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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-K

 

x

Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009

 

 

 

OR

 

 

o

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

 

 

For the transition period from              to             

 

Commission File Number: 0-24081

 

EVOLVING SYSTEMS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

 

84-1010843

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

 

 

9777 Pyramid Court, Suite 100, Englewood, Colorado

 

80112

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

(303) 802-1000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered under Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Common Stock, Par Value $0.001 Per Share

 

The Nasdaq Capital Market

(Title of Class)

 

(Name of exchange on which registered)

 

Securities registered under Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.   Yes ¨  No x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.   Yes ¨  No x

 

Indicate by check mark 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 x  No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted 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 and post such files).   Yes o  No o

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨

 

Accelerated filer ¨

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer ¨

 

Smaller reporting company x

 

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

 

The aggregate market value of the Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant, based upon the last sale price of the Common Stock reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market, was approximately $36.4 million as of June 30, 2009.

 

The number of shares of Common Stock outstanding was 9,982,228 as of March 4, 2010.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

The information required by Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) is incorporated by reference to portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the close of the 2009 year.

 

 

 



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EVOLVING SYSTEMS, INC.

Annual Report on Form 10-K

For the year ended December 31, 2009

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

Item 1

Business

1

Item 1A

Risk Factors

7

Item 1B

Unresolved Staff Comments

15

Item 2

Properties

15

Item 3

Legal Proceedings

15

Item 4

Reserved

15

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

Item 5

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

15

Item 6

Selected Financial Data

16

Item 7

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

17

Item 7A

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

27

Item 8

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

28

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

28

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

29

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

30

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

31

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

32

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

33

Item 9

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

49

Item 9A

Controls and Procedures

49

Item 9B

Other Information

50

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

Item 10

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

50

Item 11

Executive Compensation

50

Item 12

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

50

Item 13

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

50

Item 14

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

50

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

Item 15

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

50

 

Signatures

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Except for the historical information contained in this document, this report contains forward-looking statements including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives and expected operating results and assumptions. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believes,” “goals,” “projects,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “strategy,” “plan” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed here. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to those discussed in this section, in the sections entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors.” We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

PART I

 

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Evolving Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and cable markets. We maintain long-standing relationships with many of the largest wireline, wireless and cable companies worldwide. Our customers rely on us to develop, deploy, enhance, maintain and integrate complex, reliable software solutions for a range of Operations Support Systems (“OSS”). Included among our more than 70 network operators is the largest wireline carrier, the second largest wireless carrier and the largest cable company in North America, as well as two of the world’s largest wireless carriers headquartered outside of North America. We offer software products and solutions in four core areas:

 

·                  service activation solutions used to activate complex bundles of voice, video and data services for traditional and next generation wireless, wireline and cable networks;

 

·                  SIM card activation solutions dynamically allocate and assign resources to a wireless device when it is first used;

 

·                  numbering solutions manage carriers’ resource inventory and resource assignment processes including products that comply with government-mandated requirements regarding local number portability in North America; and

 

·                  mediation solutions support data collection for both service assurance and billing applications.

 

Our products support traditional and next generation network technologies, convergent service offerings, and advanced wireless and other broadband networks.

 

We report the operations of our business as two operating segments based on revenue type:  license fees and services revenue and customer support revenue.  We also report revenue based on three of the core areas described above. Because our SIM card activation solution is an early stage product, we report it within activation and numbering solutions. We further report geographic information based upon revenue and long-lived assets in the United States, United Kingdom and all other foreign countries as a group.   Further information regarding our operating segments and geographical information is contained in Note 11 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

COMPANY BACKGROUND

 

Founded in 1985, we initially focused on providing custom software development and professional services to telecommunications companies in the United States. In 1996, concurrent with the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“the Telecom Act”), we made a strategic decision to add software products to our established professional services offerings. The outcome of that decision was the creation of a comprehensive product portfolio, of which we are best known in North America, for our Local Number Portability and Number Management solutions.

 

In 2003 and 2004, we significantly expanded our portfolio of products as a result of three acquisitions that we made over the periods of November 2003 through November 2004.  The first acquisition was CMS Communications, Inc. (“CMS”) in November 2003, where we acquired a network mediation and service assurance solution.  In October 2004, we acquired Telecom Software Enterprises, LLC (“TSE”) adding Local Number Portability (“LNP”) and Wireless Number Portability (“WNP”) number ordering and provisioning monitoring and testing products.  Finally, in November 2004, we acquired Tertio Telecoms Ltd. (“Evolving Systems U.K.”), a supplier of OSS software solutions for service activation and mediation to communication carriers throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With this acquisition we expanded our markets beyond North America and added a service activation solution, Tertio™, and a billing mediation solution, Evident™, to our product portfolio. The consequence of these acquisitions is a significantly expanded product and service capability to address a larger portion of our customers’ OSS application needs with a balanced mix of products and product enhancements, as well as services.

 

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model to include both direct and indirect channels.  We formed new relationships with network equipment providers and system integrators to extend our reach to new geographical regions as well as help us further penetrate our existing territories.   Recently, we have added more regional partners to help with both local selling and deployments in emerging markets.

 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

 

·                  As part of our announced strategy, we continue to invest in expanding our sales and support capabilities to support our growth in the emerging markets.  In 2009 we were successful in expanding our customer base, notably in Africa, Asia and Central America.

 

·                  We continued to make advances in the development, deployment and selling of our new product Dynamic SIM Allocation™ (“DSA”).  In addition in 2009, we announced a new partnership with a leading SIM card manufacturer for the sales, support and distribution of DSA.

 

·                  During 2009, we paid $6.2 million to retire our subordinated notes, including accrued interest. These payments were made from cash on hand and $1.5 million in borrowings on our U.K. revolving credit facility. The subordinated debt payments were unscheduled and reduced balances classified as long-term as of December 31, 2008.

 

·                  Our Board of Directors approved a one-for-two reverse split of our common stock, as previously authorized and approved by our stockholders at the June 9, 2009 annual meeting, which took effect at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on July 20, 2009 (the “Effective Time”). Our common stock began trading on a post-split basis on July 21, 2009. As a result of the reverse stock split, every two shares of our common stock was combined into one share of common stock. The reverse stock split affected all of our common stock outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time of the reverse stock split as well as the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under our equity incentive plans. In addition, the reverse stock split reduced the number of shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options. Our common stock outstanding at June 30, 2009 was approximately 19.6 million shares. Adjusting for the reverse stock split, the common stock outstanding at June 30, 2009 was reduced to approximately 9.8 million shares. The number of authorized shares of common stock remains at 40.0 million. The reverse split did not affect the par value of our common stock which remains at $0.001. As a result of the reverse stock split, the stated capital on our balance sheet attributable to our common stock was reduced in proportion to the size of the reverse stock split. Common stock and additional paid-in capital balances, all share amounts, stock option amounts and per share/option prices appearing in this Annual Report on Form 10-K reflect the reverse stock split for all periods presented.

 

INDUSTRY DYNAMICS

 

The rapid introduction of new technologies such as wireless and broadband services has created a growing market for telecommunications solutions worldwide.  This emergence of new technologies in telecommunications networks and end-user devices, consumer electronics, and personal computers, has created an industry that is in the midst of significant change. Carriers not only compete with companies from other industries, such as media and entertainment, but also with companies providing applications and services over the Internet.  In such a competitive market, companies are increasingly bundling voice, messaging, data access, and music and video services in order to increase market share.  This bundling of services is just one facet of what is called convergence.  In order to facilitate convergence, as well as reduce costs, carriers are implementing a variety of network transformation programs that include: the migration to packet-switching transmission networks based on the Internet protocol (often called all-Internet Protocol (“IP”) networks); the migration to new service creation and delivery platforms that enable the provision of multimedia services over IP-based networks; and the introduction of one or more broadband access networks over existing wired infrastructure, new fiber deployments, cable access networks, and evolved wireless broadband networks including Global System for Mobile Communication (“GSM”)/EDGE, 3G/WCDMA/HSPA, and WiMAX. Along with the continued development of new technologies, carriers are facing increasing levels of competition due to the varying demand in connection types, subscribers and service usage, as well pricing declines due to regulatory and competitive pressures.  Given the current economic climate many carriers are either aggressively pursuing cost reduction programs, increased sales efficiency, and/or are focusing on growth from value-added services (“VAS”).  This complex and rapidly changing landscape is further affected by the continued consolidation of carriers and their suppliers.

 

OPERATIONS SUPPORT SYSTEMS (“OSS”)

 

OSS encompasses a broad array of software and systems that perform critical functions for telecommunications carriers, such as service fulfillment, service assurance, and billing.  Service fulfillment encompasses ordering, provisioning and activation.  Ordering systems collect customer information, retrieve current service information, capture and validate new service requests, verify the availability of selected services and transmit completed orders to one or more provisioning OSS.  Inventory systems maintain both physical and logical views of all the telecommunications assets required to turn up a service.  Carriers use provisioning and activation systems to turn up network service and turn services off and on for customers, as well as change or add services.  Service assurance systems allow carriers to perform the testing, monitoring and reporting necessary to maintain appropriate network availability and feed operational data to other business systems. Service assurance systems also allow carriers to track and report on service conditions or outages in order to dispatch their large work force for necessary repairs. Carriers use billing systems to collate, manage and report usage information for partner and

 

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customer billing. OSS systems typically operate in a 24x7 environment to support the real-time communication networks that facilitate the carriers’ service offerings.

 

Traditionally, as carriers have added new services, such as wireless or Internet-based services, they have either developed their own in-house OSS applications or added new OSS applications from product vendors. These additional OSS systems can be difficult to integrate into the carriers’ operations, as they often utilize heterogeneous elements, making interoperability among the systems difficult. These OSS are further constrained by the many incremental changes that have been made in order to accommodate new computing and network technologies and new value-added services, such as call waiting, call forwarding and voice mail, broadband data and video.  In addition, carriers have had to adapt their OSS to comply with government or regulatory mandates that in some cases change how systems and processes are required to work.  Because of these challenges, carriers have difficulty replacing existing OSS due to the large investment and vast amounts of historical data contained in these systems. As a result, carriers continue to make incremental modifications to these OSS, in some cases further increasing their complexity and making it more difficult for the applications to be replaced.  However, a trend over the past decade has been the replacement of a portion of the carrier’s legacy OSS environment with OSS software packages designed to meet growing complex processes in the areas of service fulfillment, service assurance and billing.

 

PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

 

Dynamic SIM Allocation

 

In 2007, we announced our Dynamic SIM Allocation (“DSA”) solution that offers carriers a new way to provision wireless services by dynamically activating and assigning resources to the wireless device when it is first used. The wireless Subscriber Identity Module (“SIM”) card is central to the provision of wireless access and services for GSM/EDGE and 3G/WCDMA networks and is specified as part of the next generation LTE technologies. These networks represent the most common type of wireless technology used today by wireless operators world-wide.  Typically, SIM cards are either pre-provisioned before they are distributed to the retail environment or are provisioned at the point-of-sale. Pre-provisioning SIM cards means that resources are allocated well in advance of the SIM card becoming available for sale, leading to poor utilization of numbers, increased network costs, and a poor user experience. Provisioning SIM cards at the point-of-sale overcomes many of these issues but at a high cost, as retail and back-office infrastructure needs to be in place and consequently distribution is constrained. Our DSA solution offers carriers the user experience and resource efficiency benefits of provisioning at the point-of-sale without demanding the retail and back-office infrastructure usually required. The solution offers a number of benefits including:

 

·                  Improve efficiency and utilization: Carriers can experience a high wastage of SIM cards that are never activated for a revenue-generating subscriber. Our solution reduces the cost of this wastage by removing the need for SIM cards to be pre-provisioned in network databases.

 

·                  Ensure availability: Carriers can find it difficult to effectively and reliably manage the utilization, ordering and distribution of SIM cards, especially when multiple SIM card variants and profiles are needed. The solution helps carriers to make sure new SIM cards and numbers are always available to meet demand.

 

·                  Easier to personalize: Prepaid subscribers have traditionally been unable to choose their mobile phone number easily and from a wide range of available numbers. With this solution, prepaid subscribers can choose their number using just their mobile phone, and carriers can monetize their valuable stock of vanity or golden numbers.

 

·                  Improved user experience: Carriers can have various customer care processes, like those for mobile number portability, or replacing lost or stolen SIM cards, that are inefficient and have high operational costs. The solution helps carriers provide more customer self-care for an improved user experience and lower costs.

 

Service Activation

 

Our service activation solution, Tertio, is employed by carriers to activate a new subscriber or to add a new service to an existing subscriber.  Our Tertio product provides a flexible operating environment and can be used by carriers to manage their voice, data, and content service needs for both their traditional and broadband IP networks.  Our solution is deployed as the service activation engine for over 70 networks around the world including two of the world’s largest wireless carriers.

