Costco Wholesale Corporation

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Overview
Date Founded

1987

Headquarters

999 LAKE DRIVE, ISSAQUAH, WA, 98027

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

254K

Industries

Retail: Other
Sports
Other Business & Consulting Services

Company Description

What Is Costco? We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one. The History of Costco The company's first location, opened in 1976 under the Price Club name, was in a converted airplane hangar on Morena Boulevard in San Diego. Originally serving only small businesses, the company found it could achieve far greater buying clout by also serving a selected audience of non-business members. With that change, the growth of the warehouse club industry was off and running. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location was opened in Seattle. Costco became the first company ever to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in less than six years. When Costco and Price Club merged in 1993, the combined company, operating under the name PriceCostco, had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales. Our operating philosophy has been simple. Keep costs down and pass the savings on to our members. Our large membership base and tremendous buying power, combined with our never-ending quest for efficiency, result in the best possible prices for our members. Since resuming the Costco name in 1997, the company has grown worldwide with total sales in recent fiscal years exceeding $64 billion

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Executives & Employees

President & Chief Executive Officer

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Eastern & Canadian Divisions

Senior Vice President, General Manager-Midwest Region

Senior Vice President, General Manager-Mexico

Senior Vice President, General Manager-Los Angeles Region

Senior Vice President, General Manager-San Diego Region

Senior Vice President, General Manager-Bay Area Region

Senior Vice President, General Manager-Northeast Region

Board of Directors

Former President at GSO Capital Partners LP

Co-Founder at Trilogy International Partners, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer & Director at The Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Chairwoman at National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Principal at Deck3 Ventures LLC

Co-Founder at Eloupes, Inc.

President & Chief Executive Officer at Costco Wholesale Corporation

Co-Founder at Raikes Foundation

Founder at The Price Co.

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FMR may use a variety of methods of security analysis in managing client assets to select investments including fundamental analysis, quantitative analysis and cyclical analysis. They may also use general macro-economic analysis as a component of its security analysis methods. In addition to relying on public financial statement information, the firm may use extensive corporate visits and interviews with issuer management teams in conducting research. When it comes to the management of the client assets according to the investment objectives, FMR may use a variety of investment strategies including, but not limited to, investing in stocks and other public and private equity securities, bonds and other debt securities of all types and repurchase agreements for those securities, real estate related investments of all types, derivatives, currency spot and forward trading, other investment funds, including exchange traded funds and FMR's or its affiliates' central funds. They may also engage in securities lending to parties such as broker-dealers or other institutions.

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CRMC's International Investors division invests primarily in the stocks of large-cap growth-oriented companies across practically all sectors. Although they invest internationally, most of their investments are in the stocks of North American companies. They maintain an investment philosophy that is distinguished by four key beliefs: (1) solid research is fundamental to sound investment decisions; (2) investment decisions should not be made lightly; (3) a long-term approach; (4) the capital system.

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Jennison Associates has expertise in a range of equity strategies across styles and market-caps, as well as fixed income strategies. The firm manages portfolios based on internal fundamental research, bottom-up security selection and a highly interactive investment process. They offer select capabilities in the following investment disciplines: Growth Equity, Opportunistic Equity, Small and Mid Cap Equity, Global Equity, Value Equity, Income & Infrastructure Equity and Fixed Income. Additionally, we offer Custom Solutions, Combination Strategies and Sector Strategies. Jennison Associates specializes in fundamental analysis, which involves attempting to gain insight into the future value of a company by studying company-specific and market-related quantitative (such as financial statements) and qualitative (such as quality of company management or products) information. Although portfolio managers ultimately make investment decisions for the portfolios they manage, they work closely with research analysts and other portfolio managers in a dynamic and continuous process of updating and debating investment ideas and company-specific convictions.

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Advisors & Consultants
Legal Advisor

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Advisor

Founder & President at Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership

Legal Advisor

Partner at Goodwin Procter LLP

Clients

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Keurig Dr Pepper, Inc. engages in the production and marketing of non-alcoholic beverages. It operates through the following segments: Coffee Systems, Packaged Beverages, Beverage Concentrates, and Latin America Beverages. The Coffee Systems segment includes manufacture and distribution of finished goods relating to coffee, pods, and brewers. The Packaged Beverages segment offers finished beverages and other products, including own brands and third-party brands. The Beverage Concentrates sells branded concentrates and syrup to third-party bottlers. The Latin America Beverages segment refers to the sales in Mexico, the Caribbean, and other international markets from the production of concentrates, syrup, and finished beverages. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in the Burlington, MA.

The Lovesac Co. is a technology driven, omni-channel company. It designs, manufactures, and sells furniture comprised of modular couches called sactionals and foam beanbag chairs called sacs. Its products include sactionals, sacs, and accessories. The company was founded by Shawn David Nelson in 1995 and is headquartered in Stamford, CT.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
$132B
Total Enterprise Value
$129B
Earnings Per Share
$8.26
Revenue
$153B
Enterprise Value Sales
0.84x
TEVNet Income
35.17x
Debt TEV
0.06x
Total Equity
$15.6B
Total Debt
$7.24B
Net Profit
$3.66B
EBITDAMargin
4.14%
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
20.38x
EBITDA
$6.32B
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
8.75%
Five Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
6.27%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
$2,500 - $4,999
2019
$500K - $1M
2019
Political Donations
$250
2003
$250
2003
Investors
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Investor at Universal Health Services, Inc.

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Competitors
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Walmart, Inc. Retail: Food & Beverage - Bentonville, Arkansas

Walmart, Inc. engages in retail and wholesale business. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices. It operates through the following business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates as a merchandiser of consumer products, operating under the Walmart, Wal-Mart, and Walmart Neighborhood Market brands, as well as walmart.com and other eCommerce brands. The Walmart International segment manages supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, and cash & carry outside of the United States. The Sam's Club segment comprises membership-only warehouse clubs and samsclubs.com. The company was founded by Samuel Moore Walton and James Lawrence Walton in 1945 and is headquartered in Bentonville, AR.

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Awards & Honors
Rank #15
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 1000 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
Rank #15
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 500 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
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