Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or the "Company") today announced its Board of Directors has increased its three-year share repurchase program, initiated on August 1, 2017, by an additional $100 million.
Under the program, Kulicke & Soffa may purchase shares of its common stock through open market and privately negotiated transactions at prices deemed appropriate by management. The timing and amount of repurchase transactions under this program will depend on market conditions, availability of US cash as well as other corporate and regulatory considerations. The new authorization is effective immediately and may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
Fusen Chen, Kulicke & Soffa’s President and CEO stated, “This additional authorization, combined with our fixed quarterly dividend and the execution of our multi-faceted growth strategy can deliver significant value to shareholders over the long-term.”
Since its initial repurchase program announcement on August 27, 2014, through its first fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2018, K&S has deployed approximately $228 million and repurchased a total of 13.8 million shares in open market transactions. The Company also reported diluted weighted average shares outstanding of 67.9 million for its first fiscal quarter.
About Kulicke & Soffa
Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC) is a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions supporting the global automotive, consumer, communications, computing and industrial segments. As a pioneer in the semiconductor space, K&S has provided customers with market leading packaging solutions for decades. In recent years, K&S has expanded its product offerings through strategic acquisitions and organic development, adding advanced packaging, electronics assembly, wedge bonding and a broader range of tools to its core offerings. Combined with its extensive expertise in process technology and focus on development, K&S is well positioned to help customers meet the challenges of packaging and assembling the next-generation of electronic devices (www.kns.com).
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