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Cintas Corporation is a specialty business services business based in the US. Cintas Corporation shares (CTAS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Cintas Corporation employs 40,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7 billion.

How to buy shares in Cintas Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Cintas Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CTAS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Cintas Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$341.32, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Cintas Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Cintas Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Cintas Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Cintas Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$341.32, which is 14.05% up on its pre-crash value of USD$293.36 and 121.16% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$154.33.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Cintas Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$557.56 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,211.69.

Cintas Corporation share price

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Cintas Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$341.32
52-week range USD$154.33 - USD$358.69
50-day moving average USD$332.3389
200-day moving average USD$278.515
Wall St. target price USD$338.8
PE ratio 40.6534
Dividend yield USD$2.55 (0.75%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$8.568

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Is it a good time to buy Cintas Corporation stock?

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Cintas Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $341.32 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-11-25) -5.32%
1 month (2020-11-02) 6.54%
3 months (2020-09-03) 3.21%
6 months (2020-06-03) 26.04%
1 year (2019-12-03) 33.65%
2 years (2018-12-03) 80.24%
3 years (2017-12-01) 116.71%
5 years (2015-12-03) 278.57%

Is Cintas Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Cintas Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Cintas Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Cintas Corporation's P/E ratio

Cintas Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 41x. In other words, Cintas Corporation shares trade at around 41x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Cintas Corporation's PEG ratio

Cintas Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.7782. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Cintas Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Cintas Corporation's EBITDA

Cintas Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Cintas Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Cintas Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$7 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.31%
Gross profit TTM USD$3.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.67%
Return on equity TTM 27.81%
Profit margin 13.18%
Book value $34.48
Market capitalisation USD$36 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Cintas Corporation shares

There are currently 1.3 million Cintas Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Cintas Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 13.8% down from 1.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Cintas Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Cintas Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Cintas Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cintas Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cintas Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 511243.42629482). Cintas Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.51. In other words for every 100,000 Cintas Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2510 shares are currently held short.

However Cintas Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cintas Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cintas Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cintas Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Cintas Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0144% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cintas Corporation shares, roughly 14 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Cintas Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Cintas Corporation stock.

Cintas Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Cintas Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Cintas Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 26.38

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Cintas Corporation's overall score of 26.38 (as at 10/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 42nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Cintas Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Cintas Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 6.48/100

Cintas Corporation's environmental score of 6.48 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cintas Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cintas Corporation's social score

Social score: 14.95/100

Cintas Corporation's social score of 14.95 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cintas Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Cintas Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 10.44/100

Cintas Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Cintas Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cintas Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Cintas Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Cintas Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Cintas Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 26.38
Total ESG percentile 42.24
Environmental score 6.48
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 14.95
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 10.44
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Cintas Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 23.44% of net profits

Recently Cintas Corporation has paid out, on average, around 23.44% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.75% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cintas Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.75% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cintas Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.55 per share.

While Cintas Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Cintas Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Cintas Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 6 December 2019. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 7 November 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cintas Corporation's shares ever split?

Cintas Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 8 March 2000. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cintas Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cintas Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Cintas Corporation's share price.

Cintas Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cintas Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $154.33 up to $358.69. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CTAS.US volatility(beta: 1.49)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Cintas Corporation's is 1.487. This would suggest that Cintas Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Cintas Corporation overview

Cintas Corporation provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Uniform Rental and Facility Services and First Aid and Safety Services segments. The company rents and services uniforms and other garments, including flame resistant clothing, mats, mops and shop towels, and other ancillary items; and provides restroom cleaning services and supplies, and carpet and tile cleaning services, as well as sells uniforms. It also offers first aid and safety services, and fire protection products and services. The company provides its products and services through its distribution network and local delivery routes, or local representatives to small service and manufacturing companies, as well as major corporations. Cintas Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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