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NATICK, MA, USA décembre 05, 2008

Cognex Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan

NATICK, MA, December 5, 2008 — Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) today announced that its Board of Directors has adopted a Shareholder Rights Plan.   Dr. Robert J. Shillman, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cognex, stated, “The Board believes that a Shareholder Rights Plan enhances its ability to protect shareholder interests and ensures that shareholders receive fair treatment in the event of any coercive takeover attempt.  The Plan is intended to provide the Board with sufficient time to consider any and all alternatives to such an action.  The Board believes it is protecting the interests of all of its shareholders.”

In connection with the adoption of the Shareholder Rights Plan, the Board of Directors declared a dividend distribution of one preferred stock purchase right for each outstanding share of Cognex’s common stock to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 5, 2008.  Initially, these rights will not be exercisable and will trade with the shares of Cognex’s common stock.  Under the Shareholder Rights Plan, the rights generally will become exercisable if a person becomes an “acquiring person” by acquiring 15% or more of the common stock of Cognex or if a person commences a tender offer that could result in that person owning 15% or more of the common stock of Cognex.  If a person becomes an “acquiring person,” each holder of a right (other than the acquiring person) would be entitled to purchase, at the then-current exercise price, such number of shares of preferred stock which are equivalent to shares of Cognex’s common stock having a value of twice the exercise price of the right.  If Cognex is acquired in a merger or other business combination transaction after any such event, each holder of a right would then be entitled to purchase, at the then-current exercise price, shares of the acquiring company’s common stock having a value of twice the exercise price of the right.

INVESTOR CONTACT:                          
Susan Conway
Director of Investor Relations
Cognex Corporation
(508) 650-3353
 

À propos de Cognex Corporation

Cognex Corporation conçoit, développe, fabrique et commercialise une large gamme de produits de vision, qui utilisent tous des techniques d'intelligence artificielle leur permettant de prendre des décisions sur ce qu'ils voient, comme les êtres humains. La gamme de produits Cognex inclut des systèmes de vision industrielle, des capteurs de vision industrielle et des lecteurs de codes-barres, utilisés par des usines et des centres de distribution à travers le monde pour éliminer les erreurs de production et d'expédition.

Leader mondial de la vision industrielle, Cognex a livré plus de 2 millions de produits de vision, équivalant à plus de 7 milliards de dollars de revenu accumulé, depuis la création de la société en 1981. Outre son siège à Natick, Massachusetts, États-Unis, Cognex possède des bureaux et des distributeurs en Amérique, en Europe et en Asie. Pour plus d'informations, consultez le site Web de Cognex www.cognex.com.

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