ImageWare® Reports Q1 Results and Updates Progress to Build ImageWare 2.0

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ImageWare(®) Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY), a leader in biometric identification and authentication, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Q1 Highlights:

    --  Signed +$1 million in multiple agreements - expanding ImageWare's
        presence in financial services and government sectors
    --  Kristin Taylor named President and CEO to realize profitability, drive
        performance and begin the monetization of the Company's important IP
    --  Company granted its 23(rd) patent - extending its portfolio of
        foundational biometric patents and granting exclusive rights for key
    --  Launched essential reviews of all products, services, divisions and
    --  Started crucial cost cutting measures to bring burn rate into alignment
        with revenues

Kristin A. Taylor, President and CEO, said, "We are continuing to deftly navigate in the environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. The policies and programs are in place to help keep our teams safe and healthy, while they continue to productively work remotely.

"Late in the first quarter we immediately began to lay a new foundation, and in the second quarter we started adding layers on what we foresee as a planned and thoughtful path to successfully build ImageWare 2.0. My goal is not to simply do things differently; but do them with a laser focus that allows us to stake leadership claims in the multi-modal biometric authentication markets. In Q2, we've already taken a number of meaningful steps in that direction, including:

    --  Updating the components of the Identity Platform (Cloud and
    --  Transforming GoVerifyID into a BaaS (Biometrics-as-a-Service) product
    --  Refreshing the corporate website and creating a new self-service portal
    --  Building revenue producing Go-to-Market strategies in key verticals

"I look forward to reviewing progress on these actions in our Q2 report," Taylor continued.

Broadening Initiative
ImageWare established and continues to set organizational, technology and product milestones. We are renewing our sales strategy, market positioning and product messaging, to better engage and shorten the sales cycle. Our focus continues to span government, state, local and federal, as well as serve the enterprise market, specifically in the areas of financial services, retail, manufacturing and healthcare.

The Company is developing a higher level of integration in the Identity Platform in order to capture, proof, credential and authenticate biometrics in a manner that is easy to administer and scale. In July the Company will relaunch GoVerifyID® - our enterprise-ready application enabling users to add Cloud-based biometrics MFA (multifactor authentication) to existing infrastructure.

Q1 Results
Revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 was $796,000 compared with $931,000 for the first quarter of 2019.

    --  Gross profit for the first quarter 2020 was $677,000 (or 85%) versus
        $727,000 (78%) first quarter of 2019. The higher margin in Q1 2020 is
        attributable to higher 2020 sales of software as opposed to sales of
        professional services in the comparable 2019 period as well as ongoing
        cost reduction efforts.
    --  Net loss narrowed to ($3,124,000) for the first quarter 2020 compared
        with a loss of ($3,612,000) in the same period last year.
    --  Net loss per share was ($0.04) for the first quarter ended 2020 versus
        ($0.05) in the same period in 2019.

Conference Call Details

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About ImageWare® Systems, Inc.
In 1987, ImageWare was founded to innovate imaging. After a bold start evolving silver halide photography into digital images, ImageWare built the first statewide digital booking platform for the United States law enforcement in 1998. Since then, ImageWare has evolved into the largest holder of multimodal biometrics, managing millions of identities daily. With vast experience in the government sector, ImageWare is democratizing biometrics by offering defense-grade identity and authentication solutions to the masses. By identifying the person, not a device, ImageWare is giving populations around the globe access to their important data.

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, 2019 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.

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                ImageWare(R) Systems, Inc.


                In thousands, except share and per share amounts


       Three Months Ended

         March 31,

                                                                                                     2020                      2019


         Product                                                                                    $150                      $278

         Maintenance                                                                                 646                       653

       Total Revenues                                                                                796                       931

       Cost of Revenue

         Product                                                                                      21                        84

         Maintenance                                                                                  98                       120

       Gross Profit                                                                                  677                       727

                                                                                                      85%                      78%

       Operating Expenses

         General & administrative                                                                  983                     1,107

         Sales and marketing                                                                     1,058                     1,005

         Research and development                                                                1,868                     1,774

         Depreciation and amortization                                                             18                        19

            Total Operating Expenses                                                             3,927                     3,905

       Loss from operations                                                                    (3,250)                  (3,178)

       Interest (income) expense, net                                                              24                      (22)

       Change in fair value of derivative liabilities                                           (197)                      424

       Other components of net periodic pension expense                                            47                        32

       Other expense

       Loss from continuing operations before income taxes                                    (3,124)                  (3,612)

       Income taxes

       Loss from continuing operations                                                        (3,124)                  (3,612)

       Net loss                                                                                 $(3,124)                 $(3,612)

       Preferred dividends                                                                     (1,374)                  (1,294)

       Net loss available to common shareholders                                             $(4,498)                 $(4,906)


       Per share data - basic

          Basic income (loss) per share available to common shareholders                      $(0.04)                  $(0.05)


       Basic weighted-average common shares                                               116,196,197                98,398,239

                ImageWare(R) Systems, Inc.


         March 31,           
     December 31,

                                                                                                     2020                      2019


         Cash                                                                                        $53                    $1,030

         Accounts receivable, net                                                                  489                       657

         Inventories                                                                                 679                       615

         Stock subscriptions receivable                                                           765                         0

         Other current assets                                                                      214                       243

         Property and equipment, net                                                               198                       216

         Other assets                                                                                256                       257

         Operating lease right-of-use assets                                                    1,822                     1,906

         Intangible assets, net                                                                     67                        70

         Goodwill                                                                                  3,416                     3,416

                Total Assets                                                                  $7,959                    $8,410

       Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit:

         Current liabilities                                                                      $6,550                    $4,198

         Pension obligation                                                                      2,265                     2,256

         Lease liabilities - long term                                                           1,611                     1,716

         Other long-term liabilities                                                               118                       118

         Mezzanine equity                                                                        9,059                     8,884

         Shareholders' deficit                                                                (11,644)                  (8,762)

                Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit                                $7,959                    $8,410


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