SOURCE: EVOLVING SYSTEMS

Evolving Systems

March 28, 2017 16:01 ET

Evolving Systems Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2016 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwired - Mar 28, 2017) -  Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL)

  • Company builds momentum in Managed Services with four Tier-1 carrier wins in Asia and Latin America

  • Q4 net income up 19% YOY -- $0.11 EPS vs. $0.09; 35th consecutive profitable quarter

  • Q4 adjusted EBITDA up 12% YOY with 78% gross margins and 34% adjusted EBITDA margins

  • Full year net income up 4% YOY -- $0.29 EPS vs. $0.28

  • Full year adjusted EBITDA up 38% YOY with 79% gross margins and 32% adjusted EBITDA margins

  • Full Year Cash flow from operations up 210% to $6.9 million from $2.2 million; Q4 Cash flow from operations increases 301% to $1.4 million from ($0.7 million) last year

Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL), a leader in consumer lifecycle engagement, analytics and monetization solutions for connected mobile devices worldwide, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

"Our profitability improved in each successive quarter of 2016 as we continue to benefit from our transition to a Managed Services model and LEAN methodologies, which together deliver tremendous economies of scale," said Thomas Thekkethala, CEO. "Profitability metrics improved across the board in 2016, highlighted by sharp increases in gross margins, operating income, adjusted EBITDA, and cash flows from operations.

"We closed four Managed Service deals with major carrier customers in Asia and Latin America," Thekkethala added. "We won this business in the face of tough competition by combining our best-in-class software solutions with our deep industry expertise and experience to deliver compelling Managed Service offerings that help carriers engage, activate, retain and monetize their subscribers. This is a sea change for our business as we have essentially pivoted from a license sales oriented company to a Managed Service partner that helps carriers accelerate customer acquisition and generate new revenue streams. As anticipated, revenue declined slightly year over year as we transitioned away from the one-time software license model to a recurring revenue model based on Managed Services, which is expected to grow more consistently year over year."

Fourth Quarter Results

The Company reported net income of $1.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter -- up 19% from net income of $1.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter a year ago. Gross margins grew to 78% from 73% year over year. Operating income increased 76% to $1.8 million from $1.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA was up 12% to $2.1 million compared to $1.9 million and adjusted EBITDA margins grew to 34% from 26% a year ago. Cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter increased 301% to $1.4 million from a negative $0.7 million a year ago. Revenue was $6.1 million compared to $7.1 million in 2015 as the Company continued its transition from a software license model to a managed services model.

Full Year Results

Net income in 2016 increased 4% to $3.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, from net income of $3.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in 2015. Gross margins increased to 79% from 75% year over year. Operating income increased 30% to $5.6 million from $4.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA grew 38% to $7.9 million versus $5.8 million year over year and adjusted EBITDA margins grew to 32% from 22% over the same period. Cash flow from operations was up 210% to $6.9 million from $2.2 million. Revenue was $24.8 million compared to $25.6 million in 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2016, were $7.6 million compared to $6.9 million in the third quarter and $8.4 million at 2015 year-end. Working capital for 2016 was $8.0 million, up from $7.7 million in the third quarter and $3.5 million at 2015 year-end.

Conference Call
The Company will conduct a conference call and webcast today at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The call-in numbers for the conference call are 1-877-303-6316 for domestic toll free and 1-650-521-5176 for international callers. The conference ID is 90713725. A telephone replay will be available through April 11, 2017, and can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406. Conference ID 90713725. To access a live webcast of the call, please visit Evolving Systems' website at www.evolving.com, click the 'Investors' tab and then click the 'Q4 earnings call' icon at left. A replay of the Webcast will be accessible at that website through April 11, 2017. The webcast is also available by clicking the following link: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/4wdfw39g

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Evolving Systems reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP). In addition, the Company is providing in this news release non-GAAP financial information in the form of net income, diluted net income per share and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment, stock compensation and gain/loss on foreign exchange transactions). Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors and lenders in evaluating the overall financial health of the Company in that they allow for greater transparency of additional financial data routinely used by management to evaluate performance. Investors and financial analysts who follow the Company use non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted income per share to compare the Company against other companies. Adjusted EBITDA can be useful for lenders as an indicator of earnings available to service debt. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About Evolving Systems®
Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL) is a provider of software and services for connected mobile devices to over 75 network operators in over 50 countries worldwide. The Company's portfolio includes market-leading solutions and services for consumer lifecycle engagement (acquisition, activation, upsell, retention) analytics and monetization. Founded in 1985, the Company has headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, India, Malaysia and Romania. For more information please visit www.evolving.com or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/EvolvingSystems

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on current expectations, estimates and projections that are subject to risk. Specifically, statements about the market for, and performance of, the Company's products; the ability to successfully transition to a managed services, recurring revenue model; the ability to sustain sales momentum; and the ability to post quarterly and full year results that are similar to those described in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our expectations and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and the Company may not undertake to update these statements. Actual results could vary materially from these expectations. For a more extensive discussion of Evolving Systems' business, and important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 28, 2017; Forms 10-Q, 10-Q/A, 8-K and 8-K/A; press releases and the Company's website.

