Aware Inc.

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Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q)

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

Quarterly Report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021

OR

Transition Report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021

Commission file number 000-21129

AWARE, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Massachusetts

04-2911026

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

Incorporation or Organization)

40 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Massachusetts, 01730

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

(781) 276-4000

(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class

Trading Symbol

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

AWRE

The Nasdaq Global Market

Indicate by check whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.:

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act ___

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes No

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant's common stock as of October 22, 2021 was 21,559,483.

AWARE, INC.

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

PART I

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

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Item 1.

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

3

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

3

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020

4

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020

5

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020

6

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

8

Item 2.

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

19

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

24

PART II

OTHER INFORMATION

25

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

25

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

25

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

25

Item 6.

Exhibits

26

Signatures

27

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PART 1. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1: CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

AWARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)

(unaudited)

September 30,

2021

December 31,

2020

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

33,297

$

38,565

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $74 and $138 at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

3,135

2,285

Unbilled receivables

3,272

2,229

Tax receivable

1,398

-

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

745

582

Total current assets

41,847

43,661

Property and equipment, net

3,333

3,701

Intangible assets, net

1,086

1,217

Goodwill

1,651

1,651

Long-term tax receivable

-

1,398

Total assets

$

47,917

$

51,628

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

565

$

494

Accrued expenses

2,057

1,531

Deferred revenue

3,040

3,843

Total current liabilities

5,662

5,868

Long-term deferred revenue

106

90

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $1.00 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized,

none outstanding

-

-

Common stock, $.01 par value; 70,000,000 shares authorized; issued

and outstanding of 21,549,483 as of September 30, 2021 and 21,378,833 as of December 31, 2020

215

214

Additional paid-in capital

97,151

96,104

Accumulated deficit

(55,217

)

(50,648

)

Total stockholders' equity

42,149

45,670

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

47,917

$

51,628

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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AWARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue:

Software licenses

$

2,197

$

796

$

6,287

$

3,176

Software maintenance

1,526

1,368

4,831

4,110

Services and other

452

310

1,739

597

Total revenue

4,175

2,474

12,857

7,883

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales

243

149

933

483

Research and development

2,307

2,332

7,067

7,027

Selling and marketing

1,631

1,306

4,785

3,771

General and administrative

1,574

1,207

4,644

4,170

Total costs and expenses

5,755

4,994

17,429

15,451

Operating loss

(1,580

)

(2,520

)

(4,572

)

(7,568

)

Interest income

1

7

3

174

Loss before benefit from income taxes

(1,579

)

(2,513

)

(4,569

)

(7,394

)

Benefit from income taxes

-

(736

)

-

(1,416

)

Net loss

$

(1,579

)

$

(1,777

)

$

(4,569

)

$

(5,978

)

Net loss per share - basic

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.28

)

Net loss per share - diluted

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.28

)

Weighted-average shares - basic

21,532

21,476

21,508

21,452

Weighted-average shares - diluted

21,532

21,476

21,508

21,452

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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AWARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net loss

$

(4,569

)

$

(5,978

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash

used in operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

520

401

Stock-based compensation

1,077

557

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(849

)

416

Unbilled receivables

(1,044

)

1,088

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(163

)

(369

)

Tax receivable

-

(1,179

)

Accounts payable

71

71

Accrued expenses

525

599

Deferred revenue

(786

)

204

Net cash used in operating activities

(5,218

)

(4,190

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(21

)

(464

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(21

)

(464

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

25

23

Payments made for taxes of employees who surrendered

shares related to unrestricted stock

(54

)

(89

)

Repurchase of common stock

-

(704

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(29

)

(770

)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(5,268

)

(5,424

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

38,565

47,742

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

33,297

$

42,318

Supplemental disclosure: Cash paid for income taxes

$

-

$

-

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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AWARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

For the Three and Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2020

Additional

Total

Common Stock

Paid-In

(Accumulated

Stockholders'

Shares

Amount

Capital

Deficit)

Equity

Balance at December 31, 2019

21,443

$

214

$

96,255

$

(43,034

)

$

53,435

Issuance of unrestricted stock

94

1

(1

)

-

-

Shares surrendered by employees to

pay taxes related to unrestricted stock

(15

)

-

(50

)

-

(50

)

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

83

-

83

Net loss

-

-

-

(1,060

)

(1,060

)

Balance at March 31, 2020

21,522

$

215

$

96,287

$

(44,094

)

$

52,408

Issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

7

-

23

-

23

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

230

-

230

Repurchase of common stock

(139

)

(1

)

(468

)

(469

)

Net loss

-

-

-

(3,142

)

(3,142

)

Balance at June 30, 2020

21,390

$

214

$

96,072

$

(47,236

)

$

49,050

Issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

142

1

(1

)

-

-

Shares surrendered by employees to

pay taxes related to unrestricted stock

(12

)

-

(39

)

-

(39

)

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

244

-

244

Repurchase of common stock

(83

)

(1

)

(232

)

(233

)

Net loss

-

-

-

(1,777

)

(1,777

)

Balance at September 30, 2020

21,437

$

214

$

96,044

$

(49,013

)

$

47,245

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For the Three and Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2021

Additional

Total

Common Stock

Paid-In

(Accumulated

Stockholders'

Shares

Amount

Capital

Deficit)

Equity

Balance at December 31, 2020

21,379

$

214

$

96,104

(50,648

)

$

45,670

Issuance of unrestricted stock

131

1

(1

)

-

-

Shares surrendered by employees to

pay taxes related to unrestricted stock

(16

)

-

(54

)

-

(54

)

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

197

-

197

Net loss

-

-

-

(1,448

)

(1,448

)

