SOURCE: Costco

December 08, 2011 03:01 ET

Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Results

ISSAQUAH, WA--(Marketwire - Dec 8, 2011) - Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST) announced today its operating results for the first quarter (twelve weeks) of fiscal 2012, ended November 20, 2011.

Net sales for the quarter increased thirteen percent to $21.18 billion from $18.82 billion during the first quarter of fiscal 2011. Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were as follows:

12 Weeks

U.S.

10%
International 11%
Total Company 10%

Inflation in gasoline prices and strengthening foreign currencies had a positive impact on comparable sales. Excluding these effects, comparable sales for the twelve-week period were as follows:

12 Weeks

U.S.

6%
International 10%
Total Company 7%

Net income for the quarter was $320 million, or $.73 per diluted share, compared to $312 million, or $.71 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. First quarter results were negatively impacted by a $24 million charge relating to the settlement of an income tax audit of the Company's 50% owned Mexico joint venture. The impact on net income attributable to Costco was $12 million, or $.03 per diluted share. Also negatively impacting this year's results was a $17 million charge, or $.04 per diluted share, for contributions to the Yes on 1183 Coalition in support of an initiative reforming alcoholic beverage laws in Washington State. (The initiative was approved by a 59% to 41% margin.) These contributions were not tax deductible under U.S. tax laws.

Costco currently operates 596 warehouses, including 433 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, nine in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in Korea and three in Australia. The Company also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce web site, at www.costco.com and at www.costco.ca in Canada. The Company plans to open two additional warehouses in Japan prior to the end of calendar year 2011.

A conference call to discuss these fiscal 2012 first quarter results is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (PT) today, December 8, 2011, 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. 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, conditions affecting the acquisition, development, ownership or use of real estate, actions of vendors, rising costs associated with employees (including health care costs), energy, and certain commodities, geopolitical conditions and other risks identified from time to time in the Company's public statements and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
12 Weeks Ended
November 20,
2011
November 21,
2010
REVENUE
Net sales $ 21,181 $ 18,823
Membership fees 447 416
Total revenue 21,628 19,239
OPERATING EXPENSES
Merchandise costs 18,931 16,757
Selling, general and administrative 2,145 1,941
Preopening expenses 10 12
Provision for impaired assets and closing costs, net (1 ) 4
Operating income 543 525
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense (27 ) (26 )
Interest income and other, net 37 5
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 553 504
Provision for income taxes 225 172
Net income including noncontrolling interests 328 332
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (8 ) (20 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO $ 320 $ 312
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO:
Basic $ 0.74 $ 0.72
Diluted $ 0.73 $ 0.71
Shares used in calculation (000's)
Basic 434,222 434,099
Diluted 440,615 441,360
Dividends per share $ 0.240 $ 0.205
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in millions)
(unaudited)
Subject to Reclassifications
November 20,
2011
August 28,
2011
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,319 $ 4,009
Short-term investments 1,596 1,604
Receivables, net 982 965
Merchandise inventories 7,618 6,638
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 478 490
Total current assets 14,993 13,706
Property and equipment, net 12,381 12,432
Other assets 630 623
TOTAL ASSETS $ 28,004 $ 26,761
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt $ 934 $ 900
Accounts payable 7,576 6,544
Other current liabilities 4,801 4,606
Total current liabilities 13,311 12,050
Long-term debt, excluding current portion 1,330 1,253
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 916 885
Total liabilities 15,557 14,188
Total Costco stockholders' equity 11,909 12,002
Noncontrolling interests 538 571
Total equity 12,447 12,573
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 28,004 $ 26,761

Contact Information

  • CONTACTS:
    Costco Wholesale Corporation
    Richard Galanti
    425/313-8203

    Bob Nelson
    425/313-8255

    Jeff Elliott
    425/313-8264