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SCM Microsystems Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

SANTA ANA, Calif. and ISMANING, Germany, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SCM Microsystems, Inc. ( SCMM, Prime Standard: SMY), a leading provider of solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange, today announced results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2009. In the second reporting period following SCM's merger with Hirsch Electronics Corporation, revenue more than doubled, reflecting the success of the Company's strategy to increase its revenue by expanding its customer base and market reach through acquisitions and market investment.

"We are very pleased with the momentum we are seeing from our merger with Hirsch. Customers around the globe are expressing their interest and enthusiasm, we have new opportunities in every region, and SCM is being recognized as the first company capable of delivering truly converged solutions for network and physical access applications," said Felix Marx, chief executive officer of SCM Microsystems. "The integration of Hirsch and SCM has proceeded rapidly as we have focused on creating synergies within our sales and marketing organizations to accelerate the acquisition of new customers, expand our mutual distribution channels and introduce new products in target markets."

"Our merger with Hirsch was the first significant transaction of our acquisition strategy and we are working to replicate this achievement with our proposed business combination with Bluehill ID, which our stockholders will vote on in December. Both SCM and Bluehill ID are focused on access control, identity management and RFID technologies and markets, which are important applications that leverage contactless technologies, but each company operates under complementary brands within the RFID and smart card value chains. We believe combining with Bluehill ID will accelerate our development of a leadership position in contactless markets and technology and further diversify our business geographically," continued Marx.

Third Quarter Results

On April 30, 2009, SCM completed its merger with Hirsch Electronics Corporation, and SCM's financial results have included operating results for the Hirsch subsidiary since the date of acquisition. All figures are reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP, except as noted.

SCM's primary business segment, which includes operations from the Hirsch subsidiary, is Security and Identity Solutions, which provides contact, contactless and mobile smart card reader technology, digital identity and transaction platforms and access control systems to enable security, identity, contactless payment, e-health and electronic government services. Revenue from the Security and Identity Solutions business was $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2009, up 113% from $5.9 million in the third quarter of 2008. The primary reason for this increase was the inclusion of revenue from the Hirsch subsidiary.

Sales of Hirsch products and services in the third quarter of 2009 were up year over year. In addition to strong sales in the U.S. for government agency deployments, focus on building channels and relationships in Europe and Asia resulted in new revenue streams for Hirsch in these regions in the 2009 third quarter. Sales of SCM smart card reader products in the U.S. and Asia remained relatively strong and rose sequentially in the third quarter of 2009, but were lower compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Sales of SCM smart card reader products were higher year over year in Europe and benefitted from a large order for an ID project in Spain. At the same time, sales of eHealth terminals for the electronic healthcard program in Germany were lower than expected, due to slower than anticipated adoption within the initial test region and the transition in governmental administration following the country's recent national elections.

Revenue from SCM's Digital Media and Connectivity business increased 59% to $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2009, compared with $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2008.

In aggregate, total revenue in the third quarter of 2009 was $13.3 million, up 109% from $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2008.

Gross profit margin was 48% in the third quarter of 2009, compared with 46% in the third quarter of 2008, and was positively impacted by sales of higher-margin products made by the Hirsch subsidiary and in the Digital Media and Connectivity business.

As expected, operating expenses in the third quarter increased year over year as a result of the addition of expenses for the Hirsch subsidiary, from $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2008 to $8.0 million in the third quarter of 2009, an increase of 61%. Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2009 included approximately $0.8 million in transaction-related costs related to the proposed combination with Bluehill ID and $0.5 million in severance expenses, offset by a pre-tax gain of $1.2 million from the sale of SCM's office building in India. Excluding the incremental expenses from the Hirsch business and the one-time expenses and credits described above, operating expenses decreased year over year and were flat with the previous quarter.

Operating loss was $(1.6) million in the third quarter of 2009, compared with operating loss of $(2.0) million in the third quarter of 2008. Loss from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2009 was $(2.3) million, or $(0.09) per share, compared with loss from continuing operations of $(3.3) million, or $(0.21) per share in the third quarter of 2008.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter of 2009 were $6.2 million, up from $5.3 million at the end of the previous quarter. The increase in cash in the 2009 third quarter resulted from the gain on the sale of SCM's office building in India during the quarter.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2009 was $(1.3) million, compared with EBITDA of $(3.3) million in the third quarter of 2008. (EBITDA is not reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. See reconciliation of EBITDA to GAAP accounting contained within this press release.)

