Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) (“Brady”), a world leader in identification solutions, today announced that it has completed the first phase of the previously announced two-step divestiture of its European and Asian Die-Cut businesses to Boyd Corporation, a leading global provider of highly engineered, specialty material-based environmental and energy management solutions. On February 24, 2014, Brady announced that it reached an agreement to sell its Die-Cut business to Boyd Corporation in a two-step process. The first step, which closed on May 1, 2014, involved the sale of the Die-Cut business with operations in Germany, Thailand, Korea, and Malaysia. Cash proceeds received on May 1, 2014 from the completion of the first phase of this divestiture were approximately $53 million and are subject to customary final working capital and net cash adjustments. The second step, which is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of our fiscal year ending July 31, 2014, involves the sale of the Die-Cut business with operations in the People’s Republic of China and associated global sales support and is subject to various customary closing conditions. About Brady Corporation Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31, 2013, employed approximately 7,400 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2013 sales were approximately $1.15 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com. Forward Looking Statements Certain information in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, statements concerning the consummation of the sale of the Die-Cut business and the Company's future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, all of which are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties.