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W.W. Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW)
Piotroski F-Score
5 (As of Today)

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

W.W. Grainger Inc has an F-score of 5 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.

GWW' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 5

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of W.W. Grainger Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. And the median was 7.


Definition

How is the Piotroski F-Score calculated?

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

This Year (Mar17) TTM:Last Year (Mar16) TTM:
Net Income was 172.676 + 185.873 + 60.666 + 174.744 = $594 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 165.752 + 343.994 + 332.593 + 180.946 = $1,023 Mil.
Revenue was 2563.668 + 2596.288 + 2470.71 + 2541.129 = $10,172 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1040.059 + 1039.752 + 989.692 + 1019.192 = $4,089 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar16)
to the end of this year (Mar17) was
(5964.839 + 5964.804 + 5885.509 + 5694.307 + 5782.549) / 5 = $5858.4016 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar16) was $5,965 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,848 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,096 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,688 Mil.
Net Income was 220.548 + 192.201 + 145.232 + 186.713 = $745 Mil.

Revenue was 2522.565 + 2532.9 + 2478.258 + 2506.538 = $10,040 Mil.
Gross Profit was 1073.432 + 1061.879 + 1002.375 + 1045.053 = $4,183 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of last year (Mar15)
to the end of last year (Mar16) was
(5210.972 + 5826.909 + 5807.153 + 5857.755 + 5964.839) / 5 = $5733.5256 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar15) was $5,211 Mil.
Long-Term Debt was $1,387 Mil.
Total Current Assets was $3,139 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was $1,880 Mil.

Profitability

Question 1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

W.W. Grainger Inc's current net income (TTM) was 594. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by total assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

W.W. Grainger Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,023. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. Change in Return on Assets

Compare this year’s return on assets (1) to last year’s return on assets.

Score 1 if it’s higher, 0 if it’s lower.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar16)
=593.959/5964.839
=0.0995767

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar15)
=744.694/5210.972
=0.14290885

W.W. Grainger Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.0995767. W.W. Grainger Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.14290885. ==> Last year is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 4. Quality of Earnings (Accrual)

Compare Cash flow return on assets (2) to return on assets (1)

Score 1 if CFROA > ROA, 0 if CFROA <= ROA.

W.W. Grainger Inc's current net income (TTM) was 594. W.W. Grainger Inc's current cash flow from operations (TTM) was 1,023. ==> 1,023 > 594 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Question 5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year’s gearing (long-term debt divided by average total assets) to last year’s gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

Gearing (This Year: Mar17)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar16 to Mar17
=1847.717/5858.4016
=0.3153961

Gearing (Last Year: Mar16)=Long-Term Debt/Average Total Assets from Mar15 to Mar16
=1387.124/5733.5256
=0.24193212

W.W. Grainger Inc's gearing of this year was 0.3153961. W.W. Grainger Inc's gearing of last year was 0.24193212. ==> Last year is lower than this year ==> Score 0.

Question 6. Change in Working Capital (Liquidity)

Compare this year’s current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) to last year’s current ratio.

Score 1 if this year'’s current ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Current Ratio (This Year: Mar17)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=3096.183/1688.43
=1.8337645

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar16)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=3138.961/1880.44
=1.66926943

W.W. Grainger Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.8337645. W.W. Grainger Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.66926943. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

W.W. Grainger Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 59.2. W.W. Grainger Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 62.1. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Question 8. Change in Gross Margin

Compare this year’s gross margin (gross profit divided by sales) to last year’s.

Score 1 if this year’s gross margin is higher, 0 if it’s lower.

Gross Margin (This Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=4088.695/10171.795
=0.40196396

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=4182.739/10040.261
=0.41659664

W.W. Grainger Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.40196396. W.W. Grainger Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.41659664. ==> Last year's gross margin is higher ==> Score 0.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year’s asset turnover (total sales for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year) to last year’s asset turnover ratio.

Score 1 if this year’s asset turnover ratio is higher, 0 if it’s lower

Asset Turnover (This Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar16)
=10171.795/5964.839
=1.70529246

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue (TTM)/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar15)
=10040.261/5210.972
=1.92675397

W.W. Grainger Inc's asset turnover of this year was 1.70529246. W.W. Grainger Inc's asset turnover of last year was 1.92675397. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+0+1+0+1+1+0+0
=5

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

W.W. Grainger Inc has an F-score of 5 indicating the company's financial situation is typical for a stable company.


Explanation

The developer of the system is Joseph D. Piotroski is relatively unknown accounting professor who shuns publicity and rarely gives interviews.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting in 1989, received an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, after earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor of accounting at the University of Chicago.

In 2000, he wrote a research paper called "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers" (pdf).

He wanted to see if he can develop a system (using a simple nine-point scoring system) that can increase the returns of a strategy of investing in low price to book (referred to in the paper as high book to market) value companies.

What he found was something that exceeded his most optimistic expectations.

Buying only those companies that scored highest (8 or 9) on his nine-point scale, or F-Score as he called it, over the 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 led to an average out-performance over the market of 13.4%.

Even more impressive were the results of a strategy of investing in the highest F-Score companies (8 or 9) and shorting companies with the lowest F-Score (0 or 1).

Over the same period from 1976 to 1996 (20 years) this strategy led to an average yearly return of 23%, substantially outperforming the average S&P 500 index return of 15.83% over the same period.


Related Terms

Net Income, Cash Flow from Operations, Revenue, Gross Profit, Total Assets, Long-Term Debt, Total Current Assets, Total Current Liabilities


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

W.W. Grainger Inc Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 1101101000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1011101100
Question 6 0100010001
Question 7 1111011111
Question 8 1111111000
Question 9 1101100100
F-score 8868767645

W.W. Grainger Inc Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
Question 1 1111111111
Question 2 1111111111
Question 3 0000000000
Question 4 1111111111
Question 5 1100000000
Question 6 0010000111
Question 7 1111111111
Question 8 0000000000
Question 9 1101010000
F-score 6655454555
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