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W.W. Grainger is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. Co.'s operations are primarily in the U.S. and Canada, with a presence in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Co.'s U.S. segment provides MRO supplies and other related products and services through sales representatives, catalogs, eCommerce and local branches. Co.'s Canadian segment, through its Acklands – Grainger Inc. and its subsidiaries, is an MRO distributor. Co.'s Other businesses include Zoro Tools, Inc. in the U.S. and MonotaRO Co., Ltd. in Japan and operations in Europe, Asia and Latin America. According to our W.W. Grainger stock split history records, W.W. Grainger has had 3 splits.
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W.W. Grainger (GWW) has 3 splits in our W.W. Grainger stock split history database. The first split for GWW took place on June 10, 1985. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of GWW owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 1000 share position pre-split, became a 2000 share position following the split. GWW's second split took place on June 10, 1991. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of GWW owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 2000 share position pre-split, became a 4000 share position following the split. GWW's third split took place on June 15, 1998. This was a 2 for 1 split, meaning for each share of GWW owned pre-split, the shareholder now owned 2 shares. For example, a 4000 share position pre-split, became a 8000 share position following the split.

When a company such as W.W. Grainger splits its shares, the market capitalization before and after the split takes place remains stable, meaning the shareholder now owns more shares but each are valued at a lower price per share. Often, however, a lower priced stock on a per-share basis can attract a wider range of buyers. If that increased demand causes the share price to appreciate, then the total market capitalization rises post-split. This does not always happen, however, often depending on the underlying fundamentals of the business. Looking at the W.W. Grainger stock split history from start to finish, an original position size of 1000 shares would have turned into 8000 today. Below, we examine the compound annual growth rate — CAGR for short — of an investment into W.W. Grainger shares, starting with a $10,000 purchase of GWW, presented on a split-history-adjusted basis factoring in the complete W.W. Grainger stock split history. W.W. Grainger split adjusted history picture

Growth of $10,000.00
With Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 01/16/2009
End date: 01/15/2019
Start price/share: $76.52
End price/share: $293.22
Starting shares: 130.68
Ending shares: 157.85
Dividends reinvested/share: $37.04
Total return: 362.85%
Average Annual Total Return: 16.55%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $46,270.59
Years: 10.00
 
Growth of $10,000.00
Without Dividends Reinvested

Start date: 01/16/2009
End date: 01/15/2019
Start price/share: $76.52
End price/share: $293.22
Dividends collected/share: $37.04
Total return: 331.60%
Average Annual Total Return: 15.74%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $43,152.77
Years: 10.00
Date Ratio
06/10/19852 for 1
06/10/19912 for 1
06/15/19982 for 1
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