Costco Wholesale Corporation: Earnings Rise, Sales Stay the Same in Q4

Costco Wholesale Corporation

On Thursday, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) reported revenue in line with forecasts while exceeding fourth-quarter earnings estimates. The warehouse club’s stock declined Thursday before its earnings report as investors awaited news on whether it had managed to withstand cost pressures better than its big-box competitors. 

Costco is better positioned than discount competitors to keep product costs low for consumers in the current high inflation climate because most of its profits come from its membership model. Customers of Costco also fare better than the average “discount” shopper. They have the resources to continue shopping while seeking great discounts. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation Shares; Estimated Earnings 

Analysts expected Costco Wholesale Corporation to increase its quarterly earnings to $4.17 per share. On Wall Street, a rise in revenue to $70.8 billion was anticipated. It was estimated that same-store sales were up 13.7%. 

Results: Costco Wholesale Corporation’s earnings per share increased by 12% to $4.20. Up 15%, revenue reached $70.76 billion. Gas sales were included in same-store sales, which totaled 13.7%. Comparable sales increased by 10.4% when gasoline and currency fluctuations were excluded. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) generated $1.3 billion in income from memberships in Q4. COST membership revenue increased by 10% to $4.2 billion for the fiscal year. 

Costco saw a 16% increase in earnings per share (EPS) to $13.14 and a 16% increase in sales to $222.7 billion. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation’s shares dropped 2.7% throughout the previous night. In regular market trading on Thursday, shares decreased 1.2% to 487.17. 

The current price of COST stock is below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Although Costco is struggling and falling behind BJ stock, it is also not broken. 

Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Walmart (WMT) are some of Costco’s biggest membership rivals (BJ). Walmart’s stock dipped 0.82%, while BJ’s stock dropped 0.7% to $75.10 on Thursday. 

Costco exceeded third-quarter revenue projections while meeting Wall Street estimates in late May. The EPS for Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) rose 11% to $3.04. Up 16% to $52.6 billion in net sales. Sales at the exact location went up 14.9%. Comps increased 10.7% while excluding changes in fuel prices and currencies. 

One of the biggest membership warehouse companies in the world, Costco has more than 830 facilities across eight countries and around 117 million subscribers. Costco announced August sales of $17.55 billion late last month, an increase of 11% from the previous year. For the month, same-store sales climbed by 8.7%. 

The Composite Rating for Costco stock is 83 out of 99. According to the proprietary IBD Stock Checkup gauge for share price movement, it has a 77 Relative Strength Rating. The rating compares a stock’s 52-week performance to all the other equities in IBD’s database. 90 is the EPS rating. 

Cost of Doing Business 

Analysts claim that because of its membership-based business strategy, Costco and other club stores are frequently the last to increase prices and the first to decrease expenses. This offers these companies an advantage over rivals but signals that membership costs may eventually rise. 

Sam’s Club announced pricing increases for its basic membership fee from $45 to $50 per year at the end of August. The “Plus” tier membership will also increase from $100 to $110. A price increase from one of Costco’s biggest competitors could portend an expansion of its own. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) offers two membership tiers, priced at $60 and $120. The business generated $984 million in third-quarter revenue from those memberships, up from $901 million in the prior quarter. The company hinted earlier this year that the price would increase as early as June. Nothing, though, actually happened. 

Bob Nelson, senior vice president of finance, said the company is getting close to the point where it might increase fees to analysts in late May but noted that nothing is certain. 

On May 26, he stated, “We think increasing our membership price today ahead of our regular timeframe is not the correct time, given the present macro situation, the record high inflation, and the hardship it is having on our members, and all consumers in general.”


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About the author: Valerie Ablang is a freelance writer with a background in scientific research and an interest in stock market analysis. She previously worked as an article writer for various industrial niches. Aside from being a writer, she is also a professional chemist, wife, and mother to her son. She loves to spend her free time watching movies and learning creative design.