0
$
$ 8.6 $ 0.3 $ 8.3 $
8.2
16.8 $

0.3 $
8.2
16.5 $

$

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Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using
Balance at
September 27, 2020
Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical Assets
(Level 1)
Significant
Other Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,350.9 $ 4,350.9 $ — $ —
Short-term investments:
Available-for-sale debt securities

Certificates of deposit
Commercial paper
Corporate debt securities
Foreign government obligations
Mortgage and other asset-backed
securities
Total available-for-sale debt securities
Marketable equity securities
Total short-term investments
Prepaid expenses and other current assets:
Derivative assets
Long-term investments:
Available-for-sale debt securities
Auction rate securities
Corporate debt securities
Mortgage and other asset-backed
securities
State and local government obligations
U.S. government treasury securities
Total long-term investments
Other long-term assets:
Derivative assets
Total assets
1.6
66.8
123.6
8.5



1.6
66.8
123.6
8.5



$
15.8
216.3
64.9
281.2


64.9
64.9
15.8
216.3

216.3



15.6 3.6 12.0
5.7
82.6


82.6
5.7
19.3
3.6
94.9
206.1


94.9
94.9
19.3
3.6

105.5



5.7
87.3
4,941.1 $

4,514.3 $
87.3
421.1 $

5.7

Liabilities:
Accrued liabilities:

Derivative liabilities
Other long-term liabilities:
Derivative liabilities
Total
$ 7.3 $ 1.9 $ 5.4 $
79.3
86.6 $
0.1
2.0 $
79.2
84.6 $

$

There were no material transfers between levels and there was no significant activity within Level 3 instruments during the
periods presented. The fair values of any financial instruments presented above exclude the impact of netting assets and
liabilities when a legally enforceable master netting agreement exists.
Available-for-sale Debt Securities
Long-term investments generally mature within 4 years. Proceeds from sales of securities were $134.1 million, $177.4 million
and $291.1 million for fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Realized gains and losses were not material for fiscal 2021,
2020 and 2019. Gross unrealized holding gains and losses were not material as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020.
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Marketable Equity Securities
Marketable equity securities include equity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Our marketable equity securities portfolio
approximates a portion of our liability under our MDCP, a defined contribution plan. Our MDCP liability was $105.2 million
and $91.4 million as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, respectively. The changes in net unrealized holding gains and
losses in the marketable equity securities portfolio included in earnings for fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019 were not material. Gross
unrealized holding gains and losses on marketable equity securities were not material as of October 3, 2021 and September 27,
2020.
Derivative Assets and Liabilities
Derivative assets and liabilities include foreign currency forward contracts, commodity futures contracts, collars and swaps,
which are described further in
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments.
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis
Assets and liabilities recognized or disclosed at fair value on a nonrecurring basis include items such as property, plant and
equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets, equity and other investments and other assets. These assets are measured at fair
value if determined to be impaired. Impairment of property, plant and equipment and ROU assets is included in
Note 1,
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.
We have recognized impairments during fiscal 2021 and 2020 primarily related to our North America restructuring plan. See
Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, Note 10, Leases and Note 8, Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill for
additional discussion of these impairments.
Fair Value of Other Financial Instruments
The estimated fair value of our long-term debt based on the quoted market price (Level 2) is included at Note 9, Debt.
Note 5: Inventories (in millions)
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Coffee:

Unroasted $ 670.3 $ 664.7
Roasted
Other merchandise held for sale
Packaging and other supplies
Total
233.5
329.3
370.8
1,603.9 $
223.5
293.9
369.3
1,551.4
$

Other merchandise held for sale includes, among other items, serveware, food and tea. Inventory levels vary due to seasonality,
commodity market supply and price fluctuations.
As of October 3, 2021, we had committed to purchasing green coffee totaling $599 million under fixed-price contracts and an
estimated $1,126 million under price-to-be-fixed contracts. A portion of our price-to-be-fixed contacts are effectively fixed
through the use of futures. See
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments for further discussion. Price-to-be-fixed contracts are
purchase commitments whereby the quality, quantity, delivery period and other negotiated terms are agreed upon, but the date,
and therefore the price, at which the base “C” coffee commodity price component will be fixed has not yet been established. For
most contracts, either Starbucks or the seller has the option to “fix” the base “C” coffee commodity price prior to the delivery
date. For other contracts, Starbucks and the seller may agree upon pricing parameters determined by the base “C” coffee
commodity price. Until prices are fixed, we estimate the total cost of these purchase commitments. We believe, based on
relationships established with our suppliers in the past and continuous monitoring of the business environment, the risk of nondelivery on these purchase commitments is remote.
During fiscal 2020, we wrote off approximately $50 million of inventory that was expiring or expected to expire due to
COVID-19 related store closures, primarily perishable food and beverage ingredients located at our stores, distribution centers
and suppliers. This was included in product and distribution costs on our consolidated statement of earnings. We did not record
significant write-offs related to COVID-19 during the fiscal year ended October 3, 2021.
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Note 6: Equity Investments (in millions)
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Equity method investments
Other investments
Total
$ 216.0 $
52.5
268.5 $
426.4
52.3
478.7
$
Equity Method Investments

As of October 3, 2021, we had a 50% ownership interest in Tata Starbucks Limited (India), which operates licensed
Starbucks
® retail stores. Prior to its divestiture in September 2021, we had a 50% ownership interest in Starbucks Coffee Korea
Co., Ltd. Additional disclosure regarding changes in our equity method investments due to acquisition or divestiture is included
in
Note 2, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Strategic Alliance.
We also license the rights to produce and distribute Starbucks-branded products to our 50% owned joint venture, The North
American Coffee Partnership with the Pepsi-Cola Company, which develops and distributes bottled Starbucks
® beverages,
including Frappuccino
® coffee drinks, Starbucks Doubleshot® espresso drinks, Starbucks® Iced Espresso Classics and
Starbucks
® Iced Coffee.
Our share of income and losses from our equity method investments is included in income from equity investees on our
consolidated statements of earnings. Also included in this line item is our proportionate share of gross profit resulting from
coffee and other product sales to, and royalty and license fee revenues generated from, equity investees. Revenues generated
from these entities were $160.8 million, $123.9 million and $130.7 million in fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Related
product and distribution costs were $92.1 million, $79.8 million and $73.2 million in fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
As of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, there were $7.9 million and $28.7 million of accounts receivable from equity
investees, respectively, on our consolidated balance sheets, primarily related to product sales and royalty revenues.
Additionally, we hold equity interests in other entities to support our corporate and investment strategies. The related financial
statements activities were not material during the periods presented.
Other Investments
We have equity interests in entities that develop and operate Starbucks licensed stores in several global markets, as well as in
companies that support our strategic initiatives. We do not have significant influence over these entities and their fair values are
not readily determinable. Therefore, we elected to measure these investments at cost with adjustments for observable changes in
price or impairment.
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Note 7: Supplemental Balance Sheet and Statement of Earnings Information (in millions)
Prepaid Expenses and Other Current Assets
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Income tax receivable
Government subsidies receivable
Other prepaid expenses and current assets
Total prepaid expenses and current assets
Property, Plant and Equipment, net
$ 20.7 $
172.4
401.5
594.6 $
356.9
155.1
227.5
739.5
$

Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Land $ 46.2 $ 46.0
Buildings
Leasehold improvements
Store equipment
Roasting equipment
Furniture, fixtures and other
Work in progress
Property, plant and equipment, gross
Accumulated depreciation
Property, plant and equipment, net
Accrued Liabilities
587.6
8,637.6
2,934.1
857.2
1,392.0
374.1
14,828.8
(8,459.3)
6,369.5 $
586.8
8,262.6
2,800.3
796.6
1,285.7
377.3
14,155.3
(7,913.9)
6,241.4
$

 

Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

 

Accrued occupancy costs
Accrued dividends payable
Accrued capital and other operating expenditures
Self-insurance reserves
Accrued business taxes
Total accrued liabilities
Store Operating Expenses
$ 107.1 $
578.1
840.7
229.3
218.0
1,973.2 $
76.9

677.2
243.9
162.7
1,160.7
$

Year Ended
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

Wages and benefits
Occupancy costs
Other expenses
Total store operating expenses
$ 6,989.3 $
2,561.5
2,380.1
11,930.9 $
6,131.9 $
2,388.0
2,244.1
10,764.0 $
5,941.7
2,411.2
2,140.7
10,493.6
$

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Note 8: Other Intangible Assets and Goodwill
Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets

(in millions)
Trade names, trademarks and patents
Finite-Lived Intangible Assets
$ 96.4 $ 95.0

Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

(in millions)
Acquired and reacquired rights
Acquired trade secrets and processes
Trade names, trademarks and patents
Licensing agreements
Other finite-lived intangible assets
Total finite-lived intangible assets
Amount
351.1
5.6
92.7
1.6
6.1
457.1
169.6 $
2.8
74.4
5.3
1.4
253.5 $
1,116.1 $
27.6
124.8
16.6
22.8
1,307.9 $
(765.0) $
(22.0)
(32.1)
(15.0)
(16.7)
(850.8) $
$ 1,141.5 $
27.6
126.3
18.8
24.0
(971.9) $
(24.8)
(51.9)
(13.5)
(22.6)
$ 1,338.2 $ (1,084.7) $

Gross
Carrying
Amount
Accumulated
Amortization
Net Carrying
Amount
Gross
Carrying
Amount
Accumulated
Amortization
Net Carrying
Amortization expense for finite-lived intangible assets was $223.4 million, $223.7 million and $232.8 million during fiscal
2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. During the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020, we recorded a charge of $22.1 million to
restructuring and impairments on our consolidated statement of earnings as the analysis indicated the carrying value of one of
the assets exceeded its fair value. Our fiscal 2021 analysis indicated excess fair values over carrying values for these assets, and
therefore no impairment charge was recorded.
Estimated future amortization expense as of October 3, 2021 (
in millions):
Fiscal Year Ending
2022 $ 194.3
2023 21.0
2024 20.4
2025 14.4
2026 1.4
Thereafter 2.0
Total estimated future amortization expense $ 253.5
Goodwill
Changes in the carrying amount of goodwill by reportable operating segment (in millions):
North
America
(1) International (1)
Channel
Development
Corporate and
Other Total

Goodwill balance at September 29, 2019
Other
(2)
Goodwill balance at September 27, 2020
Other
(2)
Goodwill balance at October 3, 2021
$ 492.0 $
(0.2)
491.8 $
1.4
493.2 $
2,963.1 $
106.6
3,069.7 $
78.6
3,148.3 $
34.7 $

34.7 $

34.7 $
1.0 $

1.0 $
0.1
1.1 $
3,490.8
106.4
3,597.2
80.1
3,677.3
$
$

(1) North America and International goodwill as of September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019, was restated to conform
with current period presentation.
(2) “Other” consists of changes in the goodwill balance resulting from foreign currency translation.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, we completed our annual goodwill impairment analysis. The results of our analysis
indicated significant excess fair values over carrying values across the different reporting units, and therefore no goodwill
impairment was recorded.
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Note 9: Debt
Revolving Credit Facility
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we replaced our $2.0 billion unsecured 5-year revolving credit facility (the “2018
credit facility”) and our $1.0 billion unsecured 364-Day credit facility (the “364-day credit facility”) with a new $3.0 billion
unsecured 5-year revolving credit facility (the “2021 credit facility”). The 2021 credit facility is available for working capital,
capital expenditures and other corporate purposes, including acquisitions and share repurchases.
The 2021 credit facility, of which $150 million may be used for issuances of letters of credit, is currently set to mature on
September 16, 2026. We have the option, subject to negotiation and agreement with the related banks, to increase the maximum
commitment amount by an additional $1.0 billion. Borrowings under the credit facility will bear interest at a variable rate based
on LIBOR, and, for U.S. dollar-denominated loans under certain circumstances, a Base Rate (as defined in the credit facility), in
each case plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin is based on the Company’s long-term credit ratings assigned by
Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies. The 2021 credit facility contains alternative interest rate provisions specifying
rate calculations to be used at such time LIBOR ceases to be available as a benchmark due to reference rate reform. The “Base
Rate” of interest is the highest of (i) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.025%, (ii) Bank of America’s prime rate, and (iii) the
Eurocurrency Rate (as defined in the credit facility) plus 1.025%.
The 2021 credit facility contains provisions requiring us to maintain compliance with certain covenants, including a minimum
fixed charge coverage ratio, which measures our ability to cover financing expenses. As of October 3, 2021, we were in
compliance with all applicable covenants. No amounts were outstanding under our 2021 credit facility as of October 3, 2021.
Short-term Debt
Under our commercial paper program, we may issue unsecured commercial paper notes up to a maximum aggregate amount
outstanding at any time of $3.0 billion, with individual maturities that may vary but not exceed 397 days from the date of issue.
Amounts outstanding under the commercial paper program are required to be backstopped by available commitments under our
credit facility discussed above. The proceeds from borrowings under our commercial paper program may be used for working
capital needs, capital expenditures and other corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, business expansion, payment of
cash dividends on our common stock and share repurchases. As of October 3, 2021, we had no borrowings outstanding under
the program.
Additionally, we hold the following Japanese yen-denominated credit facilities that are available for working capital needs and
capital expenditures within our Japanese market:
• A ¥5 billion, or $44.9 million, facility is currently set to mature on December 30, 2021. Borrowings under the credit
facility are subject to terms defined within the facility and will bear interest at a variable rate based on TIBOR plus an
applicable margin of 0.400%.
• A ¥10 billion, or $89.9 million, facility is currently set to mature on March 26, 2022. Borrowings under the credit
facility are subject to terms defined within the facility and will bear interest at a variable rate based on TIBOR plus
0.350%.
As of October 3, 2021, we had no borrowings outstanding under these credit facilities. For the year ended September 27, 2020,
we had ¥15 billion, or $142.3 million, outstanding under these Japanese yen-denominated credit facilities.
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Long-term Debt
Components of long-term debt including the associated interest rates and related fair values by calendar maturity (in millions,
except interest rates):
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Stated Interest
Rate
Effective
Issuance Face Value Interest Rate (1)
Estimated Fair
Value Face Value
Estimated Fair
Value

November 2020 notes(2)
February 2021 notes(2)
February 2021 notes(2)
May 2022 notes
June 2022 notes
March 2023 notes
October 2023 notes
(3)
March 2024 notes(4)
August 2025 notes
June 2026 notes
March 2027 notes
March 2028 notes
November 2028 notes
August 2029 notes
March 2030 notes
November 2030 notes
June 2045 notes
December 2047 notes
November 2048 notes
August 2049 notes
March 2050 notes
November 2050 notes
Total
Aggregate debt issuance costs
and unamortized premium/
(discount), net
Hedge accounting fair value
adjustment
(3)
Total
$


500.0
500.0
1,000.0
750.0
763.8
1,250.0
500.0
500.0
600.0
750.0
1,000.0
750.0
1,250.0
350.0
500.0
1,000.0
1,000.0
500.0
1,250.0
14,713.8
— $


503.1
506.7
1,035.9
794.8
761.0
1,371.5
526.4
513.0
663.2
855.9
1,109.9
758.6
1,286.9
414.1
556.5
1,248.6
1,241.0
527.5
1,339.5
16,014.1
500.0
500.0
250.0
500.0
500.0
1,000.0
750.0
806.4
1,250.0
500.0
500.0
600.0
750.0
1,000.0
750.0
1,250.0
350.0
500.0
1,000.0
1,000.0
500.0
1,250.0
16,006.4
501.5
502.3
251.1
506.5
517.5
1,058.8
817.5
794.4
1,414.5
542.6
528.9
679.5
886.0
1,147.1
778.0
1,325.9
412.4
546.6
1,222.8
1,215.5
517.1
1,332.2
17,498.7
2.200 %
2.100 %
2.100 %
1.300 %
2.700 %
3.100 %
3.850 %
0.372 %
3.800 %
2.450 %
2.000 %
3.500 %
4.000 %
3.550 %
2.250 %
2.550 %
4.300 %
3.750 %
4.500 %
4.450 %
3.350 %
3.500 %
2.228 %
2.293 %
1.600 %
1.334 %
2.819 %
3.107 %
2.859 %
0.462 %
3.721 %
2.511 %
2.058 %
3.529 %
3.958 %
3.840 %
3.084 %
2.582 %
4.348 %
3.765 %
4.504 %
4.447 %
3.362 %
3.528 %
(119.7) (132.5)
21.7
14,615.8
35.6
15,909.5
$ $

(1) Includes the effects of the amortization of any premium or discount and any gain or loss upon settlement of related
treasury locks or forward-starting interest rate swaps utilized to hedge the interest rate risk prior to the debt issuance.
(2) November 2020 and February 2021 notes were repaid in the first and second quarters of fiscal 2021, respectively.
(3) Amount includes the change in fair value due to changes in benchmark interest rates related to our October 2023 notes.
Refer to
Note 3, Derivative Financial Instruments, for additional information on our interest rate swap designated as a fair
value hedge.
(4) Japanese yen-denominated long-term debt.
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The following table summarizes our long-term debt maturities as of October 3, 2021 by fiscal year (in millions):
Fiscal Year Total
2022 $ 1,000.0
2023 1,000.0
2024 1,513.8
2025 1,250.0
2026 500.0
Thereafter 9,450.0