Business Outlook

Due to the severity and unpredictability of the global economic downturn and the resulting disruption in forecasting of future financial results, SCM will not provide financial guidance until it feels visibility has improved regarding the economic environment and its impact on SCM's business.

Additional Information

SCM does not plan to hold a conference call or webcast to discuss the results of its 2009 third quarter. For more information on SCM's third quarter results, please see the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About SCM Microsystems, Inc.

SCM Microsystems (Nasdaq: SCMM; Prime Standard: SMY) is a global leader in security and identity solutions for secure access, secure identity and secure exchange. Together with its Hirsch Electronics subsidiary, SCM provides complete, integrated solutions that secure digital assets, electronic transactions and facilities. The company offers the world's broadest range of contact, contactless and mobile smart card reader technology; physical and logical access control systems; digital identity transaction platforms; biometrics; and digital video. SCM's solutions enable a wide variety of applications including enterprise security, identity management, contactless payment, e-health and electronic government services. For additional information, visit and

Important Information

In connection with the proposed business combination transaction involving SCM Microsystems and Bluehill ID, SCM Microsystems has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement and prospectus for stockholders of SCM Microsystems, and may be filing other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC as well. Stockholders of SCM are urged to read the Registration Statement, Proxy Statement and Prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC regarding the proposed business combination carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.

The definitive proxy statement and prospectus is being mailed to SCM's stockholders on or about November 18, 2009. Stockholders of SCM may obtain a copy of the proxy statement and prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about SCM, without charge, at the SEC's Internet site ( Copies of the proxy statement and prospectus can also be obtained, without charge, from the SCM corporate website at, or by directing a request to SCM Microsystems, Inc., Attention: Investor Relations, 1900-B Carnegie Avenue, Santa Ana, California 92705, Attention: Secretary.

In addition to the documents described above, SCM files annual, quarterly and current reports, proxy statements and other information with the SEC, which are available at the SEC's website at or at SCM's website at


SCM Microsystems and its directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of SCM in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about SCM's directors and executive officers is available in the proxy statement and prospectus and other materials referred to in the proxy statement and prospectus.

NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These include, without limitation, the statements by Felix Marx; our statements about the expected future benefits of our proposed combination with Bluehill ID, including the acceleration of our development of a leadership position in contactless markets and technology, the further diversification of our business geographically and our ability to replicate in the proposed combination with Bluehill ID the positive results from our merger with Hirsch. These statements are based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events that are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein. Our financial results may not meet expectations. Readers should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, that could cause our actual business and operating results to differ, including, but not limited to, our ability to grow market share and revenues based on a strategy of participating in early stage markets for contactless products; the combination with Bluehill ID may not occur, and we may not be able to successfully integrate the Bluehill ID business into ours; our ability to successfully develop and introduce new products that satisfy the evolving and increasingly complex requirements of customers; the markets in which we participate or target may not grow, converge or standardize at anticipated rates or at all, including the government, payment and enterprise security markets that we are targeting; sales to a relatively small number of customers historically have accounted for a significant percentage of our revenues; we may not successfully compete in the markets in which we participate or target; competitors could take market share or create pricing pressure; the current economic conditions could negatively impact customer demand, the ability of our suppliers to produce and sell to us key components of our products, and/or our ability to access capital; and we may not be able to successfully maintain operating expenses at current or reduced levels. For a discussion of further risks and uncertainties related to our business, please refer to our public company reports, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and subsequent reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SCM and the SCM logo are registered trademarks of SCM Microsystems, Inc. All trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

                               - FINANCIALS FOLLOW -

                              SCM MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
                 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                      (in thousands, except per share data)

