CINTAS CORPORATION: Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results


Cintas Corporation issued the following announcement on Dec. 20.

Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter ended November 30, 2018.

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was $1.72 billion, an increase of 7.0% over last year’s second quarter. The organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was also 7.0%. The organic growth rate for the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment increased to 6.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 from 4.9% in the first quarter. The First Aid and Safety Services operating segment organic growth rate remained very strong at 10.2% in the second quarter.

Gross margin for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 of $775.2 million increased 8.2% from last year’s second quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue was 45.1% for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 44.6% in the second quarter of last fiscal year. Uniform Rental and Facility Services gross margin as a percentage of revenue improved to 45.3% for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 from 44.7% in the second quarter of last fiscal year.

Operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 of $275.6 million increased 17.2% from last year’s second quarter operating income of $235.2 million. Operating income was negatively impacted by integration expenses related to the G&K Services, Inc. (G&K) acquisition by $7.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and $13.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Operating income as a percentage of revenue was 16.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 14.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Excluding the integration expenses related to G&K, operating income as a percentage of revenue was 16.5% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 15.5% in the second quarter last fiscal year.

Net income from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 of $243.0 million increased 76.4% from last year’s second quarter net income from continuing operations of $137.7 million. Earnings per diluted share (EPS) from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 were $2.18, an increase of 75.8% from last year’s second quarter EPS from continuing operations of $1.24. Net income from continuing operations and EPS from continuing operations were positively impacted by a lower effective tax rate in this fiscal year’s second quarter compared to last fiscal year’s second quarter primarily from the enactment of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Act). The effective tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was 24.2% compared to an effective tax rate of 33.3% in last year’s second quarter. Additionally, fiscal 2019 second quarter EPS from continuing operations included a one-time, positive impact of $0.47 from a gain on the sale of a cost method investment. Finally, fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2018 second quarter EPS from continuing operations included a negative impact of $0.05 and $0.07, respectively, from integration expenses related to the G&K acquisition.

The following table provides a comparison of fiscal 2019 second quarter EPS to fiscal 2018 second quarter EPS:

Scott D. Farmer, Cintas’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with our second quarter and year-to-date performance. We continue to make significant progress on integrating the G&K acquisition and implementing our enterprise resource planning system. The Company is on pace to achieve another year of strong growth in revenue, earnings, and cash flow generation. I thank our employee-partners for the consistently high execution that helps get our customers Ready for the Workday™.”

Mr. Farmer added, “Earlier this month, on December 7th, we paid an annual dividend of $2.05 per share, an increase of 26.5% over last year’s annual dividend. We have increased the annual dividend for 35 consecutive years. In addition, we increased total shareholder return by executing on the share buyback program. In fiscal 2019, through the end of our second quarter, we have purchased $447 million of Cintas stock under our buyback program.”

Mr. Farmer concluded, “Following our second quarter results, we are increasing our annual guidance for fiscal 2019. We are raising our revenue guidance from a range of $6.80 billion to $6.855 billion to a range of $6.87 billion to $6.91 billion and EPS from continuing operations excluding certain items from a range of $7.19 to $7.29 to a range of $7.30 to $7.38. Fiscal 2019 guidance excludes any future integration expenses related to the acquired G&K business.”

The following table provides a comparison of fiscal 2018 revenue and EPS to our fiscal 2019 revenue and EPS 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 $18 million to $22 million for the full fiscal year.

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Source: Cintas Corporation

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