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Cohu Goes Direct for All Products in China and Taiwan

POWAY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2018-- Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHU), a global leader in back-end semiconductor equipment and services, today announced that it had delivered a twelve-month notice of termination of Xcerra Corporation’s distribution agreement with Spirox Corporation. Cohu will leverage its well-established global sales and service organization, and expanding test development centers in Shanghai, China and Hsinchu, Taiwan to directly support customers in the region. These development centers already provide high-level test applications capability and will continue to expand in alignment with our customers’ needs. Spirox has been a valued partner and is expected to continue to support our customers while we implement a smooth transition for both companies.

“Our go-to-market strategy will enhance Cohu’s growth opportunities in these critical regions and is expected to improve our profitability once the transition is complete. Cohu already has strong direct presence in China and Taiwan, and with the recent acquisition of Xcerra, the addition of test development centers will further enhance that support infrastructure. Our strategic plan is to continue to add to these capabilities by investing in the teams that directly support our customers in these regions,” said Luis Müller, Cohu President and CEO.

About Cohu:

Cohu (Nasdaq: COHU) is a global leader in back-end semiconductor equipment and services, delivering leading-edge solutions for the manufacturing of semiconductors and printed circuit boards. Additional information can be found at www.Cohu.com.

Forward Looking Statements:

Certain statements contained in this release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Xcerra acquisition; expanding test development centers; resource investments in China and Taiwan; go-to-market strategies; growth opportunities; improved profitability; and any other statements that are predictive in nature and depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “likely,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” and other similar expressions among others. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, including, without limitation: risks associated with acquisitions; inventory, goodwill and other asset write-downs; our ability to convert new products into production on a timely basis and to support product development and meet customer delivery and acceptance requirements for new products; our reliance on third-party contract manufacturers and suppliers; failure to obtain customer acceptance resulting in the inability to recognize revenue and accounts receivable collection problems; revenue recognition impacts due to ASC 606; market demand and adoption of our new products; customer orders may be canceled or delayed; the concentration of our revenues from a limited number of customers; intense competition in the semiconductor equipment industry; our reliance on patents and intellectual property; compliance with U.S. export regulations; impacts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; geopolitical issues; ERP system implementation issues; the seasonal, volatile and unpredictable nature of capital expenditures by semiconductor manufacturers; rapid technological change; and significant risks associated with the Xcerra acquisition including but not limited to (i) the ability of Cohu and Xcerra to integrate their businesses successfully and to achieve anticipated synergies, (ii) the possibility that other anticipated benefits of the transaction will not be realized, (iii) litigation relating to the transaction that has been or could be instituted against Cohu, Xcerra, or their respective directors, (iv) possible disruptions from the transaction that could harm Cohu’s and/or Xcerra’s respective businesses, (v) the ability of Cohu or Xcerra to retain, attract and hire key personnel, (vi) potential adverse reactions or changes to relationships with customers, employees, suppliers or other parties resulting from the completion of the acquisition, (vii) the adverse impact to Cohu’s operating results from interest expense on the financing debt, rising interest rates, and any restrictions on operations related to such debt, and (viii) continued availability of capital and financing and rating agency actions. These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed more fully in Cohu's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 that has been filed by Cohu with the SEC containing a prospectus with respect to the Cohu common stock being issued in the transaction and a joint proxy statement of Cohu and Xcerra in connection with the transaction that is contained therein, and the other filings made by Cohu with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by applicable law, Cohu does not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Source: Cohu, Inc.

Investor contact:
Cohu, Inc.
Richard Yerganian
Vice President, Investor Relations
Tel. 781.467.5063
Email rich.yerganian@cohu.com