I like buying stocks cheap, and today I'm picking up a retail stock that caters to people of a similiar bent.
offers low prices on selected national brands and private-label products in a wide range of merchandise.
The company operates about 500 self-service warehouses in seven countries and has approximately 48 million club members.
Costco is the leader in the club wholesaling market in terms of sales. The company stocks high-quality merchandise and maintains a low 15% markup policy. This has created customer loyalty -- Costco has an 87% membership renewal rate.
Low prices and generous employee compensation and benefits account for a very small operating margin, but Costco more than makes up for it in sales volume and inventory turnover -- Costco sells nearly 50% faster than wholesale rival Sam's Club, which is owned by
Speedy turnover allows Costco to turn its inventory into cash before payments are due to suppliers, creating a very healthy balance sheet with plenty of cash. Analysts anticipate the company's operating margin will grow to 3% from 2.7%.
On Sept. 5, Costco reported August sales of $4.84 billion, a 6% increase from $4.56 billion in the same period last year; sales for the quarter were $20.06 billion, an increase of 3% from $19.50 billion in the fourth quarter 2006; sales for the fiscal year 2007 were $63.06 billion, an increase of 7% from $58.96 billion in fiscal year 2006.
Costco closed at $58.59 on Tuesday, setting this stock up for a solid deep-in-the-money call trade.
To take advantage of this opportunity, I will place a limit order to buy 10 April 47.50s (PRQDW) for $12.40 or better.
Now let's take the weekly review of the DITM Stat Book.
At the time of publication, Dykstra had no positions in stocks mentioned.
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