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Biometric Authentication and Security Solutions Provider BIO-key Reports Q1 2018 Results

May 15, 2018

WALL, N.J., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BKYI), an innovative provider of biometric authentication and security solutions, today reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2018 (Q1’18) and will host a conference call tomorrow, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. EDT (details below) to review its results and outlook.

Highlights:

-- Regional bank selected BIO-key to enable biometric-based employee access to network resources via shared workstations -- Molding & tool manufacturer secured factory floor and administrative network with BIO-key’s fingerprint biometric solutions -- Industrial engineering / manufacturing firm deployed BIO-key solution following password-sharing security breach -- Government defense ministry implemented BIO-key solutions that integrate with Microsoft Active Directory to strengthen network access and reporting -- Introduced OmniPass Consumer, a password management solution that interoperates with BIO-key fingerprint readers to enable secure, one-touch sign-in to websites and apps. OmniPass is available for/bundled with all BIO-key fingerprint reader models.

BIO-key’s CEO Michael DePasquale commented, “We continue to see solid growth opportunities across our software, hardware and consumer hardware product lines. However, as we have indicated and expected, BIO-key’s quarterly performance will continue to fluctuate based on the timing of larger software and hardware agreements, creating variability in our year over year and sequential quarterly comparisons as we saw in Q1 2018. For this reason, we continue to focus investors on full year results and provide financial guidance for full year revenue as we believe this longer-term measure presents a more relevant performance metric for our business.

“We are working on a range of customer opportunities, partnerships and expanded distribution relationships, with a particular focus on opportunities across Asia, all of which support our positive outlook and guidance. Thus, we are maintaining our full year revenue guidance in the range of $8M - $12M.

“In summary, we are experiencing increasing enterprise engagement for the security, convenience, risk and reporting benefits of our biometric solutions. While sales cycles can remain lengthy with certain larger procurements, we are also seeing deployments being fast-tracked as a result of a data breach or a change in senior management priorities. We are active on a range of current opportunities while we continue to invest in new innovative applications for our technology – initiatives that we believe further expand our reach and revenue potential.”

Q1 2018 ResultsQ1’18 total revenue declined by $577,000 to $841,000 from $1,418,000 in Q1’17, principally due to lower software license and hardware reader revenue, partially offset by a $151,000 contribution from our new line of Bluetooth and Biometric-enabled locks.

Gross margin was negative 40% in Q1’18 compared to 53% in Q1’17, due principally to an increase in non-cash software license amortization to $660,000 in Q1’18 compared to $390,000 in Q1’17. Q1’18 operating expenses decreased 12% due to overhead reduction initiatives as well as reduced R&D expense due principally to the reallocation of certain R&D costs to cost of revenue.

BIO-key’s Q1’18 net loss available to common stockholders was ($2,348,000), or ($0.30) per basic share, compared to ($1,557,000), or ($0.26) per basic share, in Q1’17. Per share results in 2018 and 2017 are based on a weighted average of 7.851 million and 6.095 million basic shares outstanding, respectively, reflecting the impact of the Company’s 1-for-12 reverse split effected in December 2016.

At March 31, 2018, BIO-key’s cash and cash equivalents improved to $1.3 million compared to $0.3 million at December 31, 2017.

Financial Guidance: Based on specific opportunities in discussion; product development, sales & marketing, partner and distribution initiatives; and recurring anticipated revenue streams, BIO-key is reiterating its full year revenue guidance of $8M-12M. Within this guidance range, BIO-key would expect to generate positive cash flow from operations for the full year 2018.

Conversion of Preferred Stock into Common at $3.60 Per ShareThe following table outlines Q1 and year to date conversions of convertible preferred stock into common stock. BIO-key views these conversions as supportive, positive developments for the Company as they eliminate future convertible preferred dividend requirements on converted shares, enhance BIO-key’s financial strength, and streamline the Company’s capital structure.

# Conv. Accrued Conv. Reduction in Shares Dividends Conversion Common Converted to Converted into Shares Date Annual Price Issued Dividends Common Common ------------------------------------- ------------ -------------- ---------- --------- --------- ------------ Series B-1 2.5% Convertible Preferred 60,420 $3.60 1,678,334 3/23/2018 $151,050 ------------------------------------- ------------ -------------- ---------- --------- --------- ------------ Accrued Series B-1 dividends $417,084 $3.60 115,857 3/23/2018 ------------------------------------- ------------ -------------- ---------- --------- --------- ------------ Series A-1 6% Convertible Preferred 39,088 $3.60 1,085,778 4/3/2018 $234,528 ------------------------------------- ------------ -------------- ---------- --------- --------- ------------ Accrued A-1 dividends $330,552 $3.60 91,820 4/3/2018 Totals $747,636 2,971,789 $385,578 ------------------------------------- ------------ -------------- ---------- --------- --------- ------------

The foregoing conversions increased BIO-key’s issued and outstanding common shares by 2.97 million shares to approximately 10.7 million, reduced accrued dividends totaling nearly $750,000, and reduced future annual dividend payments by approximately $386,000.

Conference Call and Webcast Replay Date/Time: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10 am ET Dial-In number: 877-418-5460 U.S. or 412-717-9594 (Intl.) Webcast Replay: BKYI Q1 2018 Webcast & Replay Available for 30 days Call Replay: 877-344-7529 U.S. or 412-317-0088; Int’l code 10119967

About BIO-key International, Inc. ( www.bio-key.com) BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication with biometric solutions that enable convenient and secure access to information and high-stakes transactions. We offer alternatives to passwords, PINs, tokens, and cards to make it easy for enterprises and consumers to secure their devices as well as information in the cloud. Our premium finger scanning devices, including SideSwipe TM SideTouch TM EcoID TM and SidePass TM offer market-leading quality, performance and price. BIO-key is now bringing the power and ease of use of biometric technology to its recently launched TouchLock TM line of biometric and Bluetooth enabled padlocks – thereby providing even more ways to BIO-key your world!

