Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses. The Company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. It provides dry and packaged foods, groceries, snack foods, candies, bakery, meat, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, cleaning supplies, appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio products, apparel, and small appliances. Costco Wholesale Corporation also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, hearing-aid centers, and engages in the travel business.

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TypePublic
HQIssaquah, US
Founded1976
Size (employees)245,000 (est)+7%
Websitecostco.com
Costco was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Issaquah, US
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Key People/Management at Costco

David Skinner

David Skinner

Senior Vice President, General Manager - Western Canada Region
Joseph Portera

Joseph Portera

Executive Vice President, COO-Eastern and Canadian Divisions
Stephen Pappas

Stephen Pappas

Senior Vice President, General Manager - Europe
Mario Omoss

Mario Omoss

Senior Vice President, General Manager, Northwest Region
James Murphy

James Murphy

Executive Vice President, International
Paul Moulton

Paul Moulton

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
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Costco Office Locations

Costco has an office in Issaquah
Issaquah, (HQ)
999 Lake Drive
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Costco Financials and Metrics

Costco Revenue

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Costco's revenue was reported to be $141.58 b in FY, 2018 which is a 9.7% increase from the previous period.
USD

Revenue (FY, 2018)

141.6b

Revenue growth (FY, 2017 - FY, 2018), %

9.7%

Gross profit (FY, 2018)

18.4b

Gross profit margin (FY, 2018), %

13%

Net income (FY, 2018)

3.2b

EBIT (FY, 2018)

4.5b

Market capitalization (4-Dec-2018)

99.2b

Closing stock price (4-Dec-2018)

226.4

Cash (2-Sep-2018)

6.1b

EV

99.6b
Costco's current market capitalization is $99.2 b.
Annual
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Revenue

105.2b112.6b116.2b118.7b129.0b141.6b

Revenue growth, %

7%3%2%9%10%

Cost of goods sold

91.9b98.5b101.1b102.9b111.9b123.2b

Gross profit

13.2b14.2b15.1b15.8b17.1b18.4b
Quarterly
USDQ1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2015Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2016Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q3, 2017Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018

Revenue

26.3b25.8b26.9b27.5b26.1b27.2b28.2b26.8b28.1b28.9b31.8b33.0b32.4b

Cost of goods sold

27.6b28.7b28.1b

Gross profit

4.2b4.3b4.2b

Gross profit Margin, %

13%13%13%
Annual
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Cash

4.6b5.7b4.8b3.4b4.5b6.1b

Accounts Receivable

1.2b1.1b1.2b1.3b1.4b1.7b

Inventories

7.9b8.5b8.9b9.0b983.4m11.0b

Current Assets

15.8b17.6b16.8b15.2b17.3b20.3b
Quarterly
USDQ1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2015Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2016Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q3, 2017Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018

Cash

4.7b5.1b5.7b6.0b5.9b5.1b5.1b3.6b4.9b4.8b4.5b5.7b4.8b5.9b

Accounts Receivable

1.6b2.0b1.6b

Inventories

11.2b10.7b10.6b

Current Assets

17.5b16.6b17.5b19.2b18.1b17.6b18.9b15.5b16.5b18.6b17.3b19.9b18.9b19.7b
Annual
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017FY, 2018

Net Income

2.1b2.1b2.4b2.4b2.7b3.2b

Depreciation and Amortization

946.0m1.0b1.1b1.3b1.4b1.4b

Inventories

(898.0m)(563.0m)(890.0m)(25.0m)(894.0m)(1.3b)

Accounts Payable

718.0m529.0m880.0m(1.5b)2.3b1.6b
Quarterly
USDQ1, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2016Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q3, 2017Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018

Net Income

505.0m607.0m519.0m487.0m555.0m549.0m555.0m706.0m651.0m1.4b2.1b

Depreciation and Amortization

231.0m335.0m679.0m1.0b

Inventories

(1.4b)(802.0m)(828.0m)

Accounts Payable

1.3b9.8b8.3b8.9b10.4b8.2b8.8b11.0b9.4b2.1b486.0m1.2b
USDY, 2018

EV/EBIT

22.2 x

EV/CFO

17.3 x

Revenue/Employee

697.4k

Debt/Equity

0.5 x

Debt/Assets

0.2 x

Financial Leverage

3.1 x
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Costco Operating Metrics

Costco's Stores was reported to be 729 in Q3, 2017.
FY, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015FY, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016FY, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017Oct, 2018

Gas Stations

445 472 508

Paying Members

42 m42.50 m43.20 m43.70 m44.60 m45.40 m46.10 m46.90 k47.60 m47.90 m48.30 m48.60 m50 m

SKUs Offered

3.70 k3.70 k3.70 k

Stores

663 686 697 698 705 715 723 727 729
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Costco Revenue Breakdown

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Costco revenue breakdown by geographic segment: 72.2% from United States Operations, 14.6% from Canadian Operations and 13.1% from Other International Operations

Human Capital Metrics

Costco's employees are reported to be approximately 44% female and 56% male.
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Costco Online and Social Media Presence

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Costco News and Updates

Costco stock up 0.7% in premarket trade after beating same-store sales expectations

Shares of Costco Wholesale Corporation were up 0.7% in premarket trade Thursday after the company reported that same-store sales for the first quarter were up 8.8%, beating the consensus of 6.5%. The company reported $34.31 billion in the first quarter, up 10.3% from $31.12 billion in the year-ago …

8 mistakes you should avoid when shopping for wine at Costco (COST)

Costco wines have quite a fan base — just ask everyone who contributes to and follows Costco Wine Blog. Business Insider spoke to blog founder Andrew Cullen and reviewer Erin Reyes about the mistakes Costco members can avoid when shopping for wine. They advised members to always sample the wine b…

5 times you shouldn't buy the Kirkland brand at Costco

Costco and its house brand, Kirkland, are known for their high-quality, low-cost products. But there are certain Kirkland Signature items that you might want to avoid throwing in your Costco shopping cart. Here are five Kirkland brand items you should steer clear of on your next trip to Costco.  …

Costco downgraded as members-only retailer faces higher sales hurdles

Tougher sales comparisons and food price deflation at Costco will curb otherwise banner performance in 2019, according to Citigroup, which downgraded the membership-only retailer to neutral on Monday.

11 things you didn't know about Costco

If you just want to check out the inside of a Costco before you purchase a membership, you're in luck as long as you know a current Costco member. Those people giving out samples aren't Costco employees — so don't be confused if they can't tell you where to find the sugar. Costco uses price tag co…

13 tips for getting the best deals on wine at Costco (COST)

Costco wines prove to be a major draw for some members.  Business Insider spoke to Costco Wine Blog founder Andrew Cullen and reviewer Erin Reyes about their top strategies for finding great wines at a good value.  They recommended tips like always checking the vintage year and making friends wit…
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Costco Company Life and Culture

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Costco Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Costco founded?

    Costco was founded in 1976.

  • Who are Costco key executives?

    Costco's key executives are David Skinner, Joseph Portera and Stephen Pappas.

  • How many employees does Costco have?

    Costco has 245,000 employees.

  • What is Costco revenue?

    Latest Costco annual revenue is $141.6 b.

  • What is Costco revenue per employee?

    Latest Costco revenue per employee is $577.9 k.

  • Who are Costco competitors?

    Competitors of Costco include Best Buy, Walmart and Target Corporation.

  • Where is Costco headquarters?

    Costco headquarters is located at 999 Lake Drive, Issaquah.

  • Where are Costco offices?

    Costco has an office in Issaquah.

  • How many offices does Costco have?

    Costco has 1 office.