The company said after the bell Monday that earnings rose to $72.7 million, or 42 cents a share, from $65.2 million, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 9% to $738 million from $676 million a year earlier.
Analysts had expected the company to earn 41 cents a share on revenue of $721.5 million.
"For the fourth quarter, our organic growth in the rental business was 5.3% while our other services segment grew 3.7%, all on a comparable workday basis," said Scott Farmer, Cintas' CEO. "Both segments showed sequential improvements in organic growth compared to our third-quarter results."
However, the company's shares had dropped 1.3% in after-hours trading, as Cintas said it expected to earn $1.70 to $1.80 a share in fiscal 2005 on revenue of $3 billion to $3.2 billion. Both estimates were below Thomson First Call expectations of net income of $1.81 a share on revenue of $3.05 billion.
Shares of Cintas, a provider of specialized business services, closed down 21 cents Monday to $45.61.