Identity and Access Management Solutions Provider BIO-key’s Q4 Revenues Doubled to $1.1M and 2020 Revenues Rose 25% to $2.8M; Enters 2021 with $17M in Cash to Support Global Growth Initiatives; Investor Call Today at 10am ET

Wall Township, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

WALL, N.J., March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKYI), an innovative provider of biometric and multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) solutions for strong, convenient user authentication and large-scale identity applications, today reported results for its fourth quarter (Q4’20) and year ended December 31, 2020 (FY’20) and provided an initial outlook for 2021. BIO-key will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. ET (details below) to review its results and outlook.

2020 Highlights:

  • BIO-key completed a recapitalization in 2020 to support accelerated growth, ending the year with $19.0M of current assets, including $17.0M of cash equivalents ($2.17 per share).
  • BIO-key acquired PortalGuard® developer PistolStar, on June 30, 2020, enhancing its solutions suite, customer reach, leadership team, and global market opportunity. PortalGuard is a multifactor authentication and single sign-on platform deployed by hundreds of global customers and millions of end users, with particular strength in online education environments.
  • BIO-key Launched its PortalGuard IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) Cloud-based Authentication Solution in November 2020.
  • Q4’20 revenue rose to $1.1M or 99% over Q4’19 revenue of $0.5M.
  • 2020 revenue rose 25% to $2.8M versus $2.3M in 2019.

Recent Highlights:

BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale commented, “2020 was a transformational year for BIO-key as we achieved pivotal milestones despite COVID-19 related challenges and disruptions. Business development activity was somewhat curtailed most of the year as enterprises struggled with the challenges posed by the pandemic. We recapitalized the Company following our mid-year acquisition of PortalGuard. Almost immediately, we began building momentum in our business, which is benefiting from IT security challenges driven by the shift to remote work and studies.

“We look to take advantage of this trend by ramping up our sales and marketing initiatives and working to stay in front of customers to present our expanded suite of biometric and identity and access management solutions. We continue to see robust interest for our PortalGuard solution within the higher education and enterprise markets, particularly now that we have added a cloud-hosted, identity as a service solution (IDaaS) to our existing on-premises solution. PortalGuard IDaaS was launched in Q4 and was well received by both new and existing customers that are increasingly seeking to move their IT infrastructure to the ‘asset-light’ cloud model.

“Certainly the move to cloud solutions has been significantly accelerated by the pandemic and the resulting work-from-home and study-from-home trends. This new off-premises computing dynamic has created unprecedented IT Security challenges as more users access mission critical data and applications outside the enterprise firewall. BIO-key is ideally suited to help enterprises meet these challenges with our attractively priced authentication and IAM solutions that support a wide array of multi-factor authentication options, including our core, patented biometric capabilities.

“Following a growing number of significant security breaches including SolarWinds, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommended using multi-factor authentication strategies everywhere, and the FBI has specifically highlighted the benefits of biometrics for authentication. Our core strength and unique biometric capabilities set BIO-key apart from the competition, particularly as our technology is scalable to any size ID platform. Though we offer a very comprehensive suite of solutions, we continue to identify and evaluate other biometric forms and other FIDO factors that could further enhance our product suite.

“We continue to see substantial opportunity in Africa, and this week we commenced delivery for the first shipment of biometric fingerprint scanners in support of our initiatives in Nigeria and expect to record revenue of approximately $500K in Q1 with increasing activity throughout 2021. The launch reflects progress toward the normalization of business activity in Nigeria, which was delayed due to the global pandemic, as well as civil unrest and protests throughout the country. In addition to our projects in Nigeria, we are identifying and pursuing opportunities for other large-scale ID projects in neighboring countries, while also working to grow our base of relationships and channel partners across Africa.

