updated 1/6/2011 4:16:02 PM ET 2011-01-06T21:16:02

PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) today announced that consistent with the plan approved by its board of directors to pay annual dividends, the Company declared a semi-annual dividend of 3 cents per share, payable on February 7, 2011, to stockholders of record on January 19, 2011.  

About The Cooper Companies

The Cooper Companies, Inc. ( www.coopercos.com ) is a global medical products company that serves the specialty healthcare market through its CooperVision and CooperSurgical business units. Corporate offices are in Pleasanton, CA.

CooperVision ( www.coopervision.com ) develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of contact lenses for the worldwide vision correction market.  Dedicated to enhancing the contact lens experience for practitioners and patients, CooperVision specializes in lenses for astigmatism, presbyopia and ocular dryness. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, it manufactures in: Hamble and Hampshire, UK; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico; and Scottsville, NY.

CooperSurgical ( www.coopersurgical.com ) develops, manufactures and markets medical devices, diagnostic products and surgical instruments and accessories used primarily by gynecologists and obstetricians. CooperSurgical is a leader in the U.S. OB-GYN market, and its major manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in Trumbull, CT; Pasadena, CA; and Stafford, TX.

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CONTACT:  Kim Duncan
          Director, Investor Relations
          The Cooper Companies, Inc.
          ir@coopercompanies.com

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