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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): January 22, 2020

 

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Washington

 

0-20355

 

91-1223280

(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)

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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 class

 

Trading

Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, par value $.01 per share

 

COST

 

NASDAQ

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 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

On January 22, 2020, Costco Wholesale Corporation (the “Company”) held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”). There were 441,784,433 shares of common stock entitled to be voted; 359,036,612 shares were voted in person or by proxy. Shareholders voted on the following matters:

1. The election of each of the four directors nominated by the Board of Directors to hold office until the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and until their successors are elected and qualified;

2. The ratification of the selection of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for fiscal year 2020;

3. The approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s executive officers for fiscal year 2019 as disclosed in the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A for the Annual Meeting filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 10, 2019;

4. Approval to amend the Articles of Incorporation to permit removal of directors without cause;

5. A shareholder proposal regarding a director skills matrix and disclosure of board ideology.

All items except Item 5 were approved. The results of the votes are set forth below:

Election of Directors

Nominees

 

For

   

Withheld

   

Broker Non-Votes

 

Susan L. Decker

   

286,299,043

     

10,279,137

     

62,458,432

 

Richard A. Galanti

   

279,535,213

     

17,042,967

     

62,458,432

 

Sally Jewell

   

295,564,106

     

1,014,074

     

62,458,432

 

Charles T. Munger

   

282,665,971

     

13,912,209

     

62,458,432

 

Ratification of the Selection of Auditors

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

353,188,495

 

5,300,606

 

547,511

Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Votes

286,426,908

 

9,377,518

 

773,754

 

62,458,432

Approval to amend the Articles of Incorporation to permit removal of directors without cause

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Votes

294,219,685

 

1,704,912

 

653,583

 

62,458,432

Shareholder Proposal regarding a director skills matrix and disclosure of board ideology

For

 

Against

 

Abstain

 

Broker Non-Votes

4,222,775

 

289,623,523

 

2,731,882

 

62,458,432

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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, on January 28, 2020.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

     

By:

 

/s/ John Sullivan

 

John Sullivan

 

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

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