CINCINNATI, March 17, 2021 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2021 third quarter ended February 28, 2021. Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was $1.78 billion compared to $1.81 billion in last year’s third quarter. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $2.37 in the third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 9.7% from last year's third quarter diluted EPS.
The organic revenue growth rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, which is adjusted for the impacts of acquisitions, divestitures, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and differences in the number of workdays, was flat. The organic revenue growth rate for the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment was also flat. Organic revenue for the First Aid and Safety Services operating segment increased 17.7%.
Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was $809.5 million compared to $824.4 million in last year’s third quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue increased 10 basis points to 45.6% for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 45.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 of $326.5 million increased 3.8% from last year’s third quarter operating income of $314.7 million. Operating income as a percentage of revenue increased 100 basis points to 18.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 17.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
Net income from continuing operations was $258.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 10.2% from last year's third quarter net income from continuing operations of $234.5 million. Third quarter of fiscal 2021 diluted EPS were $2.37, an increase of 9.7% from last year's third quarter diluted EPS of $2.16.
During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, Cintas purchased $82.0 million of Cintas common stock under its buyback program. On March 15, 2021, Cintas paid shareholders $79.5 million in quarterly dividends.
Scott D. Farmer, Cintas' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues, and it remains a significant disruption to the economy. COVID-19 case counts surged early in our third quarter, and the economy slowed considerably. We were further challenged in the quarter by severe winter weather which caused extensive energy blackouts in the U.S. Fortunately, after peaking in January, COVID-19 case counts decreased even more quickly than they had increased. Widespread business restrictions were not imposed and demand for personal protective equipment remained strong, positioning us to exceed our financial expectations."
Mr. Farmer continued, "Regardless of the conditions, our employee-partners work with urgency to get businesses Ready for the Workday®. Significant opportunities for new revenue exist because businesses must instill confidence in their employees and customers that they will remain safe and healthy. Cintas employee-partners remain Ready™ to listen, offer solutions and deliver for every business. Every business has a need Cintas can fulfill.”
Mr. Farmer concluded, “For our fiscal fourth quarter, we expect revenue to be in the range of $1.80 billion to $1.83 billion and diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.20 to $2.40. This financial guidance does not include any future share buybacks or additional restrictions on businesses due to increasing COVID-19 case counts.”
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing products and services that help keep their customers’ facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With offerings including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. The company is also the creator of the Total Clean Program™ — a first-of-its-kind service that includes scheduled delivery of essential cleaning supplies, hygienically clean laundering, and sanitizing and disinfecting products and services. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.
Cintas will host a live webcast to review the fiscal 2021 third quarter results today at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. The webcast will be available to the public on Cintas' website at www.cintas.com. A replay of the webcast will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the live call and will remain available for two weeks.
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J. Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 513-972-2079
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