Cognex Corporation announces return to profitability

OCTOBER 16--Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) announced revenue for the third quarter, ended September 29, 2002, of $31,827,000, compared to $33,974,000 reported for the third quarter of 2001.

Oct 16th, 2002

OCTOBER 16--Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) announced revenue for the third quarter, ended September 29, 2002, of $31,827,000, compared to $33,974,000 reported for the third quarter of 2001. Net income for the third quarter ended September 29, 2002, was $781,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $2,292,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, reported for the comparable quarter a year ago. Reported results for the third quarter of 2002 include a benefit totaling $1,156,000 in cost of revenue relating to an inventory reserve recorded in the fourth quarter of 2001. Excluding this benefit, the company would have reported net income of $53,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2002.

Revenue for the nine months ended September 29, 2002 was $80,278,000, compared to $115,559,000 reported for the same nine-month period a year ago. For the nine months ended September 29, 2002, Cognex reported a net loss of $6,451,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9,208,000, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2001. Excluding the inventory benefit described above, as well as a similar benefit and investment losses in the second quarter of 2002, the net loss for the first nine months of 2002 would have been $3,913,000, or $0.09 per diluted share.

"Our third-quarter results are down significantly compared to a year ago due to the continuing worldwide slowdown in capital-equipment spending by manufacturers, primarily those in the semiconductor and electronics industries. However, on a sequential basis, things are improving. First, it is encouraging that for the second quarter in a row, revenue has increased on a sequential basis. And, equally important, we have returned to profitability, even after excluding the positive impact of unusual items during the quarter," said Robert J. Shillman, Cognex's president, chief executive officer, and chairman.

Shillman continued, "Customer orders in the third quarter were essentially flat with the prior quarter, and we now believe that revenue for the fourth quarter will increase only slightly over the third quarter and will be in the range of $32 million to $34 million. In that range of revenue, we expect to remain profitable in the fourth quarter and to earn up to $0.03 per share."

"Even though we believe a significant pickup in revenue is unlikely in the near term due to the slowdown in our OEM business, there are some positive events to report at Cognex. First, in our factory-floor business in the third quarter, we booked record orders for In-Sight, our family of low-cost vision sensors. And, we will set a new bookings record for the year, since in the past three quarters we have already received more orders for In-Sight than we previously received in the prior record year.

In our surface-inspection business, bookings for our SmartView systems have increased on a sequential basis for the second quarter in a row. Both In-Sight and SmartView are growing faster than the markets for each of those products because we are continuing to gain market share over the competition in each of those business segments.

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