SOURCE: BIO-key International, Inc.

BIO-key International, Inc.

March 20, 2015 08:00 ET

BIO-key® 2014 Revenue Grew 102% to $4.0M; Strong Sales Pipeline Supports Revenue Guidance of $5M - $7M for 2015

WALL, NJ--(Marketwired - Mar 20, 2015) - BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCQB: BKYI), a leader in fingerprint biometric identification technologies, cloud-based mobile credentialing and identity verification solutions, today reported record financial results its fourth quarter (Q4'14) and year ended December 31, 2014 and initiated financial guidance for 2015. The Company will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. EDT, details below.

Fiscal 2014 Highlights:

  • Revenue growth of 102% over 2013 while holding administrative expenses at less than 2% above 2013 levels.
  • Strategic agreements with IDEX and NEXT Biometrics Group ASA, emerging fingerprint sensor manufacturers for the Mobile and Internet-of-Things Industries.
  • The launch of two finger sensors, SideSwipe™ and DASH, offered at price-points 50% less than traditional fingerprint readers available in the market today.
  • A collaboration agreement with Experian whereby BIO-key technology can provide fingerprint biometric authentication for Experian's next generation fraud platform, Precise ID.
  • Agreements with roughly 20 top-tier IAM channel partners, integration partners and resellers.
  • Introduced and demonstrated along with InterDigital, a groundbreaking multifactor authentication (MFAS) solution, incorporating BIO-key's fingerprint technology for the Android mobile platform at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

"We achieved strong sales growth in 2014, and despite the continued variations in the business quarter-to-quarter, we expect 2015 to be another record year," stated Michael DePasquale, BIO-key Chairman and CEO. "We have two primary goals for 2015; to grow profitable revenue rapidly and implement rigorous internal business processes and best practices, to ensure the most consistent and predictable outcomes as the business grows in 2015 and beyond. Even after doubling our revenue in 2014, our pipeline remains robust and we expect our momentum to continue."

Mr. DePasquale concluded, "Our 2015 Strategic Plan calls for several things, but mainly focuses on disciplined execution in sales and operations. We are targeting highly regulated industries in the U.S., in particular healthcare, in addition to our OEM business, including Mobility, Identity & Access Management vendors and VARs. Internally, we are implementing structure and processes to reduce risk. With so much momentum in the industry, we believe we can maintain strong growth through 2015."

Q4 Results

Total revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $951,698, compared to $327,500 in Q4'13, an increase of approximately 191%. Sales grew largely as a result of substantially higher license sales, higher hardware sales and service sales, while maintenance sales held firm. License and service sales grew largely as a result of OEM partnerships with fingerprint sensor vendors.

Q4'14 gross margin was essentially unchanged at 76% as compared to 78% in Q4'13. Operating expenses for Q4'14 increased 9%, to $1,272,024 from $1,163,961 in Q4'13, while administrative expenses decreased marginally. Q4'14 net loss decreased approximately 45% to ($506,546) from ($929,188) in Q4'13, and loss per share was ($0.01) versus ($0.02) in Q4'13. 

2014 Results

Total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased 102% to $4,005,856 as compared to $1,985,976 for the year ended December 31, 2013. Sales increased primarily as a result of higher license and service sales with OEM fingerprint sensor manufacturers, offsetting a slight reduction in maintenance revenue. 

We maintained gross margins at 81% in 2014 as compared to 80% in 2013. Operating expenses for the period increased 29%, year over year, to $5,296,226, from $4,120,629 in 2013. Operating expenses rose primarily due to increased variable selling expenses and higher R&D and marketing expenses, while administrative expense remained relatively constant. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2014 was ($1,883,572), or ($0.03) per share, which decreased from a net loss of ($2,582,151), or ($0.06) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Company reported cash, cash equivalents, and accounts receivable of $1,468,973 at December 31, 2014, as compared to $2,307,374 at December 31, 2013. Net cash used for operations during FY '14 was approximately $2.5 million, as compared to approximately $2.7 million during FY '13. The Company issued common shares and warrants to raise approximately $1.6 million in FY '14, as compared to approximately $5.6 million in Q4'13.

Q1'15 and 2015 Guidance

For the first quarter of 2015, the Company expects revenue between $0.5 million and $1.0 million and gross margin of approximately 75%-80%. For the 2015 Fiscal Year, the Company expects revenue between $5.0 million and $7.0 million and gross margin of approximately 75%-80%. Further, the Company expects break-even run rates of $6.5-$7.0 million for the year. As of December 31, 2014, the Company's opportunity pipeline was valued at $25 million, as compared to $12.7 million at December 31, 2013.

