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 Grainger Reports Results For Year Ended December 31, 2016
   Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:30:00 AM ET

Grainger (GWW ) today reported results for the year ended December 31, 2016. Sales of $10.1 billion were up 2 percent versus $10 billion in 2015. Reported net earnings of $606 million declined 21 percent versus $769 million in 2015. Reported earnings per share of $9.87 were down 15 percent versus $11.58 in 2015.

"In 2016 we faced a challenging demand environment compounded by a lack of inflation, which put pressure on revenue and gross margins. In the face of this pressure, we effectively managed expenses while making moves to improve our long-term competitiveness," said DG Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer. "Our core businesses performed in line with guidance, and we continue to be pleased with our progress on key initiatives including sales force effectiveness and the vertical alignment of the sales force in the United States, the medium-sized customer acquisition and penetration strategy in the United States and the growth of the online model globally. In 2017, we remain focused on creating value for customers, delivering an effortless customer experience and reducing costs.

"The fourth quarter and the year contained adjustments from our previously announced restructuring plans as well as several accounting actions that affected our reported results. The largest of these was a goodwill impairment for Fabory. Since we acquired Fabory, the business has struggled with growth and profitability. During the last few years, we’ve returned the business to solid footing by reducing the cost base and stabilizing revenue. Unfortunately, this progress is not enough to justify the current valuation. As a result, we’ve recognized an impairment charge on the business. We still believe Fabory can deliver profitable growth for Grainger going forward," he concluded.

The years 2016 and 2015 contained the following items that the company believes are not indicative of ongoing operations and have been adjusted out to provide better comparability with prior periods. Excluding these items in the tables below, net earnings decreased 10 percent and earnings per share decreased 3 percent. Details regarding these adjustments are provided in the analysis of the fourth quarter.

                                     Twelve Months Ended
                                     December 31,
                                     2016       2015       %
Diluted earnings per share reported  $   9.87   $   11.58  (15)%
Adjustments, pretax                  2.41       0.69
Tax effect (1)                       (0.55)     (0.24)
Discrete tax items                   (0.15)     (0.09)
Total, net of tax                    1.71       0.36
Diluted earnings per share adjusted  $   11.58  $   11.94  (3)%
(1) The tax impact of adjustments is calculated based on the income tax rate in each applicable jurisdiction.
EPS Adjustments
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
                                        United States Canada   Other Businesses Unallocated Expenses Total
Diluted earnings per share adjustments:
Restructuring                           0.16          0.18     --               0.09                 0.43
Other:
Goodwill and intangible impairment      --            --       0.85             --                   0.85
Unclaimed property contingency          0.37          --       --               --                   0.37
Inventory reserve adjustment            --            0.12     --               --                   0.12
GSA contingency                         0.09          --       --               --                   0.09
Discrete tax items                      --            --       --               (0.15)               (0.15)
Diluted earnings per share adjustments: $    0.62     $  0.30  $     0.85       $      (0.06)        $   1.71
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015
                                        United States Canada   Other Businesses Unallocated Expenses Total
Diluted earnings per share adjustments:
Restructuring                           0.33          0.05     0.07             --                   0.45
Discrete tax items                      --            --       --               (0.09)               (0.09)
Diluted earnings per share adjustments: $    0.33     $  0.05  $     0.07       $      (0.09)        $   0.36

The company reiterated its 2017 sales and earnings per share guidance issued on November 11, 2016, and continues to expect 2 to 6 percent sales growth and earnings per share of $11.30 to $12.40 for 2017. Further information on 2017 guidance assumptions can be found in the earnings release supplement available on the company’s website.

For the full year, the company generated $1.0 billion in operating cash flow versus $990 million in 2015. Gross capital expenditures for the year were $284 million versus $374 million in 2015. As a result, free cash flow for the year was $774 million versus $631 million in 2015, up 23 percent. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations minus net capital expenditures. Grainger repurchased approximately 3.6 million shares of stock for $790 million in 2016 as part of the expanded share buyback program announced in April 2015. Dividends paid in 2016 totaled $303 million. For the year, Grainger returned $1.1 billion in cash to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.

