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Costco Wholesale Corp  (NAS:COST) WACC %:8.16% As of Today

As of today, Costco Wholesale Corp's weighted average cost of capital is 8.16%. Costco Wholesale Corp's ROIC % is 27.91% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Costco Wholesale Corp generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases.


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
WACC % Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 4.48 6.60 6.22 7.60 8.95

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
WACC % 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 8.63 8.69 8.95 8.80 8.47

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 WACC % falls into.



Calculation

The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. The WACC is commonly referred to as the firm's cost of capital. Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. WACC is the average of the costs of these sources of financing, each of which is weighted by its respective use in the given situation. By taking a weighted average, we can see how much interest the company has to pay for every dollar it finances.

WACC=E/(E + D)*Cost of Equity+D/(E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)

1. Weights:
Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. We need to calculate the weight of equity and the weight of debt.
The market value of equity (E) is also called "Market Cap (M)". As of today, Costco Wholesale Corp's market capitalization (E) is USD 108782.388 Mil.
The market value of debt is typically difficult to calculate, therefore, GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding the latest two-year average Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together. As of Feb. 2019, Costco Wholesale Corp's latest two-year average Current Portion of Long-Term Debt was USD 0 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was USD 6530 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is USD 6530 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 108782.388 / (108782.388 + 6530) = 0.9434
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 6530 / (108782.388} + 6530) = 0.0566

2. Cost of Equity:
GuruFocus uses Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to calculate the required rate of return. The formula is:
Cost of Equity = Risk-Free Rate of Return + Beta of Asset * (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return)
a) GuruFocus uses 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate as the risk-free rate. It is updated daily. The current risk-free rate is 2.31000000%. Please go to Economic Indicators page for more information.
b) Beta is the sensitivity of the expected excess asset returns to the expected excess market returns. Costco Wholesale Corp's beta is 1.04.
c) (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.
Cost of Equity = 2.31000000% + 1.04 * 6% = 8.55%

3. Cost of Debt:
GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.
As of Aug. 2018, Costco Wholesale Corp's interest expense (positive number) was USD 159 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is USD 6530 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 159 / 6530 = 2.4349%.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate:
GuruFocus uses the latest two-year average tax rate to do the calculation.
The latest Two-year Average Tax Rate is30.62%.

Costco Wholesale Corp's Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC) for Today is calculated as:

WACC=E / (E + D)*Cost of Equity+D / (E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)
=0.9434*8.55%+0.0566*2.4349%*(1 - 30.62%)
=8.16%

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


Explanation

Because it costs money to raise capital. A firm that generates higher ROIC % than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases, whereas a firm that earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital will destroy value as it grows.

As of today, Costco Wholesale Corp's weighted average cost of capital is 8.16%. Costco Wholesale Corp's ROIC % is 27.91% (calculated using TTM income statement data). Costco Wholesale Corp generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases.


Be Aware

1. GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding latest two-year average Current Portion of Long-Term Debt and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together.

2. The WACC formula discussed above does not include Preferred Stock. Please adjust if preferred stock is considered.

3. (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.

4. GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.


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