Balance at March 31, 2021

21,494

$

215

$

96,246

$

(52,096

)

$

44,365

Issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

7

-

25

-

25

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

439

-

439

Net loss

-

-

-

(1,542

)

(1,542

)

Balance at June 30, 2021

21,501

$

215

$

96,710

$

(53,638

)

$

43,287

Issuance of unrestricted stock

48

-

-

-

-

Stock-based compensation expense

-

-

441

-

441

Net loss

-

-

-

(1,579

)

(1,579

)

Balance at September 30, 2021

21,549

$

215

$

97,151

$

(55,217

)

$

42,149

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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AWARE, INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

Note 1 - Description of the Company and Basis of Presentation

Description of the Company

We are a global leader in biometrics software offerings and solutions. Our portfolio enables government agencies and commercial entities to enroll, identify, authenticate and enable using biometrics, which comprise physiological characteristics, such as fingerprints, faces, irises and voices.

Enroll:Register biometric identities into an organization's secure database

Identify:Utilize an organization's secure database to accurately identify individuals using biometric data

Authenticate:Provide frictionless multi-factor, passwordless access to secured accounts and databases with biometric verification

Enable:Manage the lifecycle of secure identities through optimized biometric interchanges

We have been engaged in this business since 1993. Our comprehensive portfolio of biometric solutions is based on innovative, robust products designed explicitly for ease of integration, including customer-managed and integration ready biometric frameworks, platforms, software development kits (SDKs) and services. Principal government applications of biometrics systems include border control, visa applicant screening, law enforcement, national defense, intelligence, secure credentialing, access control, and background checks. Principal commercial applications include mobile enrollment, user authentication, identity proofing, and secure transaction enablement.

Our products span multiple biometric modalities including fingerprint, face, iris and voice, and provide interoperable, standards-compliant, field-proven biometric functionality. Our products are used to capture, verify, format, compress and decompress biometric images as well as aggregate, analyze, process, match and transport those images and templates within biometric systems. For large deployments, we may provide project management and software engineering services. We sell our biometrics software products and services globally through a multifaceted distribution strategy using systems integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value added resellers (VARs), partners, and directly to end user customers.

Certain amounts in the consolidated financial statements and associated notes may not add due to rounding. All percentages have been calculated using unrounded amounts.

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions for Form 10-Q and therefore do not include all information and notes necessary for a complete presentation of our financial position, results of operations and cash flows, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. We filed audited financial statements which included all information and notes necessary for such presentation for the two years ended December 31, 2020 in conjunction with our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. This Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with that Form 10-K.

The accompanying unaudited consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, statements of cash flows, and statements of stockholders' equity reflect all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring items) which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of financial position at September 30, 2021, and of operations and cash flows for the interim periods ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.

The results of operations for the interim periods ended September 30, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year.

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Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Aware, Inc. and its subsidiary, Aware Security Corporation. Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amount of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The most significant estimates included in the financial statements pertain to revenue recognition, reserves for doubtful accounts, valuation of intangible assets and goodwill recorded as part of the combinations and valuation allowance for deferred income tax assets.Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In December 2019, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standard Update ("ASU") No. 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. The ASU was issued to reduce the complexity of the reporting information for financial statement users. We adopted the standard on January 1, 2020. The adoption of the standard did not result in any adjustment to our consolidated financial statements.

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses of Financial Instruments, which changes the methodology for measuring credit losses on financial instruments and the timing of when such losses are recorded. This guidance was to be effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted. In November 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-10, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326), Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815), and Leases (Topic 842) Effective Dates, which deferred the effective dates for us, as a smaller reporting company, until fiscal year 2023. We are continuing to assess the impact of the standard on our consolidated financial statements.

Note 2 - Revenue Recognition

We recognize revenue in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 606,"Revenue from Contracts with Customers"("ASC 606"). Under ASC 606, we apply the following five step model:

1.Identify the contract with the customer;

2.Identify the performance obligations in the contract;

3.Determine the transaction price;

4.Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract; and

5.Recognize revenue when (or as) each performance obligation is satisfied.

We categorize revenue as software licenses, software maintenance, or services and other. Revenue from software licenses is recognized at a point in time upon delivery, provided all other revenue recognition criteria are met. We recognize software maintenance revenue over time on a straight-line basis over the contract period. Services revenue is recognized over time as the services are delivered using an input method (i.e., labor hours incurred as a percentage of total labor hours budgeted), provided all other revenue recognition criteria are met. Other revenue, includes hardware sales that may be included in a software license, is recognized at a point in time upon delivery provided all other revenue recognition criteria are met.

In addition to selling software licenses, software maintenance and software services on a standalone basis, a significant portion of our contracts include multiple performance obligations, which require an allocation of the transaction price to each distinct performance obligation based on a relative standalone selling price ("SSP) basis. The SSP is the price at which we would sell a promised good or service separately to a customer. The best estimate of SSP is the observable price of a good or service when we sell that good or service separately. A contractually stated price or a list price for a good or service may be the SSP of that good or service. We use a range of amounts to estimate SSP when we sell each of the goods and services

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separately and need to determine whether there is a discount that needs to be allocated based on the relative SSP of the various goods and serviceswithin multipleperformance obligation arrangements. In instances where SSP is not directly observable, such as when we do not sell the product or service separately, we typically determine the SSP using an adjusted market assessment approach using information that may include market conditions and other observable inputs. We typically have more than one SSP for individual goods and services due to the stratification of those goods and services by customer.In these instances, we may use information such as the nature of the customer and distribution channel in determining the SSP.

