Aware, Inc.
Oct 25, 2016

Aware, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), a leading supplier of biometrics software and services, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2016

Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $5.9 million, an increase of 46% compared to $4.0 million in the same quarter last year. Operating income in the third quarter of 2016 was $2.3 million compared to $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Net income in the third quarter of 2016 was $1.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, which compares to $2.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. 

Revenue for the first nine months of 2016 was $17.6 million, an increase of 39% compared to $12.7 million in the same nine month period last year. Operating income for the first nine months of 2016 was $5.3 million compared to $1.3 million in the same period last year.  Net income for the first nine months of 2016 was $3.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, which compares to $2.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. 

Net income in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 included a $1.9 million income tax benefit related to the reversal of a reserve for uncertain tax positions we had established on federal research and development credits. The reserve was no longer required after the completion of an IRS examination in July 2015. Net income in both 2015 periods would have been lower by $1.9 million were it not for the tax reserve reversal.

The increase in revenue and operating income in the current three month period compared to the corresponding period last year was primarily due to licensing revenue from: i) a large biometrics license sale to a systems integrator for a U.S. government end user; and ii)  a 2015 medical imaging software sale that is being recognized over the period October 2015 to October 2016

The increase in revenue and operating income in the current nine month period compared to the corresponding period last year was primarily due to licensing revenue from: i) a large biometrics license sale to a U.S. government military customer in the second quarter this year; ii) the aforementioned license sale to a systems integrator for a U.S. government end user this quarter; and iii) the revenue amortization of the 2015 medical imaging software sale.

Operating income in the current three and nine month periods also included $238,000 of patent related income from an unaffiliated third party with whom we have a patent arrangement.

In April 2016, we announced a stock repurchase plan to purchase up to $10 million of our common stock.  We repurchased 345,442 shares of common stock under this program for a total cost of $1.8 million during the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Since the program commenced in April 2016, we have repurchased 427,422 shares for a total cost of $2.2 million. Cash and investments were $53.2 million as of September 30, 2016.

Rick Moberg, Aware's co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer, said "The financial performance of our business was excellent this quarter after a strong second quarter.  Once again, revenue and operating earnings were heavily influenced by a large license sale to a systems integrator for a U.S. government end user. Our reliance on large license sales to government customers over the last few quarters is representative of the nature of our business at the moment. While our government business continues to provide attractive earnings and cash flow, we are making strides towards expanding our business into commercial and mobile markets."

About Aware
Aware is a leading provider of biometrics software products and development services to governments, system integrators, and solution providers globally. Our products include SDKs, software components, workstation applications, and a modular, centralized, service-oriented platform. They fulfill a broad range of functions critical to biometric authentication and search, including face, fingerprint, and iris autocapture, image quality assurance, data compliance, capture hardware peripheral abstraction, centralized data processing and workflow, subsystem connectivity, and biometric matching algorithms. The products are used to enable identity-centric security solutions with biometrics for applications including border management, credentialing and access control, intelligence and defense, and law enforcement. Aware is a publicly held company (Nasdaq: AWRE) based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

See Aware's website for more information about our biometrics software products.

Safe Harbor Warning
Portions of this release contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as estimates or projections of future revenue and earnings, and the growth of the biometrics markets. Aware wishes to caution you that there are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results indicated by such statements.

Risk factors related to our business include, but are not limited to: i) our operating results may fluctuate significantly and are difficult to predict; ii) we derive a significant portion of our revenue from government customers, and our business may be adversely affected by changes in the contracting or fiscal policies of those governmental entities; iii) a significant commercial market for biometrics technology may not develop, and if it does, we may not be successful in that market; iv) we derive a significant portion of our revenue from third party channel partners; v) hardware revenue is likely to decline in future periods; vi) we face intense competition from other biometrics solution providers; vii) our business is subject to rapid technological change; viii) our software products may have errors, defects or bugs which could harm our business; ix) our business may be adversely affected by our use of open source software; x) our intellectual property is subject to limited protection; xi) we may be sued by third parties for alleged infringement of their proprietary rights; xii) we must attract and retain key personnel; xiii) we rely on single sources of supply for certain components used in our hardware products; xiv) our business may be affected by government regulations and adverse economic conditions; xv) we may make acquisitions that could adversely affect our results, and xvi) we may have additional tax liabilities.

We refer you to the documents Aware files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Risk Factors in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and other reports and filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aware is a registered trademark of Aware, Inc. Any other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

 

 


AWARE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)








Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenue:









    Software licenses


$4,136


$2,076


$12,257


$5,997

    Software maintenance


1,288


1,220


3,750


3,651

    Services


426


652


1,061


2,727

    Hardware


-


-


317


-

    Royalties


49


93


252


299

           Total revenue


5,899


4,041


17,637


12,674










Costs and expenses:









    Cost of software licenses


-


-


1,101


-

    Cost of services


146


416


517


1,532

    Cost of hardware


-


-


234


-

    Research and development


1,752


1,489


5,204


4,364

    Selling and marketing


1,069


849


3,100


2,885

    General and administrative


857


858


2,452


2,604

       Total costs and expenses


3,824


3,612


12,608


11,385










Patent related income


238


-


238


-










Operating income


2,313


429


5,267


1,289

Other income


-


-


-


12

Interest income


76


35


215


109

Income before provision for income taxes


2,389


464


5,482


1,410

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


816


(1,733)


1,839


(1,378)

Net income


$1,573


$2,197


$3,643


$2,788



















Net income per share - basic


$0.07


$0.10


$0.16


$0.12

Net income per share - diluted


$0.07


$0.10


$0.16


$0.12



















Weighted-average shares - basic


22,847


22,930


22,934


22,888

Weighted-average shares - diluted


22,939


23,011


22,996


22,949



















Comprehensive income:









   Net income


$1,573


$2,197


$3,643


$2,788

   Other comprehensive income (net of tax):









      Unrealized gains (losses) on available for sale securities


37


(1)


24


(41)

Comprehensive income


$1,610


$2,196


$3,667


$2,747










 

 

AWARE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(unaudited)








September 30,

2016


December 31,

2015

 

ASSETS





     Cash and investments


$53,182


$52,101

     Accounts receivable, net


4,250


4,743

     Property and equipment, net


4,736


4,977

     Deferred tax assets


1,012


999

     All other assets, net


549


799






     Total assets


$63,729


$63,619






 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










     Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$1,481


$1,422

     Deferred revenue


3,603


6,016

     Total stockholders' equity


58,645


56,181






     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$63,729


$63,619

 

 

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