Total
Note 10: Leases
$ 14,713.8

During the years ended October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, we recognized accelerated amortization of ROU lease assets
and other lease costs of $89.5 million and $87.7 million, respectively, which were recognized within restructuring and
impairments on the consolidated statements of earnings.
The components of lease costs
(in millions):
Year Ended

Oct 3, 2021
1,579.2 $
949.6
30.9
2,559.7 $
Sep 27, 2020
1,573.6
833.4
34.1
2,441.1
Operating lease costs(1)
Variable lease costs
Short-term lease costs
Total lease costs
(1) Includes immaterial amounts of sublease income and rent concessions.
The following table includes supplemental information
(in millions):
$
$

Year Ended
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

Cash paid related to operating lease liabilities
Operating lease liabilities arising from obtaining ROU assets
(1)
$ 1,707.1 $
1,590.3
1,463.3
1,093.0
(1) Excludes the initial impact of adoption during the year ended September 27, 2020.
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020

 

Weighted-average remaining operating lease term
Weighted-average operating lease discount rate
8.7 years
2.5 %
8.8 years
2.5 %

Finance lease assets are recorded in property, plant and equipment, net with the corresponding lease liabilities included in
accrued liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet. Finance leases were immaterial as of October 3, 2021 and September 27,
2020.
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Minimum future maturities of operating lease liabilities (in millions):

Fiscal Year Total
2022 $ 1,504.6

2023 1,441.3
2024 1,310.2
2025 1,156.6
2026 1,012.5
Thereafter 3,704.7
Total lease payments 10,129.9
Less imputed interest (1,140.6)
Total $ 8,989.3
As of October 3, 2021, we have entered into operating leases that have not yet commenced of $830.9 million, primarily related
to real estate leases. These leases will commence between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2028 with lease terms of 10 years to
20 years.
Previous Lease Guidance Disclosures
Rent expense under operating lease agreements under the previous lease guidance, which excludes certain amounts required
under the new guidance
(in millions):
Year Ended
Sep 29, 2019

Minimum rent
Contingent rent
Total
$ 1,441.7
224.3
1,666.0

We have subleases related to certain of our operating leases. We recognized $10.9 million of sublease income during the fiscal
year ended September 29, 2019. Additionally, as of September 29, 2019, the gross carrying value of assets related to build-tosuit lease arrangements accounted for as financing leases was $122.3 million, with associated accumulated depreciation of
$17.2 million. Lease exit costs associated with our restructuring efforts primarily relate to the closure of Teavana retail stores
and certain Starbucks company-operated stores, and are recognized concurrently with actual store closures. Total lease exit
costs of $55.3 million was recorded in restructuring and impairments on the consolidated statement of earnings in fiscal 2019.
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Note 11: Deferred Revenue
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, we licensed the rights to sell and market our products in authorized channels through the
Global Coffee Alliance and received an up-front prepaid royalty from Nestlé. The up-front payment of approximately $7 billion
was recorded as deferred revenue as we have continuing performance obligations to support the Global Coffee Alliance,
including providing Nestlé access to certain intellectual properties and products for future resale. The up-front payment is being
recognized as other revenue on a straight-line basis over the estimated economic life of the arrangement of 40 years for the
ongoing access to the licenses within the contractual territories. Our obligations to maintain the Starbucks brand and other
intellectual properties are generally constant throughout the term of the arrangement. Therefore, a ratable recognition pattern is
reflective of how we will satisfy our performance obligations.
At October 3, 2021, the current and long-term deferred revenue related to the Nestlé up-front payment was $177.0 million and
$6.4 billion, respectively. At September 27, 2020, the current and long-term deferred revenue related to the Nestlé up-front
payment was $179.3 million and $6.5 billion, respectively. During the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020
and September 29, 2019, we recognized $176.6 million, $176.8 million and $175.2 million of current deferred revenue,
respectively, related to amortization of the up-front payment.
Changes in our deferred revenue balance related to our stored value cards and loyalty program
(in millions):

Fiscal Year Ended October 3, 2021
Stored value cards and loyalty program at September 27, 2020
Revenue deferred – card activations, card reloads and Stars earned
Revenue recognized – card and Stars redemptions and breakage
Other
(1)
Stored value cards and loyalty program at October 3, 2021(2)
Total
1,280.5
12,563.4
(12,401.7)
6.3
1,448.5
$
$

 

Fiscal Year Ended September 27, 2020
Stored value cards and loyalty program at September 29, 2019
Revenue deferred – card activations, card reloads and Stars earned
Revenue recognized – card and Stars redemptions and breakage
Other
(1)
Stored value cards and loyalty program at September 27, 2020(2)
Total
1,113.7
10,527.7
(10,367.9)
7.0
1,280.5
$
$

(1) “Other” primarily consists of changes in the stored value cards and loyalty program balances resulting from foreign
currency translation.
(2) As of October 3, 2021, approximately $1.3 billion of this amount was current. As of September 27, 2020, approximately
$1.2 billion of this amount was current.
Note 12: Equity
In addition to 2.4 billion shares of authorized common stock with $0.001 par value per share, we have authorized 7.5 million
shares of preferred stock, none of which was outstanding at October 3, 2021.
In March 2019, we entered into ASR agreements with third-party financial institutions totaling $2.0 billion, effective March 22,
2019. We made a $2.0 billion up-front payment to the financial institutions and received an initial delivery of 22.2 million
shares. In June 2019, we received an additional 3.9 million shares upon the completion of the program based on a volumeweighted average share price (less discount) of $76.50.
Outside of the ASR agreements noted above, we repurchased 36.6 million shares of common stock for $3.1 billion on the open
market during the year ended September 29, 2019. In total, we repurchased 139.6 million shares at a total cost of $10.1 billion
for the year ended September 29, 2019.
Our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 120 million and 40 million shares under our ongoing
share repurchase program during the fiscal first quarter of 2019 and fiscal second quarter of 2020, respectively. In March 2020,
we announced a temporary suspension of our share repurchase program until we restored certain financial leverage targets. We
repurchased 20.3 million shares of common stock for $1.7 billion on the open market during the year ended September 27,
2020. As of September 27, 2020, 48.9 million shares remained available for repurchase under current authorizations. Due to our
business recovery and restoration of certain leverage metrics, we have resumed our share repurchase program in the first quarter
of fiscal 2022.
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During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of $0.49 per
share to be paid on November 26, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 12, 2021.
Comprehensive Income
Comprehensive income includes all changes in equity during the period, except those resulting from transactions with our
shareholders. Comprehensive income is comprised of net earnings and other comprehensive income. Accumulated other
comprehensive income reported on our consolidated balance sheets consists of foreign currency translation adjustments and
other items and the unrealized gains and losses, net of applicable taxes, on available-for-sale debt securities and on derivative
instruments designated and qualifying as cash flow and net investment hedges.
Changes in AOCI by component for the years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019, net of tax,
are as follows:
(in millions)
Availablefor-Sale
Securities
Cash Flow
Hedges
Net
Investment
Hedges
Translation
Adjustment
and Other Total

October 3, 2021
Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, beginning of period
Net gains/(losses) recognized in OCI before
reclassifications
Net (gains)/losses reclassified from AOCI to
earnings
Other comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to
Starbucks
Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, end of period
$ 5.7 $ (82.1) $ 11.5 $ (299.7) $ (364.6)
(2.7) 240.2 47.1 190.4 475.0
(1.5) 0.2 (10.0) 48.1 36.8
(4.2)
1.5 $
240.4
158.3 $
37.1
48.6 $
238.5
(61.2) $
511.8
147.2
$

(in millions)
Availablefor-Sale
Securities
Cash Flow
Hedges
Net
Investment
Hedges
Translation
Adjustment
and Other Total
September 27, 2020

Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, beginning of period
Net gains/(losses) recognized in OCI before
reclassifications
Net (gains)/losses reclassified from AOCI to
earnings
Other comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to
Starbucks
Cumulative effect of accounting adoption
Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, end of period
$ 3.9 $ 11.0 $ (10.1) $ (508.1) $ (503.3)
6.5 (95.0) 28.9 208.4 148.8
(4.0) (1.1) (9.8) (14.9)
2.5
(0.7)
5.7 $
(96.1)
3.0
(82.1) $
19.1
2.5
11.5 $
208.4

(299.7) $
133.9
4.8
(364.6)
$

(in millions)
Availablefor-Sale
Securities
Cash Flow
Hedges
Net
Investment
Hedges
Translation
Adjustment
and Other Total
September 29, 2019

Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, beginning of period
Net gains/(losses) recognized in OCI before
reclassifications
Net (gains)/losses reclassified from AOCI to
earnings
Other comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to
Starbucks
Net gains/(losses) in AOCI, end of period
$ (4.9) $ 17.7 $ 19.6 $ (362.7) $ (330.3)
8.2 (10.7) (29.7) (143.7) (175.9)
0.6 4.0 (1.7) 2.9
8.8
3.9 $
(6.7)
11.0 $
(29.7)
(10.1) $
(145.4)
(508.1) $
(173.0)
(503.3)
$

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Impact of reclassifications from AOCI on the consolidated statements of earnings (in millions):
AOCI
Components
Amounts Reclassified from AOCI
Affected Line Item in
the Statements of Earnings
Year Ended
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019
Gains/(losses) on available-for-sale
securities
$ 1.8 $ 4.9 $ 0.9 Interest income and other, net
Gains/(losses) on cash flow hedges 1.9 1.9 (3.9) Please refer to
Note 3, Derivative Instruments
for additional information.
Gains/(losses) on net investment
hedges
13.4 13.3 — Interest expense
Translation adjustment and other
(1)

Korea — Net gain resulting from divestiture of certain
operations
1.7 Net gain resulting from divestiture of certain
operations
(1.3) Total before tax
(1.6) Tax (expense)/benefit
(2.9) Net of tax
$
(58.9)
Thailand
(41.8)
5.0
(36.8) $
20.1
(5.2)
14.9 $

(1) Release of cumulative translation adjustments and other activities to earnings upon sale or liquidation of foreign
businesses.
Note 13: Employee Stock and Benefit Plans
We maintain several equity incentive plans under which we may grant non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options,
restricted stock, restricted stock units (“RSUs”) or stock appreciation rights to employees, non-employee directors and
consultants. We issue new shares of common stock upon exercise of stock options and the vesting of RSUs. We also have an
employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”).
As of October 3, 2021, there were 41.0 million shares of common stock available for issuance pursuant to future equity-based
compensation awards and 11.3 million shares available for issuance under our ESPP.
Stock-based compensation expense recognized in the consolidated financial statements
(in millions):
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

RSUs
Options
Total stock-based compensation expense recognized in the
consolidated statements of earnings
Total related tax benefit
Total capitalized stock-based compensation included in net
$ 316.9 $
2.2
241.0 $
7.5
288.0
20.0
$
$
319.1 $
51.6 $
248.5 $
47.8 $
308.0
59.3
property, plant and equipment on the consolidated balance sheets $ 3.7 $ 3.6 $ 3.4

RSUs
We have both time-vested and performance-based RSUs. Time-vested RSUs are awarded to eligible employees and entitle the
grantee to receive shares of common stock at the end of a vesting period, subject solely to the employee’s continuing
employment. The time-vested RSUs either vest in two or four equal annual installments beginning a year from the grant date.
Our performance-based RSUs are awarded to eligible employees and entitle the grantee to receive shares of common stock if
we achieve specified performance goals during the performance period and the grantee remains employed through the vesting
period.
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RSU transactions for the year ended October 3, 2021 (in millions, except per share and contractual life amounts):
Number
of
Shares
Weighted
Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
per Share
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (Years)
Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

Nonvested, September 27, 2020
Granted
8.3 $
4.1
74.23
96.05
1.1 $ 699
Vested
Forfeited/canceled
Nonvested, October 3, 2021
(3.2)
(1.5)
7.7
69.99
87.72
86.23
0.9 869

As of October 3, 2021, total unrecognized stock-based compensation expense related to nonvested RSUs, net of estimated
forfeitures, was approximately $145 million, before income taxes, and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average
period of approximately 2.0 years. The total fair value of RSUs vested was $226 million, $211 million and $255 million during
fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. For fiscal 2020 and 2019, the weighted average fair value per RSU granted was
$81.96 and $68.14, respectively.
Stock Option Plans
We may provide stock options as a form of employee compensation, which are primarily time-vested. The majority of timevested options become exercisable in four equal installments beginning a year from the grant date and generally expire 10 years
from the grant date. Options granted to non-employee directors generally vest immediately or one year from grant. All
outstanding stock options are non-qualified stock options.
The fair value of stock option awards was estimated at the grant date with the following weighted average assumptions for
fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019:
Stock Options
Granted During the Period
Fiscal Year Ended 2021 2020 2019

Expected term (in years)
Expected stock price volatility
Risk-free interest rate
Expected dividend yield
Weighted average grant price
8.1
26.3 %
1.4 %
1.6 %
110.46
7.8
27.3 %
1.2 %
2.9 %
56.33
4.1
21.6 %
2.9 %
2.1 %
67.33
$ $ $

Estimated fair value per option granted $ 27.59 $ 11.30 $ 11.06
The expected term of the options represents the estimated period of time until exercise and is based on historical experience of
similar awards, giving consideration to the contractual terms, vesting schedules and expectations of future employee behavior.
Expected stock price volatility is based on a combination of historical volatility of our stock and the one-year implied volatility
of Starbucks traded options, for the related vesting periods. The risk-free interest rate is based on the implied yield available on
U.S. Treasury zero-coupon issues with an equivalent remaining term. The dividend yield assumption is based on our anticipated
cash dividend payouts. The amounts shown above for the estimated fair value per option granted are before the estimated effect
of forfeitures, which reduce the amount of expense recorded in the consolidated statements of earnings.
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Stock option transactions for the year ended October 3, 2021 (in millions, except per share and contractual life amounts):
Shares
Subject to
Options
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
per Share
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (Years)
Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

Outstanding, September 27, 2020
Granted
9.2 $
0.0
53.06
110.46
5.4 $ 286
Exercised
Expired/forfeited
Outstanding, October 3, 2021
Exercisable, October 3, 2021
Vested and expected to vest, October 3, 2021
(4.0)
0.0
5.2
4.4
5.2
51.31
56.69
54.58
53.06
54.57
4.5
4.1
4.5
303
261
302

The aggregate intrinsic value in the table above, which is the amount by which the market value of the underlying stock
exceeded the exercise price of outstanding options, is before applicable income taxes and represents the amount optionees
would have realized if all in-the-money options had been exercised on the last business day of the period indicated.
As of October 3, 2021, total unrecognized stock-based compensation expense, net of estimated forfeitures, related to nonvested
options was approximately $0.1 million, before income taxes, and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period
of approximately 0.5 years. The total intrinsic value of options exercised was $219 million, $236 million and $466 million
during fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The total fair value of options vested was $14 million, $25 million and $31
million during fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
ESPP
Our ESPP allows eligible employees to contribute up to 10% of their base earnings toward the quarterly purchase of our
common stock, subject to an annual maximum dollar amount. The purchase price is 95% of the fair market value of the stock
on the last business day of the quarterly offering period. The number of shares issued under our ESPP was 0.5 million in fiscal
2021.
Deferred Compensation Plan
We have a Deferred Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors under which non-employee directors may, for any fiscal
year, irrevocably elect to defer receipt of shares of common stock the director would have received upon vesting of restricted
stock units. The number of deferred shares outstanding related to deferrals made under this plan is not material.
Defined Contribution Plans
We maintain voluntary defined contribution plans, both qualified and non-qualified, covering eligible employees as defined in
the plan documents. Participating employees may elect to defer and contribute a portion of their eligible compensation to the
plans up to limits stated in the plan documents, not to exceed the dollar amounts set by applicable laws.
Our matching contributions to all U.S. and non-U.S. plans were $145.1 million, $132.7 million and $122.1 million in fiscal
2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Note 14: Income Taxes
Components of earnings before income taxes (in millions):
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

United States
Foreign
Total earnings before income taxes
$ 4,138.5 $
1,218.4
5,356.9 $
904.6 $
259.8
1,164.4 $
3,518.7
947.5
4,466.2
$

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Provision/(benefit) for income taxes (in millions):
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019
Current taxes:

U.S. federal
U.S. state and local
Foreign
Total current taxes
Deferred taxes:
U.S. federal
U.S. state and local
Foreign
Total deferred taxes
Total income tax expense
$ 681.8 $
190.0
409.8
1,281.6
49.9 $
36.9
181.4
268.2
1,414.3
447.8
458.3
2,320.4
10.4
(6.4)
(129.0)
(125.0)
1,156.6 $
(8.4)
(4.8)
(15.3)
(28.5)
239.7 $
(1,074.5)
(322.4)
(51.9)
(1,448.8)
871.6
$

Reconciliation of the statutory U.S. federal income tax rate with our effective income tax rate:
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

