Intelligent Systems Announces First Quarter 2014 Results

NORCROSS, Ga., May 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSE MKT:INS) ( announced today its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.

For the three month period ended March 31, 2014, the company recorded total revenue of $3,670,000 compared to total revenue of $4,086,000 recorded in the first quarter of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, product revenue declined by 21 percent while service revenue increased by 40 percent, as compared to the same quarter in 2013. The financial results for the first quarter of 2014 reflect the settlement of a legal matter involving the company's ChemFree subsidiary (previously disclosed in the company's SEC filings) that resulted in a legal settlement expense of $387,000. Net loss (which includes the legal settlement expense) allocable to Intelligent Systems Corporation was $586,000 ($0.07 per basic and diluted share) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to net income allocable to Intelligent Systems of $140,000 ($0.02 per basic and diluted share) in the first quarter of 2013. The legal settlement had a negative impact of $.04 per share on the results for the first quarter of 2014.

The results for the first quarter of 2014 are not directly comparable to the first quarter of 2013 due to the legal matter mentioned above. As previously disclosed, an arbitration proceeding was in process over a contract dispute between ChemFree and a third party relating principally to whether sales commissions could be earned by the third party in periods after the contract terminated in November of 2012. Subsequent to March 31, 2014 but before the filing of the company's Form 10-Q for the first quarter, the parties agreed to settle and compromise all claims between them on May 12, 2014 with ChemFree agreeing to pay a total of $706,000 over the next 180 days. The accounting rules require that the financial impact be recorded in the financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2014. Accordingly, the net loss in the first quarter of 2014 includes a charge of $387,000 ($0.04 per share) reflecting the legal settlement expense in excess of prior period accruals.

J. Leland Strange, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "While we believe our interpretation of the terms of the expired contract was correct, we reluctantly decided that a settlement was in our best interests due to the inherent uncertainty of a binding arbitration process and the potential for an even greater negative impact if the arbitrator's ruling was not in ChemFree's favor."

While profitable and cash-flow positive on a recurring operating basis (adjusting for the one-time legal matter), ChemFree's product revenue was lower in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year, reflecting the expiration of an equipment lease contract in mid-2013 as well as the lingering effect of a slowdown in purchases by a large customer due to changes in the customer's internal regulatory processes.

The increase in service revenue is associated with solid year-over-year growth in processing services as well as greater maintenance, support and professional services performed by our CoreCard subsidiary. While the licensed software business continues to be CoreCard's main revenue contributor, we are making progress ramping up the processing services business and continue to invest in infrastructure, software, processes and people to support this business.

As we have frequently cautioned, results may vary significantly from quarter-to-quarter due in part to the timing of CoreCard license revenue recognition and the number and value of professional services contracts completed in a given period.

The company intends to file its Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2014 with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, May 15, 2014. For additional information about reported results, investors will be able to access the Form 10-Q on the 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 early stage technology companies. The company has operations and investments in the information technology and industrial products industries. The company's principal majority-owned subsidiaries are CoreCard Software, Inc. (, a provider of software and services for prepaid and credit card processing, and ChemFree Corporation (, a leader in bioremediating parts washer equipment and supplies. Further information is available on the company's website at or by calling the company at 770/381-2900.

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Intelligent Systems Corporation
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2014 2013
Products $ 2,677 $ 3,378
Services 993 708
Total net revenue 3,670 4,086
Cost of revenue    
Products 1,524 1,636
Services 437 585
Total cost of revenue 1,961 2,221
Marketing 380 504
General and administrative 919 730
Research and development 789 617
Legal settlement 387 99
Loss from operations (766) (85)
Other income (expense)    
Interest income, net 3 2
Equity in income (loss) of affiliate company 5 (1)
Other income, net 8 17
Loss before income taxes (750) (67)
Income taxes 12 2
Net loss (762) (69)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 176 209
Net income (loss) attributable to Intelligent Systems Corporation $ (586) $ 140
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Intelligent Systems Corporation: basic and diluted $ (0.07) $ 0.02
Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 8,958,028 8,958,028
Intelligent Systems Corporation
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  March 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
ASSETS (unaudited) (audited)
Current assets:    
Cash $ 2,923 $ 3,433
Marketable securities 367 351
Accounts receivable, net 2,683 2,427
Inventories, net 1,088 1,106
Other current assets 286 327
Total current assets 7,347 7,644
Investments 1,655 1,650
Property and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation 1,152 1,145
Patents, net 52 64
Other long term assets 113 124
Total assets $ 10,319 $ 10,627
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 587 $ 472
Deferred revenue, current portion 525 668
Accrued payroll 615 680
Accrued expenses 468 364
Other current liabilities 256 267
Accrued legal settlement 706 259
Total current liabilities 3,157 2,710
Deferred revenue, net of current portion 213 238
Other long-term liabilities 185 185
Intelligent Systems Corporation stockholders' equity 8,252 8,806
Noncontrolling interest (1,488) (1,312)
Total stockholders' equity 6,764 7,494
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 10,319 $ 10,627
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Source: Intelligent Systems Corporation