Published 03.19.14

Cintas Corporation Announces Agreement with Shred-it International Inc. to Combine Document Shredding Businesses

The Newly formed Partnership will have over $600 million in Annual Revenues and Operate under the Shred-it name Cintas Corporation to have 42% ownership of the Partnership and will receive $180 Million in Cash at Closing
CINCINNATI - March 19, 2014 - Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) announced today an agreement with the shareholders of Shred-it International Inc. to combine Cintas’ Document Shredding business with Shred-it’s Document Shredding business. Under the agreement, Cintas and Shred-it will each contribute its document shredding business to a newly formed partnership that will be owned 42% by Cintas and 58% by the shareholders of Shred-it. The combined entity will operate under the Shred-it brand and is expected to have annual revenues in excess of $600 million. In addition to its 42% ownership of the partnership, Cintas will receive approximately $180 million in cash at the closing of the transaction.

“We are confident that this transaction is the best path forward for our Document Shredding customers, our workforce and our shareholders,” said Scott D. Farmer, Cintas’ Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we expect that Cintas Document Shredding and Shred-it will be the industry leader, benefitting from increased scale, resources and strong cash flow to uniquely position the new company to provide world class information protection services to its customers.”

Following completion of the transaction, the combined company will be led by Vince DePalma, current President and Chief Executive Officer of Shred-it, who will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed company, and Karen Carnahan, now President and Chief Operating Officer of Cintas’ Document Management Division, who will become Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed company.

Karen Carnahan stated, “The Cintas Document Shredding team is excited to join forces with Shred-it to create a global leader in document destruction services. Shred-it has been a strong and well respected competitor over the years, and we look forward to working together to bring innovative ideas and superior customer service to our combined customer base.”

The transaction, which was approved by Cintas’ Board of Directors, is expected to close before Cintas’ fiscal year end which is May 31, 2014, subject to the customary closing conditions and various approvals.

With regards to Cintas’ Global Document Storage and Imaging business, Cintas is currently exploring strategic opportunities for this business and will provide additional details in the future as appropriate.

Cintas will hold a conference call on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, after the market closes to discuss its third quarter fiscal 2014 results and this transaction. A live webcast of the call will be available to individual investors and the public beginning at 5:00pm, Eastern Time, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

The webcast will be available at (click on the webcast icon and then follow instructions). For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be available on the Company's web site beginning approximately two hours after the completion of the live call and will remain available for two weeks. Questions concerning the webcast or conference call should be directed to Judy Girty at (513) 573-4915 or [email protected].

About Cintas Corporation

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, mats, mops, 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 Fortune 500 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 Nasdaq-100 Index.

About Shred-it

Shred-it is a world-leading information security company providing document destruction services that ensure the security and integrity of its clients’ private information. Shred-it has operations in 17 countries worldwide, servicing more than 180,000 global, national and local businesses, including the world’s top intelligence and security agencies, more than 500 police forces, 1,500 hospitals, 8,500 bank branches and 1,200 universities and colleges. For more information, please visit


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For additional information, contact:

J. Michael Hansen, Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer – 513-701-2079

Paul F. Adler, Vice President and Treasurer – 513-573-4195