When software licenses and significant customization engineering services are sold together, they are accounted for as a combined performance obligation, as the software licenses are generally highly dependent on, and interrelated with, the associated customization services and therefore are not distinct performance obligations. Revenue for the combined performance obligation is recognized over time as the services are delivered using an input method (i.e., labor hours incurred as a percentage of total labor hours budgeted).

When subscription-based software is sold, the subscription-based software and software maintenance are generally considered distinct performance obligations. The transaction price is allocated to subscription-based software and the software maintenance based on the relative SSP of each performance obligation. We sell subscription-based software for a fixed fee and/or a usage-based royalty fee, sometimes subject to a minimum guarantee. When the amount is in the form of a fixed fee, including the guaranteed minimum in subscription-based royalties, revenue is allocated to the subscription-based software and recognized at a point in time upon delivery, provided all other revenue recognition criteria are met. Revenue allocated to the software maintenance is recognized over the contract term on a straight-line basis. Any subscription-based software fees earned not subject to the guaranteed minimum or earned in excess of the minimum amount are recognized as revenue when the subsequent usage occurs.

Our contracts can include variable fees, such as the option to purchase additional usage of a previously delivered software license. We may also provide pricing concessions to clients, a business practice that also gives rise to variable fees in contracts. We include variable fees in the determination of total transaction price if it is not probable that a future significant reversal of revenue will occur. We use the expected value or most likely value amount, whichever is more appropriate for specific circumstances, to estimate variable consideration, and the estimates are based on the level of historical price concessions offered to clients.

The amount of consideration is not adjusted for a significant financing component if the time between payment and the transfer of the related good or service is expected to be one year or less under the practical expedient in ASC 606-10-32-18. Our revenue arrangements are typically accounted for under such expedient, as payment is typically due within 30 to 60 days. As of September 30, 2021 and 2020, none of our contracts contained a significant financing component.

Disaggregation of Revenues

We organize ourselves into a single segment that reports to the Chief Executive Officer who is our chief operating decision maker. We conduct our operations in the United States and sell our products and services to domestic and international customers. Revenues were generated from the following geographic regions for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

United States

$

2,177

$

1,484

$

6,844

$

4,652

United Kingdom

189

266

1,642

1,046

Brazil

687

239

1,333

730

Rest of World

1,122

485

3,038

1,455

$

4,175

$

2,474

$

12,857

$

7,883

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Revenue by timing of transfer of goods or services for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 was (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Goods or services transferred at a point in time

$

2,275

$

896

$

6,296

$

3,258

Goods or services transferred over time

1,900

1,578

6,561

4,625

$

4,175

$

2,474

$

12,857

$

7,883

Revenue by contract type for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 was (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

License and service contracts

$

3,114

$

2,282

$

10,675

$

7,423

Subscription-based contracts

1,061

192

2,182

460

$

4,175

$

2,474

$

12,857

$

7,883

Revenue from subscription-based contracts include revenue that may be recognized at a point in time or over time and be part of a fixed fee and or minimum guarantee as well as fees earned and allocated to software maintenance.

Contract Balances

When the timing of our delivery of goods or services is different from the timing of payments made by customers, we recognize either a contract asset (performance precedes contractual due date) or a contract liability (customer payment precedes performance). Customers that prepay are represented by the deferred revenue below until the performance obligation is satisfied.

Our contract assets consist of unbilled receivables. Our contract liabilities consist of deferred (unearned) revenue, which is generally related to software maintenance contracts. We classify deferred revenue as current or noncurrent based on the timing of when we expect to recognize revenue.

The following tables present changes in our contract assets and liabilities during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021 (in thousands):

Balance at

Beginning

of Period

Revenue

Recognized In

Advance of

Billings

Billings

Balance at

End of

Period

Three months ended September 30, 2020

Contract assets:

Unbilled receivables

$

2,018

$

492

$

(283

)

$

2,227

Three months ended September 30, 2021

Contract assets:

Unbilled receivables

$

2,867

$

1,660

$

(1,255

)

$

3,272

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Balance at

Beginning

of Period

Billings

Revenue

Recognized

Balance at

End of

Period

Three months ended September 30, 2020

Contract liabilities:

Deferred revenue

$

2,961

$

1,400

$

(1,320

)

$

3,041

Three months ended September 30, 2021

Contract liabilities:

Deferred revenue

$

2,947

$

1,725

$

(1,526

)

$

3,146

Balance at

Beginning

of Period

Revenue

Recognized In

Advance of

Billings

Billings

Balance at

End of

Period

Nine months ended September 30, 2020

Contract assets:

Unbilled receivables

$

3,315

$

752

$

(1,840

)

$

2,227

Nine months ended September 30, 2021

Contract assets:

Unbilled receivables

$

2,229

$

3,739

$

(2,696

)

$

3,272

Balance at

Beginning

of Period

Billings

Revenue

Recognized

Balance at

End of

Period

Nine months ended September 30, 2020

Contract liabilities:

Deferred revenue

$

2,837

$

4,284

$

(4,080

)

$

3,041

Nine months ended September 30, 2021

Contract liabilities:

Deferred revenue

$

3,933

$

4,043

$

(4,830

)

$

3,146

Remaining Performance Obligations

Remaining performance obligations represent the transaction price from contracts for which work has not been performed or goods and services have not been delivered. We expect to recognize revenue on approximately 67% of the remaining performance obligations over the next 12 months, with the remainder recognized thereafter. As of September 30, 2021, the aggregate amount of the transaction price allocated to remaining performance obligations for contracts with a duration greater than one year was $2.2 million.

Note 3 - Fair Value Measurements

The FASB Codification defines fair value, and establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy under the FASB Codification are: Level 1 - valuations that are based on quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date; Level 2 - valuations that are based on quoted prices in markets that are not active or for which all significant inputs are observable, either directly or indirectly; and Level 3 - valuations that require inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable.

