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Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports Second Quarter and Year-to-Date Operating Results for Fiscal 2024 and February Sales Results

March 7, 2024 4:15 PM

ISSAQUAH, Wash., March 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: COST) today announced its operating results for the second quarter (twelve weeks) and the first 24 weeks of fiscal 2024, ended February 18, 2024.

Net sales for the quarter increased 5.7 percent, to $57.33 billion, from $54.24 billion last year. Net sales for the first 24 weeks increased 5.9 percent, to $114.05 billion, from $107.68 billion last year.

Net sales for the Company were negatively impacted by approximately one and one-half percent for the quarter and by approximately one-half percent for the first 24 weeks of fiscal 2024 from the shift of the fiscal calendar, as a result of the fifty-third week last year.

The following comparable sales data reflect comparable locations year-over-year and comparable retail weeks.

Comparable sales for the second quarter and first 24 weeks of fiscal 2024 were as follows:

12 Weeks 12 Weeks 24 Weeks 24 Weeks
Adjusted* Adjusted*
U.S.4.3% 4.8% 3.1% 3.7%
Canada9.2% 9.0% 7.8% 8.6%
Other International8.6% 8.2% 9.8% 7.7%
Total Company5.6% 5.8% 4.7% 4.8%
E-commerce18.4% 18.2% 12.2% 12.0%

*Excluding the impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange.

Net income for the quarter was $1,743 million, $3.92 per diluted share, compared to $1,466 million, $3.30 per diluted share, last year. This year's second quarter net income was positively impacted by a $94 million ($0.21 per diluted share) tax benefit due to the deductibility of the $15 per share special dividend to the extent received by 401(k) plan participants. Net income for the first 24 weeks was $3.33 billion, $7.49 per diluted share, compared to $2.83 billion, $6.37 per diluted share, last year.

For the four-week reporting month of February, ended March 3, 2024, the Company reported net sales of $18.21 billion, an increase of 6.9 percent from $17.04 billion last year. Net sales for the first 26 weeks were $123.15 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent from $116.06 billion last year.

Comparable sales for the periods ended March 3, 2024, were as follows:

4 Weeks 4 Weeks 26 Weeks 26 Weeks
Adjusted* Adjusted*
U.S.3.4% 4.1% 3.2% 3.8%
Canada8.4% 8.3% 7.9% 8.7%
Other International10.2% 11.3% 9.8% 7.8%
Total Company5.0% 5.6% 4.7% 4.9%
E-commerce16.2% 16.0% 12.6% 12.4%

*Excluding the impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange.

Costco currently operates 875 warehouses, including 603 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 108 in Canada, 40 in Mexico, 33 in Japan, 29 in the United Kingdom, 18 in Korea, 15 in Australia, 14 in Taiwan, six in China, four in Spain, two in France, and one each in Iceland, New Zealand and Sweden. Costco also operates e-commerce sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.

A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (PT) today, March 7, 2024, and is available via a webcast on investor.costco.com (click on “Events & Presentations”).

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. In some cases forward-looking statements can be identified because they contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. 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, inflation or deflation, 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 (generally including health-care costs), energy and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions (including tariffs and the Ukraine conflict), the ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting, regulatory and other impacts related to climate change, public-health related factors, 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. Comparable sales and comparable sales excluding impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange are intended as supplemental information and are not a substitute for net sales presented in accordance with GAAP.

CONTACTS: Costco Wholesale Corporation
David Sherwood, 425/313-8239
Josh Dahmen, 425/313-8254
Andrew Yoon, 425/313-6305

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COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
12 Weeks Ended 24 Weeks Ended
February 18,
2024
February 12,
2023
February 18,
2024
February 12,
2023
REVENUE
Net sales$57,331 $54,239 $114,048 $107,676
Membership fees 1,111 1,027 2,193 2,027
Total revenue 58,442 55,266 116,241 109,703
OPERATING EXPENSES
Merchandise costs 51,140 48,423 101,597 96,192
Selling, general and administrative 5,240 4,940 10,598 9,857
Operating income 2,062 1,903 4,046 3,654
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense (41) (34) (79) (68)
Interest income and other, net 216 114 376 167
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 2,237 1,983 4,343 3,753
Provision for income taxes 494 517 1,011 923
NET INCOME$1,743 $1,466 $3,332 $2,830
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE:
Basic$3.93 $3.30 $7.51 $6.37
Diluted$3.92 $3.30 $7.49 $6.37
Shares used in calculation (000s):
Basic 443,892 443,877 443,859 443,857
Diluted 444,754 444,475 444,579 444,503


COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in millions, except par value and share data)
(unaudited)
Subject to Reclassification
February 18, 2024 September 3, 2023
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$9,095 $13,700
Short-term investments 1,226 1,534
Receivables, net 2,779 2,285
Merchandise inventories 17,075 16,651
Other current assets 1,971 1,709
Total current assets 32,146 35,879
OTHER ASSETS
Property and equipment, net 27,601 26,684
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,740 2,713
Other long-term assets 3,836 3,718
TOTAL ASSETS$66,323 $68,994
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable$17,494 $17,483
Accrued salaries and benefits 4,801 4,278
Accrued member rewards 2,268 2,150
Deferred membership fees 2,541 2,337
Current portion of long-term debt 1,080 1,081
Other current liabilities 6,504 6,254
Total current liabilities 34,688 33,583
OTHER LIABILITIES
Long-term debt, excluding current portion 5,865 5,377
Long-term operating lease liabilities 2,488 2,426
Other long-term liabilities 2,522 2,550
TOTAL LIABILITIES 45,563 43,936
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
EQUITY
Preferred stock $0.005 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock $0.005 par value; 900,000,000 shares authorized; 443,549,000 and 442,793,000 shares issued and outstanding 2 2
Additional paid-in capital 7,620 7,340
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,842) (1,805)
Retained earnings 14,980 19,521
TOTAL EQUITY 20,760 25,058
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$66,323 $68,994


COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in millions)
(unaudited)
Subject to Reclassification
24 Weeks Ended
February 18, 2024 February 12, 2023
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income$3,332 $2,830
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,015 917
Non-cash lease expense 148 216
Stock-based compensation 580 549
Impairment of assets and other non-cash operating activities, net (7) 145
Changes in working capital 314 1,145
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,382 5,802
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purchases of short-term investments (719) (396)
Maturities and sales of short-term investments 1,029 512
Additions to property and equipment (2,071) (1,947)
Other investing activities, net 9 (34)
Net cash used in investing activities (1,752) (1,865)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Repayments of short-term borrowings (409) (520)
Proceeds from short-term borrowings 383 479
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 498
Tax withholdings on stock-based awards (292) (302)
Repurchases of common stock (322) (284)
Cash dividend payments (8,012) (400)
Financing lease payments (94) (158)
Other financing activities, net (2) (30)
Net cash used in financing activities (8,250) (1,215)
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 15 45
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (4,605) 2,767
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS BEGINNING OF YEAR 13,700 10,203
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS END OF YEAR$9,095 $12,970

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