Costco Wholesale

F500 2019-Costco Wholesale
A customer browses eggs for sale at a Costco Wholesale Corp. store in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Costco Wholesale Corp. is scheduled to release earnings figures on December 13. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesDavid Paul Morris—Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Previous Rank
    15
  • Revenues ($M)
    141576.0
  • Revenue Percent Change
    9.7
  • Profits ($M)
    3134.0
  • Profits Percent Change
    17.0
  • Assets ($M)
    40830.0
  • Employees
    194000

Costco had a strong end to its 2018 fiscal year, reporting $141.6 billion in revenues, up 9.7% from 2017. And although the wholesaler might be famous for its low prices, its shares are on the rise. While Costco’s stock dropped 12% in December after barely missing its first-quarter earnings estimate—which its CFO attributed to the pressure Amazon’s Whole Foods and Walmart’s Sam’s Club has put on its profit margins in the fresh groceries space—it quickly rebounded, going up about 20% four months into the new year. In spite of bumps in the road, Costco maintains a fiercely loyal, steadily growing membership base around the world. Costco will be opening its first Chinese store in Shanghai this September, and it will continue to expand its e-commerce offerings to stay in step with the competition.

Company Info

CEOW. Craig Jelinek
CEO TitlePresident, Chief Executive Officer & Director
SectorRetailing
IndustryGeneral Merchandisers
HQ LocationIssaquah, Wash.
Websitewww.costco.com
Years on Fortune 500 List25
Employees194,000

Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

Revenues ($M)$141,576
Profits ($M)$3,134
Assets ($M)$40,830
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$12,799

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues2.2%
Profits as % of Assets7.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity24.5%

Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)

Earnings Per Share ($)7
EPS % Change (from 2017)16.6%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)8.9%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)9.4%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2018)10.6%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)14.2%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)17.5%