Costco Wholesale is a multibillion dollar global retailer with warehouse that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs. 
Costco's warehouses present one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections to be found under a single roof. Categories include groceries, candy, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, tobacco, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. Costco is known for carrying top quality national and regional brands, with 100% satisfaction guaranteed, at prices consistently below traditional wholesale or retail outlets.

Company Growth (employees)
Issaquah, US
Size (employees)
126,000 (est)
Costco was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Issaquah, US

Key People at Costco

Craig Jelinek

Craig Jelinek

President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Jeffrey Brotman

Jeffrey Brotman

Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder
Paul Moulton

Paul Moulton

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Franz Lazarus

Franz Lazarus

Executive Vice President
John McKay

John McKay

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
James Murphy

James Murphy

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Portera

Joseph Portera

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Dennis Zook

Dennis Zook

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Hamilton James

Hamilton James

Lead Independent Director
Richard Galanti

Richard Galanti

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Costco Office Locations

Costco has an office in Issaquah
Issaquah, US (HQ)
999 Lake Dr

Costco Data and Metrics

Costco Financial Metrics

Costco's revenue was reported to be $116.1 b in FY, 2016 which is a 2% increase from the previous period.

Revenue (FY, 2016)

116.1 b

Revenue growth (FY, 2015 - FY, 2016), %


Net income (FY, 2016)

2.4 b

EBIT (FY, 2016)

3.7 b

Market capitalization (27-Jun-2017)

69.9 b

Closing share price (27-Jun-2017)


Cash (28-Aug-2016)

3.4 b


66.5 b
Costco's current market capitalization is $69.9 b.
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


102.9 b110.2 b113.7 b116.1 b

Revenue growth, %



322 m3.6 b3.7 b

EBIT margin, %


Pre tax profit

3.2 b3.6 b3.6 b

Net Income

2.1 b2.4 b2.4 b
USDFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


5.7 b4.8 b3.4 b

Current Assets

17.6 b17.3 b15.2 b

Total Assets

33 b33.4 b33.2 b

Accounts Payable

8.5 b9 b7.6 b

Current Liabilities

14.4 b16.5 b15.6 b

Additional Paid-in Capital

4.9 b5.2 b5.5 b

Retained Earnings

7.5 b6.5 b7.7 b

Total Equity

12.5 b10.8 b12.3 b

Financial Leverage

2.6 x3.1 x2.7 x
USDFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

2.1 b2.4 b2.4 b

Accounts Payable

529 m880 m(1.5 b)

Cash From Operating Activities

4 b4.3 b3.3 b

Purchases of PP&E

(2 b)(2.4 b)(2.6 b)

Cash From Investing Activities

(2.1 b)(2.5 b)(2.3 b)

Long-term Borrowings

1.3 b

Cash From Financing Activities

(786 m)(2.3 b)(2.4 b)

Interest Paid

109 m117 m123 m
USDY, 2016


18.1 x


20.2 x


721 k

Financial Leverage

2.7 x

Costco Market Value History

Costco Median Salaries

Source: 66 public H-1B filings from Costco

Costco Online and Social Media Presence

Costco News and Updates

Costco Company Life and Culture

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