NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Brooks Automation (Nasdaq: BRKS) is tomorrow, September 7, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $8.08 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.8%.

The average volume for Brooks Automation has been 454,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Brooks Automation has a market cap of $563.5 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Brooks Automation, Inc. provides automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions primarily to the semiconductor manufacturing industry worldwide. It operates in three segments: Critical Solutions Group, Systems Solutions Group, and Global Customer Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.9, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Brooks Automation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full Brooks Automation Ratings Report.

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