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Last $239.33 USD
Change Today -2.54 / -1.05%
Volume 1.2M
As of 8:04 PM 04/17/15 All times are local (Market data is delayed by at least 15 minutes).

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies; and other related products and services that are used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. The company offers 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 various other products. It also offers inventory management solutions; and distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, instruments, welding and shop equipment, and other products. In addition, the company sells private label brands. It offers its products through various branches, sales and service representatives, distribution centers, and catalogs, as well as through Websites. It serves small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations, government entities, and other institutions. The company also operates in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. W.W. Grainger, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is based in Lake Forest, Illinois.

22,300 Employees
Last Reported Date: 02/27/15
Founded in 1927

ww grainger inc (GWW) Top Compensated Officers

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Preside...
Total Annual Compensation: $1.1M
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice Presi...
Total Annual Compensation: $685.1K
Senior Vice President and Group President of ...
Total Annual Compensation: $659.8K
Senior Vice President and Group President of ...
Total Annual Compensation: $576.3K
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Total Annual Compensation: $639.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

ww grainger inc (GWW) Key Developments

Grainger Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015

Grainger reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported sales of $2.4 billion increased 2% versus $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2014. There were 63 selling days in the 2015 first quarter, the same number as the 2014 first quarter. Results for the quarter included a 1 percentage point increase from acquisitions and a 3 percentage points reduction from foreign exchange. Net earnings to the company declined 3% to $211 million versus $217 million in 2014. Earnings per basic and diluted share was $3.07 against $3.07 a year ago. Operating earnings was $351 million declined 1% versus the 2014 quarter of $354.339 million. This decrease was driven by lower gross profit margins in Canada and the other businesses as well as negative expense leverage in Canada. Operating cash flow was $156 million versus $168 million in the 2014 first quarter. Capital expenditures were $99 million versus $66 million in the first quarter of 2014. Earnings before income taxes was $347.639 million against $351.613 million a year ago. Net earnings available to common shareholders was $208.802 million against $213.734 million a year ago.

Grainger Updates Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of 2015

Grainger updated earnings guidance for the full year of 2015. For the year, the company updated its full year guidance to reflect its plans announced earlier to buy back an incremental $1 billion of stock in 2015, beyond the $400 million previously announced. The incremental share repurchases in 2015 are expected to be accretive to 2015 earnings in the range of $0.08 to $0.12 per share. The company now expects 1 to 4% sales growth and earnings per share of $12.25 to $12.95, compared to previous guidance of 3 to 7% sales growth and earnings per share of $12.60 to $13.60.

W.W. Grainger Mulls Acquisitions

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) intends to make acquisitions. The company is committed to operating with a debt to EBITDA ratio that is in the 1.0-1.5x range. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ryan said: "The addition of this level of permanent debt signals an important change in our capital structure and strikes the right balance between rewarding shareholders, making our capital structure more efficient and preserving the company's ability to pursue both organic growth and acquisition opportunities."


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