W.W. Grainger, Inc. Working Capital

Working Capital of GWW for past 10 years: annual, quarterly and twelve month trailing (TTM) including Working Capital growth rates and interactive chart. Working capital, also known as net working capital (NWC), is the difference between a company’s current assets, such as cash, accounts receivable (customers’ unpaid bills) and inventories of raw materials and finished goods, and its current liabilities, such as accounts payable. Net operating working capital is a measure of a company's liquidity and refers to the difference between operating current assets and operating current liabilities. In many cases these calculations are the same and are derived from company cash plus accounts receivable plus inventories, less accounts payable and less accrued expenses. Working capital is a measure of a company's liquidity, operational efficiency and its short-term financial health. If a company has substantial positive working capital, then it should have the potential to invest and grow. If a company's current assets do not exceed its current liabilities, then it may have trouble growing or paying back creditors, or even go bankrupt.


Highlights and Quick Summary

  • Working Capital for the quarter ending December 30, 2019 was $1.88 Billion (a 2.91% increase compared to previous quarter)
  • Year-over-year quarterly Working Capital decreased by -8.26%
  • Annual Working Capital for 2019 was $1.88 Billion (a -8.71% decrease from previous year)
  • Annual Working Capital for 2018 was $2.06 Billion (a 21.01% increase from previous year)
  • Annual Working Capital for 2017 was $1.7 Billion (a 22.12% increase from previous year)
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Historical Working Capital of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Most recent Working Capitalof GWW including historical data for past 10 years.

Interactive Chart of Working Capital of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. Working Capital for the past 10 Years (both Annual and Quarterly)

(All values are in $ million)

Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Fiscal Year
2019 $1,877.0 $1,824.0 $2,004.0 $2,046.0 $1,877.0
2018 $2,056.0 $2,116.01 $1,948.51 $1,802.83 $2,056.0
2017 $1,699.0 $1,782.54 $1,775.77 $1,407.75 $1,699.0
2016 $1,391.29 $1,592.88 $1,548.92 $1,258.52 $1,391.29
2015 $1,260.11 $1,555.49 $2,476.64 $1,649.1 $1,260.11
2014 $1,705.83 $1,886.88 $1,904.1 $1,829.53 $1,705.83
2013 $1,848.5 $1,974.61 $1,975.3 $1,934.01 $1,848.5
2012 $1,820.64 $1,791.75 $1,735.82 $1,475.33 $1,820.64
2011 $1,306.98 $1,203.09 $1,427.49 $1,479.74 $1,306.98
2010 $1,368.77 $1,252.3 $1,323.94 $1,493.92 $1,368.77
2009 $1,354.72 $1,610.95 $1,443.41 $1,333.51 $1,354.72

Business Profile of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Sector: Industrial Products
Industry: Ind Prods/Svc
W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products and services in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company provides material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, and metalworking tools, as well as gloves, ladders, motors, and janitorial supplies. It also offers inventory management and technical support services. The company provides its products through branches, sales and service representatives, contact centers, distribution centers, and catalogs, as well as through e-commerce platform. It serves small and mid-sized businesses, large corporations, government entities, and other institutions. W.W. Grainger, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.