Cash and cash equivalents, which primarily include money market mutual funds, were $33.3 million and $38.6 million as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. As of September 30, 2021, our assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis and whose carrying values approximate their respective fair values included the following (in thousands):

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Fair Value Measurement at September 30,

2021 Using:

Quoted

Prices in

Active

Markets for

Identical

Assets

Significant

Other

Observable

Inputs

Significant

Unobservable

Inputs

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Money market funds (included in

cash and cash equivalents)

$

32,451

$

-

$

-

Total

$

32,451

$

-

$

-

As of December 31, 2020, our assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis and whose carrying values approximate their respective fair values included the following (in thousands):

Fair Value Measurement at December 31,

2020 Using:

Quoted

Prices in

Active

Markets for

Identical

Assets

Significant

Other

Observable

Inputs

Significant

Unobservable

Inputs

(Level 1)

(Level 2)

(Level 3)

Money market funds (included in

cash and cash equivalents)

$

37,948

$

-

$

-

Total

$

37,948

$

-

$

-

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Note 4 - Acquisition

In November 2020, we entered into a Bill of Sale and Assignment Agreement (the "Agreement") with Radiant Mission Solutions Inc. ("Radiant" as seller) and Maxar Technologies, Inc. (as guarantor) to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Radiant's AFIX product line for cash consideration of approximately $2.4 million. The acquisition of AFIX provides turnkey face and fingerprint biometric and forensic analysis software for small and medium-sized law enforcement and government agencies and extends our ABIS product family.

The acquisition was accounted for as a business combination, whereby all the assets acquired, and liabilities assumed were recognized at fair value on the acquisition date, with any excess of the consideration transferred over the fair value of the net assets acquired recognized as goodwill. Unaudited pro forma results of operations assuming the above acquisition had taken place at the beginning of each period are not provided because the historical operating results and pro forma results would not be materially different from reported results for the periods presented.

The fair values recorded were based on a valuation and the estimates and assumptions used in such valuation are subject to change, within the measurement period (up to one year from the acquisition date). As of September 30, 2021, no measurement period adjustments have been recorded. The following table summarizes the fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of acquisition (in thousands):

Net working capital, excluding deferred revenue

$

155

Customer relationships

940

Developed technology

280

Trade name / trademarks

20

Goodwill

1,651

Assets acquired

3,046

Deferred revenue

(616

)

Net assets acquired

$

2,430

After allocating the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their fair values at the date of acquisition, we recorded goodwill of approximately $1.7 million. Goodwill largely consists of expected synergies to be realized from combining operations. The goodwill is deductible for income tax purposes.

The fair values of intangible assets were based on valuations using the income approach. The fair value of intangible assets and their estimated useful lives as of September 30, 2021 are as follows (dollars in thousands):

Useful Life

Gross

Amount

Accumulated

Amortization

Net Book

Value

Customer relationships

8 years

$

940

$

102

$

838

Developed technology

5 years

280

49

231

Trade name trademarks

7 years

20

3

17

$

1,240

$

154

$

1,086

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 we recorded $44 thousand and $131 thousand respectively, of intangible amortization. We expect to record amortization for the fourth quarter of 2021 and each subsequent year as follows (in thousands):

2021

$

44

2022

176

2023

176

2024

176

2025

169

Thereafter

345

$

1,086

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Note 5 - Computation of Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing net income or loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share is computed by dividing net income or loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding plus additional common shares that would have been outstanding if dilutive potential common shares had been issued. For the purposes of this calculation, stock options are considered common stock equivalents in periods in which they have a dilutive effect. Stock options that are anti-dilutive are excluded from the calculation. Potential common stock equivalents were not included in the per share calculation below for diluted earnings per share, because we had a net loss and the effect of their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.

Net income (loss) per share is calculated as follows (in thousands, except per share data):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net loss

$

(1,579

)

$

(1,777

)

$

(4,569

)

$

(5,978

)

Shares outstanding:

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

21,532

21,476

21,508

21,452

Diluted shares outstanding

21,532

21,476

21,508

21,452

Net loss per share - basic

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.28

)

Net loss per share - diluted

$

(0.07

)

$

(0.08

)

$

(0.21

)

$

(0.28

)

Note 6 - Equity and Stock-based compensation

The following table presents stock-based compensation expenses included in our unaudited consolidated statements of operations (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cost of services

$

5

$

4

$

13

$

9

Research and development

67

53

169

108

Selling and marketing

74

48

176

121

General and administrative

295

139

719

319

Stock-based compensation expense

$

441

$

244

$

1,077

$

557

Stock Options. We granted stock options for 2,875,000 and 50,000 shares in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 respectively.

Unrestricted Stock Grants. We grant unrestricted shares of stock under our 2001 Nonqualified Stock Plan. Stock-based compensation expense for stock grants is determined based on the fair market value of our stock on the date of grant, provided the number of shares in the grant is fixed on the grant date.

In February 2021 we granted an aggregate 56,533 shares of unrestricted stock to directors. The shares are scheduled to be issued in two equal installments shortly after June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021, provided each grantee is serving as a director, officer or employee on those dates. Total stock-based compensation expense related to these grants is $0.3 million, of which $0.1 million and $0.2 million was charged to expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 respectively. We anticipate the remaining $0.1 million will be charged to expense in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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In 2020 we granted 256,250 shares of unrestricted stock to directors, officers, and employees. In March and May 2020, we granted 243,000 shares of unrestricted stock to directors, officers, and employees. The shares were issued in two equal installments shortly after June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2020. In October and November, we granted 13,250 shares of unrestricted stock to employees. The shares were issued shortly after December 31, 2020. The total stock-based compensation expense related to these grants is $0.7 million, of which $0.2 million and $0.4 million was charged to expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively and the remaining $0.3 million was charged in the fourth quarter of 2020.

