CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq:CTAS) announced that the Company’s Board of Directors approved a $1.33 per share annual dividend at its meeting today, representing a 26.7% increase over last year’s annual dividend of $1.05 per share. This dividend is payable on December 2, 2016 to shareholders of record as of November 4, 2016.
Scott D. Farmer, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cintas, said, "We achieved record revenue and earnings per share in fiscal year 2016. Our strong performance continued into the first quarter of fiscal 2017. As a result of our excellent financial results, cash flow, and financial position, we are pleased to announce an increase in the annual dividend for the 33rd consecutive year. The annual dividend is an important part of our capital allocation strategy and illustrates our enduring commitment to effectively deploying cash to increase shareholder value."
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 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 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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