“BIO-key’s Channel Alliance Partner Program (CAP) continues to build and is expected to become a key driver for long term growth. Launched in late 2019, the program has grown to encompass more than 50 partners on a global basis. We are working to double our partner base in the coming months to generate additional growth throughout 2021. Currently, about 10% of our recurring revenue comes from the CAP program, and our goal is to push that toward 30% in the near-term. The program expands our paths to market by leveraging partner contacts, market knowledge, and their sales teams to reach new customers where our technology solutions are a good fit and the partner has an existing relationship. We recently expanded the program to target managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) in addition to other integrators and value-added resellers and are seeing strong demand. We are also targeting partners in key verticals including in Financial, Higher Education and Government where our solutions are already proven to provide substantial value.

“The addition of PortalGuard to the BIO-key family has bolstered our in-house sales, marketing and R&D teams. We believe we now have the team and resources in place to take BIO-key to the next level and are making solid progress on driving revenue and most importantly, recurring revenue growth, as seen in our Q4 results.


“As we enter fiscal 2021, we believe we are on-track for significant growth across the business, particularly as the global economy emerges from the impact of COVID-19. We currently expect full year revenues to range between $8M and $12M, with possible upside related to the pace of our African contracts, which remain difficult to project. The mid-point of this range would represent growth of more than 250% over FY’20 revenue and approximately 150% over FY’20 second half revenue annualized, as the second half included the full benefit of our PortalGuard acquisition. Depending on the mix of hardware and software revenues, we believe BIO-key is positioned to achieve profitability within our revenue guidance range.”

Financial Results

Q4’20 revenue approximately doubled to $1,064,000 from $535,000 in Q4’19, primarily due to a full quarter’s contribution related to the PistolStar/PortalGuard acquisition that closed on June 30, 2020. Revenues for FY 2020 improved to $2,837,000 from $2,268,000 in FY 2019 with the increase also attributable to the acquisition.

Gross margin improved to 71% in Q4’20, as compared to negative 25% gross margin in Q4’19, due primarily to the write-off of lock inventory in the prior-year period. For the full year, gross margin improved to 72% in FY’20 versus negative 9% in FY’19 due to software amortization as well as to the write-off of lock inventory, neither of which recurred in FY’20.

Q4’20 operating expenses before impairment increased to $2,175,000 from $2,042,000 in Q4’19, primarily reflecting the inclusion of PortalGuard operating expenses and increased marketing and sales expenses, offset by lower non-cash compensation expenses. The $133,000 or approximately 7% increase in total operating expenses before impairment supported a near 100% increase in revenues.

BIO-key reported a net loss available to stockholders of $1.4M, or $0.18 per share, in Q4’20, compared to a net loss of $9.5M, or $5.29 per share, in Q4’19. Weighted average basic shares outstanding were approximately 7.8M in Q4’20 compared 1.8M in Q4’19. Q4’20 results reflect $16,000 of net interest expense, as compared to net interest expense of $396,000 in Q4’19. Q4’19 also included an intangible asset impairment charge of $7.0M related to the write down of resalable software license rights.

In FY’20, net loss available to common shareholders was $9.8M, or $2.08 per share, including $4.3M of interest expense and a $499,000 loss related to the extinguishment of debt, partially offset by a gain of $341,000 for Paycheck Protection Program proceeds that were forgiven. In FY’19, net loss available to common shareholders was $14.6M, or $8.21 per share, including the $7.0M impairment charge and $1.1M of interest expense.

Financial Strength
Following its recapitalization by completing a $24.8M public offering of stock and warrants in July, BIO-key ended 2020 with current assets of $19.0M, including $17.0M of cash and cash equivalents.   

Conference Call Details
Date / Time:Today, Thursday, March 25th at 10 a.m. ET
Call Dial In #:1-877-418-5460 U.S. or 1-412-717-9594 International
Live Webcast / Replay:Investor Webcast & Replay – Available for 3 months.
Audio Replay:1-877-344-7529 U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 Int’l; code 10153268

About BIO-key International, Inc. (
BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication with biometric centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) solutions, including its PortalGuard IAM solution, that provide convenient and secure access to devices, information, applications and high-value transactions. BIO-key’s proprietary software and hardware solutions, with industry leading biometric capabilities, enable large-scale on-premise and Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions as well as customized enterprise and cloud solutions.

