“We are increasing the dividend based on our strong cash flow performance and ongoing commitment to return capital to shareholders,” said
The quarterly cash dividend is a key component of Applied’s capital allocation strategy, and this marks the third consecutive year of dividend increases. In the first quarter of fiscal 2020, Applied returned $392 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. The company had approximately
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Source: Applied Materials, Inc.