2016 Fourth Quarter

Sales for the 2016 fourth quarter of $2.5 billion were flat versus the 2015 fourth quarter. Reported net earnings of $61 million declined 58 percent versus $145 million in 2015. Reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.01 declined 56 percent versus $2.30 in 2015. Results for the quarter included costs related to previously announced restructuring actions in the United States and Canada and other charges as follows:

                                    Three Months Ended
                                    December 31,
                                    2016       2015      %
Diluted earnings per share reported $   1.01   $   2.30  (56)%
Adjustments, pretax                 1.68       0.48
Tax effect (1)                      (0.30)     (0.18)
Discrete tax items                  0.06       (0.11)
Total, net of tax                   1.44       0.19
Diluted earnings per share adjusted $   2.45   $   2.49  (2)%
(1) The tax impact of adjustments is calculated based on the income tax rate in each applicable jurisdiction.
EPS Adjustments
Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
                                        United States Canada      Other Businesses Unallocated Expenses Total
Diluted earnings per share adjustments:
Restructuring                           0.04          (0.01)      --               --                   0.03
Other:
Goodwill and intangible impairment      --            --          0.87             --                   0.87
Unclaimed property contingency          0.38          --          --               --                   0.38
GSA contingency                         0.10          --          --               --                   0.10
Discrete tax items                      --            --          --               0.06                 0.06
Diluted earnings per share adjustments: $    0.52     $   (0.01)  $     0.87       $      0.06          $  1.44
Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
                                        United States Canada   Other Businesses Unallocated Expenses Total
Diluted earnings per share adjustments:
Restructuring                           0.26          0.03     0.01             --                   0.30
Discrete tax items                      --            --       --               (0.11)               (0.11)
Diluted earnings per share adjustments: $    0.26     $  0.03  $     0.01       $      (0.11)        $   0.19

The company provided the following details relative to the restructuring and other charges noted in the tables:

-- Restructuring: A net charge of $3 million, or $0.03 after-tax earnings per share, related to restructuring actions. These included closing branches and gains on sale of real estate in the United States and Canada.

-- Goodwill and intangible impairment: A charge of $52 million, or $0.87 after-tax earnings per share, related to a goodwill impairment at Fabory and an intangible impairment in Colombia.

-- Unclaimed property contingency: A charge of $36 million, or $0.38 after-tax earnings per share, related to an accounting adjustment for unclaimed property in the United States for the five years 2008 through 2012.

-- GSA contingency: An expense of $9 million, or $0.10 after-tax earnings per share, to increase its reserve related to certain tax, freight and miscellaneous billing issues in connection with the audit of government contracts with the General Services Administration first entered in 1999.

The company also had a $4 million, or $0.06 per share, charge from discrete tax items. In total there were $1.44 per share of charges in the 2016 quarter versus $0.19 per share in the 2015 quarter.

Company

Company sales in the 2016 fourth quarter were flat versus the prior year. There were 63 selling days in the 2016 fourth quarter, one fewer than in the 2015 quarter. On a daily basis, total company sales were up 1 percent for the quarter. The 1 percent daily sales increase consisted of a 1 percentage point increase from volume and a 1 percentage point increase from the timing of the holidays in December, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from price.

Company operating earnings of $174 million for the 2016 fourth quarter declined 31 percent versus the 2015 quarter. This decrease was driven by the flat sales, restructuring costs, other charges and a lower gross profit margin. The company’s gross profit margin for the quarter declined 0.4 percentage point, primarily driven by price deflation exceeding cost deflation and unfavorable customer mix. Operating expenses increased 9 percent. Excluding the items noted above in the fourth quarter table, adjusted operating expenses were down 1 percent and adjusted operating earnings in the quarter were down 3 percent.

The company has two reportable business segments, the United States and Canada, which represented approximately 80 percent of company sales for the quarter. The remaining operating businesses are located in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The single channel online businesses are included in Other Businesses and are not reportable segments.

United States

Sales in the United States segment declined 1 percent in the 2016 fourth quarter versus the prior year and were flat on a daily basis. The daily sales performance was composed of a 1 percentage point increase from higher intercompany sales to Zoro and 1 percentage point from the timing of the holidays, offset by a 1 percentage point decline from price and a 1 percentage point decline from volume. Government, Retail and Light Manufacturing customers had the strongest sales performance in the quarter.

