CINCINNATI, September 24, 2019 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2020 first quarter ended August 31, 2019.
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $1.81 billion, an increase of 6.7% over last year’s first quarter. The organic revenue growth rate, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, and differences in the number of workdays, was 8.3%. The organic revenue growth rate for the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment was 7.5%, and the organic revenue growth rate for the First Aid and Safety Services operating segment was 13.8%.
Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $849.1 million increased 9.6% from last year’s first quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue was 46.9% for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 45.6% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment gross margin as a percentage of revenue improved 150 basis points from last year’s first quarter to 47.2%, and the First Aid and Safety Services operating segment gross margin as a percentage of revenue improved 110 basis points to 49.0%.
Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 of $306.1 million increased 15.4% from last year’s first quarter operating income of $265.2 million. Operating income as a percentage of revenue was 16.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 15.6% in the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Operating income in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was negatively impacted by integration expenses related to the G&K Services, Inc. (G&K) acquisition by $4.9 million, or 30 basis points.
Net income from continuing operations was $250.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $212.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 18.0%. Earnings per diluted share (EPS) from continuing operations were $2.32 for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to $1.89 in the prior year first quarter. G&K acquisition integration expenses negatively impacted EPS in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 by $0.04.
The following table provides a comparison of fiscal 2020 first quarter EPS to fiscal 2019 first quarter EPS:
Scott D. Farmer, Cintas' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our start to fiscal 2020. Our employee-partners continue to execute well on our game plan and on our important initiatives, and we look forward to another successful year."
Mr. Farmer concluded, “We are increasing our fiscal 2020 financial guidance. We are raising our annual revenue expectations from a range of $7.24 billion to $7.31 billion to a range of $7.28 billion to $7.32 billion and EPS from a range of $8.30 to $8.45 to a range of $8.47 to $8.57. This financial guidance does not include any potential deterioration in the U.S. economy or future share buybacks. It does incorporate the impact of having one less workday in fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2019.”
The following table provides a comparison of fiscal 2020 revenue and EPS guidance to fiscal 2019 actual results:
(1) Fiscal 2020 contains one less workday than fiscal 2019. One less workday negatively impacts revenue growth by 40 basis points.
(2) One less workday negatively impacts fiscal 2020 EPS guidance by about $0.06 and EPS growth by about 90 basis points.
(3) Fiscal 2020 guidance assumes an effective tax rate of 20.3% compared to a rate of 19.7% for fiscal 2019. The higher effective tax
rate negatively impacts fiscal 2020 EPS guidance by about $0.06 and EPS growth by about 80 basis points.
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 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 the Nasdaq-100 Index.
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For additional information, contact:
- Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 513-972-2079
- Paul F. Adler, Vice President and Treasurer - 513-972-4195