   
   
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(In thousands except per share data)  
   
(Unaudited)   Three months ended     Twelve months ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
Revenue:                                
    License fees   $ 553     $ 1,162     $ 2,873     $ 3,161  
    Services     5,564       5,910       21,905       22,415  
Total Revenue     6,117       7,072       24,778       25,576  
Costs of revenue and operating expenses:                                
  Costs of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization     1,326       1,875       5,297       6,449  
  Sales and marketing     1,158       1,409       4,965       5,844  
  General and administrative     1,082       1,060       3,855       4,003  
  Product development     529       960       3,014       3,847  
  Depreciation     54       37       259       314  
  Amortization     195       195       783       266  
  Restructuring     3       533       1,010       533  
Total costs of revenue and operating expenses     4,347       6,069       19,183       21,256  
  Income from operations     1,770       1,003       5,595       4,320  
Other income (expense):                                
  Interest income     2       4       6       18  
  Interest expense     (75 )     (112 )     (340 )     (121 )
  Other income     183       -       183       -  
  Foreign currency exchange loss     (44 )     212       (552 )     (6 )
Other expense, net     66       104       (703 )     (109 )
Income from operations before income taxes     1,836       1,107       4,892       4,211  
    Income tax expense     549       21       1,457       915  
Net income   $ 1,287     $ 1,086     $ 3,435     $ 3,296  
Basic income per common share   $ 0.11     $ 0.09     $ 0.29     $ 0.28  
Diluted income per common share   $ 0.11     $ 0.09     $ 0.29     $ 0.28  
Weighted average basic shares outstanding     11,907       11,740       11,845       11,693  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding     11,940       11,927       11,961       11,935  
                                 
                                 
                                 
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
    December 31,     December 31,  
ASSETS   2016     2015  
Current Assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 7,614     $ 8,400  
  Contract receivables, net     5,867       7,727  
  Unbilled work-in-progress     3,376       4,158  
  Prepaid and other current assets     1,553       1,459  
    Total current assets     18,410       21,744  
Property and equipment, net     546       560  
Amortizable intangible assets, net     4,200       4,983  
Goodwill     20,599       23,142  
    Total assets   $ 43,755     $ 50,429  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Current portion of capital lease obligations   $ 1     $ 5  
  Revolving line of credit     -       10,000  
  Term loan - current     1,997       -  
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     4,274       4,607  
  Income taxes payable     617       324  
  Unearned revenue     3,532       3,330  
    Total current liabilities     10,421       18,266  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Capital lease obligations, net     -       1  
  Term loan, net     4,000       -  
      Total liabilities     14,421       18,267  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Common stock     12       12  
  Additional paid-in capital     97,744       97,418  
  Treasury stock     (1,253 )     (1,253 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (9,992 )     (5,999 )
  Accumulated deficit     (57,177 )     (58,016 )
    Total stockholders' equity     29,334       32,162  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 43,755     $ 50,429  
                   
                   
                   
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures  
(In thousands except per share data)  
(Unaudited)  
  Three months ended     Twelve months ended  
  December 31,     December 31,  
  2016     2015     2016     2015  
Non-GAAP net income and income per share:                              
GAAP net income $ 1,287     $ 1,086     $ 3,435     $ 3,296  
Amortization of intangible assets   195       195       783       266  
Stock-based compensation expense   61       88       259       317  
Restructuring   3       533       1,010       533  
Income tax adjustment for non-GAAP*   (96 )     (224 )     (696 )     (324 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 1,450     $ 1,678     $ 4,791     $ 4,088  
                               
Diluted net income per share:                              
  GAAP $ 0.11     $ 0.09     $ 0.29     $ 0.28  
  Non-GAAP $ 0.12     $ 0.14     $ 0.40     $ 0.34  
  Shares used to compute diluted EPS   11,940       11,927       11,961       11,935  
                       
  Three months ended     Twelve months ended  
  December 31,     December 31,  
  2016     2015     2016     2015  
Adjusted EBITDA:                              
                               
Net income $ 1,287     $ 1,086     $ 3,435     $ 3,296  
  Depreciation   54       37       259       314  
  Amortization of intangible assets   195       195       783       266  
  Stock-based compensation expense   61       88       259       317  
  Restructuring   3       533       1,010       533  
  Interest expense and other (benefit), net   (66 )     (104 )     703       109  
  Income tax expense   549       21       1,457       915  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,083     $ 1,856     $ 7,906     $ 5,750  
                               

*The estimated income tax for non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional expense that the Company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results in the calculation of its tax liability, taking into account in which tax jurisdiction each of the above adjustments would be made and the tax rate in that jurisdiction.

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