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Ratios (Summary)

Costco Wholesale Corp., profitability ratios

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Return on Sales
Gross profit margin % % % % % %
Operating profit margin % % % % % %
Net profit margin % % % % % %
Return on Investment
Return on equity (ROE) % % % % % %
Return on assets (ROA) % % % % % %

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

Ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s gross profit margin improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s operating profit margin deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s net profit margin deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s ROE deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s ROA deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Gross Profit Margin

Costco Wholesale Corp., gross profit margin calculation

 
Sep 3, 2017 Aug 28, 2016 Aug 30, 2015 Aug 31, 2014 Sep 1, 2013 Sep 2, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Gross margin
Net sales
Ratio
Gross profit margin1 % % % % % %
Benchmarks
Gross Profit Margin, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc. % % % % % %
eBay Inc. % % % % % %
Home Depot Inc. % % % % % %
Lowe's Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Netflix Inc. % % % % % %
Target Corp. % % % % % %
TJX Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Walmart Inc. % % % % % %

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

2017 Calculations

1 Gross profit margin = 100 × Gross margin ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s gross profit margin improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.

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Operating Profit Margin

Costco Wholesale Corp., operating profit margin 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)
Operating income
Net sales
Ratio
Operating profit margin1 % % % % % %
Benchmarks
Operating Profit Margin, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc. % % % % % %
eBay Inc. % % % % % %
Home Depot Inc. % % % % % %
Lowe's Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Netflix Inc. % % % % % %
Target Corp. % % % % % %
TJX Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Walmart Inc. % % % % % %
Operating Profit Margin, Sector
General Retailers % % % % % %
Operating Profit Margin, Industry
Consumer Services % % % % % %

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

2017 Calculations

1 Operating profit margin = 100 × Operating income ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s operating profit margin deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Net Profit Margin

Costco Wholesale Corp., net profit margin 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
Net sales
Ratio
Net profit margin1 % % % % % %
Benchmarks
Net Profit Margin, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc. % % % % % %
eBay Inc. % % % % % %
Home Depot Inc. % % % % % %
Lowe's Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Netflix Inc. % % % % % %
Target Corp. % % % % % %
TJX Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Walmart Inc. % % % % % %
Net Profit Margin, Sector
General Retailers % % % % % %
Net Profit Margin, Industry
Consumer Services % % % % % %

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

2017 Calculations

1 Net profit margin = 100 × Net income attributable to Costco ÷ Net sales
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s net profit margin deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Return on Equity (ROE)

Costco Wholesale Corp., ROE 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
Total Costco stockholders' equity
Ratio
ROE1 % % % % % %
Benchmarks
ROE, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc. % % % % % %
eBay Inc. % % % % % %
Home Depot Inc. % % % % % %
Lowe's Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Netflix Inc. % % % % % %
Target Corp. % % % % % %
TJX Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Walmart Inc. % % % % % %
ROE, Sector
General Retailers % % % % % %
ROE, Industry
Consumer Services % % % % % %

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

2017 Calculations

1 ROE = 100 × Net income attributable to Costco ÷ Total Costco stockholders' equity
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders' equity. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s ROE deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Return on Assets (ROA)

Costco Wholesale Corp., ROA 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
Total assets
Ratio
ROA1 % % % % % %
Benchmarks
ROA, Competitors
Amazon.com Inc. % % % % % %
eBay Inc. % % % % % %
Home Depot Inc. % % % % % %
Lowe's Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Netflix Inc. % % % % % %
Target Corp. % % % % % %
TJX Cos. Inc. % % % % % %
Walmart Inc. % % % % % %
ROA, Sector
General Retailers % % % % % %
ROA, Industry
Consumer Services % % % % % %

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

2017 Calculations

1 ROA = 100 × Net income attributable to Costco ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s ROA deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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