Cintas ( CTAS) beat fourth-quarter earnings estimates as the company's rental and services units drove results, but the company's outlook for fiscal 2005 came in shy of expectations.

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.

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