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What does NI do?

Since 1976, National Instruments has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system that needs measurement and control, while the company's long-term vision and commitment to corporate responsibility empowers the success of customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and society.

When was NI founded?

National Instruments was founded in 1976.

Where is NI headquartered?

National Instruments is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

How many employees does NI have?

 National Instruments has more than 7,400 employees.

Who are the NI customers?

NI customers are engineers, scientists, and technology professionals in diverse industries who use NI software and hardware tools to research, design, manufacture, test, and improve a wide array of products and services. NI sells to a broad base of more than 35,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 6 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue.

Does NI pay dividends on its common stock?

National Instruments has historically paid dividends on its common stock.

How will the 3-2 stock split and dividend that were announced on January 25 be paid out?

On January 25, 2011, National Instruments announced that the NI Board of Directors declared a 3-for-2 stock split to be effected as a stock dividend. Stockholders of record on Feb. 4, 2011 will be entitled to one additional share of common stock for every two shares of the company's common stock held on that date.  

The new shares resulting from the 3-for-2 split will be issued on or about Feb. 21, 2011 to holders of record as of Feb. 4, 2011. On Jan. 25, 2011, the company had approximately 79 million shares of common stock outstanding. After the stock split, the company will have approximately 118 million shares of common stock outstanding.  

On January 25, the NI Board of Directors also announced an increase to the cash dividend from $0.13 to $0.15 per common share payable on Feb. 21, to shareholders of record on Feb. 4, 2011. The cash dividend will be paid out on a pre-split basis of 79 million shares.  

To view the press release announcing the stock split please click here

Who are the financial analysts that cover NI?

Please see the "Analysts Coverage" page for a complete list of our analysts.

When does the NI fiscal year end?

National Instruments fiscal year ends December 31st.

When is NI's next financial reporting date?

Please visit the Events and Presentations page for upcoming financial reports.

When is the next annual meeting of shareholders?

Please visit the Events and Presentations section for more information about our upcoming events.

How can I request an NI investor packet?

You can request an NI investor packet by clicking on the Request Investor Information link in the left-hand navigation bar.

How do I transfer my stock or change my address with the transfer agent?

You can contact National Instruments' transfer agent to transfer your stock or change your address. The transfer agent and registrar for National Instruments common stock is Computershare Trust Company N.A. Shareholders may contact the transfer agent at the address or phone number listed below.

Transfer Agent and Registrar
Computershare Trust Company, N.A.

C/O Computershare Investor Services
P. O. Box 30170
College Station, TX 77842-3170