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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 0.70
GWW's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
65% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. GWW: 0.70 )
GWW' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 57.45
Current: 0.7

0.11
57.45
Equity to Asset 0.64
GWW's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
82% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. GWW: 0.64 )
GWW' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 0.75
Current: 0.64

0.56
0.75
Interest Coverage 98.06
GWW's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
68% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 24.90 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: 6
Z-Score: 9.92
M-Score: -2.46
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.60
GWW's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 4.05 vs. GWW: 13.60 )
GWW' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 6.73   Max: 13.74
Current: 13.6

6.73
13.74
Net-margin (%) 8.24
GWW's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. GWW: 8.24 )
GWW' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.67   Max: 8.45
Current: 8.24

3.67
8.45
ROE (%) 24.46
GWW's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.09 vs. GWW: 24.46 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.11   Max: 27.24
Current: 24.46

11.11
27.24
ROA (%) 15.34
GWW's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. GWW: 15.34 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 7.29   Max: 15.51
Current: 15.34

7.29
15.51
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 47.59
GWW's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 228 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.25 vs. GWW: 47.59 )
GWW' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 21.58   Max: 53.95
Current: 47.59

21.58
53.95
Revenue Growth (%) 10.30
GWW's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 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 173 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
72% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 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
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Guru Trades

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%)
First Pacific Advisors 900 sh (unchged)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 36,600 sh (-30.42%)
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Q1 2014

GWW Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Murray Stahl 3,110 sh (+46.08%)
Jeremy Grantham 341,365 sh (+40.65%)
First Pacific Advisors 1,000 sh (+11.11%)
Pioneer Investments 205,000 sh (+1.64%)
Caxton Associates 35,000 sh (unchged)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce 36,600 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ray Dalio 9,167 sh (-22.37%)
Joel Greenblatt 22,623 sh (-49.04%)
Steven Cohen 46,146 sh (-70.56%)
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Q2 2014

GWW Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 72,658 sh (+221.17%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 25,000 sh (unchged)
First Pacific Advisors 1,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Murray Stahl 3,040 sh (-2.25%)
Jeremy Grantham 321,565 sh (-5.8%)
Pioneer Investments 182,150 sh (-11.15%)
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Q3 2014

GWW Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jeremy Grantham 383,097 sh (+19.14%)
Murray Stahl 3,279 sh (+7.86%)
Pioneer Investments 186,915 sh (+2.62%)
Westport Asset Management 70,000 sh (unchged)
First Pacific Advisors 1,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 20,275 sh (-72.1%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with GWW

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Reduce -72.1%0.17%$233.07 - $255.58 $ 244.020%20275
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Add 221.17%0.16%$246.62 - $269.22 $ 244.02-4%72658
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.02%$246.62 - $269.22 $ 244.02-4%0
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Reduce -49.04%0.13%$229.29 - $265.94 $ 244.02-2%22623
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Reduce -22.37%0.01%$229.29 - $265.94 $ 244.02-2%9167
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 160.82%0.17%$248.34 - $273.04 $ 244.02-6%44396
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 New Buy0.02%$248.34 - $273.04 $ 244.02-6%11809
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 544.28%0.12%$247.2 - $274.01 $ 244.02-6%17022
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.04%$216.98 - $267.34 $ 244.02-2%0
Meridian Funds 2013-03-31 Reduce -34.74%0.13%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 244.0211%31000
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.04%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 244.0211%20736
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 New Buy0.03%$202.37 - $231.78 $ 244.0211%2938
Frank Sands 2012-12-31 Sold Out 2.5%$187.08 - $216.72 $ 244.0223%0
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 Reduce -27.7%0.14%$187.08 - $216.72 $ 244.0223%47500
Frank Sands 2012-06-30 Add 6.38%0.15%$177.48 - $218.26 $ 244.0223%2916949
Ken Heebner 2012-03-31 Sold Out 0.42%$185.59 - $219.36 $ 244.0227%0
Ken Heebner 2011-12-31 New Buy0.42%$143.86 - $192.31 $ 244.0241%95000
Meridian Funds 2011-09-30 Reduce -26.78%0.17%$126.11 - $161.63 $ 244.0262%103600
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 21.10
GWW's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
59% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. GWW: 21.10 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.43   Max: 26.53
Current: 21.1

