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[May 02, 2014]

Brady Corporation Closes the First Phase of the Sale of Its Die-Cut Business

MILWAUKEE --(Business Wire)--

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. Bradystock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at

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.

The use of words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "project" or "plan" or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain and are subject to risks, assumptions, and other factors, some of which are beyond Brady's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For Brady, uncertainties arise from: Implementation of the Workplace Safety strategy; the length or severity of the current worldwide economic downturn or timing or strength of a subsequent recovery; future financial performance of major markets Brady serves, which include, without limitation, telecommunications, hard disk drive, manufacturing, electrical, construction, laboratory, education, governmental, public utility, computer, healthcare and transportation; future competition; changes in the supply of, or price for, parts and components; increased price pressure from suppliers and customers; Brady's ability to retain significant contracts and customers; fluctuations in currency rates versus the U.S. dollar; risks associated with international operations; difficulties associated with exports; risks associated with obtaining governmental approvals and maintaining regulatory compliance; Brady's ability to develop and successfully market new products; risks associated with identifying, completing, and integrating acquisitions; risks associated with divestitures and businesses held for sale; risks associated with restructuring plans; environmental, health and safety compliance costs and liabilities; risk associated with loss of key talent; risk associated with product liability claims; technology changes and potential security violations to the Company's information technology systems; Brady's ability to maintain compliance with its debt covenants; increase in our level of debt; potential write-offs of Brady's substantial intangible assets; unforeseen tax consequences; risk, associated with our ownership structure; and numerous other matters of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business, competitive, and regulatory nature contained from time to time in Brady's U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including, but not limited to, those factors listed in the "Risk Factors" section within Item 1A of Part I of Brady's Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 2013.

These uncertainties may cause Brady's actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in its forward-looking statements. Brady does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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