CHICAGO — Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2015 second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Sales of $2.5 billion increased 1 percent versus $2.5 billion in the 2014 second quarter. There were 64 selling days in the quarter, the same as in 2014. Net earnings for the quarter increased 7 percent to $221 million versus $206 million in 2014. Earnings per share of $3.25 increased 11 percent versus $2.94 in 2014.
“While this continues to be a difficult economic environment, we are focusing on the things we can control,” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan. “Despite continued softness in sales and gross profit margins from a tough industrial economy, we continue to invest for the long term while driving significant productivity to fund growth and infrastructure investments and reduce overall margin pressure. We have also leveraged our strong balance sheet with a recent $1 billion bond placement and lowered our tax rate through improved tax planning strategies. We expect the current economic conditions to continue through the end of the year and as a result we are updating our guidance,” Ryan concluded.
The company now expects 0 to 2 percent sales growth and earnings per share of $12.00 to $12.50 for the full year 2015. The company’s previous 2015 guidance, issued on April 16, 2015, included 1 to 4 percent sales growth and earnings per share of $12.25 to $12.95.Tagged with tED