In 2019 we granted 120,000 shares, of which 30,000 were issued in 2020 and which the rest will be issued in three equal installments on their anniversary in September and October of 2021, 2022, and 2023, provided the grantee is serving as a director, officer, or employee on those dates. The total stock-based compensation expense related to the 120,000 shares granted is $0.3 million of which $21,000 and $63,000 was charged to expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2021 respectively. We anticipate the remaining $0.2 million will be charged to expense ratably through 2023.

We issued 109,773 shares of common stock related to the March and May 2020 grant in early July 2020 after employees surrendered 11,727 shares for which we paid $0.1 million of withholding taxes on their behalf. We also issued 30,000 shares of common stock related to September and October 2019 grants in September and October 2020. We issued 115,403 shares of common stock related to the March, May and November 2020 grants in early January 2021 after employees surrendered 15,347 shares for which we paid $0.1 million of withholding taxes on their behalf.

We issued 28,275 shares of common stock related to the February 2021 grant in early July 2021. We also issued 20,000 shares of common stock related to the September 2019 grant in September 2021.

Performance Share Awards. In September 2019, we granted 20,000 shares of stock to an officer as a performance share award under our 2001 Nonqualified Stock Plan. The shares were issued in September 2019 and were forfeitable if the grantee was not serving as a director, officer or employee on March 19, 2020. Stock-based compensation expense for this stock grant was determined based on the fair market value of our stock on the date of grant, as the number of shares in the grant was fixed on the grant date. The total stock-based compensation expense related to this grant was $55,000, of which $0 and $24,000 was charged to expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. There was no expense related this grant in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

In October 2019, we granted 10,000 shares of stock to an officer as a performance share award under our 2001 Nonqualified Stock Plan. The shares were issued in October 2019 and were forfeitable if the grantee was not serving as a director, officer or employee on April 1, 2020. Stock-based compensation expense for this stock grant was determined based on the fair market value of our stock on the date of grant, as the number of shares in the grant was fixed on the grant date. The total stock-based compensation expense related to this grant was $29,000, of which $0 and $14,000 was charged to expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 respectively. There was no expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.

Share Purchases- On April 30, 2020, our Board of Directors approved a program authorizing us to purchase up to $10 million of our common stock, of which $1.0 million had been utilized to repurchase shares as of September 30, 2021. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 we did not repurchase any shares of our common stock. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we repurchased 83,000 and 222,000 shares of our common stock, respectively for $0.2 million and $0.7 million respectively.The shares may be purchased from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions at management's discretion, depending upon market conditions and other factors. The authorization to repurchase shares of our common stock expires on December 31, 2021. Repurchases will be made under the program using our own cash resources and will been accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable laws, rules and regulations. The program does not obligate us to acquire any particular amount of common stock and the program may be modified or suspended at any time at our Board of Director's discretion.

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Note 7 - Income Taxes

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, we recorded no income tax benefits for the net operating losses incurred or for the research and development tax credits generated due to the uncertainty of realizing a benefit from those items. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we recorded $0.7 million and $1.4. million, respectively, of income tax benefits related to the net operating loss.

We have evaluated the positive and negative evidence bearing upon our ability to realize our deferred tax assets, which primarily consist of net operating loss carryforwards and research and development tax credits. We considered the history of cumulative net losses, estimated future taxable income and prudent and feasible tax planning strategies and we have concluded that it is more likely than not that we will not realize the benefits of deferred tax assts. As a result, as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we recorded a full valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assts.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act contained specific relief and stimulus measures including allowing net operating losses originating in 2018 through 2020 to be carried back five years to offset taxable income in the carryback period. Separately, the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017 allowed taxpayers to claim a refund for alternative minimum tax credits over a period of years. The CARES Act enacted during the first quarter of 2020 allows for the entire amount of the credit to be refunded. We have reviewed the impact of the CARES Act enactment on the income tax provision and have determined that, as a result of the net operating loss carryback provision, we can obtain a tax benefit if we were to carry back the forecasted 2020 net operating loss to the five year carryback period.

The carryback of the estimated loss would result in a refundable federal tax credit of approximately $1.5 million and an increase in research credit carryforwards previously utilized. The federal tax credit can be refunded in the future, as we decided to carry back the loss reported on the filed 2020 tax return. Upon filing our 2020 tax return, we reclassified the federal tax credit as a current receivable. Due to the recent loss history, continued investments in the Company, and our future projections of income, we will benefit from the 2020 loss to the extent of the available tax refund and will maintain a full valuation allowance on all other deferred tax assets, including any increase in research credit carryforward resulting from a potential carryback.

Note 8 - Potential Sale of Building

On April 26, 2021 (the "Contract Date"), we entered into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale (the "Purchase and Sale Agreement") with FDS Bedford, LLC or its designee (the "Purchaser"). The Purchase and Sale Agreement provides that Aware is obligated to sell the property it owns at 40 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Massachusetts (the "Property") to the Purchaser for $8,000,000 (the "Transaction"), subject to the Purchaser notifying Aware within 180 days after the Contract Date that it wishes to proceed with the closing of the Transaction (the "Closing") and further subject to the satisfaction or waiver on or before the Closing of the conditions set forth in the Purchase and Sale Agreement.

