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How to buy WW Grainger stock
Learn how to easily invest in WW Grainger stock.
WW Grainger Inc is an industrial distribution business based in the US. WW Grainger shares (GWW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. WW Grainger employs 22,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.
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- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – GWW – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
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What's in this guide?
- GWW shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is GWW stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Is GWW suitable for ethical investing?
- Are GWW shares over-valued?
- WW Grainger's financials
- How volatile are GWW shares?
- Does WW Grainger pay a dividend?
- Have GWW shares ever split?
- Other common questions
WW Grainger stock price (NYSE: GWW)Use our graph to track the performance of GWW stocks over time.
WW Grainger shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$454.43|
|52-week range||$387.12 - $528.02|
|50-day moving average||$485.63|
|200-day moving average||$477.13|
|Wall St. target price||$560.27|
|Dividend yield||$6.48 (1.53%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$22.42|
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WW Grainger price performance over time
|1 week (2022-06-24)||-1.41%|
|1 month (2022-05-28)||N/A|
|3 months (2022-04-01)||-12.20%|
|6 months (2021-12-31)||-12.31%|
|1 year (2021-07-01)||2.16%|
|2 years (2020-07-01)||47.56%|
|3 years (2019-07-01)||70.01%|
|5 years (2017-06-30)||151.72%|
Is WW Grainger stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing WW Grainger stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of WW Grainger's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
WW Grainger's P/E ratio
WW Grainger's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, WW Grainger shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
WW Grainger's PEG ratio
WW Grainger's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5302. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into WW Grainger's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
WW Grainger's EBITDA
WW Grainger's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.9 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a WW Grainger's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
WW Grainger financials
|Revenue TTM||$13.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||12.85%|
|Gross profit TTM||$4.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||16.37%|
|Return on equity TTM||55.91%|
|Market capitalisation||$22.8 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
WW Grainger's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like WW Grainger.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
WW Grainger's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 15.04
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and WW Grainger's overall score of 15.04 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like WW Grainger is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
WW Grainger's environmental score
Environmental score: 0.89/100
WW Grainger's environmental score of 0.89 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WW Grainger is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
WW Grainger's social score
Social score: 7.8/100
WW Grainger's social score of 7.8 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that WW Grainger is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
WW Grainger's governance score
Governance score: 7.85/100
WW Grainger's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that WW Grainger is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
WW Grainger's controversy score
Controversy score: 1/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. WW Grainger scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that WW Grainger has managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||15.04|
|Total ESG percentile||7.18|
|Environmental score percentile||4|
|Social score percentile||4|
|Governance score percentile||4|
|Level of controversy||1|
WW Grainger share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 29.34% of net profits
Recently WW Grainger has paid out, on average, around 29.34% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), WW Grainger shareholders could enjoy a 1.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In WW Grainger's case, that would currently equate to about $6.48 per share.
While WW Grainger's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that WW Grainger may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
WW Grainger's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 May 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have WW Grainger's shares ever split?
WW Grainger's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 June 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your WW Grainger shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for WW Grainger shares which in turn could have impacted WW Grainger's share price.
WW Grainger share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, WW Grainger's shares have ranged in value from as little as $387.1226 up to $528.0235. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while WW Grainger's is 1.1942. This would suggest that WW Grainger's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
WW Grainger overview
W. W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products and services in the United States, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, High-Touch Solutions N. A. and Endless Assortment.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of WW Grainger is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 9.614% of WW Grainger shares are held by insiders and 72.638% by institutions. How many people work for WW Grainger?
Latest data suggests 22,700 work at WW Grainger. When does the fiscal year end for WW Grainger?
WW Grainger's fiscal year ends in December. Where is WW Grainger based?
WW Grainger's address is: 100 Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, IL, United States, 60045-5201 What is WW Grainger's ISIN number?
WW Grainger's international securities identification number is: US3848021040 What is WW Grainger's CUSIP number?
WW Grainger's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 384802104
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