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Cintas Corp (NAS:CTAS)
Shares Outstanding
121 Mil (As of Feb. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Cintas Corp's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was 121 Mil.

Cintas Corp's quarterly shares outstanding increased from Nov. 2013 (121 Mil) to Feb. 2014 (121 Mil). It means Cintas Corp issued new shares from Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014 .

Cintas Corp's annual shares outstanding declined from May. 2012 (130 Mil) to May. 2013 (125 Mil). It means Cintas Corp bought back shares from May. 2012 to May. 2013 .


Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. They have voting rights and represent ownership in the corporation by the person that holds the shares. They should be distinguished from treasury shares, which are shares held by the corporation itself, having no exercisable rights.

Shares outstanding can be calculated as either basic or fully diluted. The fully diluted shares outstanding count includes diluting securities, such as options, warrants or convertibles.


A company may buy back shares or issue shares in any fiscal period. If a company buys back shares, we should observe that the total number of shares decline. If the company issues new shares, the number of shares outstanding increases.

If a company buys back shares, we should also observe negative number for Net Issuance of Stock in its cash flow statement. If a company issues shares, we will observe positive number of Net Issuance of Stock.

Be Aware

Usually the presence of treasury shares and a history of buyback are good indicators that company has competitive advantage. But studies have shown that companies usually buy back at wrong time. Buying back shares below its intrinsic value increases value for remaining shareholders. Buying back overvalued shares destroys value for existing shareholders.

Related Terms

Net Issuance of Stock, Buy Back Rate

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Cintas Corp Annual Data

Shares Outstanding 173168160156153153147130125122

Cintas Corp Quarterly Data

Shares Outstanding 130129126125124123123121121121
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