Until such time, if ever, that the Purchaser delivers to us a written notice indicating its intention to proceed with the Transaction (the "Affirmation Notice"), which Affirmation Notice must be given on or prior to the date that is 180 days after the Contract Date (the "Due Diligence Period"). During third quarter of 2021, the 180 day contemplation period was extended to December 31, 2021. The Purchaser is under no obligation to complete the Transaction. The Purchaser may choose not to complete the Transaction for any or no reason, including as a result of its due diligence review of the Property, as a result of changes in the Purchaser's business plans or as a result of the Purchaser not winning certain business it may be bidding for.

The Purchaser is obligated to deposit $125,000 with a title company within five days following the Contract Date. The deposit will be credited against the $8,000,000 purchase price at the Closing.

If the Purchaser delivers the Affirmation Notice to us, the Closing will occur 45 days after the expiration of the Due Diligence Period. The Closing is subject to the satisfaction or waiver on or before the Closing of the conditions set forth in the Purchase and Sale Agreement, including (a) our representations and warranties in the Purchase and Sale Agreement being true and correct in all material respects as of the

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Closing; (b) ourhaving performed all of its obligations under the Purchase and Sale Agreement; (c) good and marketable fee simple title to the land and improvements forming part of the Property being insurable at standard rates; (d) ourdelivering a quitclaim deed to the Property; and (e) the Property being free and clear of all tenants, occupants and licensees other than us.

We currently occupy the Property. We are entitled to continue to occupy the Property for a period of approximately 90 days following the Closing at no cost to us. We are obligated to maintain the Property it occupies in first class condition and repair during this period.

We will be obligated to pay certain brokerage commissions at the Closing.

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ITEM 2: Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Cautionary Statement for Purposes of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Some of the information in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward‑looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by forward‑looking words such as "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "continue" and similar words. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they: (1) discuss our future expectations; (2) contain projections of our future operating results or financial condition; or (3) state other "forward‑looking" information. However, we may not be able to predict future events accurately. The risk factors listed in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, as well as any cautionary language in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations we describe in our forward‑looking statements. You should be aware that the occurrence of any of the events described in these risk factors and elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q could materially and adversely affect our business.

Summary of Operations

We are primarily engaged in the development and sale of biometrics products, solutions and services. Our software products are used in government and commercial systems and applications and fulfill a broad range of functions critical to secure biometric enrollment, authentication, identification and transactions. Principal government applications of biometrics systems include border control, visa applicant screening, law enforcement, national defense, intelligence, secure credentialing, access control, and background checks. Principal commercial applications include: i) user enrollment and authentication used for login to mobile devices, computers, networks, and software programs; ii) user authentication for financial transactions and purchases (online and in-person); iii) physical access control to buildings; and iv) identity proofing of prospective employees and customers. We sell our biometrics software products and services globally through a multifaceted distribution strategy using systems integrators, OEMs, VARs, partners, and directly to end user customers. We also derive a portion of our revenue from the sale of imaging software licenses to OEMs and systems integrators that incorporate our software into medical imaging products and medical systems.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have been unable to: i) conduct face-to-face meetings with customers and prospective customers, ii) present in-person demonstrations of our software solutions, iii) attend trade shows and conferences which typically generate future sales opportunities or iv) meet with prospective strategic partners. We believe that these effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted our revenue in 2020 and the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and will likely have an adverse impact on our revenue over the next several quarters.

Summary of Financial Results

We use revenue and results of operations to summarize financial results as we believe these measurements are the most meaningful way to understand our operating performance.

Revenue and operating loss for the three months ended September 30, 2021 were $4.2 million and $1.6 million, respectively. These results compared to revenue of $2.5 million and operating loss of $2.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in revenue in the current three month period was primarily due to an increase in software license revenue. Lower operating loss in the current three month period was primarily due to the increase in revenue, which was partially offset by increased operating expenses.

Revenue and operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 were $12.9 million and $4.6 million, respectively. These results compared to revenue of $7.9 million and operating loss of $7.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The increase in revenue in the current nine month period was primarily due to an increase in software license revenue. Lower operating loss in the current nine month period was primarily due to the increase in revenue, which was partially offset by increased operating expenses related to our increased headcount in sales and engineering resources that are driving growth in new product areas.

These and all other financial results are discussed in more detail in the results of operations section that follows.

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Results of Operations

Software licenses. Software licenses consist of revenue from the sale of biometrics and imaging software products. Sales of software products depend on our ability to win proposals to supply software for biometrics systems projects either directly to end user customers or indirectly through channel partners.

Software license revenue increased 176% from $0.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 to $2.2 million in the same three month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, software license revenue increased from 32% in the third quarter of 2020 to 53% in the third quarter of the current year. The $1.4 million increase in software license revenue was due primarily to an increase in subscription based contracts of $0.8 million and $0.6 million in license sales related to our license contracts with fixed amounts.

Software license revenue increased 98% from $3.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $6.3 million in the same nine month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, software license revenue increased from 40% in the first nine months of 2020 to 49% in the first nine months of the current year. The $3.1 million increase in software license revenue was due primarily to an increase in subscription-based contracts of $1.5 million and $1.6 million increase in license sales related to our license contracts with fixed amounts .

As described in the strategy section of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, our market strategy is to continue to focus on our legacy government biometrics markets and expand into new commercial biometrics markets. We are unable to predict future revenue from commercial markets as these are emerging markets.

Software maintenance. Software maintenance consists of revenue from the sale of software maintenance contracts. Software maintenance contracts entitle customers to receive software support and software updates, if and when they become available, during the term of the contract.

Software maintenance revenue increased 12% from $1.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 to $1.5 million in the same three month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, software maintenance revenue decreased from 55% in the third quarter of 2020 to 37% in the current year quarter.

Software maintenance revenue increased 18% from $4.1 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $4.8 million in the same nine month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, software maintenance revenue decreased from 52% in the first nine months of 2020 to 38% in the first nine months of the current year.

