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Costco Wholesale Corp  (NAS:COST) Cash Flow from Operations: USD 5,617 Mil (TTM As of Feb. 2019)

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company's normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

For the three months ended in Feb. 2019, Costco Wholesale Corp's Net Income From Continuing Operations was USD 901 Mil. Its Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization was USD 352 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was USD -1,605 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was USD 4 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was USD 0 Mil. Its Stock Based Compensation was USD 119 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was USD 10 Mil. In all, Costco Wholesale Corp's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD -219 Mil.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Costco Wholesale Corp Annual Data

Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug16 Aug17 Aug18
Cash Flow from Operations Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3,984.00 4,285.00 3,292.00 6,726.00 5,774.00

Costco Wholesale Corp Quarterly Data

May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17 Aug17 Nov17 Feb18 May18 Aug18 Nov18 Feb19
Cash Flow from Operations Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 109.00 2,105.00 1,554.00 2,177.00 -219.00

Calculation

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company's normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

's Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Aug. 2018 is calculated as:

Costco Wholesale Corp's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2019 is

Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2019 was 2105 (May. 2018 ) + 1554 (Aug. 2018 ) + 2177 (Nov. 2018 ) + -219 (Feb. 2019 ) = USD 5,617 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

Cash flow from operations contains six items:

1. Net Income From Continuing Operations:
Net Income From Continuing Operations indicates the net income that a firm brings in from ongoing business activities. These activities are expected to continue into the next reporting period. It excludes extraordinary items, income from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, non-recurring items, income from tax loss carry forward, and preferred dividends.

Costco Wholesale Corp's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 901 Mil.

2. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.
Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.
Generally:
The term depreciation is used when discussing man made tangible assets
The term depletion is used when discussing natural tangible assets
The term amortization is used when discussing intangible assets

Costco Wholesale Corp's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 352 Mil.

3. Change In Working Capital:
Working Capital is a measure of a company's short term liquidity or its ability to cover short term liabilities. It is defined as the difference between a company's current assets and current liabilities. Changes in Working Capital is reported in the cash flow statement since it is one of the major ways in which net income can differ from operating cash flow.

Costco Wholesale Corp's change in working capital for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD -1,605 Mil. It means Costco Wholesale Corp's working capital declined by USD 1,605 Mil from Nov. 2018 to Feb. 2019 .

4. Deferred Tax:
It is the cash flow generated from deferred tax.

Costco Wholesale Corp's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 4 Mil.

5. Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations:
Cash received by a company that comes from the sale of part of business.

Costco Wholesale Corp's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 0 Mil.

6. Stock Based Compensation:
It is a way corporations use stock options to reward employees. It provides executives and employees the opportunity to share in the growth of the company and, if structured properly, can align their interests with the interests of the company's shareholders and investors, without burning the company's cash on hand.

Costco Wholesale Corp's stock based compensation for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 119 Mil.

7. Cash Flow from Others:
These are cash differences caused by the change of inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable etc. For instance, if a company pays its suppliers slower, its cash position will build up faster. If a company receives payments from its customers slower, its account receivables will rise, and its cash position will grow more slowly (or even shrink).

Costco Wholesale Corp's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 10 Mil.


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