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Cognex was founded in 1981 by Dr. Robert J. Shillman, a lecturer in human visual perception at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Bob (as he is known to many) left academia to start Cognex, and he invited two MIT graduate students – Marilyn Matz and Bill Silver – to embark on this business venture with him, offering free bicycles to convince them to leave MIT for a summer. What began as a summer job for Marilyn and Bill turned out to be the start of a career, as they stayed on to help co-found the company. These three individuals gave Cognex its start – and its name, which was derived from the phrase "Cognition Experts".

Cognex is incorporated in Massachusetts.

Cognex's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, under the symbol CGNX.

Our IPO of 1,160,500 shares was completed in July 1989 at an opening price of $11.00 per share (or 18,568,000 shares at $0.69 per share after adjusting for subsequent stock splits). We raised $6.5 million after underwriting fees and proceeds to selling shareholders.

Yes, a secondary round of financing to generate cash for growth and acquisitions was completed in December 1994. Our secondary offering of 1,700,000 shares was priced at $22.25 per share (or 6,800,000 shares at $5.57 per share after adjusting for subsequent stock splits). We raised $29.8 million after underwriting fees and proceeds to selling shareholders.

Yes. For more information see stock buyback history.

Yes. For more information see dividend and stock split history.

No, Cognex does not currently offer a direct stock purchase plan.

Yes. For more information see dividend and stock split history.

If you hold your shares through a broker, please contact your broker directly with any questions regarding the dividend payment. If you are a registered shareholder (i.e. you hold a physical stock certificate), contact Computershare, Cognex's transfer agent.

No. At this time, Cognex does not have a dividend reinvestment plan.

December 31st

Please refer to our calendar of Events & Presentations.

Shareholders who hold Cognex stock in a brokerage account (i.e., "street name") should contact their broker directly.

Registered shareholders (i.e., shareholders who hold Cognex stock in numbered certificates issued by Cognex Corporation) should direct questions about stock certificates, address changes, or other matters to Computershare, Cognex's transfer agent.

For specific questions, you can call Susan Conway, Cognex's Senior Director of Investor Relations, at (508) 650-3353. To request a package of investor material, you can request the information online by completing the Investor Information Request Form.

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Cognex Investor Relations

Susan Conway
Senior Director of Investor Relations
Tel: (508) 650-3353
susan.conway@cognex.com

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