CINTAS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES ANNUAL DIVIDEND AND STOCK BUYBACK AUTHORIZATION
Cincinnati, October 26, 2010 — Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors approved a 49 cents per share annual dividend at its meeting today. This dividend represents a 2% increase over last year’s annual dividend of 48 cents per share. This dividend is payable on December 15, 2010, to shareholders of record as of November 12, 2010.
Robert J. Kohlhepp, Chairman of the Board of Cintas said, “Historically, we have paid our annual dividend in March. However, we decided moving the annual dividend closer to the end of our fiscal year was more appropriate. Despite a very challenging economic environment during our past two fiscal years, we continued to generate a healthy cash flow and even strengthened our balance sheet. As a result, we are pleased to be able to increase our annual dividend for the 28th consecutive year dating back to 1983, the year we went public.”
The Board of Directors also approved a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to $500 million of Cintas common stock at market prices. The number of shares to be repurchased and the timing of the purchases will be determined at the discretion of the Board.
Mr. Kohlhepp added, “As Scott Farmer, our Chief Executive Officer, announced on September 21, 2010, we completed our existing Board authorized share buyback program during our first quarter and into September by acquiring 7.6 million shares of common stock at a cost of approximately $202 million. Repurchased shares will be reserved in treasury for general purposes, including reissue in connection with stock option exercises and future acquisitions.”
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types predominantly in the United States and Canada. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection 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 Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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For additional information, contact:
William C. Gale
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
J. Michael Hansen
Vice President and Treasurer