SAN DIEGO, CA – May 10, 2016 – ImageWare Systems, Inc. (ImageWare or IWS) (OTCQB: IWSY), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, has issued financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, as well as a corporate update to highlight the company’s progress since its last quarterly update on March 16, 2016.
- Teamed up with TransUnion to launch an enterprise-ready, turn-key biometric authentication offering on the Amazon Web Service cloud. Companies of all sizes will be able to integrate the SaaS product into nearly any existing security solution.
- Entered into a contract with FEMSA to provide the IWS CloudID multi-modal biometric authentication system to improve their overall employee-level security, specifically identity, credential and access control management.
- Joined Amazon Web Services Partner Network as a technology partner, providing GoMobile Interactive cloud service to GoVerifyID mobile app users by leveraging the global scale, reliability and security of Amazon Web Services.
- Awarded three patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for technology used in the IWS Biometric Engine. These patents bring ImageWare’s total patent count to 19.
“Since our last corporate update less than two months ago, we continued to forge strategic partnerships with companies that we believe will help commercialize our technology,” said Jim Miller, ImageWare’s chairman and CEO. “Today, we officially teamed up with TransUnion to integrate GoVerifyID with the debut of their ID vetting product, ID Manager. Two things make our joint product unique. First, we are targeting small-to-medium sized businesses, which employ the majority of our population, yet have not been the target audience for many of our partners to date. Second, thanks to the ID Manager product, our ‘pay-as-you-go, scale-as-you need’ offering will allow quick deployment and no upfront infrastructure setup costs, reducing two significant barriers to entry.
“In addition to other recently formed partnerships, we made great progress in the sales process of GoVerifyID with Aruba’s ClearPass Policy Manager. Aruba’s internal salesforce as well as over 60 resellers are currently being educated about the product. We have been busy collaborating with their team to co-write content for sales webcasts and other selling materials, and have setup a joint server in the cloud for customers interested in a demo.
“To our knowledge, this is the first time a network company has elected to use biometrics for security purposes, reflecting the strength of our biometric technology. With a total end user population of approximately 65 million, Aruba also represents one of the larger populations of users to be targeted for conversion from PINs and passwords to biometrics. As we look ahead, we believe this will more often become the case with other companies, and Aruba provides ImageWare a true signature reference account for our commercialization strategy.”
First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Total revenues in the first quarter of 2016 were essentially unchanged at $1.0 million compared to the first quarter of 2015. An increase in services revenue due to the completion of certain identity management projects offset a reduction of software revenue from identification projects.
Gross margin in the first quarter of 2016 was 73.3% compared to 71.1% in the first quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily due to relatively lower cost of sales associated with the increase in service revenues.
Net loss in the first quarter of 2016 was essentially flat compared to the same year-ago quarter at $2.3 million or $(0.03) per basic share.
At March 31, 2016, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.1 million compared to $3.4 million at December 31, 2015. The company continues to carry no debt and has full availability on its $5.5 million line of credit.
ImageWare will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss its first quarter 2016 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: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-888-208-1815
International dial-in number: 1-719-457-0349
Conference ID: 4667811
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
http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=119507 and via ImageWare’s investor relations section at www.iwsinc.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through June 10, 2016.
Toll-free replay number: 1-877-870-5176
International replay number: 1-858-384-5517
Replay ID: 4667811
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 www.iwsinc.com.
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