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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.79
GWW's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
53% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. GWW: 0.79 )
GWW' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 57.45
Current: 0.79

0.14
57.45
Equity to Asset 0.62
GWW's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
77% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. GWW: 0.62 )
GWW' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.62

0.56
0.74
Interest Coverage 98.06
GWW's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
74% of the 176 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.07 vs. GWW: 98.06 )
GWW' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 13.73   Max: 300.14
Current: 98.06

13.73
300.14
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 9.72
M-Score: -2.51
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.74
GWW's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.94 vs. GWW: 13.74 )
GWW' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.73   Max: 13.74
Current: 13.74

6.73
13.74
Net-margin (%) 8.45
GWW's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.42 vs. GWW: 8.45 )
GWW' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.67   Max: 8.45
Current: 8.45

3.67
8.45
ROE (%) 24.52
GWW's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.14 vs. GWW: 24.52 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 10.89   Max: 25.05
Current: 24.52

10.89
25.05
ROA (%) 15.13
GWW's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.97 vs. GWW: 15.13 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 7.05   Max: 15.13
Current: 15.13

7.05
15.13
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 47.61
GWW's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 236 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 16.38 vs. GWW: 47.61 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 20.34   Max: 47.61
Current: 47.61

20.34
47.61
Revenue Growth (%) 10.30
GWW's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. GWW: 10.30 )
GWW' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -1.5   Max: 14.8
Current: 10.3

-1.5
14.8
EBITDA Growth (%) 14.40
GWW's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.50 vs. GWW: 14.40 )
GWW' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -4.4   Max: 19.3
Current: 14.4

-4.4
19.3
EPS Growth (%) 16.80
GWW's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 10.10 vs. GWW: 16.80 )
GWW' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -9   Max: 22
Current: 16.8

-9
22
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

GWW Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Ray Dalio 20,736 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 2,938 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 546,353 sh (+37016.4%)
Pioneer Investments 119,718 sh (+18.52%)
Jeremy Grantham 89,584 sh (+17.13%)
Jim Simons 208,000 sh (+12.25%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 74,600 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
First Pacific Advisors 1,400 sh (-6.67%)
Meridian Funds 31,000 sh (-34.74%)
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Q2 2013

GWW Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Caxton Associates 27,604 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 172,148 sh (+43.79%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 85,784 sh (-4.24%)
Meridian Funds 28,400 sh (-8.39%)
Joel Greenblatt 2,642 sh (-10.07%)
Chuck Royce 64,600 sh (-13.4%)
First Pacific Advisors 1,200 sh (-14.29%)
Steven Cohen 421,249 sh (-22.9%)
Jim Simons 46,500 sh (-77.64%)
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Q3 2013

GWW Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Murray Stahl 1,258 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 17,022 sh (+544.28%)
Jim Simons 168,000 sh (+261.29%)
Jeremy Grantham 117,910 sh (+37.45%)
Pioneer Investments 200,878 sh (+16.69%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Chuck Royce 52,600 sh (-18.58%)
First Pacific Advisors 900 sh (-25%)
Steven Cohen 142,426 sh (-66.19%)
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Q4 2013

GWW Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Ray Dalio 11,809 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,056 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 44,396 sh (+160.82%)
Jeremy Grantham 242,710 sh (+105.84%)
Jim Simons 337,300 sh (+100.77%)
Murray Stahl 2,129 sh (+69.24%)
Steven Cohen 156,760 sh (+10.06%)
Pioneer Investments 201,690 sh (+0.4%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
First Pacific Advisors 900 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 36,600 sh (-30.42%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with GWW

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 160.82%0.17%$248.34 - $273.04 $ 252.15-3%44396
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.02%$248.34 - $273.04 $ 252.15-3%11809
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 544.28%0.12%$247.2 - $274.01 $ 252.15-3%17022
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.04%$216.98 - $267.34 $ 252.152%0
Meridian Funds 2013-03-31 Reduce -34.74%0.13%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 252.1515%31000
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.04%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 252.1515%20736
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.03%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 252.1515%2938
Frank Sands 2012-12-31 Sold Out 2.5%$187.08 - $216.72 $ 252.1527%0
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 Reduce -27.7%0.14%$187.08 - $216.72 $ 252.1527%47500
Frank Sands 2012-06-30 Add 6.38%0.15%$177.48 - $218.26 $ 252.1528%2916949
Meridian Funds 2011-09-30 Reduce -26.78%0.17%$126.11 - $161.63 $ 252.1568%103600
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 22.60
GWW's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
51% of the 206 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 18.50 vs. GWW: 22.60 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.43   Max: 26.53
Current: 22.6