 

Tertio is an integrated solution comprised of the following components:

 

·                  Tertio Service Composer — a modeling tool that simplifies the creation of new services;

 

·                  Tertio Content Connector — a tool used for activation of next-generation services;

 

·                  Tertio Activation Designer — a tool that is designed to speed network feature activation;

 

·                  Tertio Service Activation — the platform that provides scalability and performance, flexibility and a graphical interface;

 

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·                  Tertio Service Verification — a module that allows carriers to verify that the services implemented in the network match those that were in the original service order.  By providing this capability, carriers can continually check the accuracy of their order/activation processes; and

 

·                  Tertio Process Management — a module that allows carriers to manage long running transactions.  Long running transactions can often occur when a carrier is implementing a converged activation solution that encompasses the activation of both a wireless and fixed line (or IP) component.

 

Our Tertio solution addresses the entire service lifecycle, enabling service providers to better plan, manage and execute the introduction of new services. Tertio allows carriers to introduce new network technologies and eases the burden of integration with existing devices and systems.

 

Numbering Solutions

 

Evolving Systems’ Numbering Solutions product line includes our Local Number Portability (“LNP”) and Wireless Number Portability (“WNP”) products as well as our NumeriTrack® number management solution.

 

LNP and WNP

 

Our Number Portability software solution enables carriers to comply with U.S. and Canadian regulations for implementing LNP and WNP.  Number porting allows customers the ability to retain, or “port”, their phone numbers when changing from one service provider to another. Our LNP software, which includes the functionality to support ordering, provisioning, reporting, testing and exchanging information between carriers, is widely used by wireline, wireless and cable service providers in North America. Over time, we have expanded our number portability product features and developed other number portability related OSS software products for the wireline, wireless and cable markets.  Our full LNP and WNP product line is comprised of the following suite of products:

 

·                  OrderPath® order entry;

 

·                  NumberManager® network provisioning;

 

·                  LNP DataServer™ data warehousing;

 

·                  VeriPort™ NPAC testing; and

 

·                  Verify™ product suite for monitoring carriers’ application communications for optimum service assurance.

 

Number Management

 

We developed our NumeriTrack solution in response to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) mandated number conservation and number pooling regulations for both wireline and wireless carriers. These regulations, implemented in 2003, resulted from the FCC’s concern that the U.S. was running out of 10-digit telephone numbers. As a result, the FCC designed regulations to extend the life of the 10-digit numbering plan well into the 21st century by changing the way phone numbers are allocated to carriers and specifying rules regarding the assignment and classification of those numbers.  The regulations also require regular utilization reporting by carriers and articulation of circumstances under which previously underutilized telephone numbers must be returned to the “pool” to be reallocated to other carriers. Our NumeriTrack solution, which has been licensed to seven carriers, facilitates compliance with the FCC mandates for both wireline and wireless carriers (and cable carriers providing telephony services).  Our solution provides inventory management of phone numbers and other assets such as SIM cards and supports inventory assignments and integration with carriers’ existing back-office systems. The NumeriTrack solution also contains features for the inventory of, and assignment logic for, numbers associated with IP addresses and is used by a large carrier in the U.S. for deployment of a Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) service offering. As is the case with our LNP and WNP solutions, the implementation of our NumeriTrack solution has far-reaching implications for integration with carriers’ existing OSS environments and business processes.  Beginning in 2006, we enhanced our NumeriTrack application to address markets outside of North America.

 

Our investments in our International NumeriTrack solution allow us to sell and deploy this solution in markets outside of North America with a version of the product that we call International NumeriTrack.  The resource management and assignment capabilities of International NumeriTrack enables carriers around the globe to acquire and track phone numbers and other logical and physical assets for their products on both traditional and next generation wireline and wireless networks.  The solution will efficiently manage those assets through the lifecycle of the service, allowing carriers to spend less in acquiring new resources such as IP addresses, phone numbers and SIM cards for various products and regions.

 

Mediation

 

Our mediation portfolio consists of network data mediation products and billing mediation.  Our billing mediation product is Evident.  Our network mediation products are Traffic Data Management System (“TDMS”) and Mediation Central™.

 

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Billing Mediation

 

Billing mediation is the process of collecting network usage data and verifying that usage data is accurate, and is a required pre-condition for generating accurate bills for a carrier’s customers. Billing mediation’s importance lies in its ability to provide a systematic point of reliability and assurance between network consumption and the billing system input. Our Evident product supports convergent voice, data, and content services. Evident software enables the accurate management of data, allowing reconciliation of data inputs and outputs.  In addition, it provides support for compliance with relevant regulatory, accounting and data integrity requirements.  This product also provides service usage data for business intelligence, revenue assurance, and next-generation billing solutions. Our Evident solution can be used by wireline, broadband and wireless carriers and provides carrier-grade support in terms of reliability, performance, and scalability.

 

As carriers bring new services to market they often need a new mediation process to support those new services.  Our Evident solution has been designed with the flexibility to support new service concepts and designs.

 

Network Assurance and Data Collection Solutions

 

A common challenge for telecommunications carriers is to create an integration layer between network element (“NE”) devices and the OSS applications that provision, monitor and control these devices. Deploying new devices needed for extending service offerings into the network can therefore be difficult, time consuming and expensive. Our mediation solutions provide a common framework for simplifying the collection and distribution of critical network data.  Our network mediation product, Mediation Central, supports a broad array of technologies that carriers typically deploy in their network.  Mediation Central provides support for wireline, broadband, transport and wireless networks. Our Mediation Central product supports both centralized and distributed configurations allowing, for example, carriers to deploy a single solution for all their data collection and distribution needs.  Our TDMS product is a legacy product that helps traditional wireline carriers collect usage data from their circuit switch networks.

 

PROFESSIONAL AND INTEGRATION SERVICES

 

Our Professional and Integration Services team provides expert consulting services and advice for the design, customization, integration and deployment of our Service Activation, Numbering Solutions, and Mediation product portfolios.  The Professional and Integration Services team works closely with the Product Engineering and Development teams to ensure our customers are up to date with our latest product developments.  These services cover all aspects of the project lifecycle including system architecture and design, component design, development and customization, system integration and testing, deployment and production support, program and project level management, domain and product expertise.  Our teams work closely with customers and integration partners and have established close, long-term relationships with operators in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions.

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

We expend amounts on research and development (“R&D”), particularly for new products and/or for enhancements of existing products. R&D is expensed as incurred.  For the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, we expensed $3.5 million, $3.6 million and $2.4 million, respectively, in R&D costs.  The majority of all new R&D investments in 2009 have gone into enhancing our core service activation solutions and numbering solutions products as well as the further development of our DSA solution.

 

We focus our product development efforts on identifying specific industry and customer business needs as well as market requirements and then developing solutions that leverage our existing product capabilities.  Based upon the identified customer business needs, our research and development efforts comprise a combination of design and development of new products or features to enhance our existing products, and design and development of new product functionality as identified in our product “roadmaps.”  We build investment plans for our principal product areas and we make other investments in tools and product extensions to accelerate the development, implementation and integration process for customer solutions.

 

SALES AND MARKETING

 

Our sales force is primarily a field-based organization structured to focus on specific geographical territories: North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Asia Pacific, and Central and Latin America. Our sales activities cover both direct sales to the end user customers as well as sales through partners such as Gemalto, Oberthur, IBM, Siemens, and Alcatel who will often include our products as part of a wider solution offering which they have architected. We plan to continue to work with these or other partners in the future as well as looking to develop new potential routes to market for our products.

 

The primary objective of our marketing organization is to identify markets for our products and to establish an awareness of our offerings in those markets through a combination of direct marketing, web marketing, and through our participation in shows, conferences, and industry bodies. The marketing organization also creates electronic and print based sales collateral to support these activities, as well as maintaining a permanent presence on the web.

 

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as part of the sales process. Our sales efforts also cover a large amount of interaction with existing customers where we work to develop incremental revenue streams on existing platforms as well as the introduction of new value propositions. The sales team is responsible for the generation of proactive proposals to prospects as well as the management and delivery of responses to competitive tenders. This complex, highly involved approach creates a long sales cycle requiring us to invest a considerable amount of time toward uncertain results.

 

COMPETITION

 

The market for telecommunications OSS products is intensely competitive and is subject to rapid technological change, changing industry standards, regulatory developments and consolidation. We face increasing demand for improved product performance, reduced prices and rapid integration capabilities, and pricing pressures. Our existing and potential competitors include many large domestic and international companies that often have substantially greater financial, technological, marketing, distribution and other resources, larger installed customer bases and longer-standing relationships with telecommunications customers than we do. The market for telecommunications OSS software and services is extremely large. And, we currently hold only a small portion of total market share.  Our increased focus on numbering solutions and activation solutions has resulted in our achieving a measurable and reasonable market share in those two areas.

 

Our principal competitors in service activation are Comptel Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Synchronoss Technologies, Inc., and Huawei.  Our principal competitors in the numbering solutions market include Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Neustar, Inc. and Syniverse Technologies. In mediation, we compete with many different companies including Intec Telecom Systems PLC, Amdocs and Comptel. We believe we have an early advantage with our DSA solution but are aware of potential competition for some elements of our solution’s value proposition from companies such as Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Hewlett-Packard Company and Comptel.

 

We believe that our ability to compete successfully depends on a wide range of factors.  We deliver value by offering quality solutions at a competitive price that are tailored specifically to the customer. Once a customer has implemented one of our products, we often receive subsequent orders for enhancements and change requests to add functionality.  This follow-on business, and the fact that it is a complex and expensive process to replace our software once installed and integrated into the carrier’s networks, provides an attractive revenue opportunity for us.  Furthermore, many of our customer relationships span five years or more with some extending beyond ten years.  We believe these long-term relationships give us a competitive advantage and can be a barrier to entry for our competitors.

 

SIGNIFICANT CUSTOMERS

 

In 2009, approximately 19% of our consolidated revenue came from one customer in the telecommunications industry.  This customer is located in the U.S.  The loss of this customer would have a material adverse effect on our business as a whole. In 2008, approximately 34% of our consolidated revenue came from two unrelated customers in the telecommunications industry. Of these customers, one is located in the U.S. and the other in the U.K. The loss of either of these customers would have a material adverse effect on our business as a whole.

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

 

We rely on a combination of patents, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws, as well as confidentiality agreements and licensing arrangements, to establish and protect our proprietary rights. We presently have U.S. and Canadian patents on elements of our principal LNP OSS products, NumberManager and OrderPath and have a patent pending in the U.S. and other countries on elements of our DSA product.

 

BACKLOG

 

We define backlog as firm non-cancelable sales orders that are anticipated to be delivered and recognized in revenue over the next twelve months. As of December 31, 2009 and 2008, our backlog was approximately $20.8 and $20.6 million, respectively.  Our backlog at December 31, 2009 was comprised of license fees and services of $8.5 million and customer support of $12.3 million compared to license fees and services of $8.8 million and customer support of $11.8 million at December 31, 2008.

 

EMPLOYEES

 

As of December 31, 2009, we employed 244 people including 55 in the United States, 76 in the United Kingdom and 113 in Bangalore, India.  Of our worldwide staff, 86% are involved in product delivery, development, support and professional services, 6% in sales and marketing, and 8% in general administration.

 

ACCELERATED FILER STATUS

 

Companies considered accelerated or large accelerated filers under Securities Exchange Act Rule 12b-2, are required to comply with the internal control reporting and disclosure requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. An accelerated or large accelerated filer is defined as a company that meets the following conditions:

 

·                  Has a common equity public float of $75 million or more as of the last business day of its most recently completed second fiscal quarter;

 

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calendar months;

 

·                  Previously filed at least one annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act; and

 

·                  Is not eligible to use smaller public company disclosure standards for its annual and quarterly reports.

 

As of the last business day of our most recently completed second fiscal quarter, June 30, 2009, our common equity public float was less than $75 million.  Therefore, we are not an accelerated or large accelerated filer, as defined in Securities Exchange Act Rule 12b-2.  Under current SEC rules, we are required in this Annual Report on Form 10-K to provide a report by management assessing the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009 and will be required to provide an auditor’s report on internal control over financial reporting in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

 

You can find out more information about us at our Internet website located at www.evolving.com. The information on our website is not incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports are available free of charge on our Internet website as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with the SEC. Additionally, these reports are available at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549 or on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.

 

ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS

 

Risks Related to Our Business

 

Because our quarterly and annual operating results are difficult to predict and may fluctuate, the market price for our stock may be volatile.

 

Our operating results have fluctuated significantly in the past and may continue to fluctuate significantly in the future. Fluctuations in operating results may result in volatility of the price of our common stock. These quarterly and annual fluctuations may result from a number of factors, including:

 

·                  the size of new contracts and when we are able to recognize the related revenue;

·                  our rate of progress under our contracts;

·                  foreign exchange fluctuations;

·                  budgeting cycles of our customers;

·                  changes in the terms and rates related to the renewal of support agreements;

·                  the mix of products and services sold;

·                  the timing of third-party contractors’ delivery of software and hardware;

·                  level and timing of expenses for product development and sales, general and administrative expenses;

·                  changes in our strategy;

·                  general economic conditions.