For the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2021, the dollar increase in software maintenance revenue was primarily due to software maintenance revenue related to our acquisition of AFIX in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Services and other revenue. Services revenue consists of fees we charge to perform software development, integration, installation, and customization services. Similar to software license revenue, services revenue depends on our ability to win biometrics systems projects either directly with end user customers or in conjunction with channel partners. Other revenue consists of hardware fees that are included with some of our software licenses. Services and other revenue will fluctuate when we commence new projects and/or when we complete projects that were started in previous periods.

Services and other revenue increased from $0.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 to $0.5 million in the same three month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, services revenue decreased from 14% in the third quarter of 2020 to 11% in the third quarter of the current year.

Services and other revenue increased from $0.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $1.7 million in the same nine month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, services and other revenue increased from 8% in the first nine months of 2020 to 14% in the first nine months of the current year.

For the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2021, the dollar increase in services and other revenue was primarily due more services performed by us with system integrators resulting in higher services revenue in the current year period.

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Cost of sales. Cost of salesconsists of engineering costs to perform customer services projectsand other third-party costs that are includedwith some of our software licenses.Such costs primarily include: i) engineering salaries, stock-based compensation, fringe benefits, and facilities; ii) engineering consultants and contractors; iii) software license fees; and iv) hardware costs.

Cost of sales increased from $0.1 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 to $0.2 million in the same three month period in 2021. Cost of sales as a percentage of services revenue increased from 48% in the third quarter of 2020 to 50% in the third quarter of the current year.

Cost of sales increased from $0.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $0.9 million in the same nine month period in 2021. Cost of sales as a percentage of services revenue decreased from 81% in the first nine month's of 2020 to 53% in the first nine months of the current year.

The increase in cost of services expense was primarily due to third-party software and hardware costs related to a project from our AFIX product line as well as higher service and other revenue resulting from higher active contracts with services during the period.

Research and development expense. Research and development expense consists of costs for: i) engineering personnel, including salaries, stock-based compensation, fringe benefits, and facilities; ii) engineering consultants and contractors, and iii) other engineering expenses such as supplies, equipment depreciation, dues and memberships and travel. Engineering costs incurred to develop our technology and products are classified as research and development expense. As described in the cost of services section, engineering costs incurred to provide engineering services for customer projects are classified as cost of sales, and are not included in research and development expense.

The classification of total engineering costs to research and development expense and cost of sales was (in thousands):

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Research and development expense

$

2,307

$

2,332

$

7,067

$

7,027

Cost of services

243

149

933

483

Total engineering costs

$

2,550

$

2,481

$

8,000

$

7,510

Total engineering costs were $2.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 and $2.6 million for the same period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, total engineering costs decreased from 100% in 2020 to 61% in 2021.

Total engineering costs were $7.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and $8.0 million for the same period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, total engineering costs decreased from 95% in 2020 to 62% in 2021.

As the table immediately above indicates, total engineering costs in the three months ended September 30, 2021 increased by $0.1 million compared to the same period last year and by $0.5 million in nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. The spending increase for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the same prior year periods was primarily due to higher employee costs due to increased headcount. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in spending on third-party development costs. Lower spending on third-party development costs was primarily due to a decrease in spending with a third-party software development vendor.

We anticipate that we will continue to focus our future research and development activities on enhancing our existing products and developing new products with our growing internal resources.

Selling and marketing expense. Selling and marketing expense primarily consists of costs for: i) sales and marketing personnel, including salaries, sales commissions, stock-based compensation, fringe benefits, travel, and facilities; and ii) advertising and promotion expenses.

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Selling and marketing expense increased 25% from $1.3million in the three months ended September 30, 2020to $1.6million in the same three monthperiod of 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, sellingand marketing expense decreased from 53% in the third quarter of 2020to 39% in the corresponding period in 2021.

Selling and marketing expense increased 27% from $3.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $4.8 million in the same nine month period of 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, selling and marketing expense decreased from 48% in the first nine months of 2020 to 37% in the corresponding period in 2021.

The dollar increase in selling and marketing expense in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 was primarily due to higher employee costs due to increased headcount and contracted sales agents.

General and administrative expense. General and administrative expense consists primarily of costs for: i) officers, directors and administrative personnel, including salaries, bonuses, director compensation, stock-based compensation, fringe benefits, and facilities; ii) professional fees, including legal and audit fees; iii) public company expenses; and iv) other administrative expenses, such as insurance costs and bad debt provisions.

General and administrative expense increased 30% from $1.2 million in the three months ended September 30, 2020 to $1.6 million in the same three month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense decreased from 49% in the third quarter of 2020 to 38% in the corresponding period in 2021. The increase in general and administrative expense was primarily due costs higher employee related costs of our administrative personnel and professional services in 2021.

General and administrative expense increased 11% from $4.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to $4.6 million in the same nine month period in 2021. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expense decreased from 53% in the first nine months of 2020 to 36% in the corresponding period in 2021. The decrease in general and administrative expense was primarily due to costs incurred in the second quarter of 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including turnover of over 50% of our administrative personnel, which did not recur in the corresponding period of 2021, which was partially offset due to higher employee-related costs of our administrative personnel and professional services in 2021.

Income taxes. We had no income tax benefit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and $0.7 million and $1.4 million of income tax benefit, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020. Income tax benefit was based on the U.S. statutory rate of 21%, increased by state income taxes, and reduced by permanent adjustments and research tax credits.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act contained specific relief and stimulus measures including allowing net operating losses originating in 2018 through 2020 to be carried back five years to offset taxable income in the carryback period.

