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Aware, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2009 Financial Results

February 4, 2010

BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Aware, Inc. (Nasdaq: AWRE), a leading technology innovator and supplier to the telecommunications and biometrics industries, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were $5.5 million, a decrease of 55% compared to $12.1 million in the same quarter last year. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 included an $8.5 million patent sale. For the year ended December 31, 2009, revenues decreased 28% to $22.0 million, compared to $30.5 million in 2008.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2009, which included a $6.2 million gain on the sale of assets to Lantiq, was $5.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. These results compared to net income of $5.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago, which included the previously mentioned $8.5 million patent sale.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2009 was $1.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to net income of $1.8 million, or $0.07 per share, for 2008.

The Company reports its net income and basic and diluted net income per share in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and additionally, on a non-GAAP basis. Non-GAAP net income, where applicable, excludes the effect of stock-based compensation expense. The Company uses the non-GAAP information internally to evaluate its operating performance and believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors as they provide additional insight into the underlying operating results. However, non-GAAP measures are not stated in accordance with, should not be considered in isolation from, and are not a substitute for, GAAP measures. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results has been provided in the attached financial tables.

Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2009, excluding the effect of $0.3 million of stock-based compensation, was $6.1 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the year ended December 31, 2009, excluding the effect of $1.7 million of stock-based compensation, was $2.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

Edmund Reiter, Aware’s president and chief executive officer, said, “In 2009, we were pleased to have successfully completed the sale of our licensing assets to Lantiq as well as to have successfully executed on our share count reduction program. In 2010, we look forward to focusing our efforts on pursuing growth opportunities in the DSL test and Biometrics markets.”

Note: Aware’s conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet today, February 4, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, please go to www.aware.com/ir. The conference call may also be heard by calling 719-325-2421 and referencing the confirmation number 7902246. A replay of the call will be archived on our website after the call.

About Aware

Aware is a leading technology and supplier for the telecommunications and biometrics industries. Aware has pioneered innovations at telecommunications standards-setting organizations for DSL and networking. Telecom equipment vendors and phone companies use Aware’s DSL test and diagnostics modules and Dr. DSL® software to provision and troubleshoot DSL circuits globally. Aware is also a veteran of the biometrics industry, providing biometric and imaging software components used in government systems worldwide since 1992. Aware’s interoperable, standard-compliant, field-proven imaging products are used in a number of applications, from border management to criminal justice to medical imaging. Aware is a publicly held company (Nasdaq: AWRE) based in Bedford, Massachusetts. 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 test and diagnostics and biometrics markets. Aware wishes to caution you that there are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results indicated by such statements. General factors include, but are not limited to: our quarterly results are unpredictable and may fluctuate significantly; our business is subject to rapid technological change; we face intense competition from a wide range of competitors; current economic conditions, including the credit crisis affecting the financial markets; our intellectual property is subject to limited protection; our ability to obtain or enforce patents could be affected by new laws, regulations or rules; and our business may be affected by government regulations. DSL test and diagnostic factors include, but are not limited to: our DSL test and diagnostic businesses depend upon a limited number of customers; the success of our DSL test and diagnostics products businesses requires telephone companies to install DSL service in volume; our test and diagnostic hardware and software products could have quality problems; we depend on a single source contract manufacturer for the manufacture of our DSL hardware products; and we are dependent on single source suppliers for components in our DSL hardware products. Biometric factors include, but are not limited to: market acceptance of our biometric technologies and products; changes in contracting practices of government or law enforcement agencies; the failure of the biometrics market to experience continued growth; announcements or introductions of new technologies or products by our competitors; failures or problems in our biometric software products; delays in the adoption of new industry biometric standards; growth of proprietary biometric systems which do not conform to industry standards; our ability to sell services contracts in a manner that is consistent with our business model; our ability to deliver services contract milestones; and our dependence on third party contractors and consultants to deliver certain services contract milestones. We refer you to the documents Aware files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Risk Factors in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and other reports and filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aware and Dr. DSL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aware, Inc.

Any other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.


