CINCINNATI, September 25, 2018 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended August 31, 2018.
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $1.70 billion, an increase of 5.4% over last year’s first quarter. The organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was 5.2%. The organic growth rate for the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment was 4.9%. We expect the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment organic growth rate to increase during the remainder of fiscal 2019. The First Aid and Safety Services operating segment organic growth rate remained strong at 9.0%.
Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 of $265.2 million increased 6.5% from last year’s first quarter operating income of $249.1 million. Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was negatively impacted by $19.0 million in stock based compensation expense related to a change in the Cintas retirement policy in which the retirement age and tenure requirements were reduced. Operating income was also negatively impacted by integration expenses related to the G&K Services, Inc. (G&K) acquisition by $4.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and $4.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
Net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 of $212.5 million increased 31.9% from last year’s first quarter net income from continuing operations of $161.1 million. Earnings per diluted share (EPS) from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $1.89, an increase of 30.3% from EPS from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 of $1.45. Net income from continuing operations and EPS from continuing operations were positively impacted by a lower effective tax rate in this fiscal year’s first quarter compared to last fiscal year’s first quarter primarily from the enactment of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Act). The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was 12.0% compared to an effective tax rate of 26.5% in last year’s first quarter. Fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 first quarter EPS from continuing operations included a negative impact of $0.04 and $0.03, respectively, from integration expenses related to the G&K acquisition.
The following table provides a comparison of fiscal 2019 first quarter EPS to fiscal 2018 first quarter EPS:
Scott D. Farmer, Cintas’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with our start to fiscal 2019 and look forward to another successful year. We remain focused on integrating the G&K acquisition, continuing the implementation of our enterprise resource planning system and increasing the number of businesses we help get Ready for the Workday™.”
Mr. Farmer concluded, “Following our first quarter results, we are increasing our annual guidance for fiscal 2019. We are raising our revenue guidance from a range of $6.75 billion to $6.82 billion to a range of $6.80 billion to $6.855 billion and EPS from continuing operations from a range of $7.00 to $7.15 to a range of $7.19 to $7.29. Fiscal 2019 guidance excludes any future integration expenses related to the acquired G&K business.”
The table below provides a comparison of fiscal 2018 revenue and EPS to our fiscal 2019 guidance.
Fiscal 2019 EPS guidance does not include any future G&K integration expenses. However, we expect that these expenses will be incurred in the remainder of fiscal 2019 as we continue to integrate this significant acquisition. We estimate that these expenses will range from $15 million to $20 million for the full fiscal year.
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, floor care, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday™. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq-100 Index.
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For additional information, contact:
J. Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 513-701-2079
Paul F. Adler, Vice President and Treasurer - 513-573-4195