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Costco Reveals Q4 and FY 2016 Profits; Tops Earning Estimates

Costco Reveals Q4 and FY 2016 Profits; Tops Earning Estimates

ISSAQUAH, WA - Costco has reported its Q4 and fiscal year 2016 earnings, showing higher than expected profits in the face of grocery prices that continue to fall.

According to Costco’s report, Q4 profit came out $779 million, or $1.77 a share. Data compiled by Bloomberg marked analysts estimates prior to the report at only $1.73 a share. For the full 2016 fiscal year, net income reached $2.35 billion, or $5.33 per share, compared to last years numbers of $2.38 billion, or $5.37 per diluted share.

This larger than predicted profit growth comes to many analysts as a surprise, as many retailers in the current industry landscape are finding themselves in somewhat of a price war. Bloomberg reports that prices for staple categories in food are translating to challenges for grocers, along with wage increases and continued food deflation. We also have previously reported on the company’s switch of its store credit card to Visa from American Express, which held back U.S. sales.

In late trading, Costco’s stock rose as much as 2.2 percent, hitting $150.68, but at the time of writing this article, late trading stocks were up 1.94 percent, to reach $150.35.in late trading after the results were released.

Other highlights from Costco’s Q4 and fiscal year report include: 

  • Total revenue for Q4 reached $36.6 billion
  • Sales at U.S. stores open more than a year shrank 1 percent 
  • Excluding fuel and currency fluctuations, sales at U.S. comparable stores rose 2 percent
  • Fiscal year revenue was of $118.72 billion, up from $116.2 billion last year
  • Excluding membership fees, sales reached $116.07 billion for fiscal year

Costco also revealed in the report plans to open up to an additional nine new warehouses (including one relocation) before the end of calendar year 2016. For more on Costco’s growth, as well as continued financial coverage of the industry, keep returning to ANUK.

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