Published 07.15.15

Cintas Corporation Announces Agreement to Sell Shred-it Investment

CINCINNATI - July 15, 2015 - Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its investment in Shred-it International Inc. (“Shred-it”) to Stericycle, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRCL), a global business to business compliance solutions provider specializing in complex and highly regulated arenas, for consideration of approximately $550 million to $600 million before taxes. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Upon closing of the transaction, Shred-it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Stericycle.

During April 2014, Cintas formed the Shred-it partnership with Birch Hill Equity Partners and other shareholders of Shred-it International Inc. to combine Shred-it’s business with Cintas’ information destruction business. Under the partnership agreement, Cintas received $180.0 million in cash at the closing of the transaction and retained 42% ownership of Shred-it. In May 2015, Cintas also received a $113.4 million dividend from Shred-it.

Cintas will provide additional details about this transaction during its conference call and webcast to discuss fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2015 results scheduled for 5:00p.m., Eastern Time, on Thursday, July 16, 2015.


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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.

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