 

Personnel costs are a significant component of our budgeted expense levels and, therefore, our expenses are, to a degree, variable based upon our expectations regarding future revenue. As discussed above, our revenue is difficult to forecast and our sales cycle and the size and timing of significant contracts vary substantially among customers. Accordingly, we may be unable to adjust spending in a timely manner to compensate for any unexpected shortfall in revenue. Any significant shortfall from anticipated levels of demand for our products and services could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Based on these factors, we believe our future quarterly and annual operating results may vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year. As a result, quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year comparisons of operating results are not necessarily meaningful nor do they indicate what our future performance will be. Furthermore, we believe that in future reporting periods if our operating results fall below the expectations of public market analysts or investors, it is possible that the market price of our common stock could go down.

 

Our results of operations could be negatively impacted if we are unable to manage our liquidity.

 

Our cash forecast indicates that we will have sufficient liquidity to cover anticipated operating costs as well as debt service payments for at least the next twelve months, but this could be negatively impacted to the extent we are unable to invoice and collect from our customers in a timely manner, or an unexpected adverse event, or combination of events occurs. Therefore, if the timing of cash generated from operations is insufficient to satisfy our liquidity requirements, we may require access to additional funds to support our business objectives through a credit facility or possibly the issuance of additional equity. Additional financing may not be available at all or, if available, may not be obtainable on terms that are favorable to us and not dilutive.

 

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Our revolving lines of credit call for the acceleration of payments if certain covenants are breached or cash balance thresholds are achieved.

 

Our revolving credit facility contains certain affirmative and negative covenants that, if breached, could result in any outstanding amounts becoming immediately due and payable. The covenants include our agreement to do the following:

 

·                  maintain a specified ratio of debt to EBITDA, minimum EBITDA for the trailing twelve months, minimum liquidity, and ratio of fixed charges to EBITDA;

·                  comply with applicable laws and licensing requirements;

·                  file and pay all applicable taxes as they become due; and

·                  operate in the ordinary course of business.

 

The covenants also include our agreement not to do any of the following (except as specifically authorized):

 

·                  liquidate, dissolve or wind-up operations;

·      cause or permit a change in control;

·                  pay any dividends or make prepayments on any indebtedness;

·                  acquire, merge or consolidate with any other businesses or entities or make investments in third parties;

·                  sell or transfer a substantial portion of our assets;

·                  incur additional indebtedness or permit any liens on our assets;

·                  make loans or enter into letters for credit or guarantees;

·                  enter into affiliate transactions;

·                  make negative pledges;

·                  change our methods of accounting and record keeping away from generally accepted accounting principles;

·                  change the nature of our business materially;

·                  make capital expenditures beyond established thresholds; or

·                  take certain other operational actions.

 

The covenants may limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to changes in, our business. Failure to comply with the covenants, if not waived, could result in the acceleration of the debt. If we are required to pay the debt on an accelerated basis, it would have a significant adverse impact on our liquidity and financial condition and could cause us to incur additional indebtedness.

 

If we are unable to properly supervise our software development subsidiary in India, or if political or other uncertainties interfere, we may be unable to satisfactorily perform our customer contracts and our business could be materially harmed.

 

In February 2004, we formed Evolving Systems India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Evolving Systems, Inc.  In the past we experienced a high level of turnover with our Indian development staff as a result of strong competition for technology-based personnel in India, and we may experience high turnover again in the future. In addition, salary levels in India are steadily increasing, reducing the competitive advantages associated with offshore labor. If we are unable to effectively manage the Evolving Systems India development staff and/or we continue to experience high levels of staff turnover, we may fail to provide quality software in a timely fashion, which could negatively affect our ability to satisfy our customer contracts. Furthermore, political changes and uncertainties in India could negatively impact the business climate there.  As a result, we may be unable to satisfactorily perform our customer contracts and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially harmed.

 

We operate a global business that exposes us to additional currency, economic, regulatory and tax risks.

 

A significant part of our revenue comes from international sales.  Our international operations are subject to the risk factors inherent in the conduct of international business, including:

 

·                   fluctuations in currency exchange rates;

·                   compliance with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices acts and local anti-bribery laws and regulations;

·                   unexpected changes in regulatory requirements;

·                   tariffs and other barriers;

·                   political and economic instability;

·                   limited intellectual property protection;

·                   difficulties in staffing and managing foreign operations; and

·                   potentially adverse tax consequences in connection with repatriating funds.

 

The U.S. Dollar has recently strengthened against foreign currencies and approximately half of our revenue is transacted in non-Dollar denominated currencies (e.g. British Pound Sterling and Euro).  As a result, when the dollar strengthens, the Company’s revenue, when converted to U.S. dollars, is reduced.  At the same time, with more than 50% of the Company’s operating expenses originating overseas, the strengthening dollar conversely lowers expenses outside of the U.S. Although this has provided some defense against currency fluctuations for our bottom line results, we may not be able to maintain this ratio of revenue to expense in the future.  In addition, we may not be able to sustain or increase our international revenue or repatriate cash without incurring substantial risks

 

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involving floating currency exchange rates and income tax expenses.  Any of the foregoing factors may have a material adverse impact on our international operations and, therefore, our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Changes or challenges to the regulations of the communication industry could hurt the market for our products and services.

 

The market for our traditional North American OSS products was created and has primarily been driven by the adoption of regulations under the Telecom Act requiring North American carriers to implement number portability as a condition to being permitted to provide long distance services. Therefore, any changes to these regulations, or the adoption of new regulations by federal or state regulatory authorities under the Telecom Act, or any legal challenges to the Telecom Act, could hurt the market for our products and services.  In addition, customers may require, or we may find it necessary or advisable, to modify our products or services to address actual or anticipated changes in regulations affecting our customers. This could also materially harm our business, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.  We are also subject to numerous regulatory requirements of foreign jurisdictions.  Any compliance failures or changes in such regulations could, likewise, materially harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Consolidation in the communications industry may impact our financial performance.

 

The communications industry has experienced and continues to experience significant consolidation, both in the United States and internationally.    These consolidations have caused us to lose customers and may result in fewer potential customers requiring OSS solutions in the future.  In addition, combining companies may re-evaluate their OSS solutions and their capital expenditures and may choose a competitive OSS solution used by one of the combining companies.  As our customers become larger, they generally have stronger purchasing power, which can result in reduced prices for our products, lower margins on our products and longer sales cycles.  Because of the uncertainty resulting from these consolidations and the variations in our quarterly operating results, it is extremely difficult for us to forecast our quarterly and annual revenue and we have discontinued providing revenue guidance.  All of these factors can have a negative impact on our financial performance, particularly in any fiscal quarter.  This negative impact, in turn, could result in noncompliance with certain financial covenants governing our revolving credit facility.  If we were unsuccessful in amending the agreements or obtaining a waiver from our senior lender in future reporting periods, these violations could result in such credit facility becoming immediately due and payable.  We may not be successful in amending the agreements or obtaining a waiver of any covenant violation.

 

We depend on a limited number of significant customers for a substantial portion of our revenue, and the loss of one or more of these customers could adversely affect our business.

 

In the past, and currently, we earn a significant portion of our revenue from a small number of customers in the communications industry. This has been mitigated somewhat by the expansion of our customer base in recent years, but, as noted above, consolidation in the industry continues. The loss of any significant customer, delays in delivery or acceptance of any of our products by a customer, delays in the performance of services for a customer, or delays in collection of customer receivables could harm our business and operating results.

 

Our products are complex and have a lengthy implementation process; unanticipated difficulties or delays in the customer acceptance process could result in higher costs and delayed payments.

 

Implementing our solutions can be a relatively complex and lengthy process since we typically customize these solutions for each customer’s unique environment. Often our customers may also require rapid deployment of our software solutions, resulting in pressure on us to meet demanding delivery and implementation schedules. Delays in implementation may result in customer dissatisfaction and/or damage our reputation which could materially harm our business.

 

The majority of our existing contracts provide for acceptance testing by the customer, which can be a lengthy process. Unanticipated difficulties or delays in the customer acceptance process could result in higher costs, delayed payments, and deferral of revenue recognition. In addition, if our software contains defects or we otherwise fail to satisfy acceptance criteria within prescribed times, the customer may be entitled to cancel its contract and receive a refund of all or a portion of amounts paid or other amounts as damages, which could exceed related contract revenue and which could result in a future charge to earnings. Any failure or delay in achieving final acceptance of our software and services could harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Sales of our products typically require significant review and internal approval processes by our customers over an extended period of time.  Interruptions in such process due to economic downturns, consolidations or otherwise could result in the loss of our sale or deferral of revenue into later periods and adversely affect our financial performance.

 

Large communications solutions used for enterprise-wide, mission-critical purposes, involve significant capital expenditures and lengthy implementation plans. Prospective customers typically commit significant resources to the technical evaluation of our products and services and require us to spend substantial time, effort and money providing education regarding our solutions. This evaluation process often results in an extensive and lengthy sales cycle, typically ranging between three and twelve months, making it difficult for us to forecast the timing and magnitude of our contracts. For example, customers’ budgetary constraints and internal

 

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acceptance reviews may cause potential customers to delay or forego a purchase. The delay or failure to complete one or more large contracts could materially harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows and cause our operating results to vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year.

 

Mergers and acquisitions of large communications companies, as well as the formation of new alliances, have resulted in a constantly changing marketplace for our products and services. Purchasing delays and pricing pressures associated with these changes are common. In addition, many of the companies in the communications industry have kept capital expenditures at historically low levels in response to changes in the communications marketplace; some companies have declared bankruptcy, cancelled contracts, delayed payments to their suppliers or delayed additional purchases.  The delay or failure to complete one or more large contracts, or the loss of a significant customer, could materially harm our business, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows, and cause our operating results to vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year.

 

Many of our products and services are sold on a fixed-price basis.  If we incur budget overruns, our margins and results of operations may be materially harmed.

 

Currently, a large portion of our revenue is from contracts that are on a fixed-price basis. We anticipate that customers will continue to request we provide software and integration services as a total solution on a fixed-price basis. These contracts specify certain obligations and deliverables we must meet regardless of the actual costs we incur. Projects done on a fixed-price basis are subject to budget overruns. On occasion, we have experienced budget overruns, resulting in lower than anticipated margins. We may incur similar budget overruns in the future, including overruns that result in losses on these contracts. If we incur budget overruns, our margins may be harmed, thereby affecting our overall profitability.

 

Percentage-of-completion accounting used for most of our projects can result in overstated or understated profits or losses.

 

The revenue for most of our contracts is accounted for on the percentage-of-completion method of accounting.  This method of accounting requires us to calculate revenue and profits to be recognized in each reporting period for each project based on our predictions of future outcomes, including our estimates of the total cost to complete the project, project schedule and completion date, the percentage of the project that is completed and the amounts of any probable unapproved change orders.  Our failure to accurately estimate these often subjective factors could result in reduced profits or losses for certain contracts.

 

The industry in which we compete is subject to rapid technological change. If we fail to develop or introduce new, reliable and competitive products in a timely fashion, our business may suffer.

 

The market for our products and services is subject to rapid technological changes, evolving industry standards, changes in carrier requirements and preferences and frequent new product introductions and enhancements. The introduction of products that incorporate new technologies and the emergence of new industry standards can make existing products obsolete and unmarketable. In addition, “internationalizing” products that we have developed for our U.S. customer carriers is a complex process. To compete successfully, we must continue to design, develop and sell enhancements to existing products and new products that provide higher levels of performance and reliability in a timely manner, take advantage of technological advancements and changes in industry standards and respond to new customer requirements. As a result of the complexities inherent in software development, major new product enhancements and new products can require long development and testing periods before they are commercially released and delays in planned delivery dates may occur. We may not be able to successfully identify new product opportunities or achieve market acceptance of new products brought to market. In addition, products developed by others may cause our products to become obsolete or noncompetitive. If we fail to anticipate or respond adequately to changes in technology and customer preferences, or if our products do not perform satisfactorily, or if we have delays in product development, we may lose customers and our sales may deteriorate.

 

The market for our number portability and service activation products is mature and we may not be able to successfully develop new products to remain competitive.

 

The market for our number portability products and our service activation product is mature and we may not be able to successfully identify new product opportunities.  If we are unable to identify new product opportunities sales and profit growth would be adversely affected.

 

The market for our new products is uncertain and we may not be able to generate sufficient demand for those products to grow our business.

 

The market for our new products, specifically International NumeriTrack and DSA, is uncertain and we are still in the early stages of developing customer demand for these products.  Our current strategy is heavily reliant on achieving increased sales of these products and if we are unable to achieve market acceptance of these products our sales and profit growth would be adversely affected.

 

The communications industry is highly competitive and if our products do not satisfy customer demand for performance or price, our customers could purchase products and services from our competitors.

 

Our primary markets are intensely competitive and we face continuous demand for improved product performance, new product features and reduced prices, as well as intense pressure to accelerate the release of new products and product enhancements.

