News Release
RPM Increases Cash Dividend For 43rd Consecutive Year
Quarterly payment of $0.30 per share is 9.1% increase over prior year

MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced at its annual meeting of stockholders that its board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share, payable on October 31, 2016, to stockholders of record as of October 17, 2016. This payment represents a 9.1 percent increase over the $0.275 quarterly cash dividend paid at this time last year.

This action marks RPM's 43rd consecutive year of increased cash dividends paid to its stockholders, which places RPM in an elite category of less than half of 1 percent of all 19,000 publicly traded U.S. companies. Only 44 other companies, besides RPM, have consecutively paid an increasing annual dividend for this period of time or longer, according to the 2016 summer edition of the Mergent Handbook of Dividend Achievers. At a share price of $50.00, RPM's dividend yield would be 2.4 percent.

"As noted in our fiscal 2016 annual report, RPM has outperformed the S&P 500 Index and its peer group in cumulative total return for the five- and ten-year periods ended May 31, 2016," stated Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer. "Consistently increasing our cash dividend has been critical to our ability to significantly outpace the market and deliver value to our shareholders."

At the meeting, Thomas C. Sullivan officially retired as a director of RPM after 55 years of service. He joined RPM's predecessor, Republic Powdered Metals, in 1961 as a divisional sales manager. He assumed leadership of the then-$11-million company in 1971 upon the sudden death of his father and RPM founder, Frank C. Sullivan. When he stepped down as chief executive officer in 2002, RPM's annual sales were more than $2 billion. Today, they are nearly $5 billion.

"Tom shaped RPM's corporate culture, established its core operating principles and has been a key driver of its growth and success. If you made a $1,000 investment in RPM on May 31, 1971, near the start of Tom's leadership, and reinvested the dividends, your investment would have grown at an incredible rate to $510,190 by the end of our 2016 fiscal year. The same investment in the S&P 500 over a comparable timeframe would be worth $81,100," stated Frank C. Sullivan. "Tom leaves a lasting legacy that will continue to reward our shareholders and guide our current management team. We are extremely grateful for the mentorship and guidance he has provided."

In addition, four directors were elected to serve in Class I with three-year terms expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders in 2019. They include David A. Daberko, retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer, National City Corporation, now a part of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; Thomas S. Gross, retired vice chairman and chief operating officer for the Electrical Sector of Eaton Corporation plc; Craig S. Morford, chief legal and compliance officer of Cardinal Health, Inc.; and Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer of RPM.

About RPM
RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, and Euclid Chemical. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-Oleum, DAP, Zinsser, Varathane and Testors. RPM's specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-Glo, Dryvit, RPM Wood Finishes, Mantrose-Haeuser, Legend Brands, Kop-Coat, and TCI.  Additional details can be found at and by following RPM on Twitter at

For more information, contact Barry M. Slifstein, vice president – investor relations, at 330-273-5090 or

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to our business. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by us, are made based on our expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting us, and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond our control. As a result, our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) global markets and general economic conditions, including uncertainties surrounding the volatility in financial markets, the availability of capital and the effect of changes in interest rates, and the viability of banks and other financial institutions; (b) the prices, supply and capacity of raw materials, including assorted pigments, resins, solvents and other natural gas- and oil-based materials; packaging, including plastic containers; and transportation services, including fuel surcharges; (c) continued growth in demand for our products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in our construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to the adequacy of our insurance coverage for such matters; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon our foreign operations; (g) the effect of non-currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (h) risks and uncertainties associated with our ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; (i) risks related to the adequacy of our contingent liability reserves; and (j) other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 31, 2016, as the same may be updated from time to time. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.

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