Biometric Authentication Provider BIO-key Reports Q1 Results

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WALL, N.J., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKYI), an innovative provider of biometric authentication and security solutions, today reported results for its first quarter (Q1'19) ended March 31, 2019 and will host a conference call tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT (details below) to review its results and outlook.

BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale commented, “Our Q1 results fell short of our expectations as a result of delays in the receipt of monthly cash payments related to a significant software license agreement completed with a Chinese customer in Q4 2018. We had anticipated recording as Q1’19 revenue the receipt of two payments totaling $1.1 million as we had done in Q4’18, however the payments have not yet been received. Candidly, the deteriorating state of U.S. – China trade relations the past few months has emerged as a significant impediment in cross border commerce and particularly in the case of intangible goods such as software.  We continue to aggressively monitor the timing of these anticipated payments.” 

"Importantly, BIO-key continues to see increasing customer interest and traction for our biometric authentication solutions. We are also enhancing our sales efforts and resources and already see positive developments that should lead to stronger results in future periods. To date in 2019, we executed several new deployments of our technology, including deployments by internationally recognized police forces in both Dubai and Singapore and a global aerospace and defense contractor that deployed BIO-key's fingerprint technology.

“Expanding the application scope of our solutions, we introduced ID Director for SAML, a biometric single sign-on solution, which we are targeting toward larger enterprises as well as to identity access management (IAM) providers. We also debuted smart commercial biometric locks with cloud tracking and reporting capabilities at CES 2019 and along with our partners, announced a new smart emergency notification system for schools using biometric data."

Mr. DePasquale concluded, “Despite payment delays with one large customer, there are many reasons for BIO-key to remain confident in its growth prospects. Our optimism is supported by a growing number of enterprises that are starting to take action on security initiatives and are interested in biometric solutions.  Those that have evaluated our solution have been impressed by the ease of implementation with Microsoft solutions. Importantly, recurring service revenue grew 19% and contributed 99% of total service revenues in Q1’19, compared to 66% of total service revenues in Q1'18, demonstrating traction in our focus on recurring Software-as-a-Service revenue.”

Service revenues were $241,610 as compared to $302,449 in Q1'18, a decrease of $60,839 or 20%. The decrease was due to non-recurring custom service revenue decreasing $99,100, mostly related to the end of a custom project to one customer. This decrease was partially offset by recurring maintenance and support revenue increasing by $38,300.

License revenue decreased to $83,208 from $102,719 or 19%, due to smaller initial orders from new customers. During the quarter, we shipped products to Omnicell for the continued deployment of our identification technology in its AccuDoseproduct line, as well as to several commercial partners and several healthcare facilities and banks for initial biometric ID deployments or expansion.

Gross margin improved to -9.5% compared to -40.2% in Q1'18, principally due to lower non-cash software license rights amortization expense of $281,074 versus $659,414 in Q1'18. Adjusting for this amortization of non-cash software license rights, gross margin would have been 41% in Q1'19 versus 38% in Q1'18, with the improvement due to a higher proportion of software and services in the Q1'19 revenue mix.

Operating expenses declined 6% to $1.8M in Q1'19 compared to $1.9M in Q1'18, primarily reflecting a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses as well as lower R&D expenses.

BIO-key’s Q1'19 net loss was ($1.8M), or ($0.13) per basic share, compared to a net loss of ($2.3M), or ($0.30) per basic share after preferred dividends, in Q1'18. Per share results in Q1'19 and Q1'18 are based on a weighted average of 14.0 million and 7.9 million basic shares outstanding, respectively.

BIO-key had net working capital of $1.9 million as of March 31, 2019 compared to $3.0 million at December 31, 2018. Net working capital included $459,311 of cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2019 versus $323,943 at December 31, 2018.

In April 2019 BIO-key entered into a financing agreement to fund BIO-key’s sales efforts and working capital requirements. The funding is in the form of a $550,000 principal amount secured convertible debenture issued at a 7% discount which was completed on April 4, 2019. The debenture converts into BIO-key common stock at $1.50 per share and may be redeemed at any time by BIO-key at a premium to the principal balance. Subject to the mutual agreement of the Company and the investor, two additional $550,000 debentures may be issued on the same terms at 45 day intervals from the first debenture. 

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Globe Newswire: 21:48 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019

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