Statutory rate
State income taxes, net of federal tax benefit
Foreign rate differential
Change in tax rates
Excess tax benefits of stock-based compensation
Foreign derived intangible income
Charitable contributions
Valuation allowances
Residual tax on foreign earnings
Tax impacts related to sale of certain operations
Other, net
21.0 %
2.7
0.5
(1.3)
(0.9)
(0.5)
(0.4)
0.2


0.3
21.0 %
2.2
(3.2)
(2.2)
(4.2)
(1.4)
(1.7)
10.0


0.1
21.0 %
2.1
(0.1)

(2.1)
(1.5)


1.7
(1.3)
(0.3)

Effective tax rate 21.6 % 20.6 % 19.5 %
As of October 3, 2021, in certain foreign subsidiaries in which we are partially indefinitely reinvested, the gross taxable
temporary difference between the accounting basis and tax basis was approximately $1.8 billion for which there could be up to
approximately $290 million of unrecognized tax liability.
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Tax effect of temporary differences and carryforwards that comprise significant portions of deferred tax assets and liabilities (in
millions):
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020
Deferred tax assets:

Operating lease liabilities
Stored value card liability and deferred revenue
Intangible assets and goodwill
Other
$ 2,395.2 $
1,679.4
317.7
641.0
2,313.0
1,678.6
248.6
554.4
Total
Valuation allowance
Total deferred tax asset, net of valuation allowance
Deferred tax liabilities:
Operating lease, right-of-use assets
Property, plant and equipment
Other
$ 5,033.3 $
(275.3)
4,758.0 $
4,794.6
(239.4)
4,555.2
$
(2,296.5)
(451.2)
(284.0)
(2,191.8)
(463.3)
(268.3)
Total
Net deferred tax asset (liability)
Reported as:
Deferred income tax assets
Deferred income tax liabilities (included in Other long-term liabilities)
Net deferred tax asset (liability)
(3,031.7)
1,726.3 $
(2,923.4)
1,631.8
$
1,874.8
(148.5)
1,726.3 $
1,789.9
(158.1)
1,631.8
$

The valuation allowances as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020 were primarily related to net operating losses and
other deferred tax assets of consolidated foreign subsidiaries.
As of October 3, 2021, we had federal net operating loss carryforwards of $70.8 million which have an indefinite carryforward
period, state net operating loss carryforwards of $109.7 million which will begin to expire in fiscal 2024, federal tax credit
carryforwards of $21.8 million which will begin to expire in fiscal 2030, state tax credit carryforwards of $1.2 million which
will begin to expire in fiscal 2024 and foreign net operating loss carryforwards of $327.9 million, of which $118.8 million have
an indefinite carryforward period and the remainder expire at various dates starting from fiscal 2022.
Uncertain Tax Positions
As of October 3, 2021, we had $82.6 million of gross unrecognized tax benefits of which $62.8 million, if recognized, would
affect our effective tax rate. We recognized a benefit of $4.6 million, an expense of $3.0 million and a benefit of $2.8 million of
interest and penalties in income tax expense, prior to the benefit of the federal tax deduction, for fiscal 2021, 2020 and 2019,
respectively. As of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, we had accrued interest and penalties of $7.1 million and $13.0
million, respectively, within our consolidated balance sheets.
The following table summarizes the activity related to our unrecognized tax benefits
(in millions):
Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

Beginning balance
Increase related to prior year tax positions
Decrease related to prior year tax positions
Increase related to current year tax positions
Decreases related to settlements with taxing authorities
Decrease related to lapsing of statute of limitations
$ 123.7 $
4.8
(11.9)
8.9
(4.4)
(38.5)
132.1 $
11.1
(0.5)
9.8

(28.8)
224.6
3.8
(75.3)
18.5
(16.4)
(23.1)

Ending balance $ 82.6 $ 123.7 $ 132.1
We are currently under examination, or may be subject to examination, by various U.S. federal, state, local and foreign tax
jurisdictions for fiscal 2014 through 2020. We are no longer subject to U.S. federal examination for years prior to fiscal 2018,
U.S. state and local examinations for years prior to fiscal 2014 or examination in any material international markets prior to
2015.
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We do not expect a significant amount of Company’s gross unrecognized tax benefits to be recognized by the end of fiscal 2022
for reasons such as a lapse of the statute of limitations or resolution of examinations with tax authorities.
Note 15: Earnings per Share
Calculation of net earnings per common share (“EPS”) — basic and diluted (in millions, except EPS):
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019

Net earnings attributable to Starbucks
Weighted average common shares outstanding (for basic
calculation)
Dilutive effect of outstanding common stock options and RSUs
Weighted average common and common equivalent shares
outstanding (for diluted calculation)
EPS — basic
EPS — diluted
$ 4,199.3 $ 928.3 $ 3,599.2
1,177.6
7.9
1,172.8
9.0
1,221.2
12.0
1,185.5
3.57 $
3.54 $
1,181.8
0.79 $
0.79 $
1,233.2
2.95
2.92
$
$

Potential dilutive shares consist of the incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options (both
vested and non-vested) and unvested RSUs, calculated using the treasury stock method. The calculation of dilutive shares
outstanding would exclude out-of-the-money stock options (i.e., such options’ exercise prices were greater than the average
market price of our common shares for the period) because their inclusion would be antidilutive. As of October 3, 2021,
September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019, we had no out-of-the-money stock options.
Note 16: Commitments and Contingencies
Legal Proceedings
On April 13, 2010, an organization named Council for Education and Research on Toxics (“Plaintiff”) filed a lawsuit in the
Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, against the Company and certain other defendants who
manufacture, package, distribute or sell brewed coffee. The lawsuit is Council for Education and Research on Toxics v.
Starbucks Corporation, et al. On May 9, 2011, the Plaintiff filed an additional lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of
California, County of Los Angeles, against the Company and additional defendants who manufacture, package, distribute or sell
packaged coffee. The lawsuit is Council for Education and Research on Toxics v. Brad Barry LLC, et al. Both cases have since
been consolidated and now include nearly eighty defendants, which constitute the great majority of the coffee industry in
California. Plaintiff alleges that the Company and the other defendants failed to provide warnings for their coffee products of
exposure to the chemical acrylamide as required under California Health and Safety Code section 25249.5, the California Safe
Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65. Plaintiff seeks equitable relief, including
providing warnings to consumers of coffee products, as well as civil penalties in the amount of the statutory maximum of two
thousand five hundred dollars per day per violation of Proposition 65. The Plaintiff asserts that every consumed cup of coffee,
absent a compliant warning, is equivalent to a violation under Proposition 65.
The Company, as part of a joint defense group organized to defend against the lawsuit, disputes the claims of the Plaintiff.
Acrylamide is not added to coffee but is present in all coffee in small amounts (parts per billion) as a byproduct of the coffee
bean roasting process. The Company has asserted multiple affirmative defenses. Trial of the first phase of the case commenced
on September 8, 2014, and was limited to three affirmative defenses shared by all defendants. On September 1, 2015, the trial
court issued a final ruling adverse to defendants on all Phase 1 defenses. Trial of the second phase of the case commenced in the
fall of 2017. On May 7, 2018, the trial court issued a ruling adverse to defendants on the Phase 2 defense, the Company’s last
remaining defense to liability. On June 22, 2018, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
(“OEHHA”) proposed a new regulation clarifying that cancer warnings are not required for coffee under Proposition 65. The
case was set to proceed to a third phase trial on damages, remedies and attorneys’ fees on October 15, 2018. However, on
October 12, 2018, the California Court of Appeal granted the defendants request for a stay of the Phase 3 trial.
On June 3, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law approved the coffee exemption regulation. The regulation became effective
on October 1, 2019. On June 24, 2019, the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of the litigation. At the status conference on August
25, 2020, the trial judge granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, ruling that the coffee exemption regulation is a
complete defense to the Plaintiff’s complaint. The Notice of Entry of Judgment from the court was served on October 6, 2020,
and the Plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal on November 20, 2020, and its opening brief in the appeals process on April 9, 2021.
Defendants filed their response brief on August 9, 2021, and Plaintiff filed a reply on November 15, 2021. Starbucks believes
that the likelihood that the Company will ultimately incur a material loss in connection with this litigation is less than
reasonably possible. Accordingly, no loss contingency was recorded for this matter.
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Starbucks is party to various other legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, including certain employment
litigation cases that have been certified as class or collective actions, but, except as noted above, is not currently a party to any
legal proceeding that management believes could have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results
of operations or cash flows.
Note 17: Segment Reporting
Segment information is prepared on the same basis that our ceo, who is our Chief Operating Decision Maker, manages the
segments, evaluates financial results and makes key operating decisions.
We have three reportable operating segments: 1) North America, which is inclusive of the U.S. and Canada; 2) International,
which is inclusive of China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean; and 3)
Channel Development.
North America and International operations sell coffee and other beverages, complementary food, packaged coffees, singleserve coffee products and a focused selection of merchandise through company-operated stores and licensed stores. Our North
America segment is our most mature business and has achieved significant scale.
Channel Development revenues include packaged coffee, tea, foodservice products and ready-to-drink beverages to customers
outside of our company-operated and licensed stores. Most of our Channel Development revenues are from product sales to and
royalty revenues from Nestlé through the Global Coffee Alliance.
Consolidated revenue mix by product type
(in millions):

Fiscal Year Ended
Beverage(1)
Food(2)
Other(3)
Total
Oct 3, 2021
$ 18,317.0
5,053.4
5,690.2
$ 29,060.6
Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019 60 %
16 %
24 %
100 %
63 % $ 14,337.5 61 % $ 15,921.2
17 %
20 %
3,799.2
5,381.3
16 %
23 %
4,336.3
6,251.1
100 % $ 23,518.0 100 % $ 26,508.6
(1) Beverage represents sales within our company-operated stores.

