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W.W. Grainger Inc.

W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW)

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.

The Company operates in Japan and South Korea through its interest in MonotaRO, which provides small and mid-sized Japanese businesses with products that help them operate and maintain their facilities. The Company's operations in Mexico provide local businesses with MRO supplies and other related products primarily from Mexico and the United States. Zoro is the single channel online business in the United States, and operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Zoro is an online distributor of MRO products serving businesses and consumers through its Website, Zoro.com.

United States

The United States segment offers a selection of maintenance, repair and operating supplies, and other related products and services through sales representatives, catalogs, e-commerce and local branches. Products offered by the Company include 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 items focused on the facilities maintenance market. The services offered primarily relate to inventory management solutions.

The Company offers its products under a range of brand names, such as DAYTON motors, power transmission, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and material handling equipment; SPEEDAIRE air compressors; AIR HANDLER air filtration equipment; TOUGH GUY cleaning products; WESTWARD tools; CONDOR safety products, and LUMAPRO lighting products. As of December 31, 2016, the United States segment operated in 50 states through a network of distribution centers (DCs), branches and contact centers. Its customers range from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations, government entities and other institutions.

Canada

Acklands-Grainger Inc. (Ackland-Grainger) is a distributor of industrial and safety supplies. Acklands-Grainger distributes tools, fasteners, safety supplies, welding and shop equipment, among others. The Canadian business serves customers through branches, sales and service representatives, and DCs across Canada. As of December 31, 2016, Acklands-Grainger had 151 branches and five DCs. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's customers had access to more than 152,000 stocked products through a catalog, printed in both English and French.

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Annual Dividends

Year Amount Change
2006 0.0c
2007 0.0c 0%
2008 0.0c 0%
2009 0.0c 0%
2010 0.0c 0%
2011 0.0c 0%
2012 320.0c 100%
2013 372.0c 16.3%
2014 432.0c 16.1%
2015 468.0c 8.3%
2016 488.0c 4.3%
2017 512.0c 4.9%
2018 544.0c 6.3%
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Dividends

Ex-Div Date Pay Date Year Type Frequency Status Amount
10 May 2012 01 Jun 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 80c
09 Aug 2012 01 Sep 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 80c
07 Nov 2012 01 Dec 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 80c
07 Feb 2013 01 Mar 2013 2012 Final Quarterly Paid 80c
09 May 2013 01 Jun 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 93c
08 Aug 2013 01 Sep 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 93c
06 Nov 2013 01 Dec 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 93c
06 Feb 2014 01 Mar 2014 2013 Final Quarterly Paid 93c
08 May 2014 01 Jun 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 108c
07 Aug 2014 01 Sep 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 108c
06 Nov 2014 01 Dec 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 108c
05 Feb 2015 01 Mar 2015 2014 Final Quarterly Paid 108c
07 May 2015 01 Jun 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 117c
06 Aug 2015 01 Sep 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 117c
05 Nov 2015 01 Dec 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 117c
04 Feb 2016 01 Mar 2016 2015 Final Quarterly Paid 117c
05 May 2016 01 Jun 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 122c
04 Aug 2016 01 Sep 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 122c
09 Nov 2016 01 Dec 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 122c
09 Feb 2017 01 Mar 2017 2016 Final Quarterly Paid 122c
04 May 2017 01 Jun 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 128c
10 Aug 2017 01 Sep 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 128c
10 Nov 2017 01 Dec 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 128c
09 Feb 2018 01 Mar 2018 2017 Final Quarterly Paid 128c
11 May 2018 01 Jun 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 136c
10 Aug 2018 01 Sep 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 136c
08 Nov 2018 01 Dec 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 136c
08 Feb 2019 01 Mar 2019 2018 Final Quarterly Paid 136c
10 May 2019 01 Jun 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 144c
09 Aug 2019 01 Sep 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 144c
07 Nov 2019 01 Dec 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Declared 144c
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