USD 14,357 Mil (NAS:COST). Costco Wholesale Corp Selling, General, & Admin. Expense description, competitive comparison data, historical data and more." />Costco Wholesale Corp Selling, General, & Admin. Expense (NAS:COST)
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Costco Wholesale Corp  (NAS:COST) Selling, General, & Admin. Expense: USD 14,357 Mil (TTM As of Feb. 2019)

Selling, general, & admin. expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. Costco Wholesale Corp's selling, general, & admin. expense for the three months ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 3,464 Mil. Its selling, general, & admin. expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2019 was USD 14,357 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
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 10,899.00 11,445.00 12,068.00 12,950.00 13,876.00

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
Selling, General, & Admin. Expense 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 3,234.00 3,155.00 4,263.00 3,475.00 3,464.00

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Costco Wholesale Corp Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Costco Wholesale Corp's Selling, General, & Admin. Expense falls into.



Calculation

Selling, General, & Admin. Expense (SGA) includes the direct and indirect costs and all general and administrative expenses of a company. For instance, personnel cost, advertising, rent, communication costs are all part of SGA.

Selling, General, & Admin. Expense for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2019 was 3155 (May. 2018 ) + 4263 (Aug. 2018 ) + 3475 (Nov. 2018 ) + 3464 (Feb. 2019 ) = USD 14,357 Mil.

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


Explanation

An efficient operation keeps SGA costs low and thus has higher profit margin. The percentage of SGA relative to total revenue is an indication of how efficiently the company operates. Compare this percentage among the companies in the same industry is a good way of finding more efficient operations. A comparison of the SGA cost relative to the revenue with the historical value can also be an indication of how efficient the company has become.

Warren Buffett likes companies with consistent SGA as the percentage of gross profit.

Companies with no durable competitive advantage show wild variation in SG&A as % of Gross Profit.

If SGA is less than 30% of Gross Profit, it is fantastic. If SGA is nearing 100%, it is is in highly competitive industry.


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