FALSECOSTCO WHOLESALE CORP /NEW000090983200009098322023-11-172023-11-17

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 17, 2023

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Washington0-2035591-1223280
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission
File No.)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027
(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 425-313-8100

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $.005 per shareCOSTNASDAQ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐



Item 5.02.    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On November 17, 2023, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors approved the fiscal 2024 criteria for bonuses to executive officers, with the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board also approving the environmental and social performances criteria. Executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer and the President are eligible to receive bonuses up to $232,000. This amount includes $80,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to sales and $80,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to pre-tax income. The potential payment attributable to each of these performance goals may be from zero to up to 120% of the award target amount, based on the level of achievement of the goal. In addition, up to $40,000 can be earned relating to environmental and social objectives: $24,000 relating to achievement of quantitative performance metrics (including metrics concerning diversity equity and inclusion, resource consumption, and other emissions and environmental-related areas); and up to $16,000 based on a discretionary assessment by the Chief Executive Officer of the officers’ environmental and social achievements (including, without limitation, progress in controlling emissions).
Ron Vachris will serve as President until December 31, 2023, and as President and Chief Executive Officer starting January 1, 2024. He is eligible to receive a total bonus of up $621,333. This amount reflects blended base bonus amounts: a base amount of $400,000 for the four months he serves as President and a base amount of $600,000 for the eight months he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. The blended amount includes $220,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to sales and $220,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to pre-tax income. The potential payment attributable to each of these performance goals may be from zero to up to 120% of the award target amount, based on the level of achievement. In addition, $93,333 can be earned relating to environmental and social objectives for achievement of quantitative performance metrics (including metrics concerning diversity equity and inclusion, resource consumption, and other emissions and environmental-related areas).
For fiscal year 2024, Craig Jelinek, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer until December 31, 2023, has requested that he not be given a bonus and the Compensation Committee has honored that request.
A copy of the Fiscal 2024 Executive Bonus Plan is attached as Exhibit 10.1.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION
Dated: November 24, 2023By:/s/ John Sullivan
John Sullivan
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


Exhibit 10.1

Costco Wholesale Corporation
Executive Bonus Plan

For fiscal year 2024, executive officers other than the Chief Executive Officer and the President are eligible for a total bonus of up to $232,000. This amount includes $80,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to sales and $80,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to pre-tax income. The potential payment attributable to each of these performance goals may be from zero to up to 120% of the award target amount, based on the level of achievement of the goal. Up to $40,000 can be earned relating to environmental and social objectives: $24,000 relating to achievement of quantitative performance metrics (including metrics concerning diversity equity and inclusion, resource consumption, and other emissions and environmental-related areas); and up to $16,000 based on a discretionary assessment by the Chief Executive Officer of the officers’ environmental and social achievements (including, without limitation, progress in controlling emissions).
Ron Vachris will serve as President until December 31, 2023, and as President and Chief Executive Officer starting January 1, 2024. He is eligible to receive a total bonus of up $621,333. This amount reflects blended base bonus amounts: a base amount of $400,000 for the four months he serves as President and a base amount of $600,000 for the eight months he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. The blended amount includes $220,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to sales and $220,000 based on the achievement of targets relating to pre-tax income. The potential payment attributable to each of these performance goals may be from zero to up to 120% of the award target amount, based on the level of achievement. In addition, $93,333 can be earned relating to environmental and social objectives for achievement of quantitative performance metrics (including metrics concerning diversity equity and inclusion, resource consumption, and other emissions and environmental-related areas).
Base bonus targets are exclusive of foreign currency changes. The final bonus amounts are subject to the approval of the Compensation Committee. To be eligible for the annual bonus, an individual must be employed by the Company at the time bonus checks are issued (November).

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