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Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Results

CINCINNATI, December 21, 2010Cintas (Nasdaq:CTAS) today reported its results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2011. Revenue for the quarter, which ended November 30, 2010, was $936.6 million, representing a 5.9% increase compared to last year's second quarter. When adjusting for the impact of acquisitions, the organic revenue growth was 4.2%.

Net income and earnings per diluted share for the second quarter were $55.9 million and $0.38, respectively. Last year's net income and earnings per diluted share were $57.2 million and $0.37, respectively. Last year's second quarter results included a legal settlement, net of insurance proceeds, which reduced net income and earnings per diluted share by $2.5 million and $0.02, respectively.

Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am pleased to report solid results for our second quarter. Revenue in all four of our business segments grew over last year, and our organic growth rate improved from 2.8% in our first quarter to 4.2% in our second quarter. Our sales force's momentum continued to improve both in new business efforts and existing customer penetration. In addition, our customer retention improved during the quarter.”

Mr. Farmer added, “Net income and earnings per diluted share were in line with our internal expectations. We are pleased that our selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased sequentially despite one less workday from 31.8% in our first quarter to 30.8% in our second quarter.”

The Company's balance sheet continues to be very strong. Despite using $202 million of cash this fiscal year on our share buyback program, our cash and marketable securities were $285 million at November 30, 2010. Our total debt remained at $787 million and our total debt to total capitalization was 25%.

Mr. Farmer concluded, “Based on our second quarter results and our current outlook for the remainder of the year, we reiterate our fiscal 2011 revenue expectations to be in the range of $3.55 billion to $3.75 billion. We also continue to expect our fiscal 2011 earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $1.55 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 Nasdaq-100 company and 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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