BEDFORD, Mass. - May 10, 2005 – Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE), a worldwide leader and innovator of broadband intellectual property, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2005.
Revenues for the first quarter of 2005 were $4.2 million compared to $3.6 million for the same period last year. Net loss for the first quarter of 2005 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.05 per share, for the year-ago period.
"We are seeing increased demand for our StratiPHY2+™ licensing products as the industry shifts to higher-value services using ADSL2+,” commented Michael Tzannes, Aware’s chief executive officer. “This quarter’s highlight was the addition of a new StratiPHY2+ licensee, which further validates the value proposition of StratiPHY2+ and increases the number of Aware licensees to six.”
Tzannes also noted that recently published DSL forecasts from Infonetics Research indicate that 2005 will be a year of strong DSL growth based on the following projections:
- CO ports will grow from about 58 million in 2004 to 61 million in 2005; and
- CPE will grow from about 36 million in 2004 to over 78 million in 2005.
“We intend to capitalize on this expanded market opportunity by adding new customers and increasing the share of the market that uses our StratiPHY products,” commented Tzannes.
He continued, “We expect that a new VDSL2 standard will be consented at the International Telecommunications Standard meeting in Geneva later this month. This will be a significant addition to the arsenal of DSL standards and will deliver higher speeds to infrastructures with fiber penetrating deeper into phone company networks. We expect that this new standard will act as an added incentive for a rapid transition to higher speed DSL services. In anticipation of this standard, we have developed our StratiPHY3 product, the latest addition to our StratiPHY family. StratiPHY3 will support ADSL and VDSL standards in a highly flexible, cost effective silicon-level technology platform.”
“In our biometrics products, we have recently launched new products as part of our strategy to expand the footprint of our industry offerings,” commented Tzannes. “We are pleased to report that we had first significant sales of our new e-passport ICAOPack product this quarter.”
“We are on the right track with our product offerings. The DSL industry appears poised to enter an exciting stage of rapid growth and new service offerings and we intend to remain at the center of that activity. The biometrics industry is expanding to include the use of biometrics other than fingerprints for markets outside of law enforcement and we are aggressively developing new products to address these opportunities,” Tzannes concluded.
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Note: Aware’s conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet today, May 10, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, please go to www.aware.com, and click on “Investor Relations.” The conference call may also be heard by calling (719) 457-2727 and referencing the confirmation number 8148346. A replay of the call will be archived on our website after the call.
Aware, Inc. designs, develops, licenses and markets DSL technologies that enable broadband communications over existing telephone networks. Its solutions, including splitterless G.lite, full-rate ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+, Dr. DSL®, StratiPHY2+™, and G.SHDSL, address central office as well as customer premise requirements. Aware is also a leading provider of standards-based biometric transaction and image compression software toolkits. More information about Aware can be found at http://www.aware.com.
Safe Harbor Warning
Portions of this release contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as estimates or projections of future revenue and earnings and the growth of the DSL market. Aware wishes to caution you that there are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results indicated by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: we have a unique business model, our quarterly results are difficult to predict, we depend on a limited number of licensees, we derive a significant amount of revenue from one customer, we depend on equipment companies to incorporate our technology into their products, we face intense competition from other DSL vendors, DSL technology competes with other technologies for broadband access, and our business is subject to rapid technological change. We refer you to the documents Aware files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Factors That May Affect Future Results in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and other reports and filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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