 

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Our existing and potential competitors include many large domestic and international companies, including some competitors that have substantially greater financial, manufacturing, technological, marketing, distribution and other resources, larger installed customer bases and longer-standing relationships with customers than we do. Our principal competitors in the numbering solutions market include Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Syniverse Technologies and NeuStar, Inc. Our principal competitors in activation are Oracle (as a result of its acquisition of Metasolv), Comptel, Intec and Synchronoss Technologies. In mediation, we compete with many different companies with no single dominant competitor. Customers also may offer competitive products or services in the future since customers who have purchased solutions from us are not precluded from competing with us. Many telecommunications companies have large internal development organizations, which develop software solutions and provide services similar to the products and services we provide. We also expect competition may increase in the future from application service providers, existing competitors and from other companies that may enter our existing or future markets with solutions which may be less costly, provide higher performance or additional features or be introduced earlier than our solutions.

 

We believe that our ability to compete successfully depends on numerous factors, including the quality and price competitiveness of our products and services compared to those of our competitors, the emergence of new industry standards and technical innovations and our ability to respond to those changes. Some of these factors are within our control, and others are not. A variety of potential actions by our competitors, including a reduction of product prices or increased promotion, announcement or accelerated introduction of new or enhanced products, or cooperative relationships among competitors and their strategic partners, could negatively impact the sales of our products and we may have to reduce the prices we charge for our products.  Revenue and operating margins may consequently decline. We may not be able to compete successfully with existing or new competitors or to properly identify and address the demands of new markets. This is particularly true in new markets where standards are not yet established. Our failure to adapt to emerging market demands, respond to regulatory and technological changes or compete successfully with existing and new competitors would materially harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Our business depends largely on our ability to attract and retain talented employees.

 

Our ability to manage future expansion, if any, effectively will require us to attract, train, motivate and manage new employees successfully, to integrate new management and employees into our overall operations and to continue to improve our operations, financial and management systems. We may not be able to retain personnel or to hire additional personnel on a timely basis, if at all. Because of the complexity of our software solutions, a significant time lag exists between the hiring date of technical and sales personnel and the time when they become fully productive. We have at times experienced high employee turnover and difficulty in recruiting and retaining technical personnel. Our failure to retain personnel or to hire qualified personnel on a timely basis could adversely affect our business by impacting our ability to develop new products, to complete our projects and secure new contracts.

 

Our products are complex and may have errors that are not detected until deployment, and litigation related to warranty and product liability claims could be expensive and could negatively affect our reputation and profitability.

 

Our agreements with our customers typically contain provisions designed to limit our exposure to potential liability for damages arising out of the use of or defects in our products. These limitations, however, tend to vary from customer to customer and it is possible that these limitations of liability provisions may not be effective. We currently have errors and omissions insurance, which, subject to customary exclusions, covers claims resulting from failure of our software products or services to perform the function or to serve the purpose intended. To the extent that any successful product liability claim is not covered by this insurance, we may be required to pay for a claim. This could be expensive, particularly since our software products may be used in critical business applications. Defending such a suit, regardless of its merits, could be expensive and require the time and attention of key management personnel, either of which could materially harm our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, our business reputation could be harmed by product liability claims, regardless of their merit or the eventual outcome of these claims.

 

Our measures to protect our proprietary technology and other intellectual property rights may not be adequate and if we fail to protect those rights, our business would be harmed.

 

Our success and ability to compete are dependent to a significant degree on our proprietary technology. We rely on a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws, as well as confidentiality agreements and licensing arrangements, to establish and protect our proprietary rights. We have patents pending in U.S. and other countries on elements of our DSA product and we have U.S. and Canadian patents on elements of our LNP products, NumberManager® and OrderPath®, and U.S. patents on elements of some of our other products. In addition, we have registered or filed for registration of certain of our trademarks. Our patent portfolio is relatively small and given the cost of obtaining patent protections, we may choose not to patent certain inventions that turn out to be important. There is also the possibility that a third party may copy or otherwise obtain and use our products or technology without authorization or may develop similar technology independently through reverse engineering or other means. In addition, the laws of some foreign countries may not adequately protect our proprietary rights. Our means of protecting our proprietary rights in the U.S. or abroad may not be adequate or others may independently develop technologies that are similar or superior to our technology, duplicate our technology or design around any of our patents. If our intellectual property protection proves inadequate, we may lose our competitive advantage and our future financial results may suffer.

 

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In the event that we are infringing upon the proprietary rights of others or violating licenses, we may become subject to infringement claims that may prevent us from selling certain products and we may incur significant expenses in resolving these claims.

 

It is also possible that our business activities may infringe upon the proprietary rights of others, or that other parties may assert infringement claims against us. Those claims may involve patent holding companies or other adverse patent owners who have no relevant product revenue or their own, and against whom our own patents may provide little or no deterrence. If we become liable to any third party for infringing its intellectual property rights, we could be required to pay substantial damage awards and to develop non-infringing technology, obtain licenses, or to cease selling the applications that contain the infringing intellectual property. Litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and any outcome unfavorable to us could materially harm our business. Furthermore, we could incur substantial costs in defending against any intellectual property litigation, and these costs could increase significantly if any dispute were to go to trial. Our defense of any litigation, regardless of the merits of the complaint, likely would be time-consuming, costly, and a distraction to our management personnel. Adverse publicity related to any intellectual property litigation also could harm the sale of our products and damage our competitive position.

 

Certain software developed or used by Evolving Systems, as well as certain software acquired in our acquisitions of CMS, TSE or Evolving Systems U.K., may include or so called “open source” software that is made available under an open source software license.

 

·                  Such open source software may be made available under licenses, certain of which may impose obligations on us in the event we were to distribute derivative works based on the open source software.  Certain licenses impose obligations that could require us to make source code for a derivative work available to the public or license the derivative work under a particular type of open source software license, rather than the license terms we customarily use to protect our software.

·                  There is little or no legal precedent for interpreting the terms of certain of these open source licenses, including the terms addressing the extent to which software incorporating open source software may be considered a derivative work subject to these licenses.  We believe we have complied with our obligations under the various applicable open source licenses.  However, if the owner of any open source software were to successfully establish that we had not complied with the terms of an open source license for a particular product that includes such open source software, we may be forced to release the source code for that derivative work to the public or cease distribution of that work.

 

Disruptions from terrorist activities or military actions may have an adverse effect on our business.

 

The continued threat of terrorism within the U.S. and throughout the world and acts of war may cause significant disruption to commerce throughout the world. Our business and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected to the extent that such disruptions result in delays or cancellations of customer orders, delays in collecting cash, a general decrease in corporate spending on information technology, or our inability to effectively market, manufacture or ship our products. We are unable to predict whether war and the threat of terrorism or the responses thereto will result in any long-term commercial disruptions or if such activities or responses will have any long-term material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

 

We face risks associated with doing business through local partners.

 

In some countries, because of local customs and regulations or for language reasons, we do business with our customers through local partners who resell our products and services, with or without value-added services.  This can cause delays in closing contracts because of the increased complexity of having another party involved in negotiations.  In addition, where the local partner provides additional software, hardware and/or services to the end-user customer, our products and services may only be a small portion of the total solution.  As a result, payments made to us, as well as conditions surrounding acceptance, may be impacted by things that are out of our control.  There may also be delays in getting payments made by the end-user customer through the reseller.  We recently experienced delays in collecting from one of our resellers and this situation may arise again in the future, negatively impacting our cash flows.

 

We face special risks associated with doing business in highly corrupt environments.

 

Our international business operations include projects in developing countries and countries torn by conflict.  To the extent we operate outside the U.S., we are subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), which generally prohibits U.S. companies and their intermediaries from paying or offering anything of value to foreign government officials for the purpose of obtaining or keeping business, or otherwise receiving discretionary favorable treatment of any kind.  We may also be subject to local anti-bribery laws and regulations. In particular, we may be held liable for actions taken by our local partners and agents, even though such parties are not always subject to our control.  Any determination that we have violated the FCPA (whether directly or through acts of others, intentionally or through inadvertence) or other anti-bribery legislation could result in sanctions that could have a material adverse effect on our business.  While we have procedures and controls in place to monitor compliance, situations outside of our control may arise that could potentially put us in violation of the FCPA or other anti-bribery legislation inadvertently and thus negatively impact our business.

 

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The trading price of our stock has been subject to wide fluctuations and may continue to experience volatility in the future.

 

The trading price of our common stock has been subject to wide fluctuations in response to quarterly variations in operating results, announcements of technological innovations or new products by us or our competitors, merger and acquisition activity, changes in financial estimates by securities analysts, the operating and stock price performance of other companies that investors may deem comparable to us, general stock market and economic considerations and other events or factors. This may continue in the future.

 

In addition, the stock market has experienced volatility that has particularly affected the market prices of stock of many technology companies and often has been unrelated to the operating performance of these companies. These broad market fluctuations may negatively impact the trading price of our common stock. As a result of the foregoing factors, our common stock may not trade at or higher than its current price.

 

Sales of large blocks of our stock may result in the reduction in the market price of our stock and make it more difficult to raise funds in the future.

 

If our stockholders sell substantial amounts of our common stock in the public market, the market price of our common stock could fall. The perception among investors that such sales will occur could also produce this effect. To the extent we have one or more stockholders who own a large percentage of our stock and those stockholders chose to liquidate their holdings, it may have a dramatic impact on the market price of our stock. These factors also could make it more difficult to raise funds through future offerings of common stock.

 

We are subject to certain rules and regulations of federal, state and financial market exchange entities, the compliance with which requires substantial amounts of management time and company resources.  Any material weaknesses in our financial reporting or internal controls could adversely affect our business and the price of our common stock.

 

Because our common stock is publicly traded, we are subject to certain rules and regulations of federal, state and financial market exchange entities charged with the protection of investors and the oversight of companies whose securities are publicly traded.  These entities, including the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the SEC and NASDAQ, have issued requirements and regulations and are currently developing additional regulations and requirements in response to laws enacted by Congress, most notably the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  Our compliance with certain of these rules, such as Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, is likely to require the commitment of significant managerial resources. In addition, establishment of effective internal controls is further complicated because we are now a global company with multiple locations and IT systems.

 

We continue to review our material internal control systems, processes and procedures for compliance with the requirements of Section 404.  Such a review may result in the identification of material weaknesses in our internal controls.  Disclosures of material weaknesses in our SEC reports could cause investors to lose confidence in our financial reporting and may negatively affect the price of our stock.  Moreover, effective internal controls are necessary to produce reliable financial reports and to prevent fraud.  If we have material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting it may negatively impact our business, results of operations and reputation.

 

We have never paid dividends and do not anticipate paying cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.

 

We have never paid cash dividends on our common stock. We currently intend to retain all future earnings, if any, for use in the operation of our business. In addition, unless we are specifically authorized, our revolving credit facility prohibits us from declaring dividends to our common stockholders, . Accordingly, we do not anticipate paying cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.

 

Certain provisions of our charter documents, employment arrangements, Delaware law and agreements with our most significant stockholder may discourage, delay or prevent an acquisition of us, even if an acquisition would be beneficial to our stockholders, and may prevent attempts by our stockholders to replace or remove our current management.

 

Provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as well as provisions of Delaware law, could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire us, even if doing so would benefit our stockholders.  In addition, these provisions may frustrate or prevent any attempts by our stockholders to replace or remove our current management by making it more difficult for stockholders to replace members of our board of directors.  Because our board of directors is responsible for appointing the members of our management team, these provisions could in turn affect any attempt by our stockholders to replace current members of our management team.  These provisions include the following:

 

·                  our board of directors is authorized to issue up to 2,000,000 shares of preferred stock and to determine the price, rights, preferences and privileges of those shares without any further vote or action by our stockholders;

 

·                  our board of directors has adopted a stockholder rights agreement or “poison pill” designed to protect stockholders against unsolicited attempts to acquire the Company;

 

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·                  we have a staggered board with each member of the Board of Directors serving for three years; in any given year, only a portion of our Board of Directors have terms that expire;

 

·                  our stockholders cannot take action by written consent; and

 

·                  we have advance notice requirements for nominations for election to the Board of Directors or for proposing matters that can be acted upon at stockholder meetings.

 

In addition, we are subject to the anti-takeover provisions of Section 203 of Delaware General Corporation Law, which prohibit us from engaging in a “business combination” with an “interested stockholder” for a period of three years after the date of the transaction in which the person became an interested stockholder, unless the business combination is approved in the prescribed manner. The application of Section 203 and certain provisions of our restated certificate of incorporation, including a classified board of directors, may have the effect of delaying or preventing changes in control of our management, which could adversely affect the market price of our common stock by discouraging or preventing takeover attempts that might result in the payment of a premium price to our stockholders. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the three year moratorium imposed on business combinations by Section 203 will not apply to the Singer Group because, prior to the date on which the Singer Group became an interested stockholder, our board of directors approved the transaction which resulted in the Singer Group becoming an interested stockholder.  However, in connection with its purchase of the Company’s common stock resulting in the Singer Group becoming beneficial owners of more than 15% of the Company’s stock, Karen Singer, as Trustee of the Singer Children’s Management Trust, entered into a standstill agreement agreeing not to pursue, for 18 months, certain activities the purpose or effect of which may be to change or influence the control of the Company.  The standstill agreement expired on September 30, 2009.

