Identity, Security & Access Control Provider BIO-key Reports Q3 Revenue Growth of 38% Year-over-Year and 31% Sequentially Driven by Increased IDentity-as-a-Service Cloud Revenue; Investor Call Tomorrow at 10am ET
WALL, N.J., Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKYI), an innovative provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB) and large-scale identity solutions, today reported results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2021 (Q3’21). BIO-key will host a conference call tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. ET (details below) to review its results and outlook.
Recent Customer Wins
Growing Channel Alliance Partner (CAP) Program
Product Launches and Awards
BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale commented, “We are pleased with the progress of our core business in Q3, as we continued to generate increasing demand for our cloud-based PortalGuard identity and access control solution. We substantially expanded the reach of our Channel Alliance Partner program through a Master Agent Referral Partner Program with Intelisys. PortalGuard is now the first IAM platform to be offered by Intelisys to its extensive partner network, providing a potentially transformational opportunity to expand our customer engagement. We have added over 40 partners to the CAP program this year, bringing us over 100 partners to significantly extend our reach into new and existing markets.
“Within higher education sector, PortalGuard IDaaS continues to gain momentum for providing a strong, user friendly, cost effective, and quick to deploy solution for the IT security challenges posed by large user populations outside an organization’s firewall. We have migrated over 10% of more than 200 active PortalGuard customers to our cloud solution and expect this move to the cloud to continue. Importantly, the growth in our cloud solution deployments provides BIO-key with a growing base of recurring software subscription revenue, which now represents approximately 80% of our total software and service revenue.
“Looking to the future, we continued to invest in new product development and innovation which enabled the launch of several products during the third quarter, including our new MobilePOS Pro, a handheld, biometrically enabled, durable Android Point-of-Sale terminal and MobilePOS Pro, a new and exciting extension of BIO-keys’ technology and solutions. It enables mobile, in-person commerce to enable banking, social- and aid-worker and healthcare applications, supported by biometric ID verification for secure, fraud-free transactions. We also launched an all-new lineup of BIO-key cryptographic FIDO2 compliant security keys to expand our authentication options and debuted our EcoID II compact USB fingerprint scanner utilizing new NIST-tested algorithms for improved scanning, image capture, and user experience.
“I am also proud of various industry awards that BIO-key has recently received for our solutions, as well as for our organization being CertifiedTM by Great Place to Work® for the first time.
“While our large-scale projects in Africa have been slow in progressing, they continue to represent a tremendous opportunity for our company. In fact, the federal government of Nigeria recently announced it has begun training 1,850 youths across the country on transaction mobile Point-of-Sale business. We remain in close contact with our partners and the government there and are assured our contracts remain in place, supported by strong commitments to the programs. We now expect that hardware deliveries could resume by year end and gain traction as we progress into 2022.
“With the timetable of material revenues from Africa pushed into 2022, we are revising our full-year 2021 revenue guidance to a range of $5.5M to $7M; down from our prior estimated range of $8-12M. The mid-point of this range would represent 120% growth over 2020 revenue, in line with our growth rate so far this year. Considering our growing portfolio of high-margin, Software-as-a-Service solutions within the rapidly increasing cybersecurity sector, supported by our strong capital position and talented development and sales teams, we remain very optimistic about our prospects going forward. We will update our revenue and profitability goals for 2022 when we report our 2021 year-end results.”
Q3’21 revenues increased $356k, or 38%, to $1.3M from $943k in Q3’20. The increase is attributable to a $524k increase in license fee revenues to $870K in Q3’21 from $346k in Q3’20. Revenues also increased 31% sequentially from the $992k achieved in Q2’21. In the first nine months of 2021, revenues increased 136% to $4.2M from $1.8M in the first nine months of 2020. The nine-month periods are less comparable due to the PortalGuard acquisition which closed on June 30, 2020 and COVID-19 disruptions in 2020.
Q3’21 gross profit increased $272k, or 37%, to $1.0M from $732k in Q3’20, due primarily to license revenue growth. Gross margin remained strong at 77.3% in Q3’21 versus 77.6% in Q3’20, with the majority of revenue derived from high-margin license fees in both periods.
Operating expenses increased $177k, or 10%, to $2.0M in Q3’21 from $1.8M in Q3’20, due to increased research, development and engineering costs, reflecting continued investment in new product development, which was partially offset by lower SG&A costs, reflecting the absence of one-time integration costs incurred in connection with the acquisition of PistolStar, initial costs associated with establishing our African subsidiary in 2020, and legal and professional fees related to financing transactions in 2020.
Due to revenue growth exceeding operating expense growth, BIO-key reported a reduced operating loss of $1.0M in Q3’21, as compared to an operating loss of $1.1K in Q3’20, an improvement of 9%. Through the first nine months of 2021, the company’s operating loss was $3.0M versus $3.8M in the first nine months of 2020, an improvement of 22%.
BIO-key reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $1.0M, or ($0.13) per share, in Q3’21, compared to a net loss of $3.3M, or ($0.51) per share, in Q3’20. Weighted average basic shares outstanding were approximately 7.8M in Q3’21, as compared to 6.4M in Q3’20, reflecting a 1-for-8 reverse split in Q4’20, following a successful capital raise in Q3’20. As a direct result of the Company’s public offering in Q3’20, interest expense was reduced from $2.2M in Q3’20 to zero in Q3’21.
In the first nine months of 2021, BIO-key’s net loss to stockholders improved 64% to $3.0M from $8.4M during the first nine months of 2020, due to lower interest expense and a reduced operating loss.
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