Operating earnings for the United States segment declined 11 percent in the quarter driven by the restructuring costs, other charges, lower sales and lower gross profit margins. Gross profit margins for the quarter decreased 0.3 percentage point driven by price deflation exceeding cost deflation and better relative growth with lower margin customers. Operating expenses increased 3 percent due to the restructuring costs and charges. Excluding the items noted above, adjusted operating expenses were down 1 percent and adjusted operating earnings for the U.S. segment in the quarter were down 3 percent versus the prior year.

Canada

Sales in the 2016 fourth quarter at Acklands-Grainger declined 11 percent in U.S. dollars. On a daily basis, sales declined 9 percent in U.S. and local currency. The 9 percent daily sales decline consisted of a 7 percentage point decrease from volume and a 4 percentage point decrease from price, partially offset by a 1 percentage point contribution from higher sales of seasonal products and 1 percentage point from the timing of the holidays. Sales to all customer end markets were down versus the prior year.

The business in Canada posted a $10 million operating loss in the 2016 fourth quarter. The gross profit margin in Canada declined 6.7 percentage points versus the prior year, primarily due to price deflation versus cost inflation and higher freight costs from the increase in shipping direct to customers. Operating expenses in Canada were down 7 percent in the quarter.

Other Businesses

Sales for the Other Businesses increased 11 percent for the 2016 fourth quarter versus the prior year and 13 percent on a daily basis, composed of volume and price. Sales growth in the Other Businesses was primarily driven by MonotaRO in Japan and Zoro in the United States.

The Other Businesses posted an operating loss of $36 million in the 2016 fourth quarter versus $9 million of operating earnings in the 2015 fourth quarter. The decline versus the prior year was driven by the impairment for Fabory and Colombia, partially offset by strong operating performance from MonotaRO and Zoro U.S. Excluding the items noted above, adjusted operating expenses were up 14 percent and adjusted operating earnings were up 63 percent versus the prior year.

Other

Other income and expense was a net expense of $29 million in the 2016 fourth quarter versus a net expense of $17 million in the 2015 fourth quarter. This increase was primarily due to additional interest expense from the $400 million of debt issued in May 2016 used to buy back stock and higher losses from the company’s clean energy investments.

The effective tax rate in 2016 was 53.0 percent for the quarter and 37.9 percent for the full year. Excluding the effect of the items detailed in the tables above, the adjusted tax rate was 37.1 percent for the quarter and 36.7 percent for the full year, compared to 39.2 percent for the 2015 quarter and 37.6 percent for full year 2015. The company’s clean energy investment generated $0.15 per share of earnings for the year. The company is currently projecting a tax rate of 36.0 to 37.0 percent for 2017, unchanged from the prior projection on November 11, 2016.

Cash Flow

Operating cash flow was $333 million in the 2016 fourth quarter versus $254 million in the 2015 fourth quarter. The company used the cash generated during the quarter and proceeds from the May 2016 debt offering to invest in the business and return cash to shareholders through share repurchase and dividends. Capital expenditures were $71 million in the 2016 fourth quarter versus $121 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the 2016 fourth quarter, Grainger returned $259 million to shareholders through $82 million in dividends and $177 million to buy back 816,000 shares of stock. Free cash flow for the quarter was $269 million versus $136 million in the 2015 quarter.

Webcast

Grainger will conduct a live conference call and webcast at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 25, 2017, to discuss the fourth quarter and year. The webcast will be hosted by DG Macpherson and Ron Jadin, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and can be accessed at www.grainger.com/investor. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay will be available for 90 days at www.grainger.com/investor.

About Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2016 sales of $10.1 billion, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Visit www.grainger.com/investor to view information about the company, including a history of sales by segment and a supplement regarding 2016 fourth quarter results. The Grainger website also includes more information through our Fact Book and Corporate Social Responsibility report.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements in this communication, other than those relating to historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" based on our current view of the competitive market and the overall environment. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those statements include, among other risks and uncertainties, a major loss of customers or suppliers, competitive pressures, legal proceedings, changes in laws and regulations, general economic, industry or market conditions, technological or operational disruptions, natural and other catastrophes and other factors that can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, which are available on our Investor Relations website. We disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by law.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except for per share amounts)
                                                         Three Months Ended                Twelve Months Ended
                                                         December 31,                      December 31,
                                                         2016             2015             2016              2015
Net sales                                                $    2,470,710   $    2,478,258   $    10,137,204   $    9,973,384
Cost of merchandise sold                                 1,481,017        1,475,883        6,022,647         5,741,956
Gross profit                                             989,693          1,002,375        4,114,557         4,231,428
Warehousing, marketing and administrative    expenses    815,464          750,749          2,995,060         2,931,108
Operating earnings                                       174,229          251,626          1,119,497         1,300,320
Other income and (expense)
Interest income                                          243              232              717               1,166
Interest expense                                         (17,777)         (13,852)         (66,332)          (33,571)
Loss from equity method investment                       (9,045)          (1,467)          (31,193)          (11,740)
Other non-operating expense                              (2,341)          (1,606)          (3,631)           (5,470)
Total other expense                                      (28,920)         (16,693)         (100,439)         (49,615)
Earnings before income taxes                             145,309          234,933          1,019,058         1,250,705
Income taxes                                             76,969           85,762           386,220           465,531
Net earnings                                             68,340           149,171          632,838           785,174
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest     7,674            3,939            26,910            16,178
Net earnings attributable to W.W. Grainger, Inc.         $    60,666      $    145,232     $    605,928      $    768,996
Earnings per share                                       $    1.02        $    2.32        $    9.94         $    11.69
-Basic
-Diluted                                                 $    1.01        $    2.30        $    9.87         $    11.58
Average number of shares outstanding                     59,171           62,100           60,431            65,157
-Basic
-Diluted                                                 59,566           62,550           60,840            65,765
Diluted Earnings Per Share
Net earnings as reported                                 $    60,666      $    145,232     $    605,928      $    768,996
Earnings allocated to participating securities           (518)            (1,359)          (5,406)           (7,515)
Net earnings available to common shareholders            $    60,148      $    143,873     $    600,522      $    761,481
Weighted average shares adjusted for dilutive securities 59,566           62,550           60,840            65,765
Diluted earnings per share                               $    1.01        $    2.30        $    9.87         $    11.58
SEGMENT RESULTS (Unaudited)
(In thousands of dollars)
                                Three Months Ended                    Twelve Months Ended
                                December 31,                          December 31,
                                2016               2015               2016                2015
Sales
United States                   $    1,897,061     $    1,921,840     $    7,870,105      $    7,963,416
Canada                          181,359            203,402            733,829             890,530
Other Businesses                483,534            434,361            1,884,963           1,405,750
Intersegment sales              (91,244)           (81,345)           (351,693)           (286,312)
Net sales to external customers $    2,470,710     $    2,478,258     $    10,137,204     $    9,973,384
Operating earnings
United States                   $    251,532       $    283,529       $    1,274,851      $    1,371,626
Canada                          (10,156)           4,894              (65,362)            27,368
Other Businesses                (35,658)           9,108              40,684              48,051
Unallocated expense             (31,489)           (45,905)           (130,676)           (146,725)
Operating earnings              $    174,229       $    251,626       $    1,119,497      $    1,300,320
Company operating margin        7.1            %   10.2           %   11.0            %   13.0           %
ROIC* for Company                                                     22.8            %   28.5           %
ROIC* for United States                                               40.7            %   45.1           %
ROIC* for Canada                                                      (11.4)          %   4.3            %
*The GAAP financial statements are the source for all amounts used in the Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) calculation.  ROIC is calculated using operating earnings divided by net working assets (a 5-point average for the year).  Net working assets are working assets minus working liabilities defined as follows: working assets equal total assets less cash equivalents (5-point average of $76.2 million, deferred taxes, and investments in unconsolidated entities, plus the LIFO reserve (5-point average of $386.7 million).  Working liabilities are the sum of trade payables, accrued compensation and benefits, accrued contributions to employees’ profit sharing plans, and accrued expenses.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
Preliminary
(In thousands of dollars)
Assets                                                   December 31, 2016  December 31, 2015
Cash and cash equivalents                                $      274,146     $      290,136
Accounts receivable - net                                1,223,096          1,209,641
Inventories                                              1,406,470          1,414,177
Prepaid expenses and other assets                        116,517            134,688
Total current assets                                     3,020,229          3,048,642
Property, buildings and equipment - net                  1,420,891          1,431,241
Deferred income taxes                                    64,775             83,996
Goodwill                                                 527,150            582,336
Intangibles - net (4)                                    586,126            648,010
Other assets (4)                                         75,136             63,530
Total assets                                             $      5,694,307   $      5,857,755
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Short-term debt                                          $      386,140     $      353,072
Current maturities of long-term debt (1)                 19,966             247,346
Trade accounts payable                                   650,092            583,474
Accrued compensation and benefits                        212,525            196,667
Accrued contributions to employees’ profit sharing plans 54,948             124,587
Accrued expenses                                         290,207            266,702
Income taxes payable                                     15,059             16,686
Total current liabilities                                1,628,937          1,788,534
Long-term debt (1)(2)                                    1,840,946          1,388,414
Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties              126,101            154,352
Employment-related and other non-current liabilities     192,555            173,741
Shareholders’ equity (3)                                 1,905,768          2,352,714
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity               $      5,694,307   $      5,857,755
(1) Short-term debt decreased and long-term debt increased due to the refinancing of EUR 110 million of debt in August 2016 for the Fabory business. Also, short-term decreased due to payment of $115 million for U.S. dollar term loan.
(2) Long-term debt also increased due to the issuance of $400 million of Senior Notes in May 2016.
(3) Common stock outstanding as of December 31, 2016, was 58,804,314 shares as compared with 62,028,708 shares at December 31, 2015.
(4) Capitalized software had been reclassified from Other assets to Intangibles - net in both periods presented.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
Preliminary
(In thousands of dollars)
                                                                                            Twelve Months Ended
                                                                                            December 31,
                                                                                            2016              2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings                                                                                $       632,838   $       785,174
Provision for losses on accounts receivable                                                 16,216            10,181
Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties                                                 (5,884)           4,076
Depreciation and amortization                                                               248,857           227,967
Asset impairments, net of gains from sales of assets                                        33,797            2,765
Stock-based compensation                                                                    35,735            46,861
Losses from equity method investment                                                        31,193            11,740
Change in operating assets and liabilities - net of business acquisitions and divestitures:
Accounts receivable                                                                         (45,600)          (3,085)
Inventories                                                                                 (4,403)           (37,737)
Prepaid expenses and other assets                                                           18,641            15,788
Trade accounts payable                                                                      72,882            23,130
Other current liabilities                                                                   (25,044)          (70,306)
Current income taxes payable                                                                (3,513)           6,943
Accrued employment-related benefits cost                                                    7,542             (27,721)
Other - net                                                                                 (10,281)          (5,872)
Net cash provided by operating activities                                                   1,002,976         989,904
Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions to property, buildings and equipment                                              (284,249)         (373,868)
Proceeds from sales of assets                                                               55,023            14,857
Equity method investment                                                                    (34,103)          (20,382)
Net cash paid for business acquisitions                                                     634               (464,431)
Other - net                                                                                 431               466
Net cash used in investing activities                                                       (262,264)         (843,358)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net increase in short-term debt                                                             38,445            301,211
Net increase in long-term debt                                                              253,737           1,254,345
Proceeds from stock options exercised                                                       34,125            60,885
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation                                           11,905            27,553
Purchase of treasury stock                                                                  (789,773)         (1,400,071)
Cash dividends paid                                                                         (302,971)         (306,474)
Net cash used in financing activities                                                       (754,532)         (62,551)
Exchange rate effect on cash and cash equivalents                                           (2,170)           (20,503)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents                                                     (15,990)          63,492
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year                                              290,136           226,644
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                                  $       274,146   $       290,136