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement
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BIO-key International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 December 31, 
 2020  2019 
Cash and cash equivalents$16,993,096  $79,013 
Accounts receivable, net 548,049   126,000 
Due from factor 60,453   110,941 
Note receivable 295,000   - 
Inventory 330,947   429,119 
Prepaid expenses and other 201,507   108,397 
Investment – debt security 512,821   512,821 
Total current assets 18,941,873   1,366,291 
Resalable software license rights 58,882   73,802 
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 81,793   95,509 
Capitalized contract costs, net 165,315   231,519 
Deposits and other assets 8,712   8,712 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 487,325   566,479 
Intangible assets, net 1,514,146   154,386 
Goodwill 1,262,526   - 
Total non-current assets 3,578,699   1,130,407 
TOTAL ASSETS$22,520,572  $2,496,698 
Accounts payable$244,158  $844,557 
Loans payable – related parties -   188,737 
Accrued liabilities 508,487   572,885 
Convertible notes payable, net of debt discount and debt issuance costs -   2,255,454 
Note payable – PistolStar acquisition, net of debt discount 232,000   - 
Deferred revenue – current 657,349   359,212 
Operating lease liabilities, current portion 234,309   170,560 
Total current liabilities 1,876,303   4,391,405 
Deferred revenue – long term 44,987   - 
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion 264,163   390,466 
Total non-current liabilities 309,150   390,466 
TOTAL LIABILITIES 2,185,453   4,781,871 
Common stock — authorized, 170,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding; 7,814,572 and 1,812,483 of $.0001 par value at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively 782   182 
Additional paid-in capital 119,844,026   87,437,661 
Accumulated deficit (99,509,689)  (89,723,016)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT) 20,335,119   (2,285,173

All BIO-key shares issued and outstanding for all periods reflect BIO-key’s 1-for-8 reverse stock split, which was effective November 20, 2020.

BIO-key International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

 Three months ended
December 31,
  Years ended
December 31,
 2020  2019  2020  2019 
Services$503,667  $214,270  $1,432,228  $925,245 
License fees 356,672   200,869   962,038   442,649 
Hardware 203,491   119,669   442,516   899,634 
Total revenues 1,063,830   534,808   2,836,782   2,267,528 
Costs and other expenses               
Cost of services 165,274   57,385   502,214   272,318 
Cost of license fees 20,405   (203,035)  49,891   916,112 
Cost of hardware 124,821   814,766   242,721   1,272,815 
Total costs and other expenses 310,500   669,116   794,826   2,461,245 
Gross Profit (Loss) 753,330   (134,308)  2,041,956   (193,717)
Operating expenses               
Selling, general and administrative 1,765,119   1,686,050   5,848,687   5,036,820 
Research, development and engineering 409,761   356,201   1,396,436   1,331,667 
Total operating expenses before impairment 2,174,880   2,042,251   7,245,123   6,368,487 
Impairment of resalable software license rights -   (6,957,516)  -   (6,957,516)
Operating loss  (1,421,550)  (9,134,075)  (5,203,167)  (13,519,720)
Other income (expense)               
Interest income 3,741   11   30,649   154 
Government grant – Paycheck Protection Program -   -   340,819   - 
Interest expense (19,635)  (395,818)  (4,343,212)  (1,069,134)
Loss on extinguishment of debt -   -   (499,076)  - 
Total other income (expense) (15,894)  (395,807)  (4,470,820)  (1,068,980)
Net loss (1,437,444)  (9,529,882)  (9,673,987)  (14,588,700)
Deemed dividend from trigger of anti-dilution provision feature -   -   (112,686)  - 
Net loss available to common stockholders$(1,437,444) $(9,529,882)  (9,786,673)  (14,588,700)
Basic and Diluted Loss per Common Share$(0.18) $(5.29) $(2.08) $(8.21)
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:               
Basic and Diluted 7,771,523   1,800,677   4,700,787   1,777,961 

All BIO-key shares issued and outstanding for all periods reflect BIO-key’s 1-for-8 reverse stock split, which was effective November 20, 2020.