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Historical Valuation Ratios (Summary)

Costco Wholesale Corp., historical price multiples (quarterly data)

 
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
Price to earnings (P/E)
Price to operating profit (P/OP)
Price to sales (P/S)
Price to book value (P/BV)
Ratio Description The company
P/E ratio The P/E ratio tells analyst how much an investor in common stock pays per dollar of current earnings. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/E ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 not reaching Q4 2017 level.
P/OP ratio Because P/E ratio is calculated using net income, the ratio can be sensitive to nonrecurring earnings and capital structure, analysts may use price to operating profit. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/OP ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.
P/S ratio An rationale for the P/S ratio is that sales, as the top line in an income statement, are generally less subject to distortion or manipulation than other fundamentals such as EPS or book value. Sales are also more stable than earnings and never negative. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/S ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.
P/BV ratio The P/BV ratio is interpreted as an indicator of market judgment about the relationship between a company's required rate of return and its actual rate of return. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/BV ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.

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Price to Earnings (P/E)

Costco Wholesale Corp., historical P/E calculation (quarterly data)

 
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
No. shares of common stock outstanding1
Selected Financial Data (USD $)
Net income attributable to Costco (in millions)
Earnings per share (EPS)3
Share price1, 2
P/E ratio4

1 Data adjusted for splits and stock dividends.

2 Close price on the filing date of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s Quarterly or Annual Report.

Q2 2018 Calculations

3 EPS = (Net income attributable to CostcoQ2 2018 + Net income attributable to CostcoQ1 2018 + Net income attributable to CostcoQ4 2017 + Net income attributable to CostcoQ3 2017) ÷ No. shares of common stock outstanding
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

4 P/E ratio = Share price ÷ EPS
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
P/E ratio The P/E ratio tells analyst how much an investor in common stock pays per dollar of current earnings. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/E ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 not reaching Q4 2017 level.

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Price to Operating Profit (P/OP)

Costco Wholesale Corp., historical P/OP calculation (quarterly data)

 
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
No. shares of common stock outstanding1
Selected Financial Data (USD $)
Operating income (in millions)
Operating profit per share3
Share price1, 2
P/OP ratio4

1 Data adjusted for splits and stock dividends.

2 Close price on the filing date of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s Quarterly or Annual Report.

Q2 2018 Calculations

3 Operating profit per share = (Operating incomeQ2 2018 + Operating incomeQ1 2018 + Operating incomeQ4 2017 + Operating incomeQ3 2017) ÷ No. shares of common stock outstanding
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

4 P/OP ratio = Share price ÷ Operating profit per share
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
P/OP ratio Because P/E ratio is calculated using net income, the ratio can be sensitive to nonrecurring earnings and capital structure, analysts may use price to operating profit. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/OP ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.

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Price to Sales (P/S)

Costco Wholesale Corp., historical P/S calculation (quarterly data)

 
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
No. shares of common stock outstanding1
Selected Financial Data (USD $)
Net sales (in millions)
Sales per share3
Share price1, 2
P/S ratio4

1 Data adjusted for splits and stock dividends.

2 Close price on the filing date of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s Quarterly or Annual Report.

Q2 2018 Calculations

3 Sales per share = (Net salesQ2 2018 + Net salesQ1 2018 + Net salesQ4 2017 + Net salesQ3 2017) ÷ No. shares of common stock outstanding
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

4 P/S ratio = Share price ÷ Sales per share
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
P/S ratio An rationale for the P/S ratio is that sales, as the top line in an income statement, are generally less subject to distortion or manipulation than other fundamentals such as EPS or book value. Sales are also more stable than earnings and never negative. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/S ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.

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Price to Book Value (P/BV)

Costco Wholesale Corp., historical P/BV calculation (quarterly data)

 
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
No. shares of common stock outstanding1
Selected Financial Data (USD $)
Total Costco stockholders' equity (in millions)
Book value per share (BVPS)3
Share price1, 2
P/BV ratio4

1 Data adjusted for splits and stock dividends.

2 Close price on the filing date of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s Quarterly or Annual Report.

Q2 2018 Calculations

3 BVPS = Total Costco stockholders' equity ÷ No. shares of common stock outstanding
= ÷ =

4 P/BV ratio = Share price ÷ BVPS
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
P/BV ratio The P/BV ratio is interpreted as an indicator of market judgment about the relationship between a company's required rate of return and its actual rate of return. Costco Wholesale Corp.'s P/BV ratio increased from Q4 2017 to Q1 2018 but then slightly declined from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018.

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