COST
$191.84
Costco Wholesale
$2.46
1.30%
Earnings Details
1st Quarter November 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:15:13 PM
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Summary

Costco Wholesale Beats

Costco Wholesale (COST) reported 1st Quarter November 2017 earnings of $1.36 per share on revenue of $31.8 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.35 per share on revenue of $30.9 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.34 per share. Revenue grew 13.2% on a year-over-year basis.

Costco Wholesale Corp and its subsidiaries operate membership warehouses. It offers its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and select private-label products in merchandise categories.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.36
Earnings Whisper
$1.34
Consensus Estimate
$1.35
Reported Revenue
$31.81 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$30.89 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Results

Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (COST) today announced its operating results for the first quarter (twelve weeks) of fiscal 2018, ended November 26, 2017.

Net sales for the first quarter were $31.12 billion, an increase of 13.3 percent from $27.47 billion during the first quarter last year.

While this year’s twelve-week first quarter included one less sales day in the U.S. than the first quarter last year (due to the shift of the Thanksgiving holiday this year), pre-Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Holiday weekend sales fell into the first quarter this year compared to the second quarter last year. Combined, these factors produced an estimated net benefit of approximately 1.5% in the U.S., and slightly less worldwide.

Comparable sales for the first quarter fiscal 2018 were as follows:

12 Weeks
12 Weeks
w/o gas inflation & FX
U.S.
10.3%
8.7%
Canada
11.3%
4.3%
Other International
10.1%
8.2%
Total Company
10.5%
7.9%
E-commerce
43.5%
42.1%

Reported net income for the quarter was $640 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to $545 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, last year. This year’s first quarter benefited from a $41 million ($0.09 per diluted share) tax benefit related to a change in accounting rules for stock-based compensation. Last year’s first quarter benefited from a non-recurring $51 million ($0.07 per diluted share after tax) legal settlement.

Costco currently operates 746 warehouses, including 518 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 98 in Canada, 37 in Mexico, 28 in the United Kingdom, 26 in Japan, 13 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, nine in Australia, two in Spain, one in Iceland and one in France. Costco also operates e-commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan.

A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (PT) today, December 14, 2017, and is available via a webcast on www.costco.com (click on Investor Relations and "Play Webcast").

Certain statements contained in this document constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic and international economic conditions, including exchange rates, the effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels, breaches of security or privacy of member or business information, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, capital spending, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (including health care costs), energy and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions, and other risks identified from time to time in the Company’s public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update these statements, except as required by law.

CONTACTS: Costco Wholesale Corporation

Richard Galanti, 425/313-8203

Bob Nelson, 425/313-8255

David Sherwood, 425/313-8239

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
November 26,
November 20,
2017
2016
REVENUE
Net sales
$
31,117
$
27,469
Membership fees
692
630
Total revenue
31,809
28,099
OPERATING EXPENSES
Merchandise costs
27,617
24,288
Selling, general and administrative
3,224
2,940
Preopening expenses
17
22
Operating income
951
849
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense
(37
)
(29
)
Interest income and other, net
22
26
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES
936
846
Provision for income taxes
285
291
Net income including noncontrolling interests
651
555
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
(11
)
(10
)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO
$
640
$
545
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO:
Basic
$
1.46
$
1.24
Diluted
$
1.45
$
1.24
Shares used in calculation: (000’s)
Basic
437,965
438,007
Diluted
440,851
440,525
Cash dividends declared per common share
$
0.50
$
0.45
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in millions, except par value and share data)
(unaudited)
Subject to Reclassifications
November 26,
September 3,
2017
2017
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents
$
5,689
$
4,546
Short-term investments
1,196
1,233
Receivables, net
1,559
1,432
Merchandise inventories
11,213
9,834
Other current assets
240
272
Total current assets
19,897
17,317
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Land
5,915
5,690
Buildings and improvements
15,523
15,127
Equipment and fixtures
6,859
6,681
Construction in progress
812
843
29,109
28,341
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
(10,427
)
(10,180
)
Net property and equipment
18,682
18,161
OTHER ASSETS
799
869
TOTAL ASSETS
$
39,378
$
36,347
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable
$
11,992
$
9,608
Accrued salaries and benefits
2,791
2,703
Accrued member rewards
973
961
Deferred membership fees
1,590
1,498
Other current liabilities
3,014
2,725
Total current liabilities
20,360
17,495
LONG-TERM DEBT, excluding current portion
6,478
6,573
OTHER LIABILITIES
1,184
1,200
Total liabilities
28,022
25,268
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
EQUITY
Preferred stock $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; no shares 0
0
issued and outstanding
Common stock $.01 par value; 900,000,000 shares authorized;
4
4
439,185,000 and 437,204,000 shares issued and outstanding
Additional paid-in capital
5,811
5,800
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(1,037
)
(1,014
)
Retained earnings
6,300
5,988
Total Costco stockholders’ equity
11,078
10,778
Noncontrolling interests
278
301
Total equity
11,356
11,079
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
$
39,378
$
36,347

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