Dutton Associates continues its coverage of ImageWare Systems (AMEX:IW) maintaining its rating of Speculative Buy and its $3.25 target price. The 11-page report by Dutton senior analyst Rafael Kapelinski is available at www.jmdutton.com as well as from First Call, Bloomberg, Zacks, Reuters, Knobias, and other leading financial portals.
ImageWare Systems, Inc. has reported roughly in-line 2Q 2006 results. Revenue came in at USD 2.9 million (+3.2% over the previous quarter) and EPS was USD -0.10. Identification security (ID) continued the positive trend with revenues increasing as much as 12.4% sequentially and 61% year-on-year. In contrast, both law enforcement and digital photography declined sequentially 9.7% and 27.3%, respectively. We reiterate our Speculative Buy rating on ImageWare as we consider it an attractive pure software play on the increasing security spending. The Company continues to exhibit the highest gross margins in the peer group on the higher software content in the sales mix. Importantly, ImageWare is gaining ground in the ID security market on the back one of the best biometric engines in the industry. In the past 12 months, the Company has retooled its identification products to enable customization for large project applications, added the biometric engine for incorporation into large scale biometric installations and reoriented the internal organization to direct resources toward establishing a foothold in the market for large-scale secure identification solutions. In contrast to the other biometric peers, the Company offers a fully platform-agnostic software solution that has won Frost and Sullivan's Product of the Year Award.
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