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RPM Increases Cash Dividend for 32nd Consecutive Year

- Albert B. Ratner Retires from Board after a Decade of Service
- Stockholders Elect Four Directors at Annual Meeting

MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today at its annual meeting of stockholders that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per common share, a 7 percent increase over the previous $0.15 per common share. This action marks RPM's 32nd consecutive year of cash dividend increases, placing RPM in an elite category of fewer than 80 U.S.-listed dividend-paying companies that have increased dividends for 30 or more consecutive years. The dividend will be payable October 31, 2005, to stockholders of record as of October 21, 2005. At a share price of $18.50, RPM's new dividend yield would be 3.5 percent.

RPM also announced that Albert B. Ratner retired from its Board of Directors, effective at the expiration of his term at the time of this year's annual meeting. His replacement is Charles A. Ratner, who was elected to a three-year term expiring in 2008, along with continuing Class III directors Dr. Max D. Amstutz; William B. Summers, Jr.; and Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton. The RPM Board of Directors has 12 directors, divided into three classes, each with four directors.

Frank C. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, said, "Albert Ratner deserves the appreciation of all our stockholders for the lasting contributions he has made to RPM during the decade of service he provided as a director. I personally appreciate the keen intellect, tremendous insight and passion he brought to his role as an RPM director."

RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. 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. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust- Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

For more information, contact Glenn R. Hasman, vice president - finance and communications, at 330-273-8820 or

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