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Cognex Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 11, 2013 | About:
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Cognex Corp. (CGNX) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-12-31.

Cognex Corporation has a market cap of $1.8 billion; its shares were traded at around $41.56 with a P/E ratio of 25.6 and P/S ratio of 5.6. The dividend yield of Cognex Corporation stocks is 1%.

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Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 totaled $324,279,000, representing an increase of 1% over the prior year. Although revenue was relatively flat overall, growth in the factory automation and surface inspection markets was partially offset by lower sales in the cyclical semiconductor and electronics capital equipment market. Gross margin was relatively flat at 75.5% of revenue in 2012 compared to 75.8% of revenue in 2011. Operating expenses increased 2% over the prior year due primarily to expenses associated with increased headcount in strategic areas, partially offset by lower company bonus accruals and the favorable impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The Company generated net income of $68,098,000, or 21% of revenue, in 2012 compared to net income of $69,869,000, or 22% of revenue, in 2011.

Sales to customers in the factory automation market represented 75% of total revenue in 2012 compared to 73% of total revenue in 2011. Sales to these customers increased by $9,220,000, or 4%, from the prior year. A weaker Euro, on average, in 2012 compared to the prior year had a negative impact on reported factory automation revenue, as sales denominated in Euros were translated to U.S. Dollars at a lower rate. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, which decreased factory automation revenue by $6,297,000, sales to factory automation customers increased by $15,517,000, or 7%, from 2011.

Sales to customers who make automation equipment for the semiconductor and electronics industries represented 9% of total revenue in 2012 compared to 12% of total revenue in 2011. Sales to these customers decreased by $9,197,000, or 24%, from the prior year. The impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes on revenue was not significant in the semiconductor and electronics capital equipment market. Geographically, revenue decreased most significantly in Japan where many of the Companys semiconductor and electronics capital equipment customers are located; however, decreases were noted across all regions in which the Company operates.

Sales to customers in the factory automation market represented 73% of total revenue in 2011 compared to 69% of total revenue in 2010. Sales to these customers increased by $35,317,000, or 18%, from the prior year. A weaker U.S. Dollar relative to the Euro and Japanese Yen, on average, in 2011 compared to 2010 contributed to the higher revenue, as sales denominated in Euros and Yen were translated to U.S. Dollars. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, which increased factory automation revenue by $6,523,000, sales to factory automation customers increased by $28,794,000, or 14%, from 2010.

Sales to customers who make automation equipment for the semiconductor and electronics industries represented 12% of total revenue in 2011 compared to 16% of total revenue in 2010. Sales to these customers decreased by $9,058,000, or 19%, from the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate changes, which decreased semiconductor and electronics capital equipment revenue by $1,356,000, sales to semiconductor and electronics capital equipment customers decreased by $10,414,000, or 22%, from 2010. Geographically, revenue decreased most significantly in Japan where many of the Companys semiconductor and electronics capital equipment customers are located.

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