Investor FAQ

When does Whole Foods Market's fiscal year end?

Whole Foods Market operates on a 52 or 53 week fiscal year, ending the last Sunday in September. The first quarter consists of 16 weeks, the second and third quarters each consist of 12 weeks, and the fourth quarter consists of 12 or 13 weeks.

The calendar for fiscal year 2014 is as follows:

  • 1Q14 - ends 1/19/14

  • 2Q14 - ends 4/13/14

  • 3Q14 - ends 7/06/14

  • 4Q14 - ends 9/28/14

Dividend Policy

Subject to capital availability and a determination that cash dividends continue to be in the best interest of the Company's shareholders, it is the intention of the Board of Directors to pay a quarterly dividend on an ongoing basis. See below for the Company's dividend payment history.

Record

Declared

Payable

Amount*

Type

07/03/14

06/12/14

07/15/14

$0.120

Regular Cash

04/11/14

02/24/14

04/22/14

$0.120

Regular Cash

04/11/14

02/24/14

04/22/14

$0.120

Regular Cash

01/17/14

11/06/13

01/28/14

$0.120

Regular Cash

09/27/13

09/10/13

10/08/13

$0.100

Regular Cash

07/05/13

06/12/13

07/16/13

$0.100

Regular Cash

04/12/13

03/15/13

04/23/13

$0.100

Regular Cash

01/18/13

11/07/12

01/29/13

$0.100

Regular Cash

12/10/12

11/29/12

12/21/12

$1.00

Special Cash

09/28/12

09/06/12

10/09/12

$0.070

Regular Cash

06/29/12

05/30/12

07/10/12

$0.070

Regular Cash

04/05/12

03/09/12

04/17/12

$0.070

Regular Cash

01/13/12

11/01/11

01/24/12

$0.070

Regular Cash

09/19/11

09/08/11

09/29/11

$0.050

Regular Cash

06/24/11

06/07/11

07/05/11

$0.050

Regular Cash

04/12/11

02/28/11

04/22/11

$0.050

Regular Cash

01/10/11

12/08/10

01/20/11

$0.050

Regular Cash

07/11/08

06/11/08

07/22/08

$0.100

Regular Cash

04/11/08

03/10/08

04/22/08

$0.100

Regular Cash

01/11/08

11/20/07

01/22/08

$0.100

Regular Cash

10/12/07

09/20/07

10/23/07

$0.090

Regular Cash

07/13/07

06/05/07

07/24/07

$0.090

Regular Cash

04/13/07

03/05/07

04/24/07

$0.090

Regular Cash

01/12/07

11/02/06

01/22/07

$0.090

Regular Cash

10/13/06

09/27/06

10/23/06

$0.075

Regular Cash

07/14/06

06/13/06

07/24/06

$0.075

Regular Cash

04/14/06

03/06/06

04/24/06

$0.075

Special Cash

01/13/06

11/09/05

01/23/06

$1.00

Special Cash

01/13/06

11/09/05

01/23/06

$0.075

Regular Cash

10/14/05

09/14/05

10/24/05

$0.0625

Regular Cash

07/15/05

06/07/05

07/25/05

$0.0625

Regular Cash

04/15/05

04/05/05

04/25/05

$0.0625

Regular Cash

01/07/05

11/10/04

01/17/05

$0.0475

Regular Cash

10/08/04

09/22/04

10/18/04

$0.0375

Regular Cash

07/09/04

06/29/04

07/19/04

$0.0375

Regular Cash

04/09/04

03/22/04

04/19/04

$0.0375

Regular Cash

01/06/04

11/12/03

01/16/04

$0.0375

Regular Cash

* Amounts reflect 2-for-1 stock splits distributed on 12/27/05 and 5/29/13

What is the tax treatment of the special dividend?

The December 2012 special dividend, along with the January 2013 quarterly dividend, will be treated as "qualified dividend income" for U.S. federal income tax purposes. These dividends may also be considered "extraordinary" under the U.S. federal income tax rules depending on the facts and circumstances of the stockholder. Treatment as extraordinary may affect a corporate shareholder's basis in its Whole Foods Market stock or, with respect to individual shareholders, may affect the tax characterization of a sale of their Whole Foods Market shares. Thus, we strongly urge each stockholder to consult with their tax advisor regarding their specific tax treatment of these dividends including all applicable state, local, foreign and U.S. federal tax considerations.

Does Whole Foods Market sell stock direct to the public?

We do not currently have a plan in place to sell stock directly to the public. From time to time, we review various plans for direct stock purchase. If a decision were made to launch such a program, information on such a program would be found on our web site.

Does Whole Foods Market have a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?

We do not currently have a dividend reinvestment program, but please stay posted.

What is the history of Whole Foods Market, Inc.'s Common Stock?

Whole Foods Market's initial public offering was on January 23, 1992 at a price of $2.13 per share (split).

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Historical Split Information

Payable Date

Type

November 29,1993

2 for 1*

June 4, 2001

2 for 1*

December 27, 2005

2 for 1*

May 29, 2013 (IRS Form 8937)

2 for 1*

*2 for 1: One additional share for every share held (multiply shares held by 2 for new total).

What is the Wall Street earnings' consensus for Whole Foods Market, and how is it calculated?

The Wall Street consensus is calculated based on quarterly earnings estimates that are submitted by analysts to First Call, I/B/E/S, Zacks and other reporting agencies. Whole Foods has a policy to not explicitly endorse these models.

Does Whole Foods Market send out analyst reports?

Whole Foods Market does not send out analyst reports as they are the property of the investment firms and typically only available to their clients. Research by S&P and ValueLine is available from local public libraries.

Does Whole Foods Market have a mailing list for financial information?

In an effort to save money and trees, Whole Foods does not mail quarterly reports to shareholders. Financial press releases are available on our website within 24 hours of release.

Does Whole Foods Market offer franchising opportunities?

No, we own and operate all of our stores.

Who do I contact regarding my stock certificates?

Our stock transfer agent (Securities Transfer Corporation) handles all issues concerning stock certificates, including issuing or transferring certificates, lost certificates, and address changes.

What is Whole Foods Market, Inc.'s S.I.C. code?

Whole Foods Market, Inc. is listed under SIC code #5411, Grocery Stores

What is Whole Foods Market's CUSIP number?

966837106000

How can I purchase Whole Foods Market stock?

Whole Foods Market common stock is traded on Nasdaq, under the trading symbol WFM. To purchase Whole Foods Market common stock, please consult a stockbroker.

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