W.W. Grainger

With 2014 sales of $10 billion, Grainger (GWW) is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products, with operations in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Grainger is a business-to-business distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. Millions of businesses and institutions worldwide rely on Grainger for pumps, motors, hand tools, janitorial supplies, fasteners and much more. These customers represent a broad collection of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, government and hospitality. They place orders over the phone, at local branches, online and using mobile devices. More than 4,000 manufacturers supply Grainger with the 1 million products that are stocked in Grainger’s branches and distribution centers or sourced through a network of suppliers.

Company Growth (employees)
Lake Forest, US
Size (employees)
24,400 (est)-5%
W.W. Grainger was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, US

Key People at W.W. Grainger

D.G. Macpherson

D.G. Macpherson

Chief Executive Officer
James Ryan

James Ryan

Chairman of the Board
Ronald Jadin

Ronald Jadin

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

W.W. Grainger Office Locations

W.W. Grainger has an office in Lake Forest
Lake Forest, US (HQ)
100 Grainger Pkwy

W.W. Grainger Data and Metrics

W.W. Grainger Financial Metrics

$, USD

Market capitalization (23-Jun-2017)

10.3 b

Closing share price (23-Jun-2017)


Cash (31-Dec-2016)

274.1 m
W.W. Grainger's current market capitalization is $10.3 b.
$, USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


430.6 m226.6 m290.1 m274.1 m

Accounts Receivable

1.1 b1.2 b1.2 b

Current Assets

3 b3 b3 b3 b


525.5 m506.9 m582.3 m527.2 m

Total Assets

5.3 b5.3 b5.9 b5.7 b

Accounts Payable

510.6 m554.1 m583.5 m650.1 m

Current Liabilities

1.2 b1.3 b1.8 b1.6 b

Retained Earnings

5.8 b6.3 b6.8 b7.1 b

Total Equity

3.3 b3.3 b2.4 b1.9 b

Financial Leverage

1.6 x1.6 x2.5 x3 x
$, USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

807.7 m812.3 m785.2 m632.8 m

Depreciation and Amortization

180.6 m208.3 m228 m248.9 m

Accounts Receivable

(130 m)(120 m)(3.1 m)(46 m)


(24 m)(92 m)(38 m)(4.4 m)

Accounts Payable

71.1 m32 m23.1 m72.9 m

Cash From Operating Activities

986.5 m959.8 m989.9 m1 b

Cash From Investing Activities

(399.4 m)(384.1 m)(843.4 m)(262.3 m)

Long-term Borrowings

(262.2 m)

Dividends Paid

(255.5 m)(291.4 m)(306.5 m)(303 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

(590.9 m)(758.1 m)(62.6 m)(754.5 m)
Y, 2016

Financial Leverage

3 x

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