Portfolio X-Ray: Starbucks

Note: Read this introduction to see what I am doing in this series.

About Starbucks
Yet another company in my portfolio that is kind of ubiquitous to most American consumers. Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) sells coffee and other things that go well with coffee, or in the words of the company itself:

“Starbucks is the premier roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 60 countries. Formed in 1985…(w)e purchase and roast high-quality coffees that we sell, along with handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of fresh 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, grocery and national foodservice accounts. In addition to our flagship Starbucks brand, our portfolio also includes Tazo® Tea, Seattle’s Best Coffee®, Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, Starbucks Refreshers™ beverages, Evolution Fresh™, La Boulange bakery brand and the Verismo™ System by Starbucks.”  Continue reading “Portfolio X-Ray: Starbucks”

Portfolio X-Ray: Waste Management

Note: Read this introduction to see what I am doing in this series.

About Waste Management
Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is the nationwide leader in what its name says it does: waste management. But it is not all about hauling trash or managing landfills. As the company says in its most recent 10-Q:

“We are North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services. We partner with our residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers and the communities we serve to manage and reduce waste at each stage from collection to disposal, while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. Our “Solid Waste” business is operated and managed locally by our subsidiaries that focus on distinct geographic areas and provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Through our subsidiaries, we are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.” Continue reading “Portfolio X-Ray: Waste Management”