NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Starbucks ( SBUX) profit skyrocketed in the fourth quarter, bolstered by lower costs. During the quarter, the company earned $150 million, or 20 cents a share, compared with $5.4 million, or 1 cent, in the year-ago period. Excluding restructuring costs the company actually earned 24 cents a share, better than the 21 cents analysts forecast. Revenue slipped 4% to $2.42 billion from $2.52 billion last year, while same-store sales inched down 1%. The company said more customers are returning to their coffee shops. Sell Starbucks!: Against the Grain Starbucks has closed stores amid the recession in an effort to combat lower customer demand. Recently it has also had to contend with new competitors like McDonald's ( MCD) McCafe. Looking ahead, Starbucks expects to see EPS 15% to 20% higher than fiscal 2009 earnings of 80 cents a share. Shares of the coffee retailer are rising 2.5% to $20.28 in after-market trading. -- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.