 

On December 10, 2009, the Board of Directors approved an amendment to the stockholder rights plan.  The amendment increases, from 22.5% to 25.0%, the percentage of our common stock that a person or group of affiliated or associated persons may beneficially own without triggering the exercisability of the stockholder rights plan.  All other provisions of the stockholder rights plan remain unchanged.

 

On December 11, 2009, we received a letter from the Singer Trust informing us that as the result of the appointment of John B. Spirtos to our Board of Directors and our approval of the amendment to the stockholder rights plan the Singer Trust will vote in favor of the reelection of Philip Neches and Richard Ramlall to our Board of Directors at our 2010 annual meeting of stockholders and the Singer Trust will not seek or otherwise support additional stockholder protections or reforms at the meeting.

 

Our executive officers have entered into management change in control agreements with us. Each agreement generally provides for acceleration on vesting of options, 50% upon a change in control (as defined in such agreements) if the executive remains employed with the new entity, or 100% in the event such executive’s employment is terminated. The acceleration of vesting of options upon a change in control may be viewed as an anti-takeover measure and may have the effect of discouraging a merger proposal, tender offer or other attempt to gain control of us.

 

Our Amended and Restated Stock Option Plan provides for acceleration of vesting under certain circumstances. Upon certain changes in control of us, vesting on some options awarded to directors may be accelerated. In addition, the successor corporation may assume outstanding stock awards or substitute equivalent stock awards. If the successor corporation refuses to do so, such stock awards will become fully vested and exercisable for a period of 15 days after notice from us but the option will terminate if not exercised during that period. As noted above, the acceleration on vesting of options upon a change in control may be viewed as an anti-takeover measure.

 

General economic factors, domestically and internationally, that impact the communications industry, could negatively affect our revenue and operating results.

 

Unsettled financial markets, higher interest rates, inflation, levels of unemployment and other economic factors could adversely affect demand for our products and services as consumers and businesses may postpone spending in response to these conditions, negative financial news and declines in income and asset values.  Challenging economic and market conditions may also result in:

 

·                  difficulty forecasting, budgeting and planning due to limited visibility into the spending plans of current or prospective customers;

 

·                  pricing pressure that may adversely affect revenue and gross margin;

 

·                  lengthening sales cycles and slowing deployments;

 

·                  increased competition for fewer projects and sales opportunities;

 

·                  increased risk of charges relating to write off of goodwill and other intangible assets;

 

·                  customer and reseller financial difficulty and greater difficulty collecting accounts receivable.

 

We are unable to predict how long the economic downturn will last and the magnitude of its effect on our business and results

 

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of operations.  If these conditions continue, or further weaken, our business and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

 

General risk statement

 

Based on all of the foregoing, we believe it is possible for future revenue, expenses and operating results to vary significantly from quarter to quarter and year to year. As a result, quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year comparisons of operating results are not necessarily meaningful or indicative of future performance. Furthermore, we believe that it is possible that in any given quarter or fiscal year our operating results could differ from the expectations of public market analysts or investors. In such event, or in the event that adverse conditions prevail, or are perceived to prevail, with respect to our business or generally, the market price of our common stock would likely decline.

 

ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

 

ITEM 2.     PROPERTIES

 

We lease office space at various locations which are shown below.

 

Location

 

Square
Footage

 

Lease
Expiration

 

Englewood, Colorado (Headquarters)

 

24,305

 

10/31/12

 

Bradenton, Florida

 

150

 

5/31/10

 

Bath, England

 

5,100

 

9/26/10

 

London, England

 

7,765

 

3/24/10

 

Windsor, England

 

118

 

12/31/10

 

Bangalore, India

 

12,300

 

8/18/12

 

Munich, Germany

 

732

 

Month-to-month

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

1,042

 

7/14/10

 

 

ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

We are involved in various legal matters arising in the normal course of business.  We do not believe that any such matters will have a material impact on our results of operations and financial position.

 

ITEM 4.    RESERVED

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5.    MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Our common stock began trading publicly through the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “EVOL” on May 12, 1998. Prior to that date, there was no public market for our common stock. We transferred from the Nasdaq National Market to the Nasdaq SmallCap Market (now known as the Nasdaq Capital Market) on August 28, 2002. The closing price of our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market as of March 4, 2010 was $6.97 per share. The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the high and low closing sale quotations and may not be based on actual transactions for our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Capital Market. The prices reported do not include retail mark-ups, markdowns or commissions.

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

High

 

Low

 

High

 

Low

 

First Quarter

 

$

2.88

 

$

1.68

 

$

5.24

 

$

3.92

 

Second Quarter

 

$

6.12

 

$

2.36

 

$

4.76

 

$

3.92

 

Third Quarter

 

$

7.04

 

$

4.48

 

$

4.50

 

$

3.00

 

Fourth Quarter

 

$

7.49

 

$

5.85

 

$

3.06

 

$

1.56

 

 

As of March 4, 2010, there were approximately 33 holders of record of our common stock.

 

We have not declared or paid a cash dividend on our common stock. In addition, the terms of our revolving credit facility

 

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prohibits us from declaring dividends to our common stockholders without bank approval. We currently intend to retain future earnings, if any, to finance the growth and development of our business and, therefore, do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future.

 

The following graph compares the cumulative 5-year total return provided to shareholders on Evolving Systems, Inc.’s common stock relative to the cumulative total returns of the NASDAQ Composite index, the DJ Wilshire MicroCap Software index, and the RDG Software Composite index. An investment of $100 (with reinvestment of all dividends) is assumed to have been made in our common stock and in each index on 12/31/2004 and its relative performance is tracked through 12/31/2009.

 

COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*

Among Evolving Systems, Inc., The NASDAQ Composite Index,

The RDG Software Composite Index And The DJ MicroCap Total Stock Market Software Index

 

GRAPHIC

 


*$100 invested on 12/31/04 in stock or index, including reinvestment of dividends.

Fiscal year ending December 31.

 

ITEM 6.    SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

The selected financial data set forth below for each of the years in the five-year period ended December 31, 2009, has been derived from our consolidated financial statements. The following selected financial data should be read in conjunction with “Item 7 - Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto and other financial information included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

2005

 

 

 

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

$

38,196

 

$

37,821

 

$

35,953

 

$

33,833

 

$

39,452

 

Costs of Revenue and Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue, excluding depreciation and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

amortization

 

13,185

 

13,919

 

14,260

 

13,036

 

16,070

 

Sales and marketing

 

7,696

 

8,500

 

8,557

 

8,962

 

9,643

 

General and administrative

 

5,737

 

5,676

 

5,862

 

5,138

 

6,818

 

Product development

 

3,530

 

3,607

 

2,376

 

3,072

 

1,921

 

Depreciation

 

632

 

847

 

899

 

1,169

 

1,443

 

Amortization

 

732

 

1,363

 

1,565

 

2,511

 

5,215

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets (1)

 

 

 

 

16,516

 

 

Restructuring and other expense

 

 

 

(4

)

(21

)

(49

)

Income (loss) from operations

 

6,684

 

3,909

 

2,438

 

(16,550

)

(1,609

)

Interest and other, net

 

(1,096

)

(420

)

(1,284

)

(1,837

)

(1,692

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

764

 

560

 

556

 

(1,604

)

(396

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

4,824

 

$

2,929

 

$

598

 

$

(16,783

)

$

(2,905

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic income (loss) per share

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.06

 

$

(1.76

)

$

(0.32

)

Diluted income (loss) per share

 

$

0.48

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.06

 

$

(1.76

)

$

(0.32

)

Weighted average basic shares outstanding

 

9,816

 

9,695

 

9,599

 

9,550

 

9,348

 

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

 

10,145

 

9,878

 

9,788

 

9,550

 

9,348

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working capital (6)

 

$

4,774

 

$

1,802

 

$

1,395

 

$

803

 

$

447

 

Total assets (2)

 

45,837

 

45,411

 

53,727

 

51,338

 

67,398

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion (7)

 

1,500

 

4,883

 

8,686

 

11,370

 

14,373

 

Series B convertible redeemable preferred stock (4) (5)

 

 

 

5,587

 

11,281

 

11,281

 

Stockholders’ equity (3)

 

$

28,469

 

$

19,942

 

$

17,928

 

$

10,158

 

$

22,124

 

 

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(1)          In 2006, we recognized an impairment of $16.5 million on goodwill and amortizable intangible assets related to our license fees and services operating segment.

 

(2)          The decrease in total assets from 2005 to 2006 is primarily due to impairment of intangible assets, amortization of intangible assets, goodwill impairment, adjustments to goodwill related to the acquisitions of TSE and Evolving Systems U.K., foreign currency translation adjustments and use of cash to pay short-term obligations owed as a result of the acquisitions of TSE and Evolving Systems U.K.

 

(3)          The decrease in stockholders’ equity from 2005 to 2006 is primarily a result of the impairment of goodwill and intangible assets recorded during 2006.

 

(4)          The decrease in Series B convertible redeemable preferred stock and the increase in stockholders’ equity from 2006 to 2007 is primarily the result of holders of 487,916 shares of Series B Preferred Stock, with an aggregate carrying value of $5.7 million, converting their shares of preferred stock into 1,463,748 shares of our common stock in accordance with the conversion provisions of the Series B Preferred Stock, during 2007.

 

(5)          On February 25, 2008, holders of 461,758 shares of Series B Preferred Stock with a carrying value of $5.4 million, or approximately 96% of the outstanding preferred stock, converted their shares of preferred stock into 692,637 shares of our common stock in accordance with the conversion provisions of the Series B Preferred Stock.  On March 19, 2008, a holder of 16,992 shares of Series B Preferred Stock with a carrying value of $0.2 million, which represented the remainder of the outstanding preferred stock, converted his shares of preferred stock into 25,488 shares of our common stock in accordance with the conversion provisions of the Series B Preferred Stock.  As we previously included the Series B Convertible Preferred Stock as a participating security for basic EPS purposes, these conversions did not change our basic or diluted EPS calculations.

 

(6)          During 2009 we reduced our senior term note by $2.0 million which was classified as a current liability at December 31, 2008.

 

(7)          During 2009, we paid $6.2 million to retire our subordinated notes, including accrued interest. These payments were made from cash on hand and $1.5 million in borrowings on our U.K. revolving credit facility. The subordinated debt payments were unscheduled and reduced balances classified as long-term as of December 31, 2008.

 

ITEM 7.    MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains forward-looking statements that have been made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections about Evolving Systems’ industry, management’s beliefs, and certain assumptions made by management. Forward-looking statements include our expectations regarding product, services, and

 

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customer support revenue; our expectations associated with Evolving India and Evolving Systems U.K., and short- and long-term cash needs. In some cases, words such as “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “estimates”, variations of these words, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified in its entirety by, the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including those set forth in this section and in “Item 1A - Risk Factors.”

 

OVERVIEW

 

Evolving Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and cable markets. We maintain long-standing relationships with many of the largest wireline, wireless and cable companies worldwide. Our customers rely on us to develop, deploy, enhance, maintain and integrate complex, reliable software solutions for a range of Operations Support Systems (“OSS”).  Our activation solution is the leading packaged solution for activation in the wireless industry.

 

We recognize revenue in accordance with the prescribed accounting standards for software revenue recognition under generally accepted accounting principles. As a result, our license fees and services revenue fluctuate from period to period as a result of the timing of revenue recognition on existing projects.

 

2009 HIGHLIGHTS

 

Consolidated revenue increased, for the third consecutive year, to $38.2 million from $37.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.  This growth is primarily the result of increased revenue from our DSA solution and International NumeriTrack.

 

We reported net income of $4.8 million, $2.9 million and $0.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. This is the third consecutive year in which we have reported net income.  The ending backlog of $20.8 million, represents our highest ending backlog for any year following our 2003 and 2004 acquisitions of Tertio, TSE and CMS.

 

Our Board of Directors approved a one-for-two reverse split of our common stock, as previously authorized and approved by our stockholders at the June 9, 2009 annual meeting, which took effect at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on July 20, 2009 (the “Effective Time”). Our common stock began trading on a post-split basis on July 21, 2009. As a result of the reverse stock split, every two shares of our common stock was combined into one share of common stock. The reverse stock split affected all of our common stock outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time of the reverse stock split as well as the number of shares of common stock available for issuance under our equity incentive plans. In addition, the reverse stock split reduced the number of shares of common stock issuable upon the exercise of stock options. Our common stock outstanding at June 30, 2009 was approximately 19.6 million shares. Adjusting for the reverse stock split, the common stock outstanding at June 30, 2009 was reduced to approximately 9.8 million shares. The number of authorized shares of common stock remains at 40.0 million. The reverse split did not affect the par value of our common stock which remains at $0.001. As a result of the reverse stock split, the stated capital on our balance sheet attributable to our common stock was reduced in proportion to the size of the reverse stock split. Common stock and additional paid-in capital balances, all share amounts, stock option amounts and per share/option prices appearing in this Annual Report on Form 10-K reflect the reverse stock split for all periods presented.

