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Ratios (Summary)

Costco Wholesale Corp., short-term (operating) activity ratios (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Turnover Ratios
Inventory turnover
Receivables turnover
Payables turnover
Working capital turnover
Average No. of Days
Average inventory processing period
Add: Average receivable collection period
Operating cycle
Less: Average payables payment period
Cash conversion cycle
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports
Ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s inventory turnover improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s receivables turnover deteriorated from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then improved from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018 exceeding Q1 2018 level.
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s payables turnover increased from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then slightly declined from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital.
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s average inventory processing period improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover.
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s operating cycle improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s average payables payment period declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then slightly increased from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s cash conversion cycle deteriorated from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then improved from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018 not reaching Q1 2018 level.

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Inventory Turnover

Costco Wholesale Corp., inventory turnover calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Merchandise costs
Merchandise inventories
Ratio
Inventory turnover1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Inventory turnover = (Merchandise costsQ3 2018 + Merchandise costsQ2 2018 + Merchandise costsQ1 2018 + Merchandise costsQ4 2017) ÷ Merchandise inventories
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s inventory turnover improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.

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Receivables Turnover

Costco Wholesale Corp., receivables turnover calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Net sales
Receivables, net
Ratio
Receivables turnover1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Receivables turnover = (Net salesQ3 2018 + Net salesQ2 2018 + Net salesQ1 2018 + Net salesQ4 2017) ÷ Receivables, net
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s receivables turnover deteriorated from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then improved from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018 exceeding Q1 2018 level.

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Payables Turnover

Costco Wholesale Corp., payables turnover calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Merchandise costs
Accounts payable
Ratio
Payables turnover1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Payables turnover = (Merchandise costsQ3 2018 + Merchandise costsQ2 2018 + Merchandise costsQ1 2018 + Merchandise costsQ4 2017) ÷ Accounts payable
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s payables turnover increased from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then slightly declined from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.

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Working Capital Turnover

Costco Wholesale Corp., working capital turnover calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Current assets
Less: Current liabilities
Working capital
Net sales
Ratio
Working capital turnover1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Working capital turnover = (Net salesQ3 2018 + Net salesQ2 2018 + Net salesQ1 2018 + Net salesQ4 2017) ÷ Working capital
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital.

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Average Inventory Processing Period

Costco Wholesale Corp., average inventory processing period calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data
Inventory turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average inventory processing period1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Average inventory processing period = 365 ÷ Inventory turnover
= 365 ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s average inventory processing period improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.

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Average Receivable Collection Period

Costco Wholesale Corp., average receivable collection period calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data
Receivables turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average receivable collection period1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Average receivable collection period = 365 ÷ Receivables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover.

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Operating Cycle

Costco Wholesale Corp., operating cycle calculation (quarterly data)

No. of days

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Ratio
Operating cycle1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Operating cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period
= + =

Ratio Description The company
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s operating cycle improved from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.

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Average Payables Payment Period

Costco Wholesale Corp., average payables payment period calculation (quarterly data)

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data
Payables turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average payables payment period1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Average payables payment period = 365 ÷ Payables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s average payables payment period declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then slightly increased from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018.

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Cash Conversion Cycle

Costco Wholesale Corp., cash conversion cycle calculation (quarterly data)

No. of days

 
May 13, 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Nov 26, 2017 Sep 3, 2017 May 7, 2017 Feb 12, 2017 Nov 20, 2016 Aug 28, 2016 May 8, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Nov 22, 2015 Aug 30, 2015 May 10, 2015 Feb 15, 2015 Nov 23, 2014 Aug 31, 2014 May 11, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Nov 24, 2013 Sep 1, 2013 May 12, 2013 Feb 17, 2013 Nov 25, 2012 Sep 2, 2012 May 6, 2012 Feb 12, 2012 Nov 20, 2011
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Average payables payment period
Ratio
Cash conversion cycle1
Source: Based on data from Costco Wholesale Corp. Quarterly and Annual Reports

Q3 2018 Calculations

1 Cash conversion cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period – Average payables payment period
= + =

Ratio Description The company
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s cash conversion cycle deteriorated from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 but then improved from Q2 2018 to Q3 2018 not reaching Q1 2018 level.

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