KLA-Tencor Increases Quarterly Dividend Level To $0.25 Per Share From $0.15 Per Share

MILPITAS, Calif., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - KLA-Tencor Corporation® (Nasdaq: KLAC) today announced that its board of directors has authorized an increase of the level of the company's quarterly dividend from $0.15 to $0.25 per share. This increase is expected to take effect beginning with KLA-Tencor's quarterly dividend to be declared in August 2010. This represents a 67% increase compared to the prior quarterly dividend and is the second dividend increase since KLA-Tencor first instituted its dividend in April 2005.

"KLA-Tencor's strong cash flows and solid balance sheet provide us the financial flexibility to return significant cash to our shareholders while also providing the capacity to fuel our growth initiatives," said Rick Wallace, president and chief executive officer of KLA-Tencor.

"We remain committed to increasing shareholder value through executing our strategic objectives of customer focus, growth, operations excellence, and talent development," Wallace added. "This increase in the level of the dividend reflects our confidence in the outlook for KLA-Tencor and our commitment to rewarding our shareholders for their continued investment."

This announcement and other news regarding KLA-Tencor will be discussed later today, July 13, 2010, at the company's annual SEMICON West analyst briefing at the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel, with a live webcast beginning at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The live webcast can be accessed through the Investors page of the KLA-Tencor web site at http://ir.kla-tencor.com/.

About KLA-Tencor:  KLA-Tencor is the world leader in yield management and process control solutions for semiconductor manufacturing and related nanoelectronics industries.  Headquartered in Milpitas, California, the company has sales and service offices around the world.  An S&P 500 company, KLA-Tencor is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol KLAC.  Additional information about the company is available at http://www.kla-tencor.com (KLAC-F).

Forward Looking Statements:  

Statements in this press release other than historical facts, such as statements regarding the anticipated future level of KLA-Tencor's quarterly dividend, the company's commitment to continue paying dividends at any level in the future, and KLA-Tencor's future operating results and financial strength (including without limitation the company's future cash flows and availability of cash for the payment of dividends), are forward-looking statements and are subject to the Safe Harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current information and expectations, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and/or events may differ materially from those projected in such statements due to various factors, including without limitation:  a change in KLA-Tencor's dividend policy by the company's Board of Directors (which has the ability in its sole discretion to increase, decrease or eliminate entirely the company's dividend at any time); unanticipated material payment obligations incurred by KLA-Tencor that decrease the company's willingness or ability to continue paying dividends at the anticipated increased level, or at all; the financial condition of the global capital markets and the general macroeconomic environment; the demand for semiconductors; new and enhanced product offerings by competitors; the ability of KLA-Tencor's research and development teams to successfully innovate and develop technology that is responsive to customer demands; and changing customer demands or technological requirements. For other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected and anticipated in forward-looking statements in this release, please refer to KLA-Tencor's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2009, subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including, but not limited to, the risk factors described therein). KLA-Tencor assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

SOURCE KLA-Tencor Corporation