RPM Declares Quarterly Dividend

MEDINA, Ohio, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share, payable January 30, 2004, to stockholders of record as of January 12, 2004. This payment represents an 8 percent increase over the quarterly cash dividend paid at this time last year. RPM's latest cash dividend increase in October 2003 marked its 30th consecutive year of increased cash dividends paid to its stockholders.

RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, automotive and boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

For more information, contact: Glenn R. Hasman, Vice President - Finance and Communications for RPM at (330) 273-8820 or ghasman@rpminc.com.

SOURCE RPM International Inc. 01/02/2004

Contact: Glenn R. Hasman, Vice President - Finance and Communications of RPM International Inc., +1-330-273-8820, or ghasman@rpminc.com/

Web site: http://www.rpminc.com

CO: RPM International Inc.
ST: Ohio