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Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2011 Results

CINCINNATI, July 19, 2011Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS) today reported results for its fourth quarter ended May 31, 2011. Revenue was $1,012.1 million, representing an 11.3% increase compared to last year’s fourth quarter. Organic growth, which adjusts for the impact of acquisitions, was 8.0%. Net income increased 27.6% to $70.8 million as compared to $55.5 million in last year’s fourth quarter. Earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter were $0.49, a 36.1% increase over the $0.36 earnings per diluted share reported in last year’s fourth quarter. Last year’s fourth quarter results included a restructuring item which increased net income by $1.9 million and earnings per diluted share by $0.01.

For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, revenue was $3.8 billion, a 7.4% increase from the prior fiscal year. Earnings per diluted share were $1.68, a 20.0% increase over last year’s $1.40. Last year’s earnings per diluted share included legal settlements and a restructuring item which reduced earnings per diluted share by $0.09.

Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our fourth quarter organic growth rate of 8.0% represents the fifth straight quarter that our organic growth rate improved. We are pleased by the continued revenue momentum in all of our businesses.”

Mr. Farmer added, “The added volume from this revenue momentum, as well as our on-going cost control efforts, helped to expand our operating margins to 12.7% in this year’s fourth quarter from 11.2% in last year’s fourth quarter. While many of our competitors have focused on lower pricing to grow their business, we have focused on selling value and growing our business profitably. Our solid fourth quarter results conclude a successful year for Cintas achieved in large part by the hard work and dedication of our employees, who we call partners.”

Mr. Farmer also announced, “During our fourth quarter and into July, we purchased 15.8 million shares of our common stock at a cost of $500 million. These purchases completed our share buyback program authorized by our Board on October 26, 2010. The value of our common stock during this period, along with the access to debt financing at very attractive rates, created a great opportunity to maximize the long-term value of Cintas for our shareholders and working partners.” The total share purchases included acquiring 7.7 million shares at an aggregate cost of approximately $240.5 million during the fourth quarter, and the remaining 8.1 million shares were purchased during June and July at an aggregate cost of $259.5 million. When combined with purchases made earlier in fiscal 2011, Cintas purchased 23.4 million shares at an aggregate cost of $702.0 million over the last twelve months.

As of May 31, 2011, Cintas’ cash and marketable securities were $525.3 million, but $259.5 million was used for the share buyback program in June and July. Total debt at May 31, 2011, was $1,286.1 million, and total debt to total capitalization was 36%. Cash flow from operations for fiscal 2011 was $340.9 million, including $132.9 million generated in the fourth quarter.

Mr. Farmer concluded, “We continue to be encouraged by the performance of our businesses and look forward to fiscal 2012. We expect our fiscal 2012 revenue to be in the range of $4.0 billion to $4.1 billion, with full year earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.97 to $2.05. This guidance assumes a moderately improving economy and employment environment. It also incorporates our estimated impact of the relatively high cotton prices experienced in our fiscal 2011 and no significant increases in energy related costs from our fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 levels.”

About Cintas:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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For additional information, contact:
William C. Gale,
Sr. Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer

J. Michael Hansen,
Vice President and Treasurer


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