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Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Results

CINCINNATI – March 22, 2011Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS), today reported its results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2011.  Revenue for the quarter, which ended February 28, 2011, was $937.8 million, representing an 8.8% increase compared to last year’s third quarter.  Net income increased 20.6% to $59.1 million as compared to $49.0 million in last year’s third quarter.  Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter were $0.41, a 28.1% increase over the $0.32 earnings per diluted share reported in last year’s third quarter.

Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our revenue momentum of the past several quarters continued throughout our third quarter, propelled largely by improvements in sales productivity and customer retention.  Our organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impact of acquisitions, was 5.5%, up sequentially from 4.2% and 2.8% in this year’s second and first quarters, respectively.”

Mr. Farmer added, “We are pleased with our operating margin improvement, both year over year and sequentially.  A year ago, upon seeing signs of stabilization in the U.S. economy, we invested in sales resources to create revenue momentum. This fiscal year’s third quarter operating income results reflect the leveraging of this investment.”

Cintas’ balance sheet remains strong as of February 28, 2011.  Cash and marketable securities were $216.7 million.  Cintas’ current ratio was 3.4 to 1.  Total debt was $808.1 million and total debt to total capitalization was 25%.

Mr. Farmer concluded, “Based on our third quarter results and our current outlook for the remainder of the year, we are updating our guidance for fiscal 2011.  We expect our fiscal 2011 revenue to be in the range of $3.75 billion to $3.77 billion.  While not significantly impacting our third quarter earnings, the recent increase in gasoline and diesel costs could negatively impact fourth quarter earnings.  Thus, we expect our fiscal 2011 earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.63.”

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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