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Ratios (Summary)

Costco Wholesale Corp., debt and solvency ratios

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Debt to equity
Debt to capital
Interest coverage

Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Annual Reports

Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-equity ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s debt-to-equity ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Debt-to-capital ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total debt plus shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s debt-to-capital ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Interest coverage ratio A solvency ratio calculated as EBIT divided by interest payments. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s interest coverage ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Debt to Equity

Costco Wholesale Corp., debt to equity calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Short-term borrowings
Current portion of long-term debt
Long-term debt, excluding current portion
Total debt
Total Costco stockholders' equity
Ratio
Debt to equity1
Benchmarks
Debt to Equity, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc.
eBay Inc.
Home Depot Inc.
Lowe's Cos. Inc.
Netflix Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
Debt to Equity, Sector
General Retailers
Debt to Equity, Industry
Consumer Services

Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Debt to equity = Total debt ÷ Total Costco stockholders' equity
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Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-equity ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s debt-to-equity ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Debt to Capital

Costco Wholesale Corp., debt to capital calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Short-term borrowings
Current portion of long-term debt
Long-term debt, excluding current portion
Total debt
Total Costco stockholders' equity
Total capital
Ratio
Debt to capital1
Benchmarks
Debt to Capital, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc.
eBay Inc.
Home Depot Inc.
Lowe's Cos. Inc.
Netflix Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
Debt to Capital, Sector
General Retailers
Debt to Capital, Industry
Consumer Services

Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Debt to capital = Total debt ÷ Total capital
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Debt-to-capital ratio A solvency ratio calculated as total debt divided by total debt plus shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s debt-to-capital ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Interest Coverage

Costco Wholesale Corp., interest coverage calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Net income attributable to Costco
Add: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
Add: Income tax expense
Add: Interest expense
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)
Ratio
Interest coverage1
Benchmarks
Interest Coverage, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc.
eBay Inc.
Home Depot Inc.
Lowe's Cos. Inc.
Netflix Inc.
Target Corp.
TJX Cos. Inc.
Walmart Inc.
Interest Coverage, Sector
General Retailers
Interest Coverage, Industry
Consumer Services

Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Interest coverage = EBIT ÷ Interest expense
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Interest coverage ratio A solvency ratio calculated as EBIT divided by interest payments. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s interest coverage ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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