(2) Food includes sales within our company-operated stores.
(3) “Other” primarily consists of packaged and single-serve coffees and teas, royalty and licensing revenues, beveragerelated ingredients, serveware and ready-to-drink beverages, among other items.
Information by geographic area (
in millions):
Fiscal Year Ended Oct 3, 2021 Sep 27, 2020 Sep 29, 2019
Net revenues:

United States
China
Other countries
Total
$ 20,377.8 $
3,674.8
5,008.0
29,060.6 $
16,879.8 $
2,582.8
4,055.4
23,518.0 $
18,622.7
2,872.0
5,013.9
26,508.6
$

Long-lived assets:

United States
China
Other countries
Total
$ 12,819.4 $
4,673.8
4,143.0
21,636.2 $
12,624.9 $
4,425.6
4,517.6
21,568.1 $
7,330.2
3,279.8
2,955.7
13,565.7
$

No customer accounts for 10% or more of our revenues. Revenues are shown based on the geographic location of our
customers. Revenues from countries other than the U.S. and China consist primarily of revenues from Japan, Canada and the
U.K., which together account for approximately 79% of net revenues from other countries for fiscal 2021.
Management evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on net revenues and operating income. The accounting
policies of the operating segments are the same as those described in
Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.
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Operating income represents earnings before other income and expenses and income taxes. The identifiable assets by segment
disclosed in this note are those assets specifically identifiable within each segment and include cash and cash equivalents, ROU
assets, net property, plant and equipment, equity and cost investments, goodwill and other intangible assets. Assets not
attributed to reportable operating segments are corporate assets and are primarily comprised of cash and cash equivalents
available for general corporate purposes, investments, assets of the corporate headquarters and roasting facilities and inventory.
The table below presents financial information for our reportable operating segments and Corporate and Other segment for the
years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019.

(in millions) North America International Channel
Development
Corporate and
Other
Total

Fiscal 2021

Total net revenues
Depreciation and amortization expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income/(loss)
Total assets
$ 20,447.9 $ 6,921.6 $
544.7
135.3
1,245.7
10,083.3 $
1,593.6 $
1.2
250.0
789.1
125.4 $
97.5 $
141.9

(1,422.0)
10,612.1 $
29,060.6
1,441.7
385.3
4,872.1
31,392.6
753.9

4,259.3
10,571.8 $
$

Fiscal 2020

Total net revenues(1)
Depreciation and amortization expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income/(loss)
(1)
Total assets
$ 16,296.2 $
762.0

1,801.7
10,717.4 $
5,230.6 $
518.4
102.3
370.6
9,449.7 $
1,925.0 $
1.2
220.2
687.2
165.0 $
66.2 $
149.7

(1,297.8)
9,042.4 $
23,518.0
1,431.3
322.5
1,561.7
29,374.5
$

Fiscal 2019

Total net revenues(1)
Depreciation and amortization expenses
Income from equity investees
Operating income/(loss)
(1)
Total assets
$ 18,130.4 $
696.1

3,728.1
4,446.7 $
6,319.3 $
511.5
102.4
1,011.3
6,724.6 $
1,992.6 $
13.0
195.6
697.5
132.2 $
66.3 $
156.7