Conference Call and Webcast Replay

Date/Time: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10am EDT

Dial-In number: 1-877-418-5460 (U.S.), 412-717-9594 (Intl.), ask for the BIO-key call

Webcast Replay: available shortly after the call at

Call Replay: 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.), 1-855-669-9568 (Canada), 1-412-317-0088 (Intl.)
Access code: 10055289.

BIO-key International, Inc. and Subsidiary
    December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 843,632     $ 2,023,349  
Accounts receivable, net     625,341       284,025  
Due from factor     76,657       2,449  
Inventory     11,825       9,376  
Prepaid expenses and other     236,429       73,482  
Total current assets     1,793,884       2,392,681  
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net     103,509       125,062  
Deposits and other assets     8,712       8,712  
Intangible assets--less accumulated amortization     161,344       174,950  
Total non-current assets     273,565       308,724  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 2,067,449     $ 2,701,405  
Accounts payable   $ 347,311     $ 540,912  
Accrued liabilities     488,617       338,321  
Deferred revenue     429,233       528,160  
Warrant liabilities     43,227       -  
Total current liabilities     1,308,388       1,407,393  
Warrant liabilities     -       243,077  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     1,308,388       1,650,470  
Common stock -- authorized, 170,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding; 66,001,260 and 57,921,259 of $.0001 par value at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively     13,200       11,584  
Additional paid-in capital     57,500,005       55,909,923  
Accumulated deficit     (56,754,144 )     (54,870,572 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     759,061       1,050,935  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 2,067,449     $ 2,701,405  

All per-share amounts and BIO-key shares outstanding for all periods reflect BIO-key's 1-for-2 reverse stock split, which was effective February 3, 2015.

BIO-key International, Inc. and Subsidiary
    Years ended December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Services   $ 1,489,820     $ 988,003  
License fees and other     2,516,036       997,973  
      4,005,856       1,985,976  
Costs and other expenses                
Cost of services     445,803       145,702  
Cost of license fees and other     302,947       241,326  
      748,750       387,028  
Gross Profit     3,257,106       1,598,948  
Operating expenses                
Selling, general and administrative     3,670,090       2,776,559  
Research, development and engineering     1,626,136       1,344,070  
      5,296,226       4,120,629  
Operating loss     (2,039,120 )     (2,521,681 )
Other income (deductions)                
Interest income     7       7  
Interest expense     -       (136,484 )
Gain on derivative liabilities     157,253       78,812  
Income taxes     (1,712 )     (2,805 )
      155,548       (60,470 )
Net loss   $ (1,883,572 )   $ (2,582,151 )
Basic and Diluted Loss per Common Share:   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.06 )
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:                
Basic and Diluted     59,047,282       45,895,946  

All per-share amounts and BIO-key shares outstanding for all periods reflect BIO-key's 1-for-2 reverse stock split, which was effective February 3, 2015.

BIO-key International, Inc. and Subsidiary
    Years ended December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Net (loss) income   $ (1,883,572 )   $ (2,582,151 )
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash used for operating activities:                
Allowance for doubtful accounts     -       -  
Depreciation     28,618       28,618  
Intangible assets     40,186       20,961  
Deferred costs     -       107,203  
Share-based compensation     207,258       81,642  
Gain on derivative liabilities     (157,253 )     (78,812 )
Change in assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable trade     (341,316 )     320,759  
Due from factor     (74,208 )     187,455  
Inventory     (2,449 )     (5,190 )
Prepaid expenses and other     (162,647 )     (48,394 )
Accounts payable     (193,601 )     (480,364 )
Accrued liabilities     150,296       (255,278 )
Deferred revenue     (98,927 )     19,640  
Net cash used for operating activities     (2,502,927 )     (2,683,911 )
Capital expenditures     (18,633 )     (129,413 )
Net cash used for investing activities     (18,633 )     (129,413 )
Issuances of common stock     1,595,000       5,649,793  
Repurchase of outstanding warrants     (150,000 )     -  
Costs to issue common stock and Note Payable     (103,157 )     (575,681 )
Repayment of notes payable - related party     -       (321,428 )
Proceeds from issuance of Note Payable     -       497,307  
Repayment of Note Payable     -       (497,307 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     1,341,843       4,752,684  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR   $ 843,632     $ 2,023,349  

About BIO-key 
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions to commercial and government enterprises, integrators, and custom application developers. BIO-key's award winning, high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric finger identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise applications. Our solutions are used in local embedded OEM products as well as some of the world's largest identification deployments to improve security, guarantee identity, and help reduce identity theft. BIO-key's technology is offered directly or by market leading partners around the world. (

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