Don't Buy Costco Wholesale (COST) Before Checking Its Fundamentals!

Costco Wholesale logged a 1.1% change during today's afternoon session, and is now trading at a price of $571.15 per share. On average, analysts give it a target price of $590.9.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, Iceland, China, and Taiwan. The large-cap company is based in the United States. Costco Wholesale currently returns an annual dividend yield of 0.7%.

What to Consider if You Are Thinking of Buying Costco Wholesale:

  • Costco Wholesale has moved 20.0% over the last year.

  • COST has a forward P/E ratio of 33.5 based on its EPS guidance of 17.05.

  • Over the last 6 years, earnings per share (EPS) have been growing at a compounded average rate of 15.2%.

  • The company has a price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 4.28.

  • Its Price to Book (P/B) ratio is 10.09

Costco Wholesale Has Irregular Cash Flows

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ k) Capital expenditures ($ k) Free Cash Flow ($ k) YoY Growth (%)
2022-10-05 7,392,000 -3,891,000 11,283,000 -10.07
2021-10-06 8,958,000 -3,588,000 12,546,000 7.5
2020-10-07 8,861,000 -2,810,000 11,671,000 24.77
2019-10-11 6,356,000 -2,998,000 9,354,000 6.99
2018-10-26 5,774,000 -2,969,000 8,743,000 -5.26
2017-10-18 6,726,000 -2,502,000 9,228,000

Costco Wholesale's free cash flows have a decent average of $10.47 Billion over the last 6 years, but they are highly variable since their coefficient of variability is 39139293738.5%. The compounded average growth rate over this period is 0.0%.

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