Cognex reveals fourth-quarter results

JANUARY 26--Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) has announced revenue for the fourth quarter, ended December 31, 2005, of $60,818,000 and net income of $11,750,000, or $0.24 per diluted share.

Jan 26th, 2006

JANUARY 26--Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) has announced revenue for the fourth quarter, ended December 31, 2005, of $60,818,000 and net income of $11,750,000, or $0.24 per diluted share. The company's reported results for 2005 include the results of DVT Corporation (since May 9, 2005) and also include the amortization costs related to that acquisition ($1,143,000 in the fourth quarter and $3,048,000 for the year).

"I am rather pleased with our results for 2005; despite a dramatic year-on-year decline of more than 30% in revenue from our customers who manufacture capital equipment for the semiconductor and electronics industries, our revenue kept pace with 2004 because of significant growth in our other businesses that focus on the factory floor," said Robert J. Shillman, Cognex chairman and chief executive officer. "Our 2005 revenue from the Surface Inspection market grew by 22% vs. 2004, as did our business in the Factory Automation market . . and that's without including the revenue from DVT, which we acquired in May of 2005. We expect that those businesses, together with new initiatives, will make Cognex far less dependent on the vagaries of the semiconductor and electronics capital equipment industries."

Shillman continued, "And, although our net income is not yet at our target level of 20% (or more) of revenue, given the downturn in the semi/electronics business, we did pretty well in 2005, with net income at 16% of revenue and operating income at 20% of revenue (or 18% and 22%, respectively, excluding $3 million of amortization for DVT acquisition-related costs)." "Finally, we had a positive surprise at the end of 2005 when the Lemelson Partnership, whose machine-vision patents were declared invalid, unenforceable, and not infringed by Cognex, said that they would not seek further review by the US Supreme Court of that decision (even though they have until late February of 2006 to do so), and they advised the US District Court of Arizona that they intend to file a motion to dismiss their machine-vision patent claims against hundreds of companies, many of whom are Cognex customers. As a result, in the fourth quarter we reversed a $1 million reserve that we had established for possible indemnification of our customers around the world. Now everyone can benefit from the use of Cognex products without fear of Lemelson," concluded Shillman.

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