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After the closing bell on Thursday, Starbucks (SBUX ) reported its first quarter results, posting strong gains in both earnings and revenues compared to last year’s Q1.
SBUX chairman and CEO Howard Schultz had the following comments: “Starbucks record Q1 fiscal 2015 financial and operating performance was exceptional by every metric and standard. Our reimagined in-store holiday experience that included a vastly expanded assortment of Starbucks Cards, new holiday food, beverage and merchandise offerings and the opportunity to win ‘Starbucks for Life’ resonated powerfully with our customers and drove both increased traffic and tremendous excitement in our stores and around the Starbucks brand.
Starbucks’ board of directors declared a 32-cent quarterly dividend that is payable on February 20 to all shareholders on record as of February 5.
Starbucks stock was up $2.61, or 3.15%, in after hours trading. YTD, the stock is up 0.84%.