AP NEWS

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Results

October 4, 2018

ISSAQUAH, Wash., Oct. 04, 2018 (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 September 2, 2018.

Net sales for the 16-week fourth quarter were $43.4 billion, an increase of 5.0 percent from $41.4 billion in the 17-week fourth quarter last year. Net sales for the 52-week fiscal year were $138.4 billion, an increase of 9.7 percent from $126.2 billion in the 53-week fiscal year of 2017.

Comparable sales for the 16-week fourth quarter, and the 52-week fiscal year were as follows:

16 Weeks 52 Weeks -------- -------- U.S. 10.8% 9.4% Canada 5.7% 8.9% Other International 6.7% 10.8% Total Company 9.5% 9.5% -------- -------- E-commerce 26.2% 32.2% -------- --------

Comparable sales for these periods excluding the impacts from changes in gasoline prices and foreign exchange were as follows:

16 Weeks 52 Weeks -------- -------- U.S. 7.8% 7.4% Canada 4.6% 4.1% Other International 6.9% 7.1% Total Company 7.2% 6.8% -------- -------- E-commerce 26.3% 31.3% -------- --------

Net income for the 16-week fourth quarter was $1,043 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, compared to $919 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, in the 17-week fourth quarter last year.

Net income for the 52-week fiscal year was $3.13 billion, or $7.09 per diluted share, compared to $2.68 billion, or $6.08 per diluted share, in the 53-week prior year. Net income this year was positively impacted by a $41 million ($0.09 per diluted share) tax benefit in the first quarter, related to a change in accounting rules for stock-based compensation. Last year’s net income was positively impacted by an $82 million ($0.19 per diluted share) tax benefit in connection with the third-quarter special cash dividend and other net benefits of approximately $51 million ($0.07 per diluted share after tax) for nonrecurring legal and other matters.

While the Company is still completing its assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting as of September 2, 2018, in its upcoming fiscal 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K, it expects to report a material weakness in internal control. The weakness relates to general information technology controls in the areas of user access and program change-management over certain information technology systems that support the Company’s financial reporting processes. The access issues relate to the extent of privileges afforded users authorized to access company systems. As of the date of this release, there have been no misstatements identified in the financial statements as a result of these deficiencies, and the Company expects to timely file its Form 10-K.

Remediation efforts have begun; the material weakness will not be considered remediated until the applicable controls operate for a sufficient period of time and management has concluded, through testing, that these controls are operating effectively. The Company expects that the remediation of this material weakness will be completed prior to the end of fiscal year 2019.

Costco ended its 2018 fiscal year with 762 warehouses in operation, including 527 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 100 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 28 in the United Kingdom, 26 in Japan, 15 in Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 10 in Australia, two in Spain, one in France and one in Iceland. Costco also operates e-commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan.

A conference call to discuss these fiscal 2018 fourth quarter and year-end operating results is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (PT) today, October 4, 2018, 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,” “may,” “might,” “likely,” “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 remediate material weaknesses in internal control, 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 CorporationRichard Galanti, 425/313-8203Bob Nelson, 425/313-8255David Sherwood, 425/313-8239

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (amounts in millions, except per value and share data)(unaudited)

16 Weeks 17 Weeks 52 Weeks 53 Weeks Ended Ended Ended Ended ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- September September September September 2, 3, 2, 3, 2018 2017 2018 2017 ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- REVENUE Net sales $ 43,414 $ 41,357 $ 138,434 $ 126,172 Membership fees 997 943 3,142 2,853 -------- - -------- - --------- - --------- - Total revenue 44,411 42,300 141,576 129,025 OPERATING EXPENSES Merchandise costs 38,671 36,697 123,152 111,882 Selling, general and administrative 4,263 4,123 13,876 12,950 Preopening expenses 31 30 68 82 -------- - -------- - --------- - --------- - Operating income 1,446 1,450 4,480 4,111 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) Interest expense (48 ) (53 ) (159 ) (134 ) Interest income and other, net 51 22 121 62 -------- - -------- - --------- - --------- - INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 1,449 1,419 4,442 4,039 Provision for income taxes 396 487 1,263 1,325 -------- - -------- - --------- - --------- - Net income including noncontrolling interests 1,053 932 3,179 2,714 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (10 ) (13 ) (45 ) (35 ) -------- - -------- - --------- - --------- - NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO $ 1,043 $ 919 $ 3,134 $ 2,679 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO: Basic $ 2.38 $ 2.10 $ 7.15 $ 6.11 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Diluted $ 2.36 $ 2.08 $ 7.09 $ 6.08 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Shares used in calculation (000’s): Basic 438,379 437,987 438,515 438,437 Diluted 442,427 441,036 441,834 440,937 CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON $ 0.57 $ 0.50 $ 2.14 $ 8.90 SHARE

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (amounts in millions, except par value and share data)(unaudited)

Subject to Reclassification

September September 2, 3, 2018 2017 ---------- ---------- ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,055 $ 4,546 Short-term investments 1,204 1,233 Receivables, net 1,669 1,432 Merchandise inventories 11,040 9,834 Other current assets 321 272 Total current assets 20,289 17,317 -------- - -------- - PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Land 6,193 5,690 Buildings and improvements 16,107 15,127 Equipment and fixtures 7,274 6,681 Construction in progress 1,140 843 -------- - -------- - 30,714 28,341 Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (11,033 ) (10,180 ) Net property and equipment 19,681 18,161 -------- - -------- - OTHER ASSETS 860 869 -------- - -------- - TOTAL ASSETS $ 40,830 $ 36,347 - ------ - - ------ - LIABILITIES AND EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ 11,237 $ 9,608 Accrued salaries and benefits 2,994 2,703 Accrued member rewards 1,057 961 Deferred membership fees 1,624 1,498 Other current liabilities 3,014 2,725 -------- - -------- - Total current liabilities 19,926 17,495 LONG-TERM DEBT, excluding current portion 6,487 6,573 OTHER LIABILITIES 1,314 1,200 Total liabilities 27,727 25,268 -------- - -------- - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES EQUITY 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; 4 4 438,189,000 and 437,204,000 shares issued and outstanding Additional paid-in capital 6,107 5,800 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,199 ) (1,014 ) Retained earnings 7,887 5,988 -------- - -------- - Total Costco stockholders’ equity 12,799 10,778 Noncontrolling interests 304 301 Total equity 13,103 11,079 -------- - -------- - TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 40,830 $ 36,347 - ------ - - ------ -

AP RADIO
Update hourly