Separately, the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act in 2017 allowed taxpayers to claim a refund for federal tax credits over a period of years. The CARES Act enacted during the first quarter allows for the entire amount of the credit to be refunded.

We have reviewed the impact of the CARES Act enactment on the income tax provision and have determined that, as a result of the net operating loss carryback provision, we can obtain a tax benefit if we were to carry back the 2020 net operating loss to the five year carryback period.

The carryback of the estimated loss would result in a refundable federal tax credit of approximately $1.5

million and an increase in research credit carryforwards previously utilized. The federal tax credit can be refunded in the future, as we decided to carry back the loss reported on the filed 2020 tax return. Upon filing our the 2020, we have reclassified the federal tax credit as a current receivable. Due to the recent loss history, continued investments in the Company, and our future projections of income, we will benefit from the 2020 loss to the extent of the available tax refund and will maintain a full valuation allowance on all other deferred tax assets, including any increase in research credit carryforward resulting from a potential carryback.

We recorded a full valuation allowance against our net deferred tax assets as of September 30, 2021.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

At September 30, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of $33.3 million, which represented a decrease of $5.3 million from December 31, 2020. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to the following factors:

Cash used in operations was $5.2 million in the first nine months of 2021. Cash used in operations was primarily the result of $4.6 million of net loss and $2.2 million of changes in assets and liabilities, which were partially offset by $1.6 million of non-cash items primarily for depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation.

Cash used in investing activities was $21 thousand in the first nine months of 2021, which consisted of purchases of property and equipment.

Cash used in financing activities was $29 thousand in the first nine months of 2021. Financing activity cash usage was primarily the result of paying income taxes for employees who surrendered shares in connection with stock grants which was partially offset by proceeds received in connection with the exercise of stock awards.

While we cannot assure you that we will not require additional financing, or that such financing will be available to us, we believe that our cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to fund our operations for at least the next twelve months from the date of this filing.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1 to our Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1.

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ITEM 4: Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as required by Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(b) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that these disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1: Legal Proceedings

From time to time we are involved in litigation incidental to the conduct of our business. We are not party to any lawsuit or proceeding that, in our opinion, is likely to seriously harm our business.

ITEM 1A: Risk Factors

Investing in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 includes a detailed discussion of our risk factors under the heading "Part I, Item 1A-Risk Factors." Except as set forth below, there have been no material changes from such risk factors during the nine months ended September 30, 2021. You should consider carefully the risk factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and all other information contained in or incorporated by reference in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q before making an investment decision. If any of the risks discussed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K or herein actually occur, they may materially harm our business, financial condition, operating results, cash flows or growth prospects. As a result, the market price of our common stock could decline, and you could lose all or part of your investment. Additional risks and uncertainties that are not yet identified or that we think are immaterial may also materially harm our business, financial condition, operating results, cash flows or growth prospects and could result in a complete loss of your investment.

Our operational systems and networks and products may be subject to an increasing risk of continually evolving cybersecurity or other technological risks, which could result in the disclosure of company or customer confidential information, damage to Aware's reputation, additional costs to Aware, regulatory penalties and financial losses.

The company's products, services and systems may be used in critical company, customer or third-party operations, or involve the storage, processing and transmission of sensitive data, including valuable intellectual property, other proprietary or confidential data, regulated data, and personal information of employees, customers and others. Successful breaches, employee malfeasance, or human or technological error could result in, for example, unauthorized access to, disclosure, modification, misuse, loss, or destruction of company, customer, or other third party data or systems; theft of sensitive, regulated, or confidential data including personal information and intellectual property; the loss of access to critical data or systems through ransomware, destructive attacks or other means; and business delays, service or system disruptions or denials of service.

If we or third parties with which we do business were to fall victim to successful cyber-attacks or experience other cybersecurity incidents, including the loss of individually identifiable customer or other sensitive data, we may incur substantial costs and suffer other negative consequences, which may include remediation costs, such as liability for stolen assets or information, repairs of system damage, and incentives to customers or business partners in an effort to maintain relationships after an attack as well as litigation and legal risks, including regulatory actions by state and federal regulators. As an example, in February 2021 we became aware that a small number of email accounts had been subject to a cyber-attack. We do not believe we experienced any material losses related to the cyber-attack and it did not interrupt our business.

While we have implemented measures to protect our data security and information technology systems, such measures may not prevent these events. Although we have cyber-insurance coverage that may cover certain events described above, this insurance is subject to deductibles and coverage limitations and we may not be able to maintain this insurance. Also, it is possible that claims could exceed the limits of our coverage.

ITEM 2: Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

On May 4, 2020, we announced that our board of directors had approved the repurchase of up to $10,000,000 of our common stock from time to time through December 31, 2021. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, we did not purchase any shares. As of September 30, 2021 the approximate dollar value of shares that may be purchased under the plan is $9,294,247.

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ITEM 6: Exhibits

(a) Exhibits

Exhibit 3.1

Amended and Restated Articles of Organization, as amended (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and incorporated herein by reference).

Exhibit 3.2

Amended and Restated By-Laws (filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company's Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 10, 2007 and incorporated herein by reference).

Exhibit 31.1

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 31.2

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 32.1

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Exhibit 101

The following financial statements from Aware, Inc.'s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, formatted in iXBRL (Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language), as follows: i) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, ii) Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020, iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021and September 30, 2020, iv) Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021and September 30, 2020, and v) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Exhibit 104

Inline XBRL for the cover page of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, included in the Exhibit 101 Inline Document Set.

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

AWARE, INC.

Date:

October 27, 2021

By:

/s/ Robert A. Eckel

Robert A. Eckel

Chief Executive Officer & President

Date:

October 27, 2021

By:

/s/ David B. Barcelo

David B. Barcelo

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

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