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Cintas Corporation Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Results

CINCINNATI, December 19, 2008Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its second quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended on November 30, 2008. Revenue for the second quarter was $985.2 million, a slight increase over fiscal 2008 second quarter revenue of $983.9 million. Net income of $71.8 million decreased 13% from the prior year second quarter. Diluted earnings per share were $0.47, an 11% decrease as compared to the second quarter of last fiscal year.

Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, "During this challenging business environment, many of our customers have been forced to reduce employment levels and consolidate facilities. The U.S. economy has lost approximately 2 million jobs so far this year. These reductions and consolidations have negatively impacted our revenue stream. In addition, revenue in the second quarter was negatively impacted by approximately 1% due to the impact of a weaker Canadian dollar and the September Gulf Coast hurricanes. However, we continued to demonstrate the benefit of our products and services to our existing customers and new business prospects, which enabled us to maintain our revenue as compared to last year’s second quarter."

The Company’s net income during the quarter was impacted as well. First, while energy costs, most notably gasoline, have come down steadily and significantly over the last three months, they remained higher as compared to last year’s second quarter. Should they stay at this level, the Company will begin to see better quarter to quarter comparisons moving forward. In addition, increased medical costs, higher commodity costs, and the effects of the hurricanes lowered second quarter pre-tax income by $14.5 million. Based on current trends, the Company expects to gain some relief in these costs as it continues through its fiscal year.

In addition to those cost increases, the Company’s effective tax rate for the second quarter increased to 39.4% as compared to 38.3% a year ago. While the Company’s effective tax rate will fluctuate from quarter to quarter, the Company expects its effective tax rate to be approximately 37.1% for this fiscal year, which will end on May 31, 2009.

Mr. Farmer stated, "We are aggressively challenging our cost structure to meet the demands of the current economic environment. We are focused on eliminating all non-value added work throughout our organization. We define value added work as work that produces output that the customer notices and is willing to pay for. Through the application of this methodology, we expect to improve our cost structure in the future."

Financial Strength

Cintas continues to generate strong cash flow and maintain a solid balance sheet position. Net cash provided by operations was $175 million through the second quarter and the Company’s current ratio was 3.8 to 1 as of November 30, 2008. The strong cash flow and balance sheet position allowed the Company to reduce outstanding debt by approximately $80 million during the second quarter, mainly through reducing borrowings under its commercial paper program. This reduction in outstanding debt improved the Company’s debt to total capitalization ratio to 27% as of the end of the quarter.

Mr. Farmer commented, "Our reaction to the current economic conditions goes beyond improving our cost structure. While our cash from operations remains strong, we are challenging all capital expenditures and have raised our return expectations on these investments. However, despite these economic conditions, our financial strength continues to provide us the ability to identify and make strategic acquisitions, when appropriate."


Given the significant uncertainties that are widespread throughout the marketplace, the Company has removed their revenue and earnings-per-share guidance for this fiscal year. The current marketplace is experiencing extremely volatile conditions, most of which are largely outside of the Company's control. To provide updated guidance at this time would require significant subjective assumptions on these volatile external conditions and require too wide of a guidance range for both revenue and earnings per share to be meaningful.

Mr. Farmer stated, "The challenges today are significant, but conditions will improve. Until they do, we will continue to aggressively manage our cost structure. Our strong cash flow and healthy balance sheet will be a great advantage to us under these circumstances. More importantly, we will continue to focus on providing our customers with exceptional service, ensuring that our products and services remain highly valued and appreciated by our customers.

About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types 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
Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Michael L. Thompson
Vice President and Treasurer


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