WR Hambrecht keeps its buy rating on Starbucks (SBUX).
Analyst Kristine Koerber says August comparable sales were in-line with her 8% to 10% estimate, above management's guidance of 3% to 7%. She says August comparable sales have moderated a bit from double-digits over the past nine mos, but she believes high, single-digit comparable sales, on top of a high, single-digit year ago increase, is impressive.
Koerber thinks Starbucks shares could come under pressure as some investors may be disappointed with August comparable sales. She views any weakness as a buying opportunity. Koerber expects Starbuck's shares to appreciate on a p-e basis at least in-line with earnings growth. She sees 95 cents fiscal 2004 (Sep.) earnings per share and $1.17 fiscal 2005 earnings per share.