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VASCO Reports Results For Q1 2009

Revenue decreases 20% compared to Q1 2008, operating income down 19%
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and ZURICH, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI) (www.vasco.com), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 20% to $23.2 million from $28.9 million in 2008. Net income for the first quarter of 2009 was $3.5 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 29%, from $4.9 million, or $0.13 per fully diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008.

Financial Highlights:

-- Gross profit was $16.7 million, or 72%, of revenue for the first quarter of 2009. Gross profit was $20.0 million, or 69%, of revenue for the first quarter of 2008. -- Operating expenses for the first quarter 2009 were $12.0 million, a decrease of 16% from $14.2 million reported for the first quarter 2008. Operating expenses for the first quarter included a reversal of $2.0 million of expenses accrued at 12/31/08 related to long-term, performance-based, incentive awards under the Company's 1997 Stock Compensation Plan, as amended and restated, that are not likely to be achieved. -- Operating income for the first quarter 2009 was $4.7 million, a decrease of $1.1 million, or 19%, from $5.8 million reported for the first quarter of 2008. Operating income as a percentage of revenue in the first quarter of both 2009 and 2008 was 20%. -- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were $5.3 million for the first quarter 2009, a decrease of 24% from $7.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2008. -- Net cash balances, total cash and cash equivalents less bank borrowings, at March 31, 2009 totaled $57.3 million compared to $57.7 million at December 31, 2008.

Operational and Other Highlights:

-- VASCO won 357 new customers in Q1 2009 (51 new banks and 306 new enterprise security customers). -- Caixa Galicia offered corporate customers secure online banking with DIGIPASS Go 3 strong user authentication. Caixa Galicia is the sixth largest savings bank in Spain with offices in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, the USA and Latin America. -- HSBC Bank Paraguay secures both its retail and corporate customers with VASCO's DIGIPASS technology and VACMAN Controller authentication software. HSBC Bank Paraguay is the principal HSBC operating company in Paraguay and is the first bank in Paraguay to offer both its retail and corporate online customers a strong two-factor authentication solution. -- Square Enix Co., Ltd, a major video game company based in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, began employing DIGIPASS GO6 and VACMAN Controller strong authentication solution to authenticate their online gaming users including the multiplayer online role-playing game FINAL FANTASY(R) XI. -- LBBW/BW-Bank became the First German Bank that has completely replaced printed TAN-lists by Strong Authentication using VASCO's DIGIPASS Family. -- Caja Extremadura uses DIGIPASS 810 card reader to secure its e-banking solution Servicash. Caja de Extremadura is the first bank in Spain to distribute EMV CAP certified card readers to its retail customers. -- VASCO launched DIGIPASS 855, a smart card reader offering multiple authentication functions combined with "What you see is what you sign" functionality and can be used for PKI-based authentication, digital signature, and access to corporate networks. -- VASCO launched DIGIPASS for Mobile 3.0. DIGIPASS for Mobile is an authentication solution for mobile phones offering time and event based two factor authentication and digital signature capability. -- VASCO unveiled DIGIPASS 835a at Cebit. DIGIPASS 835a has an enhanced display, allowing alpha-numeric digits and Asian character sets. Its optical interface facilitates data transfer from the computer screen onto the reader thus making the card reader extremely intuitive and user-friendly. -- VASCO partners with BTR Services and gains a foothold in digital document signature market by embedding DIGIPASS CertiID in BTR Services' electronic document signing solution. -- VASCO launches aXs GUARD Gatekeeper bundle for small enterprises in Europe and US. -- VASCO expands its training capacity with four new authorized training centers: Itway in Italy, Wick Hill in the UK, Syntra West in Belgium and SEC Datacom in Denmark. The VASCO Authorized Training Centers are part of VASCO's Security Experts Academy & eLearning (SEAL) launched in October 2008.

"As expected, the first quarter of 2009 was very challenging," stated T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman & CEO. "But also, as expected, we were able to remain profitable while continuing to make substantial investments in new products and increasing our focus on marketing events, which has resulted in a significant number of new customers. We will continue to focus on our most productive markets, be selective in making new investments and maintain our focus on containing our costs and, as a result, expect to be profitable throughout 2009."

"We continue to see strong interest in our products," said Jan Valcke, VASCO's President and COO. "As compared to prior years, however, many of our customers appear to be operating with lower levels of our product in their inventory and placing more orders for smaller quantities to meet their short-term business needs. In spite of the difficult economic climate, we were encouraged by the increase in the number of new banks when compared to the fourth quarter of 2008."

Cliff Bown, Executive Vice President and CFO added, "During the first quarter 2009 both our cash and working capital balances decreased nominally. For the first quarter our net cash balance decreased $0.4 million, or 1%, and our working capital decreased $0.7 million, or 1%, from December 31, 2008. Days sales outstanding in net accounts receivable at March 31, 2009 increased to 84 days from 79 days at December 31, 2008.

About VASCO: VASCO is a leading supplier of strong authentication and e-signature solutions and services specializing in Internet Security applications and transactions. VASCO has positioned itself as global software company for Internet Security serving a customer base of over 8,000 companies in more than 100 countries, including more than 1,200 international financial institutions. VASCO's prime markets are the financial sector, enterprise security, e-commerce and e-government.

Forward-Looking Statements

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