Cogo Group, Inc. First Quarter 2013 Preliminary Results: Highest Ever First Quarter Revenue

 Cogo Group, Inc. First Quarter 2013 Preliminary Results: Highest Ever First
                               Quarter Revenue

-- Unaudited revenue in the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, was
approximately $182.4 million.

PR Newswire

SHENZHEN, China, May 15, 2013

SHENZHEN, China, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cogo Group, Inc. ("Cogo" or the
"Company") (Nasdaq: COGO), a leading gateway for global semiconductor
companies to access the industrial and technology sectors in China, today
announced its preliminary unaudited financial results for the quarter ended
March 31, 2013.

Revenue in the first quarter was approximately $182.4 million, compared to
$169.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margin for the
first quarter was between 6.2% and 6.7%.

Total cash, including pledged bank deposits, was $143.3 million at the end of
the first quarter of 2013, up from $141.5 million as of December 31, 2012.
Bank borrowings decreased from $98.6 million as of December 31, 2012 to $81.2
million as of March 31, 2013. Net cash was $62.1 million as of March 31, 2013.

During the trading days of January 1, 2013 to May 13, 2013, the Company
repurchased approximately 1.6 million shares of its ordinary shares at an
average price per share of approximately $2.02 and a total cost of more than
$3.2 million pursuant to the current stock repurchase program. Cogo has
repurchased almost 5.2 million shares since September 24, 2012 under the
current repurchase program, and there are approximately 4.8 million shares
left of the 10 million shares authorized for the program. Cogo continues to
view share buybacks as a strategic use of cash.

"While management is pleased with the Company's business growth and
sustainable profitability, we are disappointed with the Company's stock
performance, which is currently trading at far below its net asset value. The
Company's end market is still growing but competition has intensified.
Therefore, pressure on our gross margin is rising and the Company may require
more working capital to sustain growth. In light of the foregoing, management
has been contemplating a long-term balanced strategy. Among other initiatives,
we are currently exploring new service business opportunities that would
provide higher margins. It remains management's top priority to improve
shareholder value," said Mr. Jeffrey Kang, CEO and Chairman of Cogo.

Cogo 2013 Q1 Earnings Results Conference Call

Date/ Time:
May 15, 2013 (Wednesday) @ 8:00 PM (ET)

Conference Call:
Toll-Free 1-877-941-4774
Toll/International 1-480-629-9760

Webcast/ Audio Recording:

Replay (from 5/15/2013 at 11:00 pm to 5/17/2013 at 11:59 pm ET):
US/ Canada Toll-Free: 1-877-870-5176 (Passcode: 4618503)
International: +1-858-384-5517 (Passcode: 4618503)

About Cogo Group, Inc.:

Cogo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: COGO) is the leading gateway for global
semiconductor companies to access the rapidly growing Industrial and
Technology sectors in China. Through its unique business-to-business services
platform, Cogo designs customized embedded solutions using technology from
suppliers including Broadcom, Xilinx, Atmel and others for a customer base of
over 2,100 Chinese OEMs/ODMs. Cogo's customer list includes approximately 100
blue-chip companies, including ZTE, BYD and NARI, as well as nearly 2,000
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Company serves a broad list of
rapidly growing end-markets in China, including 3G Smartphones, Tablets,
Automotives, High-Speed Railway, Smart Meter/Smart Grid, Healthcare and High
Definition Television "HDTV".

For further information:
Investor Relations
H.K.:  +852 2730 1518
U.S.:  +1 (646) 291 8998
Fax:  +86 755 2674 3522

Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release includes certain statements that are not descriptions of
historical facts, but are forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
and Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include
statements about our proposed discussions related to our business or growth
strategy such as growth in industrial, digital media, mobile handsetand
telecommunications end-markets or potential acquisitions, all of which are
subject to change. Such information is based upon expectations of our
management that were reasonable when made, but may prove to be incorrect. All
such assumptions are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies
beyond our control and upon assumptions with respect to future business
decisions, which are subject to change. For further descriptions of other
risks and uncertainties, see our most recent Annual Report filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Form 20-F, and our subsequent SEC
filings. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's
electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) at

SOURCE Cogo Group, Inc.

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