 

We also had several significant improvements to our balance sheet during 2009.  Benefiting from our improved performance, working capital grew to $4.8 million at December 31, 2009 from $1.8 million at December 31, 2008 despite $2.0 million in existing cash used to reduce our senior term note and $6.2 million related to our subordinated notes, including accrued non-current interest. These payments were made from cash on hand and $1.5 million in borrowings on our U.K. revolving credit facility. The subordinated debt payments were unscheduled and reduced balances classified as long-term as of December 31, 2008.

 

We have operations in foreign countries where the local currency is used to prepare the financial statements which are translated into our reporting currency, U.S. Dollars. Changes in the exchange rates between these currencies and our reporting currency are partially responsible for some of the changes from period to period in our financial statement amounts. The majority of the changes in 2009 and 2008 are a result of the U.S. Dollar strengthening on average versus the British Pound Sterling. The chart below summarizes what our revenue and expenses would be on a constant currency basis. The constant currency basis assumes that the exchange rate was constant for the periods presented (in thousands).

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2009 vs. 2008

 

2008 vs. 2007

 

 

 

Increase/(Decrease)

 

Revenue

 

$

(1,984

)

$

(323

)

Costs of revenue and operating expenses

 

(3,035

)

(1,534

)

Operating income

 

$

1,051

 

$

1,211

 

 

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The net effect of our foreign currency translations for the year ended December 31, 2009 was a $2.0 million decrease in revenue and a $3.0 million decrease in operating expenses versus the year ended December 31, 2008. The net effect of our foreign currency translations for the year ended December 31, 2008 was a $0.3 million decrease in revenue and a $1.5 million decrease in operating expenses versus the year ended December 31, 2007.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following table presents our consolidated statements of operations in comparative format.

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Change

 

2008

 

2007

 

Change

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

License fees and services

 

$

21,561

 

$

20,324

 

$

1,237

 

$

20,324

 

$

17,895

 

$

2,429

 

Customer support

 

16,635

 

17,497

 

(862

)

17,497

 

18,058

 

(561

)

Total revenue

 

38,196

 

37,821

 

375

 

37,821

 

35,953

 

1,868

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs of revenue and operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

7,642

 

7,816

 

(174

)

7,816

 

8,023

 

(207

)

Costs of customer support, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

5,543

 

6,103

 

(560

)

6,103

 

6,237

 

(134

)

Sales and marketing

 

7,696

 

8,500

 

(804

)

8,500

 

8,557

 

(57

)

General and administrative

 

5,737

 

5,676

 

61

 

5,676

 

5,862

 

(186

)

Product development

 

3,530

 

3,607

 

(77

)

3,607

 

2,376

 

1,231

 

Depreciation

 

632

 

847

 

(215

)

847

 

899

 

(52

)

Amortization

 

732

 

1,363

 

(631

)

1,363

 

1,565

 

(202

)

Restructuring and other recovery

 

 

 

 

 

(4

)

4

 

Total costs of revenue and operating expenses

 

31,512

 

33,912

 

(2,400

)

33,912

 

33,515

 

397

 

Income from operations

 

6,684

 

3,909

 

2,775

 

3,909

 

2,438

 

1,471

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

25

 

161

 

(136

)

161

 

304

 

(143

)

Interest expense

 

(547

)

(1,171

)

624

 

(1,171

)

(1,747

)

576

 

Other income

 

 

57

 

(57

)

57

 

 

57

 

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

 

 

(290

)

290

 

(290

)

42

 

(332

)

Foreign currency exchange gain (loss)

 

(574

)

823

 

(1,397

)

823

 

117

 

706

 

Other income (expense), net

 

(1,096

)

(420

)

(676

)

(420

)

(1,284

)

864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

5,588

 

3,489

 

2,099

 

3,489

 

1,154

 

2,335

 

Income tax expense

 

764

 

560

 

204

 

560

 

556

 

4

 

Net income

 

$

4,824

 

$

2,929

 

$

1,895

 

$

2,929

 

$

598

 

$

2,331

 

 

Revenue

 

Revenue is comprised of license fees and services and customer support.  License fees and services revenue represent the fees we receive from the licensing of our software products and those services directly related to the delivery of the licensed product as well as integration services and time and materials work.  Customer support revenue includes annual support fees, recurring maintenance fees, minor product upgrades and warranty fees.  Warranty fees are typically bundled with a license sale and the related revenue, based on vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”), is deferred and recognized ratably over the warranty period.  The following table presents our revenue by product line (in thousands).

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

Revenue

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

Activation

 

$

23,307

 

$

20,639

 

$

19,533

 

Numbering solutions

 

12,823

 

13,270

 

11,919

 

Mediation

 

2,066

 

3,912

 

4,501

 

Total revenue

 

$

38,196

 

$

37,821

 

$

35,953

 

 

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License Fees and Services

 

License fees and services revenue increased 6%, or $1.2 million to $21.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to $20.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  The increase was a result of an increase of $2.7 million in revenue from our activation products, partially offset by a $1.4 million decrease in revenue from our mediation products and a $0.1 million decrease in revenue from our numbering solutions products. This growth in activation is due to increased revenue from our DSA solution. The $1.4 million decrease in mediation revenue is due to lower revenue from our existing mediation account base. The $0.1 million decrease in numbering solutions revenue is due to decreased sales of our legacy products, offset by increased sales of our International NumeriTrack solution. License fees and services revenue in 2009 was negatively affected by the strengthened U.S. Dollar.

 

License fees and services revenue increased 14%, or $2.4 million, to $20.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to $17.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  The increase was a result of an increase of $1.3 million in revenue from our numbering solutions products and an increase of $1.2 million in revenue from our activation products, partially offset by a $0.1 million decrease in revenue from our mediation products.  This growth is due to increased revenue from our DSA solution and our expansion into new international markets for both activation and numbering solutions (NumeriTrack), partially offset by slightly lower revenue from our existing mediation account base and the negative effects of foreign currency fluctuations during the fourth quarter of 2008.

 

Customer Support

 

Customer support revenue decreased 5%, or $0.9 million, to $16.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $17.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  The decrease in customer support revenue was primarily the result of the strengthened U.S. Dollar and the cancellation of a mediation customer support contract.

 

Customer support revenue decreased 3%, or $0.6 million, to $17.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $18.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  The decrease in customer support revenue was a result of the expiration of a mediation customer support contract.

 

Costs of Revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

Costs of revenue consist primarily of personnel costs, facilities costs, the costs of third-party software and all other direct costs associated with these personnel. Costs of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization were $13.2 million, $13.9 million and $14.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Costs of License Fees and Services, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

Costs of revenue for license fees and services decreased 2%, or $0.2 million, to $7.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $7.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  The decrease in costs was primarily due to the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar during 2009.  As a percentage of license fees and services revenue, costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization, decreased to 35% for the year ended December 31, 2009 from 38% for the year ended December 31, 2008.  This decrease was primarily due to increased license sales in 2009 plus the aforementioned effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar.

 

Costs of revenue for license fees and services decreased 3%, or $0.2 million, to $7.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $8.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  The decrease in costs was primarily due to increased reliance on our less expensive Indian labor plus lower overhead and travel expenses.  As a percentage of license fees and services revenue, costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization, decreased to 38% for the year ended December 31, 2008 from 45% for the year ended December 31, 2007.  This decrease was primarily due to increased license sales in 2008 plus the aforementioned reliance on our Indian work force and expense reductions.

 

Costs of Customer Support, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

Costs of revenue for customer support decreased 9%, or $0.6 million, to $5.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $6.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  The decrease was primarily due to increased reliance on our less expensive Indian labor, the decrease in revenue and the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar during 2009. As a percentage of customer support revenue, costs of customer support revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization, decreased to 33% for the year ended December 31, 2009 from 35% for the year ended December 31, 2008. The decrease as a percentage of customer support revenue was primarily due to the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar partially offset by the decrease in customer support revenue.

 

Costs of revenue for customer support decreased 2%, or $0.1 million, to $6.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  The decrease was primarily due to the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar during the fourth quarter of 2008. As a percentage of customer support revenue, costs of customer support revenue,

 

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excluding depreciation and amortization, remained at 35% for the year ended December 31, 2008.

 

Sales and Marketing

 

Sales and marketing expenses primarily consist of compensation costs, including incentive compensation and commissions, other employee related costs, travel expenses, advertising and occupancy expenses.  Sales and marketing expenses decreased 9%, or $0.8 million, to $7.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  As a percentage of total revenue, sales and marketing expenses for the year ended December 31, 2009 decreased to 20% from 22% for the year ended December 31, 2008.  These decreases were primarily the result of strengthened U.S. Dollar, partially offset by higher commission expense related to improved results.

 

Sales and marketing expenses decreased 1%, or $0.1 million, to $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $8.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  As a percentage of total revenue, sales and marketing expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased to 22% from 24% for the year ended December 31, 2007.  These decreases were primarily the result of the lower occupancy and overhead expenses plus foreign currency effects partially offset by higher commission expense related to improved results.

 

General and Administrative

 

General and administrative expenses consist principally of employee related costs, professional fees and occupancy costs for the following departments: facilities, finance, legal, human resources and executive management.  General and administrative expenses increased 1%, or $61,000, for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to the year ended December 31, 2008.  The slight increase in costs was primarily due to higher professional fees partially offset by lower bad debt expense. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses remained at 15% for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

General and administrative expenses decreased 3%, or $0.2 million, to $5.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $5.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased to 15% from 16% for the year ended December 31, 2007. These decreases were the result of lower professional fees, as well as lower landlord costs related to our headquarters facility lease, partially offset by higher bonus expense related to improved results from operations and increased bad debt expense.

 

Product Development

 

Product development expenses consist primarily of employee-related costs for product development.  Product development expenses decreased 2%, or $0.1 million, to $3.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  As a percentage of total revenue, product development expenses decreased to 9% in 2009 from 10% in 2008.  These decreases were the result of the strengthened U.S. Dollar during 2009, partially offset by increased product development efforts primarily on our DSA product.

 

Product development expenses increased 52%, or $1.2 million, to $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $2.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  As a percentage of total revenue, product development expenses increased to 10% in 2008 from 7% in 2007.  These increases were the result of increased investments made in our DSA product, Tertio product portfolio and our LNP core products.

 

Depreciation

 

Depreciation expense consists of depreciation of long-lived property and equipment.  Depreciation expenses decreased 25%, to $0.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  This decrease was a result of certain assets becoming fully depreciated and the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar. As a percentage of revenue, depreciation expense remained at 2% for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

Depreciation expenses decreased 6%, to $0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  As a percentage of revenue, depreciation expense decreased to 2% for the year ended December 31, 2009 from 3% for the year ended December 31, 2008. These decreases were a result of certain assets becoming fully depreciated.

 

Amortization

 

Amortization expense consists of amortization of identifiable intangibles related to our acquisitions of CMS, TSE and Evolving Systems U.K.  Amortization expenses decreased 46%, or $0.6 million, to $0.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  As a percentage of revenue, amortization expense decreased to 2% for the year ended December 31, 2009 from 4% for the year ended December 31, 2008. The decrease in amortization expense was due to all CMS, and some TSE intangible assets being fully amortized during 2008 and the effects of the strengthened U.S. Dollar.

 

Amortization expenses decreased 13%, or $0.2 million, to $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 from $1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  The decrease in amortization expense was attributable to certain intangible assets becoming fully amortized. As a percentage of revenue, amortization expense remained at 4% for the years ended December 31, 2008 and 2007.

 

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Interest Income

 

Interest income includes interest income earned on cash and cash equivalents.  Interest income for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased $0.1 million to $25,000 for the year ended December 31, 2009 from $0.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. The decrease was a result of lower rates of return earned on our cash balances.

 

Interest income for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased $143,000 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2007 as a result of lower cash and cash equivalents balances resulting from additional principal payments we paid on long-term debt during 2008 as well as lower rates of return.

 

Interest Expense

 

Interest expense includes interest expense on our long-term debt and capital lease obligations as well as amortization of debt issuance costs.  Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2009 decreased 53% or $0.6 million to $0.6 million as compared to $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2008.  This decrease was a result of lower debt balances due to the early retirement of our subordinated debt and accrued interest during 2009 and the continued payments on our senior term loan.

 

Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased 33% or $0.6 million to $1.2 million as compared to $1.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  This decrease was a result of the repayment of our outstanding revolver balance of $2.0 million with an additional $1.0 million applied to early repayment on the our 14% subordinated notes, as well as lower interest rates on our new senior term note.

 

Gain (Loss) on Debt Extinguishment

 

In February 2008, we wrote-off the remaining debt issuance costs of $297,000 related to our senior term note payable that was replaced during the three months ended March 31, 2008.  This loss related to the debt issuance cost write-off was partially offset by a $7,000 gain resulting from us paying $272,000 to retire $279,000 of subordinated debt and related accrued interest held by two of our subordinated note holders.  The retirements included principal of $217,000 and accrued interest of $62,000.

