SAN JOSE, Calif., October 14, 1996 - Cisco Systems Inc. today announced that its Boardof Directors has rescinded the company's stock repurchase program, due to uncertaintyover recent interpretations by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Currently, the company has authorization to repurchase up to 16.8 million shares to be usedto partially provide for the company's common stock requirements for its employee stock plans.Due to uncertainties regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission1s interpretation ofStaff Accounting Bulletin 96 (SAB 96), on October 9 Cisco's Board voted to rescindauthorization to repurchase the 16.8 million shares. This action was taken to avoid anypotential issues regarding the pooling of interest accounting treatment that Cisco frequentlyused in its acquisitions of other companies.
Cisco has repurchased approximately 7.2 million shares between 1994 and 1996, but has not repurchasedany shares since April 1996, due to restrictions associated with transactions accounted for as apooling of interest.
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