Published 09.22.20

Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

CINCINNATI - September 23, 2020 - Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2021 first quarter ended August 31, 2020. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $1.75 billion, a decrease of 3.6% from last year’s first quarter. Earnings per diluted share (EPS) were $2.78 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 19.8% from last year's first quarter diluted EPS. 

Organic revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, which is adjusted for the impacts of acquisitions, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and differences in the number of workdays, declined 5.0% from last year's first quarter. Organic revenue for the Uniform Rental and Facility Services operating segment declined 5.4%. Organic revenue for the First Aid and Safety Services operating segment increased 17.1%. 

Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 of $826.2 million decreased 2.7% from last year’s first quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue increased 40 basis points to 47.3% for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 46.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. 

Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 of $349.7 million increased 14.2% from last year’s first quarter operating income of $306.1 million. Operating income as a percentage of revenue was 20.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 16.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

Net income was $300.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, an increase of 19.6% from last year's first quarter net income of $250.8 million. First quarter of fiscal 2021 diluted EPS were $2.78, an increase of 19.8% from last year's first quarter diluted EPS of $2.32. 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 of $312.3 million increased 12.8% from last year's first quarter net cash provided by operating activities of $276.9 million. Free cash flow, which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $281.4 million, an increase of 32.6% from last year's first quarter.   

Scott D. Farmer, Cintas' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The COVID-19 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic remains a significant disruption to the economy and our business. Our objectives include keeping our employees, whom we call partners, healthy and safe and serving our customers in any way possible. I am pleased with our performance on both priorities, and I thank our employee-partners for their unwavering passion, strong work ethic, and commitment." 

Mr. Farmer concluded, “Visibility to future financial performance remains impaired due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we are not providing fiscal year financial guidance at this time. However, we will provide our second quarter financial estimates. We expect our second quarter revenue to be in the range of $1.725 billion to $1.750 billion and diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.20. Despite the short-term uncertainty, I'm confident in our ability to continue to manage the volatility while maintaining focus on our compelling long-term objectives. Our value proposition of getting businesses Ready for the Workday® by providing essential, unparalleled image, safety, cleanliness and compliance resonates loudly in a society focused on health, readiness and outsourcing of non-core activities.”  

About Cintas Corporation

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 a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, floor care, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. 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 the Nasdaq-100 Index.

Cintas will host a live webcast to review the fiscal 2021 first quarter results today at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time. The webcast will be available to the public on Cintas' website at 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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For additional information, contact:

J. Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - 513-972-2079

Paul F. Adler, Vice President - Treasurer & Investor Relations - 513-972-4195