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Costco Wholesale Corporation Reports Second Quarter and Year-to-Date Operating Results for Fiscal 2015 and February Sales Results

ISSAQUAH, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/05/15 -- Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: COST) announced today its operating results for the second quarter (twelve weeks) and first half (24 weeks) of fiscal 2015, ended February 15, 2015.

Net sales for the quarter increased four percent, to $26.87 billion, from $25.76 billion last year. Net sales for the first half increased six percent, to $53.16 billion, from $50.22 billion last year.

Comparable sales for the twelve-week and twenty-four-week periods were as follows:

12 Weeks 24 Weeks
U.S. 4% 5%
International -2% -1%
Total 2% 3%

Comparable sales for these periods, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, were as follows:

12 Weeks 24 Weeks
U.S. 8% 8%
International 8% 7%
Total 8% 7%

Net income for the quarter was $598 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, compared to $463 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, last year. Net income for the first half was $1,094 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, compared to $888 million, or $2.01 per diluted share, last year.

According to Richard Galanti, Chief Financial Officer: "Net income was positively impacted by a $57 million ($0.13 per diluted share) tax benefit in connection with February's special cash dividend to the extent received by the Company 401(k) plan participants. In addition, this quarter's net income was negatively impacted by a $14 million ($0.03 per diluted share) tax charge relating to an ongoing income tax matter."

For the four-week reporting month of February ended March 1, 2015, the Company reported net sales of $8.18 billion, an increase of four percent from $7.90 billion during the similar four-week period last year. For the twenty-six week year-to-date period ended March 1, 2015, net sales were $57.19 billion, an increase of five percent from $54.22 billion during the similar twenty-six week period last year.

Comparable sales for the four-week and twenty-six-week periods ended March 1, 2015 were as follows:

4 Weeks 26 Weeks
U.S. 2% 5%
International 0% -1%
Total 1% 3%

Comparable sales for these periods, excluding the negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, were as follows:

4 Weeks 26 Weeks
U.S. 7% 7%
International 12% 8%
Total 8% 7%

Costco currently operates 671 warehouses, including 474 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 88 in Canada, 34 in Mexico, 26 in the United Kingdom, 20 in Japan, 11 in Korea, 10 in Taiwan, seven in Australia and one in Spain. Costco also operates electronic commerce web sites in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

A conference call to discuss these second quarter operating results and February sales results is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (PT) today, March 5, 2015, 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, 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 (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. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements, except as required by law.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(dollars in millions, except per share data)
(unaudited)
12 Weeks Ended 24 Weeks Ended
February 15,
2015
February 16,
2014
February 15,
2015
February 16,
2014
REVENUE
Net sales $ 26,872 $ 25,756 $ 53,156 $ 50,224
Membership fees 582 550 1,164 1,099
Total revenue 27,454 26,306 54,320 51,323
OPERATING EXPENSES
Merchandise costs 23,897 23,043 47,282 44,867
Selling, general and administrative 2,671 2,531 5,367 5,032
Preopening expenses 9 8 24 32
Operating income 877 724 1,647 1,392
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense (27 ) (26 ) (53 ) (53 )
Interest income and other, net 20 30 55 48
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 870 728 1,649 1,387
Provision for income taxes 263 255 537 483
Net income including noncontrolling interests 607 473 1,112 904
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (9 ) (10 ) (18 ) (16 )
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO $ 598 $ 463 $ 1,094 $ 888
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COSTCO:
Basic $ 1.36 $ 1.05 $ 2.49 $ 2.02
Diluted $ 1.35 $ 1.05 $ 2.47 $ 2.01
Shares used in calculation (000's)
Basic 440,384 439,776 439,567 438,868
Diluted 442,896 442,829 442,522 442,627
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 5.355 $ 0.31 $ 5.710 $ 0.62
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in millions)
(unaudited)
Subject to Reclassifications
February 15,
2015
August 31,
2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,866 $ 5,738
Short-term investments 1,587 1,577
Receivables, net 1,287 1,148
Merchandise inventories 8,558 8,456
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 760 669
Total current assets 18,058 17,588
Property and equipment, net 14,872 14,830
Other assets 670 606
TOTAL ASSETS $ 33,600 $ 33,024
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable $ 8,302 $ 8,491
Accrued salaries and benefits 2,391 2,231
Deferred membership fees 1,318 1,254
Other current liabilities 6,238 2,436
Total current liabilities 18,249 14,412
Long-term debt, excluding current portion 3,830 5,093
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 1,096 1,004
Total liabilities 23,175 20,509
Total Costco stockholders' equity 10,206 12,303
Noncontrolling interests 219 212
Total equity 10,425 12,515
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 33,600 $ 33,024

CONTACTS:

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Richard Galanti
425/313-8203

Bob Nelson
425/313-8255

Jeff Elliott
425/313-8264

Source: Costco