Press release

Evolving Systems Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

20 Aug 2019

Evolving Systems Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – August 19, 2019 – Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL), a leader in real-time digital engagement, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

2019 Financial Results Highlights:

  • Second quarter revenue was $6.3 million
  • Year-to-date 2019, the Company has generated positive cash flow from operations
  • During the second quarter, the Company incurred a non-cash charge related to the impairment of goodwill of $6.7 million associated with our past acquisitions and triggered by the recent decline in the market capitalization of the Company
  • Second quarter operating and net loss was $7.0 million and, excluding the goodwill impairment, operating loss and net loss would have been $0.3 million
  • The Company reported for the second quarter positive Adjusted EBITDA of $0.1 million
  • Continued strategic investments to enhance R&D activities, sales and marketing initiatives, and global business development to drive long-term growth in revenues

“Our 2019 second-quarter results, although slightly lower than our expectations and prior quarters, were not surprising as we continue to execute on our transformation towards a brighter future. Although revenue growth has been slower to develop than we would have liked, we are dedicated to building a stronger company through further investment in research and development as well as in marketing and sales-related initiatives to service our existing clients better and reach new ones. All of us at Evolving Systems remain focused on enhancing our business and creating long-term value,” said Matthew Stecker, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Evolving Systems.

2019 Results:

Total revenue for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 was $6.3 million, a $1.9 million or approximately 23.1% decrease over the comparable year-ago period. Total revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $13.0 million or approximately a 20.5% decrease over the same period a year ago. Services revenue, which includes revenues from the company’s preference for Managed Services over perpetual licensing, comprised approximately 96% and 93% of total revenues for the three months ended and six months ended June 30, 2019 respectively.  

The Company reported gross profit margins, excluding depreciation and amortization, of approximately 68.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 as compared to gross profit margins of approximately 65.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The increase in gross margins is primarily due to the decreased hours worked on client projects, as staff was used to support internal efforts, including product development and a reduction in expenses.

In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 350 "Intangibles Goodwill and Other" we are required to test our goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment at interim reporting periods when a triggering event is identified. During the second quarter of our fiscal year of 2019, our market capitalization declined to a level that was less than the net book value of our stockholders' equity. In 2018, the company adopted guidance provided by ASU 2017-04, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350), Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, which simplifies the subsequent measurement of goodwill by eliminating the second step from the quantitative goodwill impairment test, and allows for annual or interim goodwill impairment testing to be performed by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. An impairment charge will then be recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit’s fair value, not to exceed the carrying value of goodwill. Given the sustained decline in the market capitalization of our common stock during the second quarter of 2019, a triggering event was identified and we performed an interim goodwill impairment test. Management considered that, along with other possible factors affecting the assessment of the Company’s reporting unit for the purposes of performing a goodwill impairment assessment, including management assumptions about expected future revenue forecasts and discount rates, changes in the overall economy, trends in the stock price, estimated control premium, other operating conditions, and the effect of changes in estimates and assumptions could materially affect the determination of fair value and goodwill. As a result of the significant decline in the current market capitalization and, despite any of the other positive factors contemplated and the absence of any changes in our business operations, the outcome of this goodwill impairment test resulted in a non-cash charge for the impairment of goodwill for the remaining carrying value of $6.7 million in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

Total operating expenses were $11.1 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2019. Excluding the goodwill impairment, the Company’s operating expenses were $4.4 million, a decrease of approximately $0.6 million, as compared to $5.0 million in the corresponding year-ago period. The decrease was primarily related to the reduction in professional fees, with lower legal and accounting fees as well as lower incentive compensation expense compared to the prior period a year ago. Total operating expenses were $16.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. Excluding the goodwill impairment, the operating expenses were $9.8 million, an increase of approximately $0.3 million, as compared to $9.5 million in the corresponding six-month period in the prior year. The increase was related to our increased focus on product development and growing our global business development team, offset by a decrease in our general and administrative costs. Further, there were non-recurring charges of approximately $0.2 million recorded earlier in 2019, associated with complexities in the completion of our year end audit and other accounting services related to updating our global transfer pricing policies to include the acquired companies and fees for the submission of R&D tax credits refunded to our United Kingdom subsidiary.

The Company reported a second quarter operating loss of $7.0 million. Excluding the effect of the goodwill impairment, the operating loss would have been $0.3 million as compared to $0.2 million operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively. The loss was primarily related to the non-cash charge for the impairment of goodwill of $6.7 million. The Company reported Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) of $0.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 as compared to $0.6 million for the same period a year ago. 

Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2019 was $5.3 million, a decrease of $1.4 million or 21% compared to $6.7 million as of December 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily related to debt repayments as the Company generated positive cash flows from operations in 2019.  Contract receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts were $8.5 million, an increase of $0.7 million compared to December 31, 2018. Unbilled work-in-progress, net of allowance for doubtful accounts was $2.6 million and $3.0 million for the periods ended June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. Working capital as of June 30, 2019 decreased on a sequential basis to $4.4 million from $8.1 million as of December 31, 2018, due to the decrease in our cash and cash equivalents accounts from the payments of our outstanding debt and interest. Working capital also was decreased by the recording of a current liability of $0.4 million related to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update “ASU” 2016-2 on Topic 842 for the accounting of operating leases. In addition, we have recorded the full amount of our debt as short term due to the Company’s noncompliance with bank covenants while we are negotiating the restructuring of our terms. The Company has made every loan repayment in full, as originally scheduled within our loan agreement, and anticipates making all future payments. We believe there is ample cash on hand and liquidity in the working capital to fund our business and continued strategic investments.

Matthew Stecker concluded: “The first half of the year was focused on the transformation of Evolving Systems. Through investment in our product solutions and in our staff, we are in position to better support our global customers. We have been very clear that the key to future revenues lies in driving innovation and finding new opportunities within our existing customer base while, in parallel, winning new engagements. With a strong customer footprint and decades of proven performance we are now at a turning point and in the second half of this year we expect to begin capitalizing on our advantages. We have weathered the challenges of re-inventing ourselves and are confident that work will begin to bear fruit. At the same time, we continue to selectively seek new opportunities whether through potential accretive acquisitions, joint ventures or strategic partnerships to drive both top- and bottom-line performance and over the long-term to bring our shareholders long term value.”

Conference Call

The Company will be conducting a conference call and webcast on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The call-in numbers for the conference call are: (877) 303-6316 for domestic toll free and (650) 521-5176 for international callers. The conference ID number is 1583199. A telephone replay will be available through September 2, 2019 and can be accessed by calling (855) 859-2056 for domestic toll free or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. The conference replay ID number is also 1583199. To access a live webcast of the call, please visit Evolving Systems’ website at, click the ‘Investors’ tab and then click the ‘Q2 earnings call’ icon. A replay of the webcast will be accessible at that website through November 1, 2019. The webcast is also available by clicking the following link:

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 financial information in the form of non-GAAP net income and diluted net income per share and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment, stock compensation, restructuring 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 real-time digital engagement solutions and services to more than 100 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. The Company’s portfolio includes market-leading solutions and services for real-time analytics, customer acquisition, customer value management and loyalty for telecom, retail and financial services companies. Founded in 1985, the Company has its headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, with offices in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at


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, its ability to successfully integrate its solutions with existing customer network systems, and expectations regarding the Company’s outstanding debt 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, 10‑Q, 10‑Q/A, 8‑K and 8‑K/A filed with the SEC and its press releases and the Company’s website.

Investor Relations Contact:

Alice Ahern
Investor Relations
Evolving Systems
Tel: 1-844-732-5898

20 Aug 2019