ISSAQUAH, Wash., Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Costco Wholesale Corporation (“Costco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: COST) today announced its operating results for the 16-week fourth quarter and the 52-week fiscal year, ended August 30, 2020.
Net sales for the quarter increased 12.5 percent, to $52.28 billion from $46.45 billion last year. Net sales for the fiscal year increased 9.3 percent, to $163.22 billion from $149.35 billion last year.
Comparable sales for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year were as follows:
|16 Weeks||16 Weeks||52 Weeks||52 Weeks|
*Excluding the impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $1.389 billion, or $3.13 per diluted share, compared to $1.097 billion, or $2.47 per diluted share last year. This year’s fourth quarter was negatively impacted by incremental expense related to COVID-19 premium wages and sanitation costs of $281 million pretax ($0.47 per diluted share) and a $36 million pretax charge ($0.06 per diluted share) related to the prepayment of $1.5 billion of debt. These items were partially offset by an $84 million pretax benefit ($0.15 per diluted share) for the partial reversal of a reserve of $123 million pretax ($0.22 cents per diluted share), related to a product tax assessment taken in the fourth quarter of last year.
Net income for the fiscal year was $4.00 billion, or $9.02 per diluted share, compared to $3.66 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share in the prior year.
Costco currently operates 795 warehouses, including 552 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 101 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 29 in the United Kingdom, 27 in Japan, 16 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 12 in Australia, three in Spain, and one each in Iceland, France, and China. Costco also operates e-commerce sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.
A conference call to discuss these results is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (PT) today, September 24, 2020, and is available via a webcast on www.costco.com (click on Investor Relations and “Play Webcast”).
Certain statements contained in this document constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For these purposes, forward-looking statements are statements that address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects or anticipates may occur in the future. In some cases forward-looking statements can be identified because they contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would,” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, domestic and international economic conditions, including exchange rates, the effects of competition and regulation, uncertainties in the financial markets, consumer and small business spending patterns and debt levels, breaches of security or privacy of member or business information, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, capital spending, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (generally including health-care costs), energy and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions (including tariffs), the ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting, COVID-19 related factors and challenges, including among others, the duration of the pandemic, the unknown long-term economic impacts, reduced customer shopping due to illness, travel restrictions or financial hardship, shifts in demand away from discretionary or higher-priced products, reduced workforce due to illness, quarantine, or government mandates, temporary store closures due to reduced workforces or government mandates, or supply-chain disruptions, and other risks identified from time to time in the Company’s public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update these statements, except as required by law.
|CONTACTS:||Costco Wholesale Corporation|
|Richard Galanti, 425/313-8203|
|Bob Nelson, 425/313-8255|
|David Sherwood, 425/313-8239|
|Josh Dahmen, 425/313-8254|
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
|16 Weeks Ended||52 Weeks Ended|
|Selling, general and administrative||5,027||4,684||16,332||14,994|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)|
|Interest income and other, net||(9||)||74||92||178|
|INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES||1,869||1,492||5,367||4,765|
|Provision for income taxes||465||382||1,308||1,061|
|Net income including noncontrolling interests||1,404||1,110||4,059||3,704|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||(15||)||(13||)||(57||)||(45||)|
|NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO||$||1,389||$||1,097||$||4,002||$||3,659|
|NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO:|
|Shares used in calculation (000’s):|
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in millions, except par value and share data)
|Subject to Reclassification|
|August 30, |
|September 1, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||12,277||$||8,384|
|Other current assets||1,023||1,111|
|Total current assets||28,120||23,485|
|Property and equipment, net||21,807||20,890|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||2,788||—|
|Other long-term assets||2,841||1,025|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accrued salaries and benefits||3,605||3,176|
|Accrued member rewards||1,393||1,180|
|Deferred membership fees||1,851||1,711|
|Current portion of long-term debt||95||1,699|
|Other current liabilities||3,728||3,792|
|Total current liabilities||24,844||23,237|
|Long-term debt, excluding current portion||7,514||5,124|
|Long-term operating lease liabilities||2,558||—|
|Other long-term liabilities||1,935||1,455|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Preferred stock $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding||—||—|
|Common stock $0.01 par value; 900,000,000 shares authorized; 441,255,000 and 439,625,000 shares issued and outstanding||4||4|
|Additional paid-in capital||6,698||6,417|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(1,297||)||(1,436||)|
|Total Costco stockholders’ equity||18,284||15,243|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||$||55,556||$||45,400|