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Costco Reports on Q4 and FY 2018

10/05/2018

In a press release dated October 4th Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) announced results for the 4th Quarter and Fiscal 2018 ending September 2nd 2018.

The following table summarizes the results for the period compared with the values for the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal year (Values expressed as $ x 1,000 except EPS)

4th Quarter Ending. Sept. 2nd. / Sept. 3rd

2018

2017

Difference (%)

Sales:

$44,411,000

$42,300,000

+4.9

Gross profit:

$5,740,000

$5,603,000

+2.5

Operating income:

$1,446,000

$1,450,000

-0.3

Net Income

$1,043,000

$919,000

+13.5

Diluted earnings per share:

$2.36

$2.08

+13.5

Gross Margin (%)

12.9

13.2

-2.3

Operating Margin (%)

3.3

3.4

-2.9

Profit Margin (%)

2.3

2.2

+4.5

Long-term Debt:

$6,487,000

$6,573,000

-4.1

12 Months Trailing:

     

Return on Assets (%)

7.5

   

Return on Equity (%)

27.0

   

Operating Margin (%)

3.2

   

Profit Margin (%)

2.2

   

Total Assets

$40,830,000

$36,347,000

+12.3

Market Capitalization

$98,052,000

   

52-Week Range in Share Price: $154.11 to $245,16

Market Close Oct. 4th $231.68 Open post release Oct. 5 th $224.72

Forward P/E: 26.5 3-year Beta 1.1

For FY 2018 COST posted a net profit of $3,134 million ($2,679 million FY 2017) on sales of $138.43 billion ($126.17 billion) EPS attained $7.09 ($6.08)

Excluding fuel company-wide same-store sales were 7.2 percent higher than in Q4 2017.

E-commerce increased by 26.2 percent for Q4 FY 2018 compared to Q4 FY 2017.

Costco operates 762 warehouses, with 527 in the U.S.