                                  AWARE, INC.
                     CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                     (In thousands, except per share data)
                                  (unaudited)

                                     Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                        December 31,        December 31,
                                        ------------        ------------
                                       2009     2008       2009       2008
                                       ----     ----       ----       ----
    Revenue:
      Product sales                  $4,044    $2,210    $15,376    $14,022
      Contract revenue                  887     9,346      4,611     14,658
      Royalties                         555       527      2,055      1,837
                                        ---       ---      -----      -----
        Total revenue                 5,486    12,083     22,042     30,517

    Costs and expenses:
      Cost of product sales (1)         475       613      2,887      2,589
      Cost of contract revenue (1)      362       667      2,896      4,180
      Research and development (1)    2,576     3,187     11,920     13,171
      Selling and marketing (1)       1,190     1,443      4,707      4,739
      General and administrative(1)   1,302     1,416      5,114      5,209
                                      -----     -----      -----      -----
        Total costs and expenses      5,905     7,326     27,524     29,888

    Income/(loss) from operations      (419)    4,757     (5,482)       629
    Gain on sale of assets            6,230         -      6,230          -
    Interest income                      21       222        238      1,163
                                        ---       ---        ---      -----

    Income before provision for
     income taxes                     5,832     4,979        986      1,792
    Benefit from/(provision for)
     income taxes                         2        (1)        (4)       (16)
                                        ---       ---        ---        ---

    Net income                       $5,834    $4,978       $982     $1,776
                                     ======    ======       ====     ======

    Net income per share - basic      $0.29     $0.21      $0.05      $0.08
    Net income per share - diluted    $0.29     $0.21      $0.05      $0.07

    Weighted average shares - basic  19,796    23,291     20,869     23,638
    Weighted average shares
     - diluted                       19,802    23,293     20,874     23,697

    (1) The amounts in the tables above include stock-based compensation as
    follows (in thousands):

                                        Three Months Ended     Year Ended
                                           December 31,       December 31,
                                           ------------       ------------
                                          2009     2008      2009      2008
                                          ----     ----      ----      ----
    Cost of product sales                  $3        $3       $10       $11
    Cost of contract revenue                9        29       114       135
    Research and development               63       148       521       611
    Sales and marketing                    44        52       293       186
    General and administrative            142       158       799       562
                                          ---       ---       ---       ---
    Total stock-based compensation
     costs                               $261      $390    $1,737    $1,505
                                         ====      ====    ======    ======

                                 AWARE, INC.
                 Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliation
                       (In thousands, except per share data)
                                 (unaudited)

                                       Three Months Ended        Year Ended
                                          December 31,           December 31,
                                          ------------          -------------
                                        2009      2008       2009      2008
                                        ----      ----       ----      ----
    GAAP net income                   $5,834    $4,978       $982    $1,776
       Stock-based compensation          261       390      1,737     1,505
                                         ---       ---      -----     -----
    Non-GAAP net income               $6,095    $5,368     $2,719    $3,281
                                      ======    ======     ======    ======

                                       Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                         December 31,         December 31,
                                         ------------         ------------
                                        2009      2008       2009      2008
                                        ----      ----       ----      ----
    GAAP net income per share          $0.29     $0.21      $0.05     $0.07
       Stock-based compensation         0.02      0.02       0.08      0.07
                                        ----      ----       ----      ----
    Non-GAAP net income per share      $0.31     $0.23      $0.13     $0.14
                                       =====     =====      =====     =====

                                   AWARE, INC.
                     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                 (In thousands)
                                   (unaudited)

                                                    December 31, December 31,
                                                        2009         2008
                                                        ----         ----

    ASSETS
         Cash and investments                            $39,669      $45,516
         Accounts receivable, net                          3,565        2,211
         Inventories, net                                  1,113        1,656
         Property and equipment, net                       6,744        7,463
         Other assets, net                                   363          700
                                                             ---          ---

         Total assets                                    $51,454      $57,546
                                                         =======      =======

    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

         Total current liabilities                        $2,501       $2,693

         Long-term deferred revenue                          593          330

         Total stockholders' equity                       48,360       54,523
                                                          ------       ------

         Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $51,454      $57,546
                                                         =======      =======


    Contact:
    Rick Moberg
    Aware, Inc.
    781-276-4000

SOURCE Aware, Inc.


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