Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan.
Outstanding track record with adequate balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has Costco Wholesale's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: COST has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
US Consumer Retailing
1 Year Return
US Consumer Retailing
Return vs Industry: COST exceeded the US Consumer Retailing industry which returned 12.8% over the past year.
Return vs Market: COST exceeded the US Market which returned 10.5% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Costco Wholesale's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
1 week ago | Simply Wall StAre Insiders Selling Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) Stock?
2 weeks ago | Simply Wall StEstimating The Intrinsic Value Of Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST)
3 weeks ago | Simply Wall StThere's A Lot To Like About Costco Wholesale Corporation's (NASDAQ:COST) Upcoming US$0.65 Dividend
Is Costco Wholesale undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: COST ($304.87) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($301.02)
Significantly Below Fair Value: COST is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: COST is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.9x) compared to the Consumer Retailing industry average (21.3x).
PE vs Market: COST is poor value based on its PE Ratio (35.9x) compared to the US market (17.2x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: COST is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (4.6x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: COST is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (8.5x) compared to the US Consumer Retailing industry average (2x).
How is Costco Wholesale forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 24 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: COST's forecast earnings growth (7.8% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).
Earnings vs Market: COST's earnings (7.8% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (13.2% per year).
High Growth Earnings: COST's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: COST's revenue (6.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).
High Growth Revenue: COST's revenue (6.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: COST's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (21.5%)
How has Costco Wholesale performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: COST has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: COST's current net profit margins (2.4%) are higher than last year (2.3%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: COST's earnings have grown by 11.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: COST's earnings growth over the past year (14.6%) exceeds its 5-year average (11.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: COST earnings growth over the past year (14.6%) exceeded the Consumer Retailing industry -6%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: COST's Return on Equity (23.3%) is considered high.
Return on Assets
Return on Capital Employed
How is Costco Wholesale's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets ($26.6B) exceed its short term liabilities ($26.3B).
Long Term Liabilities: COST's short term assets ($26.6B) exceed its long term liabilities ($8.9B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: COST's debt to equity ratio (42%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: COST's debt to equity ratio has increased from 40.2% to 42% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: COST's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (92.3%).
Interest Coverage: COST's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (323.3x coverage).
Inventory Level: COST has a high level of physical assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: COST's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 3.9x debt).
What is Costco Wholesale's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Current dividend yield vs market & industry
Notable Dividend: COST's dividend (0.85%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.52%).
High Dividend: COST's dividend (0.85%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.9%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: COST is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are stable.
Growing Dividend: COST is not paying a notable dividend for the US market, therefore no need to check if payments are increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: COST is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of COST's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
W. Jelinek (67yo)
Mr. W. Craig Jelinek has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Costco Wholesale Corporation since February 2010 and January 1, 2012 respectively and served as its Executive Vice President of Me ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: W.'s total compensation ($USD8.02M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.82M).
Compensation vs Earnings: W.'s compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|Executive VP||25.1yrs||US$4.44m||0.0073% $9.9m|
|Executive VP & Chief Information Officer||0yrs||US$4.09m||0.0068% $9.2m|
|Executive VP||25.5yrs||US$4.15m||0.0027% $3.7m|
|Executive VP & COO of International Division||15.4yrs||US$4.04m||0.0097% $13.1m|
|Executive Vice President of Administration||1.1yrs||no data||0.0096% $13.0m|
|Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Investor Relations||0yrs||no data||no data|
|Senior VP||0yrs||no data||no data|
|Senior Vice President of Costco Wholesale Industries & Business Development||0yrs||no data||no data|
|Senior Vice President of Membership||0yrs||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: COST's management team is seasoned and experienced (15.4 years average tenure).
|Executive VP||25.1yrs||US$4.44m||0.0073% $9.9m|
|Consultant and Director Emeritus||3.1yrs||US$689.17k||0.017% $23.5m|
|Independent Director||11.2yrs||US$305.07k||0.0072% $9.7m|
|Independent Director||2.9yrs||US$313.07k||0.00049% $661.7k|
|Independent Director||15.3yrs||US$308.07k||0.0073% $9.9m|
|Independent Director||4.3yrs||US$305.07k||0.0014% $1.8m|
|Independent Director||23.1yrs||US$308.07k||0.041% $56.0m|
|Independent Director||4.3yrs||US$300.07k||0.0044% $5.9m|
|Independent Chairman of the Board||2.5yrs||US$298.07k||0.0085% $11.5m|
Experienced Board: COST's board of directors are considered experienced (7.2 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: COST insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Costco Wholesale Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Costco Wholesale Corporation
- Ticker: COST
- Exchange: NasdaqGS
- Founded: 1976
- Industry: Hypermarkets and Super Centers
- Sector: Consumer Retailing
- Market Cap: US$135.041b
- Shares outstanding: 441.76m
- Website: https://www.costco.com
Number of Employees
- Costco Wholesale Corporation
- 999 Lake Drive
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|COST||NasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Oct 1993|
|CTO||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Oct 1993|
|COST *||BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)||Yes||Common Stock||MX||MXN||Oct 1993|
|COST||SNSE (Santiago Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||CL||USD||Oct 1993|
|0I47||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||GB||USD||Oct 1993|
|COST||WBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||AT||EUR||Oct 1993|
|CTO||ETLX (Eurotlx)||Yes||Common Stock||IT||EUR||Oct 1993|
|COWC34||BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)||BDR EACH REPR 1/4 COM USD0.005||BR||BRL||Apr 2016|
Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio products; meat, bakery, and deli products, as well as produce; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers; and offers business delivery, travel, and various other services online in various countries. As of September 1, 2019, the company operated 782 warehouses, including 543 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 100 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 29 in the United Kingdom, 26 in Japan, 16 in South Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 11 in Australia, 2 in Spain, 1 in Iceland, 1 in France, and 1 in China. It also operates e-commerce Websites in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in August 1999. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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|Company Analysis||2020/02/26 23:49|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/02/26 00:00|
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