Barclays on Starbucks (SBUX): Bakery Acquisition A Logical Step, But Visibility Limited

June 5, 2012 1:18 PM EDT
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Barclays maintains a 'Equalweight' on Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) price target of $58.00.

Analyst, Jeffrey A. Bernstein, said, "SBUX announced the acquisition of Bay Bread and its La Boulange bakery brand, which will serve as a catalyst for enhanced food offerings at SBUX US stores. Needless to say, we have overarching concerns of distraction from the core coffee platform and / or damage to the existing customer experience, similar to concerns from other recent non-coffee initiatives."

Bernstein sees SBUX's second half 2012 earnings diluted by $0.02/share from the acquisition, but maintains FY12 estimates, citing conservative overall guidance based on underlying U.S. momentum.

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Shares of Starbucks closed at $53.90 yesterday.

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