Cogo Signs Letter of Intent for Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Kang to Acquire 30.4% of Cogo Net Assets

SHENZHEN, China, September 9, 2013— Cogo Group, Inc. (“Cogo,” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: COGO) a leading gateway for global semiconductor companies to access the industrial and technology markets in China, announced today that the transaction to sell just over than 30% of its assets (which generated 98.7% of its revenues of its revenues in Q1 2013) to its founder, CEO and Chairman, Jeffrey Kang, is progressing smoothly since it was announced on July 15.

The Company’s Audit Committee, assigned to oversee the negotiation by the Board of Directors, has signed a letter of intent relating to the sale with Mr. Kang’s wholly owned company. The letter of intent calls for a purchase price of $80 million. Mr. Kang has proposed that the transaction close before the end of 2013.

At the NASDAQ close on September 6, 2013, Cogo’s share price was $2.09 a share. Mr. Kang said, “we will continue to repurchase stocks and another 10b5-1 plan will be set up to allow us to buy during the blackout period from September 25, 2013.”

Mr. Kang reiterated an earlier statement that there is no intention for the Company to go private; it intends to retain its listed status.

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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.”