10.43
26.53
P/B 4.90
GWW's P/B is ranked lower than
66% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. GWW: 4.90 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.25   Max: 5.89
Current: 4.9

2.25
5.89
P/S 1.73
GWW's P/S is ranked lower than
61% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. GWW: 1.73 )
GWW' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.73

0.71
2.07
PFCF 31.13
GWW's PFCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 40.00 vs. GWW: 31.13 )
GWW' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.88   Max: 42.13
Current: 31.13

10.88
42.13
EV-to-EBIT 12.59
GWW's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
68% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 14.30 vs. GWW: 12.59 )
GWW' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 16.1
Current: 12.59

6.5
16.1
PEG 1.34
GWW's PEG is ranked higher than
79% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. GWW: 1.34 )
GWW' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.57   Max: 7.55
Current: 1.34

0.57
7.55
Shiller P/E 26.55
GWW's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
69% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 36.81 vs. GWW: 26.55 )
GWW' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.84   Max: 34.2
Current: 26.55

13.84
34.2
Current Ratio 2.63
GWW's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. GWW: 2.63 )
GWW' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.68   Max: 3.48
Current: 2.63

1.68
3.48
Quick Ratio 1.50
GWW's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. GWW: 1.50 )
GWW' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 2.13
Current: 1.5

0.81
2.13

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.71
GWW's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
61% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. GWW: 1.71 )
GWW' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.18   Max: 2.6
Current: 1.71

1.18
2.6
Dividend Payout 0.35
GWW's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
73% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 0.58 vs. GWW: 0.35 )
GWW' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 10
Current: 0.35

0.2
10
Dividend growth (3y) 20.00
GWW's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
83% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 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) 4.16
GWW's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
75% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. GWW: 4.16 )
GWW' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 2.89   Max: 6.36
Current: 4.16

2.89
6.36
Share Buyback Rate 0.70
GWW's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
80% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 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 6.95
GWW's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
61% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.81 vs. GWW: 6.95 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.64   Max: 7.96
Current: 6.95

1.64
7.96
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.49
GWW's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
69% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 2.14 vs. GWW: 1.49 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 1.81
Current: 1.49

0.82
1.81
Price/Median PS Value 1.43
GWW's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
52% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. GWW: 1.43 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41   Max: 1.65
Current: 1.43

0.41
1.65
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.47
GWW's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
81% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. GWW: 1.47 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 3.73
Current: 1.47

0.65
3.73
Price/Graham Number 2.50
GWW's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
54% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. GWW: 2.50 )
GWW' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 2.83
Current: 2.5

1.02
2.83
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.90
GWW's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
68% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. GWW: 7.90 )
GWW' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 15.5
Current: 7.9

6.2
15.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 17.53
GWW's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Industrial Distribution industry.

( Industry Median: 11.99 vs. GWW: 17.53 )
GWW' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 7   Max: 23.6
Current: 17.53

7
23.6

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 (MRO) supplies and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada, with a presence in Europe, Asia and Latin America. uses a multichannel business model to provide customers with a range of options for finding and purchasing products, utilizing sales representatives, direct marketing materials, catalogs and eCommerce. Grainger serves more than 2 million customers worldwide through a network of integrated branches, distribution centers, websites and export services. It 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. These services are provided in varying degrees to all business units. The Companys two reportable segments are the United States and Canada and other businesses include operations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other U.S. operations. The United States business offers a broad selection of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, sales representatives, catalogs and eCommerce. 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, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components and many other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. Services offered primarily include inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. The Canadian business serves customers through 171 branches, sales and service representatives and 6 DCs across Canada. Acklands Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and many other items. The customers can purchase products through Acklandsgrainger.com, a fully bilingual website. Other businesses are the operations in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other U.S. operations. Other businesses includes: Fabory is a European distributor of fasteners, tools and industrial supplies, the company operates in Japan through its 51% interest in MonotaRO Co., the companys operations in Mexico provide local businesses with maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products primarily from Mexico and the United States, and Zoro Tools is an online distributor of MRO products serving U.S. busine
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