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Brady Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) (“Brady” or “Company”), a world leader in identification solutions, today reported its financial results for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended October 31, 2012.

Quarter Ended October 31, 2012 Financial Results:

Sales for the fiscal 2013 first quarter ended October 31, 2012, were down 3.4 percent to $337.6 million compared to $349.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Organic sales were down 1.9 percent, the impact of foreign currency translation decreased sales by 2.1 percent, and acquisitions, net of divestitures added 0.6 percent. By segment, organic sales decreased 0.7 percent in the Americas, 3.2 percent in EMEA and 2.5 percent in the Asia-Pacific region.

Net income in the fiscal 2013 first quarter was down 16.9 percent to $27.2 million compared to $32.7 million in the same quarter last year. Excluding the losses in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 from the sales of Brady Medical, a medical die-cut business headquartered in Texas, and Varitronics, a business headquartered in Minnesota serving the education market, net income was down 7.1 percent to $30.4 million.

Earnings per diluted Class A Common Share were down 14.5 percent to $0.53 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $0.62 in the same quarter last year. Diluted Earnings per Class A Common Share excluding losses on the sales of businesses were down 4.8 percent to $0.59 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Commentary and Guidance:

“I am pleased with our performance in the quarter as our business in the Americas and Asia-Pacific showed improved results over last quarter. In Asia in particular we benefited from several new product wins in the mobile handset and tablet computer space,” said Brady’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Frank M. Jaehnert. “Europe continues to be impacted by a difficult economic environment, and we are shifting resources to higher growth opportunities in Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In addition, we are continuing to prune our portfolio of businesses. As we look to the remainder of fiscal 2013, we believe there is limited likelihood that the macro-economy will provide a tailwind. We therefore will continue on the path to create our own growth story by further investing in geographic expansion; expanding globally in certain focus markets, such as aerospace and mass transit, chemical, oil and gas, and food and beverage processing; new product development; customer conversion; and expansion of our digital capabilities to provide the best overall buying experience for our customers.”

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