PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the company to repurchase an additional 8 million shares of its common stock between September 29, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Stock repurchases may be made in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions including accelerated share repurchase programs, or in Rule 10b5-1 share repurchase plans, and also may be made from time to time or in one or more larger blocks. This authorization is in addition to the approximately 4.4 million shares remaining under a current 12 million share repurchase authorization that expires at the end of the company's fiscal year on September 28, 2012.
Share repurchases will be conducted in compliance with applicable legal requirements, including the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 10b-18, and the timing of the repurchases and the number of shares to be repurchased at any given time will depend on market conditions, SEC regulations, and other factors. Shares will be retired upon repurchase. The repurchase authorization does not obligate the company to acquire any particular amount of common stock and may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time at the company's discretion.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products f