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited) (In thousands of dollars)

The company supplemented the reporting of financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including free cash flow and "adjusted" measures, including adjusted operating earnings, adjusted segment operating earnings, adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share. Free cash flow is not defined under GAAP. The company defines free cash flow as net cash flow provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment plus proceeds from the sale of assets. The company believes free cash flow is meaningful to investors as a useful measure of performance and the company uses this measure as an indication of the strength of the company and its ability to generate cash. Adjusted measures exclude items that may not be indicative of core operating results. The company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist shareholders in understanding financial results and assessing prospects for future performance. Management believes adjusted operating earnings, adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share are important indicators of operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies’ non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review company financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

The reconciliations provided below reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures adjusted net earnings, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted operating earnings, adjusted segment operating earnings and free cash flow with GAAP financial measures:

Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
                                   United States Canada       Other Business Unallocated Expenses Total        %
Operating earnings reported        $    251,532  $  (10,156)  $    (35,658)  $      (31,489)      $   174,229  (31)%
Restructuring                      3,176         (501)        --             --                   2,675
Other:                                                                                            --
Goodwill and intangible impairment --            --           52,318         --                   52,318
Unclaimed property contingency     36,375        --           --             --                   36,375
GSA contingency                    9,180         --           --             --                   9,180
Subtotal                           48,731        (501)        52,318         --                   100,548
Operating earnings adjusted        $    300,263  $  (10,657)  $    16,660    $      (31,489)      $   274,777  (3)%
Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
                                   United States Canada       Other Business Unallocated Expenses Total
Operating earnings reported        $    283,529  $  4,894     $    9,108     $      (45,905)      $   251,626
Restructuring                      25,133        3,038        1,113          1,002                30,286
Operating earnings adjusted        $    308,662  $  7,932     $    10,221    $      (44,903)      $   281,912
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)
(In thousands of dollars)
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
                                   United States   Canada        Other Business Unallocated Expenses Total          %
Operating earnings reported        $    1,274,851  $   (65,362)  $    40,684    $      (130,676)     $   1,119,497  (14)%
Restructuring                      15,668          14,998        --             8,947                39,613
Other:                                                                                               --
Goodwill and intangible impairment --              --            52,318         --                   52,318
Unclaimed property contingency     36,375          --            --             --                   36,375
Inventory reserve adjustment       --              9,847         --             --                   9,847
GSA contingency                    9,180           --            --             --                   9,180
Subtotal                           61,223          24,845        52,318         8,947                147,333
Operating earnings adjusted        $    1,336,074  $   (40,517)  $    93,002    $      (121,729)     $   1,266,830  (6)%
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2015
                                   United States   Canada        Other Business Unallocated Expenses Total
Operating earnings reported        $    1,371,626  $   27,368    $    48,051    $      (146,725)     $   1,300,320
Restructuring                      34,507          4,183         5,696          965                  45,351
Operating earnings adjusted        $    1,406,133  $   31,551    $    53,747    $      (145,760)     $   1,345,671
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)
(In thousands of dollars)
                                    Three Months Ended                           Twelve Months Ended
                                    December 31,                                 December 31,
                                    2016              2015             %         2016                2015               %
Segment operating earnings adjusted
United States                       $    300,263      $    308,662               $    1,336,074      $    1,406,133
Canada                              (10,657)          7,932                      (40,517)            31,551
Other Businesses                    16,660            10,221                     93,002              53,747
Unallocated expense                 (31,489)          (44,903)                   (121,729)           (145,760)
Segment operating earnings adjusted $    274,777      $    281,912     (3)  %    $    1,266,830      $    1,345,671     (6)  %
Company operating margin adjusted   11.1         %    11.4         %             12.5           %    13.5           %
ROIC* for Company                                                                25.8           %    29.5           %
ROIC* for United States                                                          42.6           %    46.2           %
ROIC* for Canada                                                                 (7.1)          %    5.0            %
*Adjusted ROIC is calculated as defined on page 10, excluding the items adjusting operating earnings as noted above.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)
(In thousands of dollars)
                                   Three Months Ended                   Twelve Months Ended
                                   December 31,                         December 31,
                                   2016          2015         %         2016          2015         %
Net earnings reported              $   60,666    $   145,232  (58) %    $   605,928   $   768,996  (21) %
Restructuring                      1,619         19,491                 26,501        30,111
Other:
Goodwill and intangible impairment 52,318        --                     52,318        --
Unclaimed property contingency     22,781                               22,781
Inventory reserve adjustment       --            --                     7,278         --
GSA contingency                    5,750                                5,750
Discrete tax items                 3,784         (6,870)                (9,378)       (5,984)
Subtotal                           86,252        12,621                 105,250       24,127
Net earnings adjusted              $   146,918   $   157,853  (7)  %    $   711,178   $   793,123  (10) %
Free Cash Flow
                                              Three Months Ended         Twelve Months Ended
                                              December 31,               December 31,
                                              2016         2015          2016           2015
Net cash provided by operating activities     $   332,593  $   253,974   $   1,002,976  $   989,904
Add:
Proceeds from the sale of assets              6,934        2,506         55,023         14,857
Less:
Additions to property, building and equipment 70,627       120,671       284,249        373,868
Free cash flow                                $   268,900  $   135,809   $   773,750    $   630,893

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SOURCE W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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