                                      Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                         September 30,      September 30,
                                        2009      2008     2009       2008
                                        ----      ----     ----       ----
     Net revenue                     $13,334    $6,393  $29,450    $19,377
     Cost of revenue                   6,940     3,483   15,371     10,961
                                       -----     -----   ------     ------
     Gross profit                      6,394     2,910   14,079      8,416
                                       -----     -----   ------      -----
     Operating expenses:
        Research and development       1,518       980    3,776      3,058
        Selling and marketing          4,653     2,280   10,635      7,010
        General and administrative     2,978     1,697    7,665      4,718
        Gain on sale of assets        (1,168)        -   (1,417)         -
                                     -------       ---  -------        ---
           Total operating expenses    7,981     4,957   20,659     14,786
                                       -----     -----   ------     ------
     Loss from operations             (1,587)   (2,047)  (6,580)    (6,370)
     Loss on equity investments         (225)        -     (795)         -
     Interest and other income
      (expense), net                     (71)   (1,117)      (5)      (293)
                                        ----   -------      ---      -----
     Loss from continuing operations
      before income taxes             (1,883)   (3,164)  (7,380)    (6,663)
     Benefit (provision) for income
      taxes                             (434)     (103)   1,307       (151)
                                       -----     -----    -----      -----
     Loss from continuing operations  (2,317)   (3,267)  (6,073)    (6,814)
     Gain (loss) from discontinued
      operations, net of income
      taxes                               39       424      190        273
     Gain on sale of discontinued
      operations, net of income
      taxes                               41        44      115        553
                                         ---       ---      ---        ---
     Net loss                        $(2,237)  $(2,799) $(5,768)   $(5,988)
                                     =======   =======  =======    =======
     Basic and diluted loss per
      share from continuing
      operations                      $(0.09)   $(0.21)  $(0.29)    $(0.43)
                                      ======    ======   ======     ======
     Basic and diluted income (loss)
      per share from discontinued
      operations                       $0.00     $0.03    $0.01      $0.05
                                       =====     =====    =====      =====
     Basic and diluted net loss per
      share                           $(0.09)   $(0.18)  $(0.28)    $(0.38)
                                      ======    ======   ======     ======
     Shares used to compute basic
      and diluted income (loss) per
      share                           25,135    15,744   20,972     15,743
                                      ======    ======   ======     ======

                              SCM MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
             Reconciliation of EBITDA Calculation to GAAP Accounting
                                  (in thousands)

                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,          September 30,
                                 --------------------      -------------
                                  2009        2008       2009        2008
                                  ----        ----       ----        ----
    EBITDA                     $(1,329)    $(3,273)   $(6,376)    $(7,089)

    Interest income (expense)     (194)        173       (293)        642
    Provision for income taxes    (434)       (103)     1,307        (151)
    Depreciation and
     amortization                 (360)        (64)      (711)       (216)

    Net loss from continuing   -------     -------    -------     -------
     operations                $(2,317)    $(3,267)   $(6,073)    $(6,814)
                               =======     =======    =======     =======

We conduct a significant amount of our business in Europe, we are dually traded on the U.S. NASDAQ and Frankfurt Prime Standard stock exchanges, the majority of our executive management are located in Germany and a significant portion of our investors are German-based. In addition to presenting net income in accordance with GAAP, we have determined that EBITDA is a relevant measure of performance for our company, as it is a metric commonly used among technology companies, particularly those doing business in Europe, and provides a meaningful perspective on the Company's operating results and underlying cash flow dynamics. As a result, we believe it is a helpful tool for communicating our performance to our investors and analysts and for comparisons to other companies in Europe and within the technology industry.

EBITDA should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. While we believe that EBITDA is useful within the context described above, it is in fact incomplete and not a measure that should be used to evaluate the full performance of the Company or its prospects. Such evaluation needs to consider all of the complexities associated with our business including, but not limited to, how past actions are affecting current results and how they may affect future results, how we have chosen to finance the business and how regulations and the other aforementioned items affect the final amounts that are or will be available to shareholders as a return on their investment. Net income determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP is the most complete measure available today to evaluate all elements of our performance. Similarly, our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, as presented in our most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, provide the full accounting for how we have decided to use resources provided to us from our customers, lenders and shareholders.

                                 SCM MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
                        Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                     (in thousands)

                                                   September 30, December 31,
     ASSETS                                            2009         2008
                                                       ----         ----
     Current assets:
         Cash and cash equivalents                    $6,162      $20,550
         Accounts receivable, net                      9,083        8,665
         Inventories                                   6,587        5,065
         Other current assets                          2,661        1,139
                                                       -----        -----
           Total current assets                       24,493       35,419

     Equity investments                                1,449        2,244
     Property, equipment and other assets, net         1,621        3,168
     Goodwill                                         21,895            -
     Intangibles, net                                 22,738          307
                                                      ------          ---
           Total assets                              $72,196      $41,138
                                                     =======      =======

     Current liabilities:
         Accounts payable                             $5,207       $3,555
         Accrued expenses and other current
          liabilities                                  8,841        7,933
           Total current liabilities                  14,048       11,488
     Long-term liability to related parties            7,959            -
     Long-term income taxes payable                      503          184
     Deferred tax liability                            3,585        1,340

     Stockholders' equity                             46,101       28,126
                                                      ------       ------
           Total liabilities and stockholders'
            equity                                   $72,196      $41,138
                                                     =======      =======

SOURCE SCM Microsystems, Inc.

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