Cintas achieved revenue of approximately $4.5 billion in the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015. The organic growth rate was 7.1%. Cintas continued to grow at a greater rate than both U.S. Gross Domestic Product and employment. Fiscal 2015 was the fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth in earnings per share. Our results are the product of good execution by our employees, whom we call partners.
Cintas’s balance sheet and cash flow remain strong. For the thirty-second consecutive year, the Company increased its annual dividend. In addition, during our fiscal 2015, we purchased $552 million of our common stock, demonstrating our continuing commitment to providing shareholder value.
Cintas continues to expand our program surrounding Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. We properly filed our report for calendar year end 2014 and continue to improve our process and reporting in calendar year 2015. As a result, our program is in compliance with the current regulation as it is being administered by the SEC.
Cintas prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, Cintas management maintains adequate internal control over financial reporting to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of our financial reporting and the preparation of our financial statements. These financial statements and the internal control over financial reporting are audited annually by an independent third party. Our most recent financial statements, the independent third party’s report on those financial statements, and management’s reports and certifications relating to those financial statements are found in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015. For an online version of the Form 10-K, please click here.
Cintas is an adherent to the "Say On Pay" principle whereby a firm's shareholders have the right to vote on the remuneration of executives.