 

In March 2007, we paid $77,000 to retire $119,000 of subordinated debt and related accrued interest held by one of our subordinated note holders, resulting in a $42,000 gain on debt extinguishment.  The retired debt included principal of $103,000 and accrued interest of $16,000.

 

Gain (Loss) on Foreign Exchange Transactions

 

Gain (loss) on foreign exchange transactions consists primarily of realized foreign currency transaction gains and losses.  Foreign currency transaction gains and losses result from transactions denominated in a currency other than the functional currency of the respective subsidiary.  Foreign currency transaction expense increased $1.4 million to a foreign currency loss of $0.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to a $0.8 million foreign currency gain for the year ended December 31, 2008.  These losses were primarily generated by Evolving Systems U.K. transactions denominated in currencies other than its functional currency (mainly U.S. Dollars), which caused losses as the British Pound Sterling strengthened during 2009.

 

Foreign currency transaction gain increased $0.7 million to a foreign currency gain of $0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to a $0.1 million foreign currency gain for the year ended December 31, 2007.  These gains were primarily generated in the fourth quarter by Evolving Systems U.K. transactions denominated in currencies other than its functional currency.

 

Income Tax Expense

 

We recorded net income tax expense of $0.8 million, $0.6 million and $0.6 million during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.  In the U.S. we have net operating loss carryforwards of $46.6 million which are used to offset most U.S. tax liabilities. Our current tax expense primarily relates to our foreign subsidiaries in the U.K., Germany and India as well as non-recoverable foreign withholding tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (“AMT”) due in the U.S.

 

We recorded net income tax expense of $0.8 million and $0.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The net income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2009 of $0.8 million consisted of current tax expense of $1.0 million, partially offset by a deferred tax benefit of $0.2 million. The current tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2009, primarily related to our U.K. and India based operations and non-recoverable foreign withholding tax and AMT in the U.S. The deferred tax benefit was related to the intangible assets related to our U.K.-based operations.  Our effective tax rate of 14% for the year ended December 31, 2009 was down from an effective rate of 16% for the year ended December 31, 2008.  This decrease in our effective tax rate relates principally to increased income in the U.S., where our tax rate is the least.

 

The net income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 of $0.6 million consisted of current tax expense of $0.9 million, partially offset by a deferred tax benefit of $0.3 million. The current tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2008 primarily related to our U.K.-based operations and non-recoverable foreign withholding tax and AMT in the U.S. The deferred tax benefit was related to the intangible assets related to our U.K.-based operations. Our effective tax rate of 16% for the year ended December 31, 2008 was down from an effective rate of 49% for the year ended December 31, 2007.  This decrease in our effective tax

 

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rate relates principally to a decreased effective tax rate at our U.K.-based operations.

 

The net income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2007 of $0.6 million consisted of current tax expense of $0.9 million, partially offset by a deferred tax benefit of $0.3 million. The current tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2007, primarily related to our U.K.-based operations. The deferred tax benefit was related to the intangible assets related to our U.K.-based operations.

 

In conjunction with the acquisition of Evolving Systems U.K., we recorded certain identifiable intangible assets.  Since the amortization of these identifiable intangibles is not deductible for income tax purposes, we established a long-term deferred tax liability of $4.6 million at the acquisition date for the expected difference between what would be expensed for financial reporting purposes and what would be deductible for income tax purposes.  As of December 31, 2009 and 2008, this deferred tax liability was $0.5 million and $0.7 million, respectively.  The deferred tax liability relates to Evolving Systems U.K. and has no impact on our ability to recover the U.S. based deferred tax assets.  This deferred tax liability will be recognized as the identifiable intangibles are amortized.

 

We recorded a full valuation allowance against our U.S. net deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2009 and 2008 as we determined that it was more likely than not that we will not realize our U.S. deferred tax assets.  Such assets primarily consist of certain net operating loss carryforwards. We made our assessment of the realizability of our domestic deferred tax assets using all available evidence. In particular, we considered both historical results and projections of profitability for only the reasonably foreseeable future periods and any tax planning strategies. Should we continue to generate taxable income in the U.S., we may need to reassess our valuation allowance.

 

Effective January 1, 2007, we adopted a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.  For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities.  There was no material impact on the company’s consolidated financial position and results of operations as a result of the adoption of this adoption.

 

Upon adoption, we recorded an adjustment consisting of a $0.4 million decrease in our deferred tax assets related to Research and Development Tax Credits that was offset by a corresponding decrease in our valuation allowance.  As of December 31, 2009 and 2008, we had no liability for unrecognized tax benefits.  We do not believe there will be any material changes to our unrecognized tax positions over the next twelve months.

 

FINANCIAL CONDITION

 

Our working capital position of $4.8 million at December 31, 2009 reflects an increase of $3.0 million from our working capital position of $1.8 million at December 31, 2008.  Our working capital position increased at December 31, 2009 despite $6.2 million in existing cash used to retire our subordinated notes, including accrued non-current interest. These payments were made from cash on hand and $1.5 million in borrowings on our U.K. revolving credit facility. The subordinated debt payments were unscheduled and reduced balances classified as long-term as of December 31, 2008.

 

These debt payments were unscheduled and reduced balances classified as long-term as of December 31, 2008.  We were in compliance with all of our debt covenants as of December 31, 2009 and 2008.

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

We have historically financed operations through cash flows from operations as well as debt and equity transactions.  At December 31, 2009, our principal source of liquidity was $5.4 million in cash and cash equivalents and $4.5 million of unused availability under our revolving credit facilities.  The revolving credit facilities are available through February 2011.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $3.6 million, $5.5 million and $4.8 million, respectively.  Our increased profitability in 2009 was offset by optional pre-payments of accrued interest on our subordinated debt, which is classified as other long-term obligations and the change in the timing of our unearned revenue billings.

 

The primary contribution to the improvement in cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2008 was due primarily to an improved net income of $2.9 million compared to net income of $0.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.  Additionally, the net change in operating assets and liabilities decreased $1.5 million in 2008 versus 2007.

 

Net cash used by investing activities was $0.5 million, $0.9 million and $0.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.  During 2009 and 2008, we purchased $0.5 million and $0.9 million in property and equipment to support operations. During 2007, we purchased $0.5 million in property and equipment to support operations, partially offset by reductions in restricted cash of $0.2 million.  Historically, capital expenditures have been financed by cash from operating activities.

 

Net cash used in financing activities was $4.3 million, $4.6 million and $2.1 million for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.  The net cash used in financing activities during 2009 was primarily the result of net payments of long-term debt of $5.1 million, partially offset by cash received from the exercise of stock options of $0.8 million. The net cash used in financing activities during 2008 was primarily the result of $8.3 million of principal payments on long-term debt, offset by borrowings on our new

 

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senior term loan of approximately $3.7 million, net of issuance costs. The net cash used in financing activities during 2007 is the result of $2.1 million in principal payments on our senior debt facility.

 

We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents, together with anticipated cash flow from operations will be sufficient to meet our working capital and capital expenditure requirements for at least the next twelve months. In making this assessment, we considered the following:

 

·                  Our cash and cash equivalents balance at December 31, 2009 of $5.4 million;

 

·                  The availability under our revolving credit facility of $4.5 million at December 31, 2009;

 

·                  Our improved working capital balance of $4.8 million;

 

·                  Our demonstrated ability to generate positive operating cash flows;

 

·                  Our backlog of approximately $20.8 million, including $8.5 million in license fees and services and $12.3 million in customer support at December 31, 2009; and

 

·                  Our planned capital expenditures of less than $1.0 million during 2010.

 

Our revolving credit facility contains certain affirmative and negative covenants that, if breached, could result in any outstanding amounts becoming immediately due and payable. If we are required to pay the debt on an accelerated basis, it could have a significant adverse impact on our liquidity and financial condition.

 

We are exposed to foreign currency rate risks which impact the carrying amount of our foreign subsidiaries and our consolidated equity, as well as our consolidated cash position due to translation adjustments.  For the year ended December 31, 2009, the effect of exchange rate changes resulted in a $0.7 million increase to consolidated cash.  For the year ended December 31, 2008, the effect of exchange rate changes resulted in a $1.5 million reduction to consolidated cash.    We do not currently hedge our foreign currency exposure, but we closely monitor the rate changes and may hedge our exposures in the future.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements that have a material current effect, or that are reasonably likely to have a material future effect, on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenue or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, or capital resources.

 

Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

 

The following summarizes our significant contractual obligations as of December 31, 2009, which are comprised of a capital lease, operating leases and principal and interest payments on our current and long-term debt, assuming no prepayments are made (in thousands).

 

 

 

Payments due by period

 

 

 

Total

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013 and thereafter

 

Long-term debt

 

$

1,500

 

$

 

$

1,500

 

$

 

$

 

Current debt

 

333

 

333

 

 

 

 

Interest on debt (1)

 

65

 

56

 

9

 

 

 

Capital lease

 

68

 

30

 

30

 

8

 

 

Operating leases

 

2,157

 

886

 

712

 

559

 

 

Total commitments

 

$

4,123

 

$

1,305

 

$

2,251

 

$

567

 

$

 

 


(1)  Interest on debt represents cash interest payment obligations assuming all indebtedness at December 31, 2009 will be paid in accordance with its contractual terms and maturity and assumes interest rates on variable interest debt as of December 31, 2009 will remain unchanged in future periods.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Our significant accounting policies are disclosed in Note 1 of our Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The following discussion addresses our most critical accounting policies, which are those that are both important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations and that require significant judgment or use of complex estimates.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

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recognize revenue from two primary sources: license fees and services, and customer support.   The majority of our license fees and services revenue is generated from fixed-price contracts, which provide for licenses to our software products and services to customize such software to meet our customers’ use.   When the services are determined to be essential to the functionality of the delivered software, we recognize revenue using the percentage-of-completion method of accounting. We estimate the percentage-of-completion for each contract based on the ratio of direct labor hours incurred to total estimated direct labor hours and recognize revenue based on the percent complete multiplied by the contract amount.  Since estimated direct labor hours, and changes thereto, can have a significant impact on revenue recognition, these estimates are critical and we review them regularly.  We record amounts billed in advance of services being performed as unearned revenue. Unbilled work-in-progress represents revenue earned but not yet billable under the terms of the fixed-price contracts. All such amounts are expected to be billed and collected within 12 months.

 

We may encounter budget and schedule overruns on fixed-price contracts caused by increased labor or overhead costs. We make adjustments to cost estimates in the period in which the facts requiring such revisions become known. We record estimated losses, if any, in the period in which current estimates of total contract revenue and contract costs indicate a loss. If revisions to cost estimates are obtained after the balance sheet date but before the issuance of the interim or annual financial statements, we make adjustments to the interim or annual financial statements accordingly.

 

In arrangements where the services are not essential to the functionality of the delivered software, we recognize license revenue when a license agreement has been signed, delivery has occurred, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. Where applicable, we unbundle and record as revenue fees from multiple element arrangements as the elements are delivered to the extent that vendor specific objective evidence (“VSOE”) of fair value of the undelivered elements exist. If VSOE for the undelivered elements does not exist, we defer fees from such arrangements until the earlier of the date that VSOE does exist on the undelivered elements or all of the elements have been delivered.

 

We recognize revenue from fixed-price service contracts using the proportional performance method of accounting, which is similar to the percentage-of-completion method described above. We recognize revenue from professional services provided pursuant to time-and-materials based contracts and training services as the services are performed, as that is when our obligation to our customers under such arrangements is fulfilled.

 

We recognize customer support, including maintenance revenue, ratably over the service contract period. When maintenance is bundled with the original license fee arrangement, its fair value, based upon VSOE, is deferred and recognized during the periods when services are provided.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

We make judgments related to our ability to collect outstanding accounts receivable. We provide allowances for receivables when their collection becomes doubtful by recording an expense. We determine the allowance based on our assessment of the realization of receivables using historical information and current economic trends, including assessing the probability of collection from customers. If the financial condition of our customers were to deteriorate, resulting in an impairment of their ability to make payments owed to us, an increase in the allowance for doubtful accounts would be required. We evaluate the adequacy of the allowance regularly and make adjustments accordingly. Adjustments to the allowance for doubtful accounts could materially affect our results of operations.

 

Income Taxes

 

Significant judgment is required in determining our provision for income taxes. We assess the likelihood that our deferred tax asset will be recovered from future taxable income, and to the extent we believe that recovery is not likely, we establish a valuation allowance. We consider future taxable income projections, historical results and ongoing tax planning strategies in assessing the recoverability of deferred tax assets. However, adjustments could be required in the future if we determine that the amount to be realized is less or greater than the amount that we recorded. Such adjustments, if any, could have a material impact on our results of our operations.

 

Effective January 1, 2007, we adopted a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.  For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities.  There was no material impact on the company’s consolidated financial position and results of operations as a result of this adoption.

 

On January 1, 2007, we recorded a transition adjustment consisting of a $0.4 million decrease in our deferred tax assets related to Research and Development Tax Credits that was offset by a corresponding decrease in our valuation allowance.  As of December 31, 2009 and 2008, we had no liability for unrecognized tax benefits.  We do not believe there will be any material changes to our unrecognized tax positions over the next twelve months.

 

Goodwill

 

Goodwill is the excess of acquisition cost of an acquired entity over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired.  Goodwill is not amortized, but tested for impairment annually or whenever indicators of impairment exist. These indicators may include a significant change in the business climate, legal factors, operating performance indicators, competition, sale or disposition of a significant portion of the business or other factors. For purposes of the goodwill evaluation, we compare the fair value of each of our

 

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reporting units to its respective carrying amount. If the carrying value of a reporting unit were to exceed its fair value, we would then compare the fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill to its carrying amount, and any excess of the carrying amount over the fair value would be charged to operations as an impairment loss.

 

Intangible Assets

 

We allocate the cost of an acquired company to the tangible and identifiable intangible assets and liabilities acquired, with the remaining amount being recorded as goodwill.  We amortize certain intangible assets over their estimated lives.

 

We assess the impairment of identifiable intangibles if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the asset may not be recoverable. Factors that we consider important which could trigger an impairment review include the following:

 

·                  Significant under-performance relative to historical or projected future operating results;

·                  Significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired assets or the strategy of the overall business;

·                  Significant negative industry or economic trends;

·                  Significant decline in our stock price for a sustained period; and/or

·                  Our market capitalization relative to net book value.

 

If we determine that the carrying value of intangibles and/or long-lived assets may not be recoverable based on the existence of one or more of the above indicators of impairment, we measure any impairment based on the estimated discounted cash flows expected to result from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition and compare that to the asset’s carrying amount. Any impairment loss recognized would represent the excess of the asset’s carrying value over its estimated fair value. Significant estimates and judgments are required when estimating such fair values. If we determine that the intangibles are impaired, we will record an impairment charge and the amount could be material.

 

Amortizable intangible assets consist primarily of purchased software and licenses, customer contracts and relationships, trademarks and tradenames, and business partnerships acquired in conjunction with our purchases of CMS Communications, Inc. (“CMS”), Telecom Software Enterprises, LLC (“TSE”) and Tertio Telecoms Ltd. (“Evolving Systems U.K.”).  These definite life assets are amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated lives.

 

Capitalization of Internal Software Development Costs

 

We expend amounts on research and development, particularly for new products and/or for enhancements of existing products. For internal development of software products that are to be licensed by us, we expense the cost of developing software prior to establishing technological feasibility and those costs are capitalized once technological feasibility has been established. Capitalization ceases upon general release of the software. The determination of whether internal software development costs are subject to capitalization is, by its nature, highly subjective and involves significant judgments. This decision could significantly affect earnings during the development period.  Further, once capitalized, the software costs are generally amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated economic life of the product. The determination of the expected useful life of a product is highly judgmental. Finally, capitalized software costs must be assessed for impairment if facts and circumstances warrant such a review.

 

We did not capitalize any internal software development costs during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008, or 2007. In addition, we did not have any capitalized internal software development costs included in our December 31, 2009 and 2008 Consolidated Balance Sheets. We believe that during these periods no material internal software development costs were required to be capitalized. Our conclusion is primarily based on the fact that the feature-rich, pre-integrated, and highly-scalable nature of our products requires that our development efforts include complex design, coding and testing methodologies, which include next generation software languages and development tools. Development projects of this nature carry a high degree of development risk. Substantially all of our internal software development efforts are of this nature, and therefore, we believe the period between achieving technological feasibility and the general release of the software to operations is so short that any costs incurred during this period are not material.

 

Stock-based Compensation

 

We account for stock-based compensation by applying a fair-value-based measurement method to account for share-based payment transactions with employees and directors and record compensation cost for all stock awards granted after January 1, 2006 and awards modified, repurchased, or cancelled after that date. We record compensation costs associated with the vesting of unvested options on a straight-line basis over the vesting period.  Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense because we settle these obligations by issuing shares of our common stock instead of settling such obligations with cash payments.    We use the Black-Scholes model to estimate the fair value of each option grant on the date of grant.  This model requires the use of estimates for expected term of the options and expected volatility of the price of our common stock.

 

RECENT ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued ASU 2009-13, Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements — a consensus of the FASB

 

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Emerging Issues Task Force, to amend certain guidance in FASB ASC 605, Revenue Recognition, 25, “Multiple-Element Arrangements”. The amended guidance in ASC 605-25 (1) modifies the separation criteria by eliminating the criterion that requires objective and reliable evidence of fair value for the undelivered item(s), and (2) eliminates the use of the residual method of allocation and instead requires that arrangement consideration be allocated, at the inception of the arrangement, to all deliverables based on their relative selling price. The amended guidance in ASC 605-25 is effective prospectively for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early application and retrospective application permitted. The Company expects to prospectively apply the amended guidance in ASC 605-25 beginning January 1, 2010. The Company does not believe that the adoption of the amendments to ASC 605-25 will have a significant effect on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued ASU 2009-14, Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include Software Elements — a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, to amend the scope of arrangements under ASC 985, Software, 605, “Revenue Recognition” to exclude tangible products containing software components and non-software components that function together to deliver a product’s essential functionality. The amended guidance in ASC 605-25 and ASC 985-605 is effective prospectively for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early application and retrospective application permitted. The Company expects to prospectively apply the amended guidance in ASC 985-605, concurrently with the amended guidance in ASC 605-25, beginning on January 1, 2010. The Company does not believe that the adoption of the amended guidance in ASC 605-25 and ASC 985-605 will have a significant effect on its consolidated financial statements.

 

ITEM 7A.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

In the ordinary course of business, we are exposed to certain market risks, including changes in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates. Uncertainties that are either non-financial or non-quantifiable such as political, economic, tax, other regulatory, or credit risks are not included in the following assessment of market risks.

 

Our cash balances are subject to interest rate fluctuations and as a result, interest income amounts may fluctuate from current levels.  We are exposed to interest rate risk related to our senior revolving credit facilities entered into in February 2008.  These obligations are variable interest rate facilities based on Prime Rate.  Fluctuations in Prime Rate affect our interest rate risk.  We currently have $1.5 million outstanding under these credit facilities, but future borrowings will subject us to interest rate risk.

 

We are exposed to fluctuations of the U.S. dollar (our functional currency) against the currencies of our operating subsidiaries. Any increase (decrease) in the value of the U.S. dollar against any foreign currency that is the functional currency of one of our operating subsidiaries will cause the parent company to experience unrealized foreign currency translation losses (gains) with respect to amounts already invested in such foreign currencies.  In addition, we and our operating subsidiaries are exposed to foreign currency risk to the extent that we enter into transactions denominated in currencies other than our respective functional currencies, such as revenue and related accounts receivable (including intercompany amounts) that are denominated in a currency other than their own functional currency. Changes in exchange rates with respect to these items will result in unrealized (based upon period-end exchange rates) or realized foreign currency transaction gains and losses upon settlement of the transactions. In addition, we are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations related to our operating subsidiaries’ monetary assets and liabilities and the financial results of foreign subsidiaries and affiliates when their respective financial statements are translated into U.S. dollars for inclusion in our consolidated financial statements. We record cumulative translation adjustments in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) as a separate component of equity. As a result of foreign currency risk, we may experience economic loss and a negative impact on earnings and equity with respect to our holdings solely as a result of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

 

The relationship between the British Pound Sterling, Indian rupee and the U.S. dollar, which is our functional currency, is shown below, per one U.S. dollar:

 

 

 

December 31,

 

Spot rates:

 

2009

 

2008

 

Great British pound

 

0.62792

 

0.69096

 

Indian rupee

 

46.75082

 

49.21259

 

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

Average rates:

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

Great British pound

 

0.64138

 

0.54485

 

0.49992

 

Indian rupee

 

48.44708

 

43.30325

 

41.28177

 

 

At the present time, we do not hedge our foreign currency exposure or use derivative financial instruments that are designed to reduce our long-term exposure to foreign currency exchange risk.  We continually monitor our foreign currency exchange risk and we may consider various options to reduce this risk in the future.

 

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ITEM 8.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

Board of Directors and Shareholders

Evolving Systems, Inc.

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Evolving Systems, Inc. (a Delaware corporation) and subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and comprehensive income (loss), and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

GRANT THORNTON LLP

 

Denver, Colorado

March 8, 2010

 

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EVOLVING SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands except share data)

 

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

5,369

 

$

5,783

 

Contract receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $534 at December 31, 2009 and 2008

 

11,344

 

11,484

 

Unbilled work-in-progress

 

1,720

 

1,910

 

Deferred income taxes

 

8

 

5

 

Prepaid and other current assets

 

1,909

 

1,304

 

Total current assets

 

20,350

 

20,486

 

Property and equipment, net

 

1,196

 

1,277

 

Amortizable intangible assets, net

 

1,864

 

2,374

 

Goodwill

 

22,295

 

20,811

 

Long-term restricted cash

 

50

 

100

 

Long-term deferred income taxes

 

 

56

 

Other long-term assets

 

82

 

307

 

Total assets

 

$

45,837

 

$

45,411

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Current portion of capital lease obligations

 

$

24

 

$

21

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

333

 

2,000

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

4,502

 

5,198

 

Deferred income taxes

 

29

 

20

 

Unearned revenue

 

10,688

 

11,445

 

Total current liabilities

 

15,576

 

18,684

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Capital lease obligations, net of current portion

 

35

 

59

 

Other long-term obligations

 

 

1,402

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion

 

1,500

 

4,883

 

Deferred income taxes

 

257

 

441

 

Total liabilities

 

17,368

 

25,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2009 and 2008

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized; 9,930,682 and 9,753,392 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively

 

10

 

10

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

83,499

 

81,824

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(3,242

)

(5,270

)

Accumulated deficit

 

(51,798

)

(56,622

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

28,469

 

19,942

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

45,837

 

$

45,411

 

 

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

 

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EVOLVING SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands except per share data)

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2007

 

REVENUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

License fees and services

 

$

21,561

 

$

20,324

 

$

17,895

 

Customer support

 

16,635

 

17,497

 

18,058

 

Total revenue

 

38,196

 

37,821

 

35,953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COSTS OF REVENUE AND OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

7,642

 

7,816

 

8,023

 

Costs of customer support, excluding depreciation and amortization

 

5,543

 

6,103

 

6,237

 

Sales and marketing

 

7,696

 

8,500

 

8,557

 

General and administrative

 

5,737

 

5,676

 

5,862

 

Product development

 

3,530

 

3,607

 

2,376

 

Depreciation

 

632

 

847

 

899

 

Amortization

 

732

 

1,363

 

1,565

 

Restructuring and other recovery

 

 

 

(4

)

Total costs of revenue and operating expenses

 

31,512

 

33,912

 

33,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

6,684

 

3,909

 

2,438

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

25

 

161

 

304

 

Interest expense

 

(547

)

(1,171

)

(1,747

)

Other income

 

 

57

 

 

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

 

 

(290

)

42

 

Foreign currency exchange gain (loss)

 

(574

)

823

 

117

 

Other income (expense), net

 

(1,096

)

(420

)

(1,284

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

5,588

 

3,489

 

1,154

 

Income tax expense

 

764

 

560

 

556

 

Net income

 

$

4,824

 

$

2,929

 

$

598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic income per common share

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted income per common share

 

$

0.48

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average basic shares outstanding

 

9,816

 

9,695

 

9,599

 

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

 

10,145

 

9,878

 

9,788

 

 

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

 

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EVOLVING SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(in thousands, except share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

Other

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Paid-in

 

Comprehensive

 

Accumulated

 

Stockholders’

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Income (Loss)

 

(Deficit)

 

Equity

 

Balance at December 31, 2006

 

8,116,823

 

$

8

 

$

68,833

 

$

1,466

 

$

(60,149

)

$

10,158

 

Stock option exercises

 

9,844

 

 

19

 

 

 

19

 

Common Stock issued pursuant to the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

30,094

 

 

71

 

 

 

71

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

710

 

 

 

710

 

Preferred stock conversion

 

731,873

 

1

 

5,693

 

 

 

5,694

 

Restricted stock issuance

 

68,750

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

598

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

 

 

 

678

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,276

 

Balance at December 31, 2007

 

8,957,384

 

9

 

75,326

 

2,144

 

(59,551

)

17,928

 

Stock option exercises

 

2,527

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

Common Stock issued pursuant to the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

22,856

 

 

69

 

 

 

69

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

839

 

 

 

839

 

Preferred stock conversion

 

718,125

 

1

 

5,586

 

 

 

5,587

 

Restricted stock issuance

 

52,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

2,929

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

 

 

 

(7,414

)

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,485

)

Balance at December 31, 2008

 

9,753,392

 

10

 

81,824

 

(5,270

)

(56,622

)

19,942

 

Stock option exercises

 

141,804

 

 

743

 

 

 

743

 

Common Stock issued pursuant to the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

35,486

 

 

68

 

 

 

68

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

864