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W.W. Grainger Inc Valuation – May 2018 $GWW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), incorporated on December 27, 1928, is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. The Company offers its products and services to businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with presence also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Company operates through two segments, which include the United States and Canada. The Company’s business support functions 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. The Company’s other businesses also include Zoro Tools, Inc. (Zoro), the single channel online business in the United States, MonotaRO Co. (MonotaRO) in Japan, and operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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ModernGraham Valuation of GWW – May 2018

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $16,064,048,387 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.20 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 56.52% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.71 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 9.14 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 2.20 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.24 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $11.60
MG Growth Estimate 1.80%
MG Value $140.40
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $168.25
MG Value based on 0% Growth $98.63
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.11%
Current Price $286.77
% of Intrinsic Value 204.25%

W W Grainger Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $10.36 in 2014 to an estimated $11.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 8.11% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into W W Grainger Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $97.04. The company pays a dividend of $5.06 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.71, which was below the industry average of 28.03, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-14.63.

W W Grainger Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$14.63
Graham Number $97.04
PEmg 24.71
Current Ratio 2.20
PB Ratio 9.14
Current Dividend $5.06
Dividend Yield 1.76%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,307,162,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,504,332,000
Long-Term Debt $2,244,406,000
Total Assets $5,902,811,000
Intangible Assets $549,418,000
Total Liabilities $4,132,213,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 56,403,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $13.95
Dec2017 $10.02
Dec2016 $9.87
Dec2015 $11.58
Dec2014 $11.45
Dec2013 $11.13
Dec2012 $9.52
Dec2011 $9.07
Dec2010 $6.93
Dec2009 $5.62
Dec2008 $5.97
Dec2007 $4.94
Dec2006 $4.24
Dec2005 $3.78
Dec2004 $3.13
Dec2003 $2.46
Dec2002 $2.24
Dec2001 $1.84
Dec2000 $2.05
Dec1999 $1.92
Dec1998 $2.44

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $11.60
Dec2017 $10.56
Dec2016 $10.79
Dec2015 $11.01
Dec2014 $10.36
Dec2013 $9.36
Dec2012 $8.13
Dec2011 $7.12
Dec2010 $5.94
Dec2009 $5.27
Dec2008 $4.87
Dec2007 $4.11
Dec2006 $3.52
Dec2005 $3.01
Dec2004 $2.53
Dec2003 $2.19
Dec2002 $2.07

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