SOURCE: ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc.

March 17, 2014 16:05 ET

ImageWare Systems Issues Corporate Update

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) -  ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) (ImageWare), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has issued financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013, as well as provided a corporate update to highlight the company's progress since its last update on November 14, 2013.

Key Milestones and Events

  • Initiated a pilot with T-Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom AG. The partnership will start with a pilot in T-Systems' labs in Germany to integrate ImageWare's patented, multi-modal biometric, cloud-based identity management and credential technology into T-Systems' products.
  • Completed delivery of ImageWare's QuickCapture application in connection with a U.S. federally sponsored pilot program for iris recognition with 20 state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Recognized as 2014 Innovation and Design Award Winner for its Biometric Engine 2.0® by industry research firm Envisioneering at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Settled patent litigation with WCC Services US (WCC) and Creative Information Technology (CITI) that resulted in WCC and CITI obtaining royalty bearing licenses from IWSY for the patents at issue. These patents cover IWSY's multi-modal biometric platform and fusion of biometric modalities.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Financial Results

Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased to $929,000 from $926,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenues for the full year of 2013 increased 135% to $5.3 million from $4.0 million in 2012, with the increase primarily due to approximately $1.5 million received in August for software licenses in connection with a $2.2 million contract with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 160 basis points to 72.4% compared to 70.8% in the fourth quarter of 2012, with the increase primarily due to reduced costs from the relocation of certain technical support functions from the company's Canadian office to its San Diego office. Gross margin for the full year of 2013 increased to 79.4% from 69.6% in 2012, with the increase primarily due to higher software license revenues and, to a lesser extent, savings from the aforementioned relocation of technical support functions.

Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.8 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income of $62,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 included a $1.8 million gain from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities. Net loss in the full year of 2013 was $9.9 million, or ($0.12) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million, or ($0.14) per diluted share, in 2012. Net loss in 2013 included a $4.8 million loss from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities, while net loss in 2012 included a $ $4.7 million loss from the change in fair value of derivative liabilities.

At December 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.4 million compared to $4.2 million at December 31, 2012. The company continues to carry virtually no debt and, subsequent to the end of the quarter, increased their line of credit from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.

Management Commentary
"2013 was a pivotal year for ImageWare, as we formed partnerships with two of the world's largest IT services providers, Fujitsu and T-Systems," said Jim Miller, chairman and CEO of ImageWare. "We are starting to see a shift in companies evangelizing biometrics, moving from the small biometric companies trying to prove their practical application in the commercial and consumer markets, to many large corporations understanding the real-world benefits of bringing biometrics to the mainstream public. This shift has created an attractive opportunity for ImageWare and we plan to leverage our large partners' sales and marketing power to capitalize on it.

"Our new partnership and close collaboration with T-Systems represents the outcome of a number of months of discussion and planning. We're now taking the next step by integrating our technology into their products and expect this new relationship to expand our presence throughout European and worldwide markets.

"These and other proactive steps we've taken to position ImageWare as a leader in multi-modal biometric security are beginning to attract broader attention. We recently attended the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where the reception we received was incredible, particularly for our patented PillPhone®, which is the first and only FDA-approved biometric-enabled enterprise mobile application."

Miller concluded: "Working closely with our technology partners, we continue to build a healthy pipeline of potential customers and are currently in discussions with several clients regarding licensing opportunities. We will continue to target large enterprise businesses and emerging applications and believe the steps we are taking to advance our cloud, SaaS and mobile offerings in the commercial and consumer marketplace will continue to build shareholder value, along with greater visibility that includes a healthy recurring revenue stream."

Conference Call
ImageWare will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss its fourth quarter 2013 results. The company's Chairman and CEO Jim Miller and CFO Wayne Wetherell will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-941-1427
International dial-in number: 1-480-629-9664
Conference ID: 4671653

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at and via ImageWare's investor relations section at

A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time today through April 17, 2014.

Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 4671653

About ImageWare Systems, Inc.

ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) is a leading developer of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions, providing biometric, secure credential and law enforcement technologies. Scalable for worldwide deployment, ImageWare's biometric product line includes a multi-biometric engine that is hardware and algorithm independent, enabling the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. ImageWare's identification products are used to manage and issue secure credentials, including national IDs, passports, driver's licenses, smart cards and access control credentials. ImageWare's digital booking products provide law enforcement with integrated mug shot, fingerprint livescan and investigative capabilities. ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, CA, with offices in Portland, OR, Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario. For more information on ImageWare Systems, Inc., please visit

Forward Looking Statements

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(In Thousands, except share and per share data)
    December 31,   December 31,
    2013   2012
  Cash   $ 2,363   $ 4,225
  Accounts receivable, net     302     328
  Inventories     505     262
  Other current assets     148     86
  Property and equipment, net     245     150
  Other assets     395     44
  Intangible assets, net     172     200
  Goodwill     3,416     3,416
Total Assets   $ 7,546   $ 8,711
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:            
  Current liabilities   $ 3,127   $ 3,651
  Derivative liabilities     57     2,244
  Pension obligation     1,031     401
  Other long-term liabilities     0     72
  Shareholders' equity     3,331     2,343
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity   $ 7,546   $ 8,711
(In Thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended     Year Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
  Product   $ 273     $ 247     $ 2,686     $ 1,145  
  Maintenance     656       679       2,618       2,806  
Total Revenues     929       926       5,304       3,951  
Cost of Revenue                                
  Product     70       43       319       227  
  Maintenance     186       227       771       975  
Gross Profit     673       656       4,214       2,749  
      72 %     71 %     79 %     70 %
Operating Expenses                                
  General & administrative     818       850       3,378       3,430  
  Sales and marketing     632       553       2,129       1,830  
  Research and development     1,008       889       3,869       3,180  
  Depreciation and amortization     48       25       125       69  
    Total Operating Expenses     2,506       2,317       9,501       8,509  
Loss from operations     (1,833 )     (1,661 )     (5,287 )     (5,760 )
Interest (income) expense, net     73       4       221       18  
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities     97       (1,761 )     4,776       4,712  
Other (income) expense, net     (212 )     5       (443 )     (322 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes     (1,791 )     91       (9,841 )     (10,168 )
Income taxes     3       16       8       22  
Income (loss) from continuing operations     (1,794 )     75       (9,849 )     (10,190 )
Net income (loss)   $ (1,794 )   $ 75     $ (9,849 )   $ (10,190 )
Preferred dividends     (13 )     (13 )     (51 )   $ (51 )
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders   $ (1,807 )   $ 62     $ (9,900 )   $ (10,241 )
Per share data - basic                                
  Net income (loss) from continuing operations   $ (0.02 )   $ -     $ (0.12 )   $ (0.14 )
  Preferred dividends     -       -       -       -  
  Basic income (loss) per share available to common shareholders   $ (0.02 )   $ -     $ (0.12 )   $ (0.14 )
Basic weighted-average common shares     85,594,118       76,561,858       81,231,962       70,894,916  

Contact Information

  • ImageWare Investor Relations Contact:
    Liolios Group, Inc.
    Cody Slach or Greg Falesnik
    Tel 1-949-574-3860
    Email Contact