) reported first-quarter fiscal 2013 (ended August 31, 2012)
earnings of 60 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by a penny. Results improved 15.4% from the prior year
quarter earnings of 52 cents per share.
Total revenue in the quarter increased 3.4% year over year to $1.05
billion, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06 billion.
Organic growth in the quarter was 3.2%.
Cost of rental uniforms and ancillary products increased 6.1%
year over year to $428.1 million and cost of other services rose
1.5% to $177.3 million during the quarter. Selling, general and
administrative expenses decreased 1.3% on a year-over-year basis to
Operating income for the quarter improved 8.3% to $139.3
million. Consequently, operating margin expanded 60 basis points
(bps) year over year to 13.2%.
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Rental uniforms and ancillary product
revenues for the quarter improved 4.9% year over year to $754.8
million. Gross profit increased 3.4% to $326.7 million from $316
million in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin decreased 60 bps
year over year to 43.3%.
Uniform Direct Sales
revenues grossed $100.3 million, decreasing 1.4% from $101.7
million in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit for the segment
increased 1.3% to $29.5 million from $29.1 in the year ago quarter.
Gross margin dropped 80 bps year over year to 29.4%.
First Aid, Safety and Fire Protection
revenues went up 6.8% to $110.8 million from the year-earlier
quarter. Gross profit increased 6.7% to $47.8 million from the year
ago quarter. Gross margin declined 10 bps year over year to 43.1%
in the quarter.
revenues fell 7.5% to $85.4 million from the year-ago quarter.
Consequently, gross profit declined 17.2% to $41.9 million from the
prior-year quarter of $49.1 million. The gross margin of the
segment decreased 410 bps year over year to 49.1%.
Cash and cash equivalents were $319.2 million as of August 31,
2012, decreasing from $339.8 million as of May 31, 2012. Long-term
debt was $1.31 billion as of August 31, 2012, compared to $1.06
billion as of May 31, 2012.
The debt-to-capitalization ratio increased to 37.8% as of August
31, 2012, from 37.5% as of May 31, 2012. Cash flow from operations
was $94.9 million during the three months ended August 31, 2012, up
from $56.6 million during the three months ending August 31, 2011.
During the reported quarter, Cintas purchased 1.8 million shares of
its common stock at an aggregate price of $70.6 million. The
company has $299.8 million available for share buyback program
under its authorization as of August 31, 2012.
Outlook for Fiscal 2013
The company reiterated revenue guidance in the range of $4.25-$4.35
billion. Earnings are now expected to lie within the band of
$2.50-$2.58, up from the previous guidance of $2.47-$2.55 per
share. The share buy back program during the fourth quarter will
benefit earnings by roughly 3 cents per share.
Cintas faces severe challenges from the soft European market. The
document management segment was negatively affected during the
reported quarter due to lower recycled paper prices. If paper price
remains low, it may weigh on margins going forward. Moreover,
higher cotton price remain a headwind for the company in the coming
However, Cintas continues with its focus on selling profitable
business and cost cutting initiatives which bodes well for its
future performance. Moreover, the company has a healthy balance
sheet as required to finance future acquisitions.
Cintas faces competition from companies like
G&K Services, Inc.
ABM Industries Incorporated
). The company retains a short-term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold). We have a
long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.