10.43
26.53
P/B 5.38
GWW's P/B is ranked lower than
79% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. GWW: 5.38 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.23   Max: 5.89
Current: 5.38

2.23
5.89
P/S 1.89
GWW's P/S is ranked lower than
78% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. GWW: 1.89 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.89

0.71
2.07
PFCF 24.92
GWW's PFCF is ranked lower than
58% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 17.71 vs. GWW: 24.92 )
GWW' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.88   Max: 42.13
Current: 24.92

10.88
42.13
EV-to-EBIT 13.46
GWW's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
58% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.30 vs. GWW: 13.46 )
GWW' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 16
Current: 13.46

6.5
16
PEG 1.43
GWW's PEG is ranked higher than
64% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. GWW: 1.43 )
GWW' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 16.47
Current: 1.43

0.57
16.47
Shiller P/E 29.91
GWW's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
53% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 22.47 vs. GWW: 29.91 )
GWW' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.87   Max: 34.25
Current: 29.91

13.87
34.25

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.50
GWW's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
72% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. GWW: 1.50 )
GWW' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.18   Max: 2.6
Current: 1.5

1.18
2.6
Dividend Payout 0.32
GWW's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
64% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. GWW: 0.32 )
GWW' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 0.38
Current: 0.32

0.23
0.38
Dividend growth (3y) 20.00
GWW's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
80% of the 86 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 12.40 vs. GWW: 20.00 )
GWW' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 3.1   Max: 20
Current: 20

3.1
20
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.67
GWW's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
69% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.45 vs. GWW: 3.67 )
GWW' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.89   Max: 6.36
Current: 3.67

2.89
6.36
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
GWW's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
88% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.50 vs. GWW: 0.70 )
GWW' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 6.1   Max: 0
Current: 0.7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 7.77
GWW's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
81% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. GWW: 7.77 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.49   Max: 7.87
Current: 7.77

2.49
7.87
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.70
GWW's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
50% of the 102 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. GWW: 1.70 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 1.72
Current: 1.7

0.97
1.72
Price/Median PS Value 1.60
GWW's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
74% of the 221 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. GWW: 1.60 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.62
Current: 1.6

0.59
1.62
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.48
GWW's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
52% of the 62 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. GWW: 1.48 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 3.33
Current: 1.48

0.72
3.33
Price/Graham Number 2.73
GWW's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
73% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. GWW: 2.73 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.38   Max: 2.77
Current: 2.73

1.38
2.77
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.40
GWW's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
62% of the 223 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. GWW: 7.40 )
GWW' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.3   Max: 15.5
Current: 7.4

6.3
15.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 17.54
GWW's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
82% of the 152 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.71 vs. GWW: 17.54 )
GWW' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 23.3
Current: 17.54

5.3
23.3

Business Description

Industry: Industrial Distribution » Industrial Distribution
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Traded in other countries:GWW.Germany
W.W. Grainger, Inc., was incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1928. The Company is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada. The Company uses a multichannel business model to provide customers with options for finding and purchasing products utilizing sales representatives, direct marketing materials and catalogs. The Company has two reportable segments are the United States and Canada. The United States segment reflects the results of Grainger's U.S. business. The Canada segment reflects the results for Acklands- Grainger Inc. (Acklands - Grainger), Grainger's Canadian business. Other businesses include the following significant operations: the Fabory Group, MonotaRO, Mexico, China and Colombia. These businesses generate revenue through the distribution of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and products and provide related services. The United States business offers a selection of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, catalogs and the Internet. A combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services is provided by this business. Products offered include material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, forestry and agriculture equipment, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components and many other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. Services offered include inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. Acklands - Grainger is Canada's distributor of industrial and safety supplies. A combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services is provided by this business. The Canadian business serves customers through 172 branches and six DCs across Canada. Acklands - Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and many other items. A comprehensive catalog, printed in both English and French, was recently issued in February 2013. The catalog has approximately 116,000 products and is used by customers to assist in product selection. In addition, customers can purchase products through acklandsgrainger.com, a fully bilingual website. Grainger has centralized business support functions that provide coordination and guidance in the areas of accounting and finance, business development, communications and investor relations, compensation and benefits, information systems, health and safety, global supply chain functions, human resources, risk management, internal audit, legal, real estate, security, tax and treasury. Thes

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