CINCINNATI, July 13, 2023 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2023 fourth quarter ended May 31, 2023. Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 was $2.28 billion compared to $2.07 billion in last year’s fourth quarter, an increase of 10.1%. The organic revenue growth rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was 10.3%.
Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 was $1,088.8 million compared to $946.2 million in last year’s fourth quarter, an increase of 15.1%. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue was 47.7% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to 45.6% in last year's fourth quarter, an increase of 210 basis points. Energy expenses comprised of gasoline, natural gas and electricity were 65 basis points lower for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to last year's fourth quarter.
Operating income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 was $470.8 million compared to $404.4 million in last year's fourth quarter, an increase of 16.4%. Operating income as a percentage of revenue was 20.6% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to 19.5% in last year's fourth quarter.
Net income was $346.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to $294.5 million in last year's fourth quarter. Fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $3.33 compared to $2.81 in last year's fourth quarter, an increase of 18.5%.
On June 15, 2023, Cintas paid an aggregate quarterly cash dividend of $117.6 million to shareholders, an increase of 20.6% from the amount paid last June.
For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2023, revenue was $8.82 billion compared to $7.85 billion for fiscal 2022, an increase of 12.2%. Operating income for fiscal 2023 was $1.80 billion compared to $1.59 billion for fiscal 2022, an increase of 13.6%. Operating income as a percent of revenue was 20.4% in fiscal 2023 compared to 20.2% in fiscal 2022. Diluted EPS for fiscal 2023 was $12.99 compared to $11.65 in fiscal 2022, an increase of 11.5%. Fiscal year 2022 operating income and diluted EPS included a $12.1 million gain on sale of operating assets and a $30.2 million gain on an equity method investment transaction. Excluding the gains, fiscal 2023 operating income of $1.80 billion increased 16.7% compared to fiscal 2022 adjusted operating income of $1.55 billion, and our operating income as a percent of revenue improved to 20.4% from our fiscal 2022 adjusted operating margin of 19.7%. Excluding the gains, fiscal 2023 diluted EPS of $12.99 increased 15.2% compared to fiscal 2022 adjusted diluted EPS of $11.28.
Todd M. Schneider, Cintas' President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our fourth quarter financial results. They conclude a very successful fiscal year, which included double-digit growth in revenue, operating income and diluted EPS. Our business continues to demonstrate momentum as we can provide nearly every business across North America a product or service to help them build a better workday. All businesses care about image, safety, cleanliness and compliance, and businesses continue to outsource to Cintas in order to concentrate on their core competency. Through innovative solutions and routine service visits, our employee-partners take care of the important tasks that help our customers keep their workplaces running smoothly."
Mr. Schneider concluded, "For our fiscal 2024, we expect revenue to be in the range of $9.35 billion to $9.50 billion and diluted EPS to be in the range of $13.85 to $14.35. Please note the following regarding guidance:
- Fiscal year 2024 interest expense is expected to be approximately $98.0 million compared to $109.5 million in fiscal year 2023, predominately as a result of lower variable rate debt. This may change as a result of future share buybacks or acquisition activity;
- Our fiscal 2024 effective tax rate is expected to be 21.3% compared to a rate of 20.4% for fiscal 2023. The higher effective tax rate negatively impacts fiscal 2024 diluted EPS guidance by about $0.16 and diluted EPS growth by about 120 basis points;
- Guidance does not include any future share buybacks or significant economic disruptions or downturn;
- Guidance includes the impact of having one more workday in fiscal 2024 compared to fiscal 2023.
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®. 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 2023 fourth quarter and full year 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
Jared S. Mattingley, Vice President - Treasurer and Investor Relations - 513-972-4195