Cognex Authorizes New Stock Buyback Program

NATICK, Mass.--()--Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) announced today that the company’s Board of Directors has authorized the purchase of up to $100 million of Cognex common stock in open market transactions, subject to market conditions and other relevant factors. This new authorization will commence after Cognex completes an existing $100 million repurchase program, of which approximately $39 million remains available.

The repurchase program is intended to help reduce share dilution associated with the company’s equity incentive plans, which the company strongly believes is instrumental in its ability to recruit the highest caliber employees and to motivate and retain them.

“Over the past decade, Cognex has returned over $500 million to shareholders in the form of stock buy-backs, while continuing to invest in new product development, expand our sales organization and to close a number of important acquisitions,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Chairman of Cognex. “We are pleased that the strength of our balance sheet and the consistent cash generation from operations enables us to invest for Cognex’s future growth while sharing our ongoing success with shareholders in a meaningful way.”

About Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets a range of products, all of which incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1.5 million vision-based products, representing over $5 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at

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