Published 03.28.24

Cintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2024 Third Quarter Results

Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2024 third quarter ended February 29, 2024.

CINCINNATI, March 27, 2024 -- Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) today reported results for its fiscal 2024 third quarter ended February 29, 2024. Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $2.41 billion compared to $2.19 billion in last year’s third quarter, an increase of 9.9%. The organic revenue growth rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2024, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations and differences in the number of workdays, was 7.7%. 

Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 was $1.19 billion compared to $1.03 billion in last year’s third quarter, an increase of 14.9%. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue was 49.4% for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to 47.2% in last year's third quarter, an increase of 220 basis points. Energy expenses comprised of gasoline, natural gas and electricity were 40 basis points lower for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to last year's third quarter. 

Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 increased 16.6% to $520.8 million compared to $446.8 million in last year's third quarter. Operating income as a percentage of revenue was 21.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to 20.4% in last year's third quarter. 

Net income was $397.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to $325.8 million in last year's third quarter, an increase of 22.0%. The third quarter of fiscal 2024 effective tax rate was 19.9% compared to 22.1% in last year's third quarter. The tax rates in both quarters were impacted by certain discrete items, primarily the tax accounting impact for stock-based compensation. Third quarter of fiscal 2024 diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $3.84 compared to $3.14 in last year's third quarter, an increase of 22.3%. 

On March 15, 2024, Cintas paid an aggregate quarterly cash dividend of $137.6 million to shareholders, an increase of 17.1% from the amount paid last March. 

Todd M. Schneider, Cintas' President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our third quarter results reflect the outstanding dedication and execution of our employees, whom we call partners. Each of our operating segments continue to execute at a high level, which led to robust revenue growth of 9.9%, record high gross margin of 49.4%, record high operating margin of 21.6% and diluted EPS growth of 22.3%."  

Mr. Schneider concluded, "Based on our third quarter results, we are increasing our full fiscal year financial guidance. We are raising our annual revenue expectations from a range of $9.48 billion to $9.56 billion to a range of $9.57 billion to $9.60 billion and our diluted EPS from a range of $14.35 to $14.65 to a range of $14.80 to $15.00." Please note the following regarding guidance:   

  • Fiscal year 2024 interest expense is expected to be approximately $99.0 million compared to $109.5 million in fiscal year 2023, predominately as a result of less variable rate debt. This may change as a result of future share buybacks or acquisition activity.   
  • Fiscal year 2024 effective tax rate is expected to be 20.6% compared to a rate of 20.4% in fiscal year 2023.  
  • Our diluted EPS guidance includes no future share buybacks.


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 2024 third 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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