CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors approved an 85 cents per share annual dividend at its meeting today. This dividend represents a 10.4% increase over last year’s annual dividend of 77 cents per share.
In addition, due to the transaction that occurred on April 30, 2014 related to the combination of the Company’s Document Shredding business with Shred-It International Inc., the Company Board of Directors approved an additional 85 cents per share special dividend. The total dividend of $1.70 per share is payable on December 5, 2014, to shareholders of record as of November 7, 2014.
Robert J. Kohlhepp, Chairman of the Board of Cintas said, "Our fiscal year ended May 31, 2014 marked another year of record sales and earnings per share. We also believe that the transaction with Shred-It on April 30, 2014 was and will continue to be an excellent outcome for the shareholders of both companies. Given these results, together with our strong financial position, we are pleased to announce an increase in the annual dividend for the 31st consecutive year and the payment of the special dividend. The total dividend, together with our share buyback program during the year, continues to demonstrate our commitment to increasing shareholder value."
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, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
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