(1,359.0)
7,916.1 $
26,508.6
1,377.3
298.0
4,077.9
19,219.6
$
(1) North America, International and Corporate and Other total net revenues and operating income/(loss) for fiscal years
ended September 27, 2020 and September 29, 2019, have been restated to conform with current period presentation.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the shareholders and the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation
Opinion on the Financial Statements
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Starbucks Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as
of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, the related consolidated statements of earnings, comprehensive income, equity,
and cash flows, for each of the three years in the period ended October 3, 2021, and the related notes (collectively referred to as
the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position
of the Company as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of
the three years in the period ended October 3, 2021, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United
States of America.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)
(PCAOB), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of October 3, 2021, based on criteria established in
Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway
Commission and our report dated November 19, 2021, expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company’s internal control over
financial reporting.
Basis for Opinion
These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on
the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are
required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable
rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the
audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to
error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial
statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included
examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included
evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Critical Audit Matter
The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current-period audit of the financial statements that
was communicated or required to be communicated to the Audit and Compliance Committee and that (1) relates to accounts or
disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex
judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken
as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit
matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.
Income Taxes — Indefinite Reinvestment of Foreign Earnings – Refer to Note 14 to the financial statements
Critical Audit Matter Description
Under the provisions of ASC 740, Income Taxes, (“ASC 740”), there is a presumption that investments in foreign subsidiaries
will be recovered upon sale or through a partial or complete distribution of earnings to the parent entity, and therefore subject
the parent entity to additional taxes. If sufficient evidence shows the foreign subsidiary has invested or will invest the
undistributed earnings indefinitely, the ASC 740 presumption may be overcome, and no additional taxes shall be accrued. The
Company has investments in the profitable operations of certain foreign subsidiaries that may be subject to additional foreign
withholding taxes and/or U.S. federal and state income taxes upon sale or a partial or complete distribution of earnings,
incremental to local income taxes already paid. As of October 3, 2021, the Company is partially indefinitely reinvested in
certain foreign subsidiaries. The Company has recorded a deferred tax liability of $83 million related to the taxable temporary
difference for which it is not indefinitely reinvested. For the remaining $1.8 billion of taxable temporary difference, there could
be up to approximately $290 million of unrecognized tax liability.
The Company’s assertion of partial indefinite reinvestment for certain foreign subsidiaries requires management to make longterm forecasting assumptions and detailed plans for reinvestment. The most significant assumption supporting the Company’s
indefinite reinvestment assertion is the forecast of capital expenditures in international markets. Performing audit procedures to
evaluate the reasonableness of management’s indefinite reinvestment analysis and capital expenditures forecast required a high
degree of auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort, including the need to involve our income tax specialists.
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How the Critical Matter Was Addressed in the Audit
Our principal audit procedures related to management’s indefinite reinvestment analysis and the supporting forecast of capital
expenditures for certain foreign subsidiaries, included the following, among others:
• We tested the effectiveness of controls related to management’s forecast of capital expenditures.
• We performed a retrospective review of management’s historical ability to accurately forecast capital expenditures by
comparing actual results to management’s historical forecast.
• We inquired of senior executives of the Company to corroborate strategic plans for growth.
• We compared the forecasts obtained to support the indefinite reinvestment assertion to:
◦ Historical capital expenditures, including costs per new store opening;
◦ Historical new store growth; and
◦ Historical profitability of new stores by region; and
◦ Forecasts used by the Company for financial reporting purposes in other areas, such as the evaluation of the
recoverability of goodwill; and
◦ Internal communications to management and the Board of Directors; and
◦ Forecasted information included in the Company’s press releases, other external communications and analyst
reports; and
◦ External publications of expected industry growth.
• With the assistance of our tax specialists, we evaluated the appropriateness of management’s analysis under ASC 740
and the sufficiency of the evidence provided by management to support that the Company has the intent and ability to
partially indefinitely reinvest the undistributed earnings.
/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP
Seattle, Washington
November 19, 2021
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 1987.
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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
Not applicable.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that material information required to be disclosed in
our periodic reports filed or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), is
recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Our disclosure
controls and procedures are also designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports we file or submit
under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and
principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our
management, including our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and
operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act.
Based upon that evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and
procedures were effective, as of the end of the period covered by this report (October 3, 2021).
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the
Exchange Act) during our most recently completed fiscal quarter that materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially
affect internal control over financial reporting.
The certifications required by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are filed as exhibits
31.1 and 31.2, respectively,
to this 10-K.
Report of Management on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Internal
control over financial reporting is a process to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of our financial reporting
for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Internal
control over financial reporting includes maintaining records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect our
transactions; providing reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary for preparation of our financial
statements; providing reasonable assurance that receipts and expenditures are made in accordance with management
authorization; and providing reasonable assurance that unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of company assets that could
have a material effect on our financial statements would be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Because of its inherent
limitations, internal control over financial reporting is not intended to provide absolute assurance that a misstatement of our
financial statements would be prevented or detected.
Management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the
framework and criteria established in
Internal Control — Integrated Framework, issued by the Committee of Sponsoring
Organizations of the Treadway Commission. This evaluation included review of the documentation of controls, evaluation of
the design effectiveness of controls, testing of the operating effectiveness of controls and a conclusion on this evaluation. Based
on this evaluation, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of October 3, 2021.
Our internal control over financial reporting as of October 3, 2021 has been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent
registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included herein.
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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the shareholders and the Board of Directors of Starbucks Corporation
Opinion on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of Starbucks Corporation and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of
October 3, 2021, based on criteria established in
Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of
Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material
respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of October 3, 2021, based on criteria established in
Internal
Control – Integrated Framework (2013)
issued by COSO.
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)
(PCAOB), the consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended October 3, 2021, of the Company and our report
dated November 19, 2021, expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements.
Basis for Opinion
The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its
assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Report of
Management on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s
internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are
required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable
rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.
We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the
audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all
material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk
that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the
assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit
provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the
reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures
that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and
dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit
preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and
expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the
company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or
disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also,
projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate
because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP
Seattle, Washington
November 19, 2021
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Item 9B. Other Information
None.
Item 9C. Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections
Not applicable.
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PART III
Item 10.
Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Information regarding our executive officers is set forth in Item 1 of Part I of this Report under the caption “Information about
our Executive Officers.”
We adopted a code of ethics that applies to our chief executive officer, chief financial officer, controller and other finance
leaders, which is a “code of ethics” as defined by applicable rules of the SEC. This code is publicly available on our website at
www.starbucks.com/about-us/company-information/corporate-governance. If we make any amendments to this code other than
technical, administrative or other non-substantive amendments, or grant any waivers, including implicit waivers, from a
provision of this code to our chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, chief accounting officer or
controller, we will disclose the nature of the amendment or waiver, its effective date and to whom it applies on our website at
www.starbucks.com/about-us/company-information/corporate-governance or in a report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC.
The remaining information required by this item is incorporated herein by reference to the sections entitled “Proposal 1 –
Election of Directors,” “Beneficial Ownership of Common Stock,” “Corporate Governance” and “Corporate Governance –
Audit and Compliance Committee” in our definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on
March 16, 2022 (the “Proxy Statement”).
We will provide disclosure of delinquent Section 16(a) reports, if any, in our Proxy Statement, and such disclosure, if any, is
incorporated herein by reference.
Item 11. Executive Compensation
The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Executive Compensation,”
“Executive Compensation Tables,” “Compensation of Directors” and “Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider
Participation” in the Proxy Statement.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Shareholder Matters
The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Equity Compensation Plan
Information” and “Beneficial Ownership of Common Stock” in the Proxy Statement.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence
The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the section entitled “Certain Relationships and Related
Person Transactions” and “Corporate Governance – Affirmative Determinations Regarding Director Independence and Other
Matters” in the Proxy Statement.
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services
The information required by this item is incorporated by reference to the sections entitled “Proposal 4 – Ratification of Selection
of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm – Independent Registered Public Accounting
Firm Fees” and “Proposal 4 – Ratification of Selection of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our Independent Registered Public
Accounting Firm – Policy on Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit and Permissible Non-Audit Services of the Independent
Registered Public Accounting Firm” in the Proxy Statement.
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PART IV
Item 15.
Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
(a) The following documents are filed as a part of this 10-K:
1. Financial Statements
The following financial statements are included in Part II, Item 8 of this 10-K:
• Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020, and
September 29, 2019;
• Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27,
2020, and September 29, 2019;
• Consolidated Balance Sheets as of October 3, 2021 and September 27, 2020;
• Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27,
2020, and September 29, 2019;
• Consolidated Statements of Equity for the fiscal years ended October 3, 2021, September 27, 2020, and September 29,
2019;
• Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements; and
• Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
2. Financial Statement Schedules
Financial statement schedules are omitted because they are not required or are not applicable, or the required information is
provided in the consolidated financial statements or notes described in Item 15(a)(1) above.
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3. Exhibits
Incorporated by Reference
Exhibit
Number Exhibit Description Form File No. Date of Filing
Exhibit
Number
Filed
Herewith
2.1 Transaction Agreement, dated as of
May 6, 2018, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and Nestlé S.A.
8-K 0-20322 5/7/2018 2.1
3.1 Restated Articles of Incorporation of
Starbucks Corporation
10-Q 0-20322 4/28/2015 3.1
3.2 Amended and Restated Bylaws of
Starbucks Corporation (As amended
and restated through March 17, 2021)
8-K 0-20322 3/19/2021 3.1
4.1 Indenture, dated as of September 15,
2016, by and between Starbucks
Corporation and U.S. Bank National
Association, as trustee
S-3ASR 333-213645 9/15/2016 4.1
4.2 First Supplemental Indenture, dated
March 17, 2017, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and U.S. Bank
National Association, as trustee,
transfer agent and registrar, and
Elavon Financial Services, DAC, UK
Branch, as paying agent (0.372%
Senior Notes due 2024)
8-K 0-20322 3/20/2017 4.2
4.3 Form of 0.372% Senior Note due
March 15, 2024
8-K 0-20322 3/20/2017 4.3
4.4 Second Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of November 22, 2017, by and
between Starbucks Corporation and
U.S. Bank National Association, as
trustee (2.200% Senior Notes due
2020 and 3.750% Senior Notes due
2047)
8-K 0-20322 11/22/2017 4.2
4.5 Form of 3.750% Senior Notes due
December 1, 2047 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 11/22/2017 4.4
4.6 Third Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of February 28, 2018, by and
between Starbucks Corporation and
U.S. Bank National Association, as
trustee (3.100% Senior Notes due
2023 and 3.500% Senior Notes due
2028)
8-K 0-20322 2/28/2018 4.2
4.7 Form of 3.100% Senior Notes due
March 1, 2023
8-K 0-20322 2/28/2018 4.3
4.8 Form of 3.500% Senior Notes due
March 1, 2028
8-K 0-20322 2/28/2018 4.4
4.9 Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of August 10, 2018, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and U.S. Bank
National Association, as trustee
(3.800% Senior Notes due 2025,
4.000% Senior Notes due 2028 and
4.500% Senior Notes due 2048)
8-K 0-20322 8/10/2018 4.2
4.10 Form of 3.800% Senior Notes due
August 15, 2025
8-K 0-20322 8/10/2018 4.3
4.11 Form of 4.000% Senior Notes due
November 15, 2028
8-K 0-20322 8/10/2018 4.4
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Incorporated by Reference
Exhibit
Number Exhibit Description Form File No. Date of Filing
Exhibit
Number
Filed
Herewith
4.12 Form of 4.500% Senior Notes due
November 15, 2048
8-K
4.13 Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as
of May 13, 2019, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and U.S. Bank
National Association, as trustee
8-K 0-20322 5/13/2019 4.2
4.14 Form of 3.550% Senior Notes due
August 15, 2029 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 5/13/2019 4.3
4.15 Form of 4.450% Senior Notes due
August 15, 2049 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 5/13/2019 4.4
4.16 Sixth Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of March 12, 2020, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and U.S. Bank
National Association, as trustee
(2.000% Senior Notes due 2027,
2.250% Senior Notes due 2030 and
3.350% Senior Notes due 2050)
8-K 0-20322 3/12/2020 4.2
4.17 Form of 2.000% Senior Notes due
March 12, 2027 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 3/12/2020 4.3
4.18 Form of 2.250% Senior Notes due
March 12, 2030 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 3/12/2020 4.4
4.19 Form of 3.350% Senior Notes due
March 12, 2050 (included in Exhibit
4.2)
8-K 0-20322 3/12/2020 4.5
4.20 Seventh Supplemental Indenture,
dated as of May 7, 2020, by and
between Starbucks Corporation and
U.S. Bank National Association, as
trustee (1.300% Senior Notes due
2022, 2.550% Senior Notes due 2030
and 3.500% Senior Notes due 2050)
8-K 0-20322 5/7/2020 4.2
4.21 Form of 1.300% Senior Notes due
May 7, 2022 (included in Exhibit 4.2)
8-K 0-20322 5/7/2020 4.3
4.22 Form of 2.550% Senior Notes due
November 15, 2030 (included in
Exhibit 4.2)
8-K 0-20322 5/7/2020 4.4
4.23 Form of 3.500% Senior Notes due
November 15, 2050 (included in
Exhibit 4.2)
8-K 0-20322 5/7/2020 4.5
4.24 Indenture, dated as of August 23,
2007, by and between Starbucks
Corporation and Deutsche Bank Trust
Company Americas, as trustee
S-3ASR 333-190955 9/3/2013 4.1
89
National Association, as trustee
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Incorporated by Reference
Exhibit
Number

