CINCINNATI, September 29, 2021 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter ended August 31, 2021. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $1.90 billion compared to $1.75 billion in last year’s first quarter, an increase of 8.6%. The organic revenue growth rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was also 8.6%. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $3.11 in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, an increase of 11.9% from last year's first quarter diluted EPS.
Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $902.8 million compared to $826.2 million in last year’s first quarter. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue increased 30 basis points to 47.6% for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to 47.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 of $394.1 million increased 12.7% from last year’s first quarter operating income of $349.7 million. Operating income as a percentage of revenue increased 80 basis points to 20.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to 20.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Net income was $331.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, an increase of 10.4% from last year's first quarter net income of $300.0 million. First quarter of fiscal 2022 diluted EPS was $3.11, an increase of 11.9% from last year's first quarter diluted EPS of $2.78.
On September 15, 2021, Cintas paid shareholders $98.8 million in quarterly dividends in the aggregate. The amount per share of common stock paid of $0.95 represents a 26.7% increase over the Company's previous quarterly dividend.
Todd M. Schneider, Cintas' President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our start to fiscal 2022. I am proud of the execution of our employee-partners. They continue to navigate an unsettled environment by focusing on providing businesses with the products and services needed to help our customers get Ready for the Workday®. I look forward to another successful fiscal year."
Mr. Schneider concluded, "We are increasing our fiscal 2022 financial guidance. We are raising our annual revenue expectations from a range of $7.53 billion to $7.63 billion to a range of $7.58 billion to $7.67 billion and diluted EPS from a range of $10.35 to $10.75 to a range of $10.60 to $10.90. Please note the following regarding guidance:
- Our fiscal 2022 effective tax rate is expected to be approximately 19.5% compared to a rate of 13.7% for fiscal 2021. The higher effective tax rate negatively impacts fiscal 2022 diluted EPS guidance by about $0.77 and diluted EPS growth by about 760 basis points;
- Guidance does not include the impact of any future share buybacks or potential tax reform; and
- Guidance assumes an uneven economic recovery caused by the surging COVID-19 delta variant. However, guidance does not contemplate significant COVID-19 pandemic-related setbacks such as stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, commonly referred to as lockdowns."
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 2022 first 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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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