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Costco Wholesale Corp

COST

Retail-Variety Stores

Mkt Cap

$324.5B

PE

47.76

Debt

$8.049B

Cash

$9.095B

EV

$323.4B

FCF

$6.201B

Market Cap

$324.5B

P/E Ratio

47.76

Debt

$8.049B

Cash

$9.095B

EV

$323.4B

FCF

$6.201B
Charts data: {"Earnings":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":2058000000},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":2377000000},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":2350000000},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":2679000000},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":3134000000},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":3659000000},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":4002000000},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":5007000000},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":5844000000},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":6292000000}],"Sales":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":112640000000},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":116199000000},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":118719000000},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":129025000000},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":141576000000},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":152703000000},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":166761000000},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":195929000000},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":226954000000},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":242290000000}],"Net Margins":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":0.018270596590909093},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":0.02045628619867641},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":0.019794641127367986},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":0.020763417942259253},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":0.022136520314177545},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":0.023961546269555937},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":0.023998416896036844},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":0.025555175599324246},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":0.025749711395260715},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":0.025968880267448098}],"Assets":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":33024000000},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":33440000000},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":33163000000},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":36347000000},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":40830000000},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":45400000000},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":55556000000},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":59268000000},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":64166000000},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":68994000000}],"Stockholders Equity":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":12515000000},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":10843000000},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":12332000000},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":11079000000},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":13103000000},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":15584000000},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":18705000000},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":18078000000},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":20647000000},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":25058000000}],"ROE":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":0.16444266879744307},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":0.21921977312551877},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":0.1905611417450535},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":0.24180882751150826},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":0.23918186674807296},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":0.23479209445585217},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":0.21395348837209302},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":0.2769664785927647},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":0.283043541434591},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":0.2510974539069359}],"ROA":[{"time":"2014-08-30","value":0.09750484496124032},{"time":"2015-08-29","value":0.10837320574162679},{"time":"2016-08-27","value":0.11072580888339414},{"time":"2017-09-02","value":0.11310424519217542},{"time":"2018-09-01","value":0.10972324271369091},{"time":"2019-08-31","value":0.10495594713656388},{"time":"2020-08-29","value":0.09782921736626107},{"time":"2021-08-28","value":0.1131808058311399},{"time":"2022-08-27","value":0.12218308761649471},{"time":"2023-09-02","value":0.12301069658231151}]}

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of 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 offers sundries, dry groceries, candies, coolers, freezers, liquor, and tobacco and deli products; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio products, sporting goods, tires, toys and seasonal products, office supplies, automotive care products, postages, tickets, apparel, small appliances, furniture, domestics, housewares, special order kiosks, and jewelry; and meat, produce, service deli, and bakery products. It also operates pharmacies, opticals, food courts, hearing-aid centers, and tire installation centers, gas stations; and offers business delivery, travel, same-day grocery, and various other services online in various countries. The company has warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Spain, Iceland, France, and China. It also operates e-commerce websites in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. 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.

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Years012345678910TV
FCF$6.201B$7.355B$8.612B$9.954B$11.35B$12.78B$14.19B$15.55B$16.79B$17.89B$18.78B$187.8B
DCF$6.395B$6.512B$6.545B$6.492B$6.354B$6.136B$5.844B$5.489B$5.084B$4.642B$46.42B
Value$105.9B

In the chart Earnings are multiplied by this value.

Earnings Growth 15%
Earnings Stability 98%


Competitiveness and MOAT

High margins render the company resilient under dire circumstances, hence able to drive competitors out or acquire them. ROE and ROA measure the average flow generated by each invested dollar. Their marginal value is a forecast of future growth, and it is considered by Buffett and Munger the most important single indicator.

Years08-201508-201609-201709-201808-201908-202008-202108-202209-2023TTM
Net Margin2%2%2.1%2.2%2.4%2.4%2.6%2.6%2.6%2.7%
ROA11%11%11%11%10%9.8%11%12%12%14%
ROE22%19%24%24%23%21%28%28%25%33%

What is the average Net Margin?

The average Net Margin over the past 5 years is +2.46%.

What is the trend of Net Margin?

The trend of Net Margin over the past 5 years is +0.07%.

What is the average Return on Assets (ROA)?

The average ROA over the past 5 years is +11.18%.

What is the trend of Return on Assets (ROA)?

The trend of ROA over the past 5 years is +0.38%.

What is the average Return on Equity (ROE)?

The average ROE over the past 5 years is +24.98%.

What is the trend of Return on Equity (ROE)?

The trend of ROE over the past 5 years is +0.76%.


Safety & Stabiliy

Being debt the number one cause of investment losses and company death, the ratio Debt/FCF is of utmost importance to guarantee safety. On the other hand the Graham’s stability measures the drawdown of earnings, hence indicating the reliability of the flow generated by the company.

Years08-201508-201609-201709-201808-201908-202008-202108-202209-2023TTM
Debt FCF3.939.751.612.392.551.281.551.901.121.30
Debt Equity0.690.510.610.510.550.410.460.320.300.39
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Graham Stability--100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%

What is the Debt/FCF?

The Debt/FCF trailing twelve month is 1.30.

What is the trend of Debt/FCF?

The trend of Debt/FCF over the past 5 years is -0.23.

What is the Graham’s Stability?

Graham’s Stability measure stands at 1.00.


Growth

Growth can be dangerous when forecasting, simply projecting the current growth is in general wrong. A company passes through multiple phases, from being young and unprofitable, to the first periods of profitability and high growth, until it arrives at a period of regime with limited growth. Identifying in which phase the company is in may help forecasting.

Years08-201609-201808-202008-2022Trend
Revenue11%11%13%6.8%1.2%
Net Income15%15%16%7.7%0.61%
Stockholders Equity11%14%10%21%2.6%
FCF40%19%3.7%93%-9%

What is the 5 year Revenue CAGR?

The Revenue CAGR over the past 5 years is +11.34%.

What is the trend of Revenue growth?

The trend of Revenue growth rate over the past 5 years is +1.21%.

What is the 5 year Earnings CAGR?

The Earnings CAGR over the past 5 years is +14.96%.

What is the trend of Earnings growth?

The trend of Earnings growth rate over the past 5 years is +0.61%.

What is the 5 year Equity CAGR?

The Equity CAGR over the past 5 years is +13.85%.

What is the trend of Equity growth?

The trend of Equity growth rate over the past 5 years is +2.6%.

What is the 5 year FCF CAGR?

The FCF CAGR over the past 5 years is +19.18%.

What is the trend of FCF growth?

The trend of FCF growth rate over the past 5 years is -8.97%.