Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) reported its fiscal fourth quarter 2015 results after markets closed on Thursday, beating bottom line estimates with EPS of $0.86 on revenues of $1.14 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter ending May 31. Analysts had expected earnings of $0.85 per share on revenues of $1.15 billion. “Organic growth”, which the company defined as adjusting for acquisition, currency exchange and other impacts was 6%. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, Cintas reported EPS of $1.04 per share on revenues of $1.13 billion. The firm was quick to point out, however, that the fourth quarter 2015 results did not include document shredding revenue as a result of its Shred-It transaction. On Wednesday, the firm announced it will sell its investment in Shred-It International Inc. to Stericycle, Inc. in a deal worth $550 million to $600 million before taxes. In the full 2015 fiscal year, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) posted a net income from continuing operations of $408.1 million, or $3.44 per share, on revenues of $4.48 billion. “Organic growth” was reported by the company to be 7.1% for the full fiscal year. For the year, gross margin increased by 9.8% to $1.92 billion, or 42.9% of revenue. Operating margin grew by 15.5% to $696.4 million, or 15.6% of revenue. Cintas is also forecasting revenue for the full 2016 fiscal year to be in the range of $4.7 billion to $4.78 billion and an EPS range of $3.74 to $3.83.
Despite the bottom line beat, it’s gloomy news for Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) as far as how the hedge funds we track felt about the company and its prospects. The smart money was bearish on the company during the first quarter. The total value of their holdings in the company decreased by 2.21% to $1.08 billion by the end of said period. This was despite share price growth of 4.07% in the first three months of the year. By March 31, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish in this stock, down by two from the fourth quarter, which appears to have been a mistake, as the stock has grown by over 6% since the end of the first quarter.
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We also track insider purchases or sales of share since this can tell us whether management teams in places such as Cintas Corporation are bullish on their firm’s shares. There were no insider purchases recorded for Cintas Corporation through July 16, though there were three recorded sales. President and COO James Phillip Holloman sold 3,745 shares of the firm on April 30, while Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Frooman sold equal amounts of 3,945 shares on March 20 and March 23 respectively.
With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the fresh smart money action regarding Cintas Corporation on the next page.