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ImageWare® Systems Reports 2018 Second Quarter and Six-Month Financial Results


SAN DIEGO, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ImageWare® Systems, Inc. (OTCQB:IWSY), a leader in mobile and cloud-based, multi-factor, multi-modal biometric identity management solutions, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Q2 Summary of Results

  • Revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 increased 78% to $1.9 million from $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The increase reflects increased product revenue from the Veteran's administration and several of our law enforcement customers.
  • Gross profit for the second quarter was $1.6 million (84%) as compared with $810,000 (76%) in the second quarter 2017. The higher gross margins are due to higher software licensing revenue in the quarter.  
  • Net loss was $2.3 million in the second quarter compared with $2.5 million in the second quarter 2017.

Six Months Summary of Results

  • Revenue for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 increased 31% to $2.6 million from $2.0 million in the same six-month period in 2017.
  • Gross profit for the six months was $2.0 million (79%) as compared with $1.5 million (74%) in the same six-month period in 2017.
  • Net loss was $5.9 million in the six months compared with $5.3 million in the same six-month period in 2017.

Recently Announced Significant Events

  • In Q2 we showcased our FDA-cleared pillphone® application for patient engagement and medication adherence using biometric authentication for the healthcare industry.
  • In July we signed a distribution and integration partnership (including an initial order) with TwoFive, Inc., a leading Japanese security solutions provider - and opened a sales office in Tokyo.
  • Also in July, through two partners, three financial institutions (Canada, New York, and Philadelphia) initiated multi-modal biometric security for their employees.
  • Four Points Technology LLC received a multi-year $3.6 million award from the Veteran's Administration (VA) for biometric licensing and support
  • ImageWare had direct sales totaling approximately $280,000 to existing US law enforcement agency customers for new projects.

Jim Miller, Chairman and CEO of ImageWare Systems said, "While all of the pending major sales in our pipeline are taking time, they are all moving forward. Because the migration from pins and passwords to our biometric technology is so significant, all parties are moving deliberately. We are making forward progress and have every reason to remain highly optimistic as we expect more substantive announcements in Q3."

Second Quarter and Six-Month Results Investor Update Call   
The Company will host an investor update call on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:30pm PT (4:30pm ET).The Participant Dial-In Number for the conference call is Domestic/International 1-631-891-4304. Participants should dial in to the call at least five minutes before 1:30pm PT (4:30pm ET) on August 9, 2018. The call can also be accessed "live" online at

A replay of the recorded call will be available for 90 days on the Company's website ( You can also listen to a replay of the call by dialing toll-free 1-844-512-2921 (international only - 1-412-317-6671) starting August 9, 2018, at 7:30pm ET through August 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Please use PIN Number 10005361.

About ImageWare® Systems, Inc.
ImageWare Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile and cloud-based identity management solutions, providing patented biometric authentication solutions for the enterprise. Biometric technology uses unique physical characteristics to authenticate a person's identity. The company delivers next-generation biometrics as an interactive and scalable cloud-based solution. ImageWare brings together cloud and mobile technology to offer multi-factor authentication for smartphone users, for the enterprise, and across industries. 

ImageWare's products support multi-factor, multi-modal biometric authentication including, but not limited to, any individual use or combination of face, voice, fingerprint, iris, palm, and more. All the biometrics can be combined with or used as replacements for authentication and access control tools, including tokens, digital certificates, passwords, and PINS, to provide the ultimate level of assurance, accountability, and ease of use for corporate networks, web applications, mobile devices, and PC desktop environments.

ImageWare is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in Portland, Oregon, Ottawa, Ontario, and Mexico City, Mexico. To learn more about ImageWare, visit and follow us on TwitterLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "if," "should" and "will" and similar expressions as they relate to ImageWare Systems, Inc. are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. ImageWare may from time to time update publicly announced projections, but it is not obligated to do so. Any projections of future results of operations should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. These projections are subject to change and could differ materially from final reported results. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" in ImageWare's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and its other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made.

Investor Relations Contact
Harvey Bibicoff, CEO
Bibicoff + MacInnis, Inc.

In thousands, except share and per share amounts  
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
     2018    2017      2018    2017  
Product   $   1,182     $    407       $    1,279     $    680    
Maintenance     703       653         1,322       1,309    
Total Revenues     1,885       1,060         2,601       1,989    
Cost of Revenue                    
Product     139       36         165       90    
Maintenance     167       214         390       423    
Gross Profit     1,579       810         2,046       1,476    
      84 %     76 %       79 %     74 %  
Operating Expenses                    
General & administrative     987       965         2,190       1,934    
Sales and marketing     816       702         1,680       1,463    
Research and development     1,865       1,556         3,664       3,096    
Depreciation and amortization    
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