Exhibit Description

Form File No. Date of Filing

Exhibit
Number
Filed
Herewith

4.25 Second Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of September 6, 2013, by and
between Starbucks Corporation and
Deutsche Bank Trust Company
Americas, as trustee (3.850% Senior
Notes due October 1, 2023)
8-K 0-20322 9/6/2013 4.2
4.26 Form of 3.850% Senior Notes due
October 1, 2023
8-K 0-20322 9/6/2013 4.3
4.27 Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of June 10, 2015, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and Deutsche
Bank Trust Company Americas, as
trustee (2.700% Senior Notes due June
15, 2022 and 4.300% Senior Notes due
June 15, 2045)
8-K 0-20322 6/10/2015 4.2
4.28 Form of 2.700% Senior Notes due
June 15, 2022
8-K 0-20322 6/10/2015 4.3
4.29 Form of 4.300% Senior Notes due
June 15, 2045
8-K 0-20322 6/10/2015 4.4
4.30 Sixth Supplemental Indenture, dated
as of May 16, 2016, by and between
Starbucks Corporation and Deutsche
Bank Trust Company Americas, as
trustee (2.450% Senior Notes due June
15, 2026)
8-K 0-20322 5/16/2016 4.4
4.31 Form of 2.450% Senior Notes due
June 15, 2026

8-K 0-20322 5/16/2016 4.5
4.32
10.1*
Description of Securities
Starbucks Corporation Employee
10-K 0-20322 11/15/2019 4.29

Stock Purchase Plan — 1995 as
amended and restated on April 9, 2015
to reflect adjustments for the 2-for-1
forward stock split effective on such
date
10-Q 0-20322 8/1/2017 10.1
10.2* Starbucks Corporation Executive
Management Bonus Plan, as amended
and restated on June 25, 2019
10-Q 0-20322 7/30/2019 10.1
10.3* Starbucks Corporation Management
Deferred Compensation Plan, as
amended and restated effective
January 1, 2011
10-Q 0-20322 2/4/2011 10.2
10.4* Fifth Amendment to Starbucks
Corporation Management Deferred
Compensation Plan
10-Q
10.5* Starbucks Corporation Deferred
Compensation Plan for Non-Employee
Directors, effective October 3, 2011,
as amended and restated effective
September 11, 2018
10-K 0-20322 11/16/2018 10.5
10.6* Starbucks Corporation 2005 LongTerm Equity Incentive Plan, as
amended and restated effective
March 20, 2013, as restated on April 9,
2015 to reflect adjustments for the 2-
for-1 forward stock split effective on
such date, and as amended and
restated by the Board on September
11, 2018
10-K 0-20322 11/16/2018 10.7
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Incorporated by Reference
Exhibit
Number Exhibit Description Form File No. Date of Filing
Exhibit
Number
Filed
Herewith
10.7* 2005 Key Employee Sub-Plan to the
Starbucks Corporation 2005 LongTerm Equity Incentive Plan, as
amended and restated effective
November 15, 2005
10-Q 0-20322 2/10/2006 10.2
10.8* 2005 Non-Employee Director SubPlan to the Starbucks Corporation
2005 Long-Term Equity Incentive
Plan, as amended and restated
effective September 11, 2018
10-K 0-20322 11/16/2018 10.9
10.9* Form of Global Stock Option Grant
Agreement for Purchase of Stock
under the Key Employee Sub-Plan to
the 2005 Long Term Equity Incentive
Plan
10-K 0-20322 11/18/2016 10.14
10.10* Form of Stock Option Grant
Agreement for Purchase of Stock
under the 2005 Non-Employee
Director Sub-Plan to the Starbucks
Corporation 2005 Long-Term Equity
Incentive Plan
10-Q 0-20322 4/26/2016 10.2
10.11 Credit Agreement, dated September
16, 2021, among Starbucks
Corporation, Bank of America, N.A.,
in its capacity as Administrative
Agent, Swing Line Lender and L/C
Issuer, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.,
Citibank, N.A. and U.S. Bank National
Association, as L/C Issuers, and the
other Lenders from time to time a
party thereto.
8-K 0-20322 9/17/2021 10.1
10.12 Form of Commercial Paper Dealer
Agreement between Starbucks
Corporation, as Issuer, and the Dealer
8-K 0-20322 7/29/2016 10.1
10.13* Form of Time Vested Global
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement under the Key Employee
Sub-Plan to the 2005 Long-Term
Equity Incentive Plan
10-K 0-20322 11/18/2016 10.21
10.14* Form of Global Key Employee
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement (Effective November
2019)
10-K 0-20322 11/15/2019 10.22
10.15* Form of Global Key Employee
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement – No Retirement Vesting
(Effective November 2020)
10-K 0-20322 11/12/2020 10.23
10.16* Form of Global Key Employee
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement – Retirement Vesting
(Effective November 2020)
10-K 0-20322 11/12/2020 10.24
10.17* Form of Global Key Employee Stock
Option Grant Agreement for Purchase
of Stock under the 2005 Long-Term
Equity Incentive Plan
10-K 0-20322 11/17/2017 10.25
10.18* Form of Global Key Employee
Performance-Based Stock Option
Grant Agreement for Purchase of
Stock under the 2005 Long-Term
Equity Incentive Plan
10-K 0-20322 11/16/2018 10.23
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Exhibit
Number Exhibit Description Form File No. Date of Filing
Exhibit
Number
Filed
Herewith
10.19* Form of Global Key Employee
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement (Performance-Based –
Retirement Vesting) (Effective
November 2019)
10-K 0-20322 11/15/2019 10.26
10.20* Form of Global Key Employee
Restricted Stock Unit Grant
Agreement (Performance-Based –
Retirement Vesting) (Effective
November 2020)
10-K 0-20322 11/12/2020 10.29
10.21* Offer Letter dated January 6, 2021
between Starbucks Corporation and
Rachel Ruggeri
8-K 0-20322 1/7/2021 10.1
21 Subsidiaries of Starbucks Corporation — — — — X
23 Consent of Independent Registered
Public Accounting Firm
— — — — X
31.1 Certification of Principal Executive
Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
As Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
— — — — X
31.2 Certification of Principal Financial
Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
As Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
— — — — X
32** Certifications of Principal Executive
Officer and Principal Financial Officer
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350,
As Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
— — — —
101 The following financial statements
from the Company’s 10-K for the
fiscal year ended October 3, 2021,
formatted in iXBRL: (i) Consolidated
Statements of Earnings, (ii)
Consolidated Statements of
Comprehensive Income, (iii)
Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iv)
Consolidated Statements of Cash
Flows, (v) Consolidated Statements of
Equity, and (vi) Notes to Consolidated
Financial Statements
— — — — X
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File
(formatted in iXBRL and contained in
Exhibit 101)
Incorporated by Reference
* Denotes a management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.
** Furnished herewith.
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary
None.
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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this
report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
STARBUCKS CORPORATION
By: /s/ Kevin R. Johnson
Kevin R. Johnson
president and chief executive officer
November 19, 2021
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following
persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities indicated as of November 19, 2021.
Signature Title
By: /s/ Kevin R. Johnson president and chief executive officer, director

(principal executive officer)
executive vice president, chief financial officer
(principal financial officer)
Kevin R. Johnson
By: /s/ Rachel Ruggeri
Rachel Ruggeri

 

By: /s/ Jill L. Walker
Jill L. Walker
senior vice president, Corporate Financial Services, and
chief accounting officer (principal accounting officer)

 

By: /s/ Richard E. Allison, Jr.
Richard E. Allison, Jr.
director

 

By: /s/ Andrew Campion
Andrew Campion
director

 

By: /s/ Mary N. Dillon
Mary N. Dillon
director

 

By: /s/ Isabel Ge Mahe
Isabel Ge Mahe
director

 

By: /s/ Mellody Hobson
Mellody Hobson
director

 

By: /s/ Jørgen Vig Knudstorp
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp
director

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By: /s/ Satya Nadella director
Satya Nadella
By: /s/ Joshua Cooper Ramo director
Joshua Cooper Ramo
By: /s/ Clara Shih director
Clara Shih
By: /s/ Javier G. Teruel director
Javier G. Teruel
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