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Costco Wholesale Corp  (NAS:COST) Retained Earnings: USD 8,916 Mil (As of Feb. 2019)

Retained earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Costco Wholesale Corp's retained earnings for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 8,916 Mil.

Costco Wholesale Corp's quarterly retained earnings increased from Aug. 2018 (USD 7,887 Mil) to Nov. 2018 (USD 8,387 Mil) and increased from Nov. 2018 (USD 8,387 Mil) to Feb. 2019 (USD 8,916 Mil).

Costco Wholesale Corp's annual retained earnings declined from Aug. 2016 (USD 7,686 Mil) to Aug. 2017 (USD 5,988 Mil) but then increased from Aug. 2017 (USD 5,988 Mil) to Aug. 2018 (USD 7,887 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
Retained Earnings Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7,458.00 6,518.00 7,686.00 5,988.00 7,887.00

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
Retained Earnings 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 6,727.00 7,176.00 7,887.00 8,387.00 8,916.00

Calculation

Retained Earnings is the accumulated portion of net income that is not distributed to shareholders. Because the net income was not distributed to shareholders, shareholders' equity is increased by the same amount.

Of course, if a company loses, it is called retained losses, or accumulated losses.


Explanation

Historically profitable companies sometimes have negative retained earnings. This is because they have cumulatively paid out more to shareholders than they reported in profits.

For example, in 2011, Microsoft had negative retained earnings. This does not mean the company lost more money than it made over the years. It just means it paid out more money than it earned.

If a company has negative retained earnings, investors should check the 10-year financial results. They should not assume that negative retained earnings prove a company has generally lost money in the past.

Of course, many companies with negative retained earnings have indeed lost money in the past.

Retained Earnings: Warren Buffett's Secret.

One of the most important indicators of durable competitive advantage. Net earnings can be paid out as dividends, used to buy back shares or retained for growth.

If the company loses more than it has accumulated, retained earnings is negative.

If a company isn't adding to its retained earnings, it isn't growing its net worth.

Rate of growth of retained earnings is good indicator whether it's benefiting from a competitive advantage.

Microsoft is negative because it chose to buyback stock and pay dividends.

The more earnings retained, the faster it grows and increases growth rate for future earnings.

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