SOURCE: BIO-key International, Inc.

BIO-key International, Inc.

May 01, 2014 08:00 ET

BIO-key® International, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Expects Sustained Growth in Second Quarter

WALL, NJ--(Marketwired - May 1, 2014) -   BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCQB: BKYI), a leader in fingerprint biometric identification technologies, cloud-based mobile credentialing and identity verification solutions, today reported solid financial results for the first quarter of 2014, including positive guidance for Q2, 2014. 

Three Month Comparisons

Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $1.37 million compared to Q1'13 revenue of $805,000, an increase of approximately 70%. Sales grew as a result of higher license sales. "During the quarter, we signed our first OEM agreement to supply our WEB-key client and matching algorithm to fingerprint sensor manufacturers for the mobile device vertical," stated Michael DePasquale, BIO-key Chairman and CEO. "Our topline revenue was at the high end of our guidance and we expect to continue to grow the business in 2014. We are finding a receptive audience in identity access management channels and with more market reports describing mediocre fingerprint sensor performance in the mobile field, demand for our superior algorithm and scalable, flexible solution is growing."

Q1'14 gross margin increased to 91% from 85% in Q1'13. Operating expenses for Q1'14 increased 35%, year over year, to $1,344,000 from approximately $995,000 in Q1'13. Net loss for Q1'14 was ($299,000) as compared to Q1'13 net loss of ($316,000). The net loss in both periods is less than ($0.01) per share. The Q1 '14 loss includes non-cash expenses of $304,380, for fair-value adjustments, option issuance costs, and depreciation and amortization. Mr. DePasquale continued, "We met our topline goals for Q1, but missed the bottom line after investing in additional development projects and higher than expected non-cash expenses mostly related to outstanding warrants."

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company reported cash, cash equivalents, and accounts receivables of $1.9 million as of March 31, 2014, as compared to $2.3 million at December 31, 2013. BIO-key has no debt and shareholder equity of $730,000. Mr. DePasquale concluded, "We are off to a good start for 2014 and expect this momentum to continue into the second quarter. As we mentioned during the last call, we are interested in incremental sales hires, along with potential additions to our engineering staff, in that order. We anticipate that the market will continue to evolve towards BIO-key and drive growing demand for our products."

Highlights from the first quarter included:

  • Addition of new hospital customer Covenant Health Systems, named among the top 100 integrated health systems in the country. The organization is comprised of seven acute care hospitals; inpatient and outpatient cancer, behavioral and rehabilitation centers; home health; outpatient surgery and diagnostic centers and physician offices throughout Tennessee.

  • Entered into a license agreement with IDEX and will collaborate to deliver a sensor-to-server infrastructure solution for trustworthy, yet simple and low-cost, in device and online authentication for consumer applications and in particular the smartphone, tablet, and PC markets. 

  • 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.

  • Jim Skidmore III joined BIO-key as Senior Vice President Global Sales & Channel Development. Jim joins us with more than 20 years of successful identity and access management partner channel sales development experience.

  • Signed channel agreements with 10 leading Identity & Access Management (IAM) technology resellers and VARs.

2014 Second Quarter Outlook

For the Second Quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenue between $1.0 million and $1.7 million. Gross margin is expected to exceed 85%. The Company expects to generate operating income with incremental revenue above the midpoint of the guidance range. Further, the Company expects to exit the second quarter with a modest sales backlog. The pipeline value was approximately $15 million at the beginning of the quarter and currently remains at approximately $15 million. 

Conference Call and Webcast

In conjunction with this release, BIO-key has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Participate live via phone by dialing 1-877-317-6789 (U.S.)  1-412-317-6789 (International) and asking for the BIO-key Call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Or join the call live over the Internet by logging on to the web address A streaming audio replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on for a period of thirty days. You can also access the recorded call by dialing 1-877-344-7529 and using access code 10045178 International callers should dial 1-412-317-0088 and use the same access code.

BIO-KEY International, Inc. and Subsidiary  
    March 31,     December 31,  
    2014     2013  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 592,921     $ 2,023,349  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $20,526 at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013     1,345,961       284,025  
Due from factor     10,560       2,449  
Inventory     8,947       9,376  
Prepaid expenses and other     86,433       73,482  
  Total current assets     2,044,822       2,392,681  
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net     118,603       125,062  
Deposits and other assets     8,712       8,712  
Intangible assets--less accumulated amortization     171,549       174,950  
  Total non-current assets     298,864       308,724  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 2,343,686     $ 2,701,405  
Accounts payable   $ 323,842     $ 540,912  
Accrued liabilities     336,447       338,321  
Deferred revenue     547,878       528,160  
  Total current liabilities     1,208,167       1,407,393  
Warrant liabilities     405,428       243,077  
TOTAL LIABILITIES   $ 1,613,595     $ 1,650,470  
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
Common stock -- authorized, 170,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding; 115,995,974 of $.0001 par value at March 31, 2014 and 115,842,315 December 31, 2013     11,599       11,584  
Additional paid-in capital     55,888,278       55,909,923  
Accumulated deficit     (55,169,786 )     (54,870,572 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     730,091       1,050,935  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 2,343,686     $ 2,701,405  
    Three months ended
March 31,
    2014     2013  
  Services   $ 249,232     $ 276,960  
    License fees and other     1,118,291       527,683  
      1,367,523       804,643  
Costs and other expenses                
    Cost of services     39,175       40,715  
    Cost of license fees and other     78,049       77,098  
      117,224       117,813  
Gross Profit     1,250,299       686,830  
Operating Expenses                
    Selling, general and administrative     856,997       732,076  
    Research, development and engineering     486,567       262,809  
Total Operating Expenses     1,343,654       994,885  
Operating loss     (93,355 )     (308,055 )
Other expenses                
    Interest income     2       (7,524 )
    Loss on derivative liabilities     (204,948 )     -  
    Income taxes     (912 )     -  
  Total Other expenses     (205,858 )     (7,524 )
Net (loss) income   $ (299,213 )   $ (315,579 )
  Basic (Loss) Income per Common Share   $ *     $ *  
  Diluted (Loss) Income per Common Share   $ *     $ *  
  * Represents less than ($0.01)                
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:                
  Basic and diluted     115,876,461       81,465,289  

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. (

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement
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Contact Information

  • Investor & Media Contact:
    BIO-key International, Inc.
    Jay Meier
    Vice President Corporate Development
    Phone: 651-789-6116