BIO-key Safe Harbor StatementAll statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). The words “estimate,” “project,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to the “safe-harbor” provisions of the Act. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those included within or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, our ability to develop new products and evolve existing ones, customer and market acceptance of biometric solutions generally and our specific offerings, our ability to expand sales within existing customer relationships, our ability to raise additional capital, and our ability to attract and retain key personnel. For a more complete description of these and other risk factors that may affect the future performance of BIO-key International, Inc., see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to disclose any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date made.

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Investor & Media ContactsWilliam Jones, Tanya KamatuCatalyst Global212-924-9800 bkyi@catalyst-ir.com

BIO-KEY International, Inc. and Subsidiary CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, December 31, 2018 2017 ------------- ------------- (Unaudited) ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,299,631 $ 288,721 Accounts receivable, net 305,176 2,875,946 Due from factor 54,045 109,865 Inventory 899,160 946,847 Resalable software license rights 2,730,000 2,640,000 Prepaid expenses and other 166,875 152,654 - ----------- - ----------- Total current assets 5,454,887 7,014,033 - ----------- - ----------- Resalable software license rights, net of current portion 7,196,348 7,933,808 Accounts receivable, net of current portion 740,000 760,000 Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 193,002 181,165 Capitalized contract costs, net 365,367 - Deposits and other assets 8,712 8,712 Intangible assets, net 175,449 181,104 - ----------- - ----------- Total non-current assets 8,678,878 9,064,789 - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL ASSETS $ 14,133,765 $ 16,078,822 - ----------- - ----------- LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ 252,985 $ 499,230 Accrued liabilities 524,680 688,023 Dividends payable on preferred stock 369,486 630,408 Deferred revenue 374,439 507,866 - ----------- - ----------- Total current liabilities 1,521,590 2,325,527 - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL LIABILITIES 1,521,590 2,325,527 - ----------- - ----------- Commitments and contingencies STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY: Series A-1 convertible preferred stock: authorized, 100,000 (liquidation preference of $100 per share); issued and outstanding 62,596 of $.0001 par 6 6 value at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Series B-1 convertible preferred stock: authorized, 105,000 (liquidation preference of $100 per share); issued and outstanding 44,580 and 105,000 5 11 of $.0001 par value at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Common stock — authorized, 170,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding; 9,493,936 and 7,691,324 of $.0001 par value at March 31, 2018 and 949 769 December 31, 2017, respectively Additional paid-in capital 81,639,682 80,829,001 Accumulated deficit (69,028,467 ) (67,076,492 ) - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 12,612,175 13,753,295 - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 14,133,765 $ 16,078,822 - ----------- - -----------

BIO-KEY International, Inc. and Subsidiary CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31, ---------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ------------ Revenues Services $ 302,449 $ 320,587 License fees 102,719 496,568 Hardware 436,287 601,180 - ---------- - ---------- Total revenues 841,455 1,418,335 Costs and other expenses Cost of services 154,733 38,820 Cost of license fees and other 1,024,712 622,114 - ---------- - ---------- Total cost and other expenses 1,179,445 660,934 - ---------- - ---------- Gross profit (loss) (337,990 ) 757,401 - ---------- - ---------- Operating expenses Selling, general and administrative 1,461,854 1,620,150 Research, development and engineering 392,154 493,444 - ---------- - ---------- Total operating expenses 1,854,008 2,113,594 - ---------- - ---------- Operating loss (2,191,998 ) (1,356,193 ) Other income Interest income 6 6 - ---------- - ---------- Total other income 6 6 - ---------- - ---------- Net loss (2,191,992 ) (1,356,187 ) Convertible preferred stock dividends (156,162 ) (200,625 ) - ---------- - ---------- Net loss available to common stockholders $ (2,348,154 ) $ (1,556,812 ) - ---------- - ---------- Basic & Diluted Loss per Common Share $ (0.30 ) $ (0.26 ) Weighted Average Shares Outstanding: Basic & Diluted 7,851,514 6,094,955

BIO-KEY International, Inc. and Subsidiary CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31, ---------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ------------ CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net loss $ (2,191,992 ) $ (1,356,187 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by operating activities: Allowance for doubtful accounts - 500,000 Depreciation 21,020 7,819 Amortization of intangible assets 5,655 3,402 Amortization of software license rights 659,414 341,160 Amortization of capitalized contract costs 18,668 - Stock based directors fees 16,512 5,003 Share and warrant-based compensation for employees and consultants 533,421 156,086 Change in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 2,590,770 1,000,775 Due from factor 55,820 (64,253 ) Capitalized contract costs (144,018 ) - Inventory 47,687 (105,527 ) Software license rights (11,954 ) 53,628 Prepaid expenses and other (14,221 ) (13,171 ) Accounts payable (246,245 ) (313,150 ) Accrued liabilities (163,343 ) 44,692 Deferred revenue (133,427 ) (143,324 ) - ---------- - ---------- Net cash provided by operating activities 1,043,767 116,953 - ---------- - ---------- CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Capital expenditures (32,857 ) (13,893 ) - ---------- - ---------- Net cash used for investing activities (32,857 ) (13,893 ) - ---------- - ---------- CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Costs to issue preferred and common stock - (5,946 ) - ---------- - ---------- Net cash used for financing activities - (5,946 ) - ---------- - ---------- NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 1,010,910 97,114 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 288,721 1,061,307 - ---------- - ---------- CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 1,299,631 $ 1,158,421 - ---------- - ----------

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