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Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST)


Return on Capital (ROC)

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Return on capital (ROC) is after tax rate of return on net business assets. ROIC is unaffected by changes in interest rates or company’s debt and equity structure. It measures business productivity performance.


Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)

Costco Wholesale Corp., ROIC calculation

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Sep 1, 2019 Sep 2, 2018 Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net operating profit after taxes (NOPAT)1 3,979  3,353  2,757  2,700  2,400  2,173 
Invested capital2 23,538  20,361  18,521  18,450  17,366  17,287 
Performance Ratio
ROIC3 16.91% 16.47% 14.89% 14.63% 13.82% 12.57%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-10-11), 10-K (filing date: 2018-10-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-10-18), 10-K (filing date: 2016-10-12), 10-K (filing date: 2015-10-14), 10-K (filing date: 2014-10-15).

1 NOPAT. See details »

2 Invested capital. See details »

3 2019 Calculation
ROIC = 100 × NOPAT ÷ Invested capital
= 100 × 3,979 ÷ 23,538 = 16.91%

Performance ratio Description The company
ROIC A measure of the periodic, after tax, cash-on-cash yield earned in the business. Costco Wholesale Corp.’s ROIC improved from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.