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Mergent Includes Cintas on List of Dividend Achievers for 2003


Cincinnati, Ohio - Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) is saluted for rewarding shareholders.

Mergent recognized Cintas Corporation as a 2003 Dividend Achiever for their years of consecutive dividend increases. This year marks Cintas' 20th anniversary as a public company. The company increased dividends during each of those years, resulting in a compounded annual growth rate of 29 percent.

In a letter informing the company of their designation, Mergent commended Cintas "for years of successful fiscal management and shareholder awareness that have been reflected in your dividend policies". Mergent has been tracking companies achieving ten or more consecutive years of dividend increases since 1979 and acknowledging them in their publication, Mergent's Dividend Achievers. In 2002, only 2.5 percent of all dividend-paying U.S. companies achieved this outstanding record. Combined, these companies outperformed the S&P 500 total return by more than 20 percentage points.

"We are honored to receive this designation," said Robert J. Kohlhepp, Cintas' Chief Executive Officer.
"It, along with our 33 consecutive years of growth in sales, profits, and employees (who we call partners), affirms that we are meeting our principal objective of maximizing the long-term value of Cintas for our shareholders and working partners by exceeding our customers' expectations."

About Cintas
Cintas Corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the leader in the corporate identity uniform industry providing uniforms to a wide variety of businesses nationwide. The Company also provides a wide range of outsourcing services including entrance mats, sanitation supplies, cleanroom services, and first aid and safety products and services. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 Company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Company is set to achieve 34 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings.

About Mergent
Mergent, Inc., a leading provider of global business and financial information on publicly traded companies, operates sales offices in key North American cities, as well as London, Tokyo and Sydney. Mergent's products date back to 1900 and contain information on more than 15,000 U.S. public companies, 20,000 non-U.S. public companies in 100 countries, and 20,000 U.S. municipal entities, as well as extensive corporate and municipal bond, UIT and dividend information. More than 200,000 professional and individual clients worldwide turn to Mergent's products.

For additional information contact:
William C. Galef
Vice President - Finance and CFO
(513) 573-4211

Karen L. Carnahan
Vice President and Treasurer
(513) 573-4013

 



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