Intelligent Systems Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Results

NORCROSS, Ga., March 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE MKT:INS) announced today its financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2015

For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2015, the company recorded net income  attributable to Intelligent Systems Corporation of $18,020,000 ($2.05 per basic share and $2.02 per diluted share), compared to a net loss attributable to Intelligent Systems of $76,000 ($0.01 per basic and diluted share) in the same period in 2014. The dramatic change between periods reflects primarily a gain of $18,802,000 on the sale of the company’s former ChemFree subsidiary.

As previously announced, the company sold its ChemFree subsidiary on March 31, 2015 for a purchase price of $21,600,000 in an all cash transaction.  In accordance with accounting standards, the ChemFree operations have been retroactively classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented in 2015 and 2014 and the assets and liabilities associated with the former subsidiary are presented on the balance sheet as single line items titled assets and liabilities from discontinued operations.

The company’s cash balance at December 31, 2015 was $18,059,000, not including $2,200,000 in restricted cash that is related to certain escrow conditions of the ChemFree sale. Total stockholders’ equity grew to $23,169,000 at December 31, 2015 from $6,578,000 at December 31, 2014. On February 8, 2016, the company paid a special cash dividend of $0.35 per share, aggregating $3,056,000 in total, to shareholders of record on January 29, 2016

Our revenue from continuing operations grew 27 percent and 14 percent, respectively, in the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2015, as compared to the same periods in 2014.  Growth is attributed not only to more software license revenue but also to a higher volume of processing and professional services. 

For the three month period ended December 31, 2015, the company recorded net income attributable to Intelligent Systems of $940,000 ($0.11 per basic and diluted share) compared to net income attributable to Intelligent Systems of $211,000 ($0.02 per basic and diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, investment income of $1,247,000 offset a loss from continuing operations, resulting in a profitable quarter.  The investment income represents primarily a gain of $2,034,000 from the sale of our ownership interest in Lancope, Inc. to Cisco, Inc. in December 2015, offset in part by a write-down of $792,000 on the carrying value of another investment. Despite the solid revenue growth in 2015, our G&A expenses were also significantly higher in 2015 than in 2014, contributing to the loss from continuing operations.  In 2014, a significant component of corporate G&A expenses was charged to our former ChemFree subsidiary for services provided by the corporate office. Following the sale of ChemFree in March 2015, corporate activities and resources (and the associated expense) have been re-focused on our CoreCard operations and strategic initiatives, resulting in higher G&A expenses for continuing operations in 2015. 

“CoreCard Software is now our primary business activity and most of our efforts are focused on expanding our footprint in the FinTech space,” commented J. Leland Strange, CEO of Intelligent Systems. “We believe our software is equal to or better than anything in the industry and we will be more aggressive in telling our story in 2016.  Typically, new business results in long-term relationships so we expect our revenue to continue to climb, although GAAP revenue recognition policies sometimes make it difficult to see growth on a quarter-to-quarter basis.”

Investor Conference Call Today
The company is holding an investor conference call today, March 9, 2016, at 11 AM Eastern time.  Interested investors are invited to attend the conference call by dialing (888) 636-8160 and entering conference ID code 63850276.  A transcript of the call will be posted on our website at as soon as available after the call.

The company expects to file its 2015 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about March 16, 2016. For additional information about reported results, investors will be able to access the Form 10-K, when filed, on our company’s website at or on the SEC site,

About Intelligent Systems Corporation

For over thirty-five years, Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE MKT:INS) has identified, created, operated and grown technology companies.  The company’s principal operations are CoreCard Software, Inc. ( and its affiliate companies. CoreCard designs, develops, and markets a comprehensive suite of software solutions to corporations, financial institutions, retailers and processors to manage their credit and debit cards, prepaid cards, private label cards, fleet cards, loyalty programs, and accounts receivable and small loan transactions.  CoreCard also offers prepaid and credit card processing services using its proprietary software solutions.   Further information is available on the company’s website at or by calling the company at 770/381-2900.

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(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended Dec 31,Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31, 
Products$201 $71 $614 $510  
Services 1,072  932  4,168  3,677  
Total net revenue 1,273  1,003  4,782  4,187  
Cost of revenue     
Products 53  53  219  248  
Services 557  452  2,331  1,823  
Total cost of revenue 610  505  2,550  2,071  
Marketing 62  44  242  271  
General and administrative 408  174  1,935  950  
Research and development 763  838  2,877  3,189  
Loss from operations (570) (558) (2,822) (2,294) 
Investment income1,247a 3 1,247 a 128  
Other income 35  6  109  18  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 712  (549) (1,466) (2,148) 
Income taxes---- 3  18  
Income (loss) from continuing operations 712  (549) (1,469) (2,166) 
Gain (loss) on sale of discontinued operations, net of taxes 76 --18,802b-- 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes-- 523  (3) 1,211  
Net income (loss) 788  (26) 17,330  (955) 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 152  237  690  879  
Net income (loss) attributable to Intelligent Systems$940 $211 $18,020 $(76) 
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Intelligent Systems :    
Basic  earnings (loss) per share$0.11 $0.02 $2.05 $(0.01) 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$0.11 $0.02 $2.02 $(0.01) 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 8,731,299  8,958,028  8,806,875  8,958,028  
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding8,846,418   8,949,508   8,912,109   8,958,028   

a. Gain on sale of equity interest in Lancope of $2.0 million, less write-down of $792,000 on another investee company
b. Gain on sale of ChemFree subsidiary effective March 31, 2015.

 (audited, in thousands)
 As of December 31,  2015  2014 
 Current assets:  
 Cash$18,059 $2,624 
 Marketable securities 396  463 
 Accounts receivable, net 962  501 
 Other current assets 2,846  338 
 Restricted cash 2,200 --
 Assets from discontinued operations--  3,012 
 Total current assets 24,463  6,938 
 Investments 1,015  1,605 
Property and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation 636  581 
Other long-term assets 59  81 
Total assets$26,173 $9,205 
Current liabilities:  
Accounts payable$  78 $  90 
Deferred revenue, current portion 1,830  610 
Accrued payroll 495  582 
Accrued expenses 25  24 
Other current liabilities 243  274 
Liabilities from discontinued operations 120  838 
Total current liabilities 2,791  2,418 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 195  191 
Other long-term liabilities 18  18 
Total Intelligent Systems Corporation stockholders’ equity 26,048  8,767 
Noncontrolling interest (2,879) (2,189)
Total stockholders’ equity 23,169  6,578 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$26,173 $9,205 


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Source: Intelligent Systems Corporation