Published 09.24.15

Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results

Organic Revenue Up 6.8% and Operating Income Increased 13.5%

CINCINNATI - September 24, 2015 - Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended August 31, 2015.

Revenue for the first quarter was $1.20 billion, an increase of 8.8% over the prior year period. Organic growth, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions, workday differences and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was 6.8%.

Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 of $185.5 million increased 13.5% from the prior year period. Operating income margin improved seventy basis points to 15.5% from 14.8% of revenue in last year’s first quarter.

Net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $106.2 million compared to $105.9 million in the prior year period, and earnings per diluted share (EPS) from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 were $0.93 compared to $0.89 for the first quarter of last year. First quarter of fiscal year 2015 net income and EPS from continuing operations were positively impacted by a gain from the sale of stock in an equity method investment. Excluding this benefit to net income of $13.6 million or EPS of $0.11, first quarter of fiscal 2016 net income and EPS from continuing operations increased 15.1% and 19.2%, respectively, compared to the prior year period.  Net income from continuing operations as a percent of revenue improved fifty basis points to 8.9% from 8.4% of revenue in last fiscal year’s first quarter, excluding the prior year period gain. 

Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to report a good start to our fiscal year 2016.  We continue to focus on both adding new customers and providing existing customers with additional products and services. Our revenue and earnings growth is the result of the consistently strong performance of our employees, whom we call partners.”  

During August and into September through the close of business yesterday, Cintas purchased 2.9 million shares of common stock. This share buyback had no impact on first quarter EPS but is expected to benefit full fiscal year EPS by $0.05. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2016, approximately 4.5 million shares of common stock have been purchased at an aggregate cost of $381.2 million.  As of September 23, 2015, Cintas had $381.8 million available under the current Board of Directors stock repurchase authorization.


Mr. Farmer concluded, “As a result of our first quarter results and the recent acquisition of Zee Medical, we are updating our annual guidance. We expect fiscal 2016 revenue to be in the range of $4.80 billion to $4.88 billion and fiscal 2016 EPS from continuing operations to be in the range of $3.79 to $3.88.  This guidance does not include any EPS impact from the announced agreement to sell our investment in Shred-it, which has not yet closed. This guidance does not include any potential deterioration in the U.S. economy or additional share buybacks.”

The table below provides a comparison of fiscal 2015 revenue to our fiscal 2016 revenue guidance. 

The table below provides a comparison of fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS to our fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. We present fiscal 2015 EPS as adjusted because we believe it is more representative of the ongoing performance of Cintas



U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles require companies to evaluate their reportable operating segments when certain events occur. As a result of a recent evaluation, effective June 1, 2015, we will report the following operating segments: Uniform Rental and Facility Services, First Aid and Safety Services, and All Other. All Other primarily consists of Fire Protection Services and our Direct Sale business division. Please refer to the Supplemental Segment Data following our first quarter income statement accompanying this earnings release for more information.   

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.


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For additional information, contact:

J. Michael Hansen
Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Paul F. Adler
Vice President and Treasurer