Intelligent Systems Reports Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year 2020 Results

NORCROSS, Ga., Feb. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intelligent Systems Corporation [NYSE American: INS], the leading provider of innovative credit technology solutions and processing services to the financial technology and services market, announced today its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

“I am pleased to report that our fourth quarter and full-year results were in-line with initial expectations and, despite volatile market conditions, we completed crucial investments in our infrastructure, setting the stage for future growth. These investments enable CoreCard to take on new customers while ensuring it continues to exceed both current and future customer needs,” said Leland Strange, CEO of Intelligent Systems. “In the fourth quarter, we achieved revenues of $9.6 million, a 7% decline relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. However, we recognized revenues of $35.9 million in fiscal year 2020, a 5% increase from fiscal year 2019. While we expected 2020 to be a building year relative to an incredibly strong 2019, we did not anticipate COVID-19 and resulting impact on our planned work force expansion and development efforts. I am pleased with the strong performance the team has achieved and the strong financial and operational position Intelligent Systems maintains. As we enter fiscal 2021, we are confident in our ability to leverage the investments we made in 2020 to deliver top-line growth of 15% to 25% for the year.”

Financial Highlights for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of $9,623,000 was down 7% year over year. Revenue of $35,873,000 for full fiscal year 2020 was up 5% from fiscal year 2019.

In the following table, revenue is disaggregated by type of revenue for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019:

  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 December 31, December 31,
(in thousands) 20202019 20202019
License $2,000 $2,000  $3,600 $5,725 
Professional services  4,783  5,998   20,610  19,203 
Processing and maintenance  2,412  1,879   10,228  7,650 
Third party  428  426   1,435  1,725 
Total $9,623 $10,303  $35,873 $34,303 

Income from operations was $2,732,000 for the fourth quarter compared to income from operations of $3,979,000 in the comparable prior year quarter. Full year 2020 income from operations was $11,295,000 compared to $13,382,000 in the comparable prior year.

Net income was $2,119,000 for the fourth quarter compared to net income of $3,697,000 in the prior comparable quarter in 2019. Full year 2020 net income was $8,161,000 compared to $10,969,000 in the comparable prior year.

Earnings per diluted share was $0.24 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to $0.41 in the comparable prior year quarter. Full year 2020 earnings per diluted share was $0.91 compared to $1.22 in the comparable prior year.

Share Repurchases were approximately $1,639,000 at an average price of $37.62 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Investor Conference Call Today

The company is holding an investor conference call today, February 11, 2021, at 11 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. Interested investors are invited to attend the conference call by dialing (877) 407-0890 or by viewing the webcast at A transcript of the call will be posted on the company’s website at as soon as available after the call.

The company will file its Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission in early March. As part of the conference call Intelligent Systems will be conducting a question and answer session where participants are invited to email their questions to prior to the call. For additional information about reported results, investors will be able to access the Form 10-K on the company’s website at or on the SEC site,  

About Intelligent Systems Corporation
For over thirty-five years, Intelligent Systems Corporation [NYSE American: INS] has identified, created, operated and grown technology companies. The company’s principal operations are CoreCard Software, Inc. ( and its affiliate companies. CoreCard provides prepaid and credit card processing services using its proprietary software solutions that it also licenses to others. CoreCard has designed and developed a comprehensive suite of software solutions that corporations, financial institutions, retailers and processors use to manage credit and debit cards, prepaid cards, private label cards, fleet cards, loyalty programs, and accounts receivable and small loan transactions. CoreCard’s flexible and proven processing platform is being utilized in many countries in addition to the United States including Australia, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Further information is available on the company’s website at or by calling the company at 770-381-2900.

In addition to historical information, this news release may contain forward-looking statements relating to Intelligent Systems Corporation and its subsidiary and affiliated companies. These statements include all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding the intent, belief or expectations of Intelligent Systems Corporation and its management with respect to, among other things, results of operations, product plans, and financial condition. The words “may,” “will,” "anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “strategy” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new developments or otherwise, except as required by law. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are instability in the financial markets, delays in product development, undetected software errors, competitive pressures, changes in customers’ requirements or financial condition, market acceptance of products and services, the impact of new or changes in current laws, regulations or other industry standards, risks relating to unauthorized access to confidential information due to criminal conduct, attacks by hackers, employee or insider malfeasance and/or human error and declines in general economic and financial market conditions, particularly those that cause businesses to delay or cancel purchase decisions.

Intelligent Systems Corporation
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Services$7,623 $8,303 $32,273 $28,578 
Products 2,000  2,000  3,600  5,725 
Total net revenue 9,623  10,303  35,873  34,303 
Cost of revenue    
Services 4,009  3,314  15,427  11,759 
Total cost of revenue 4,009  3,314  15,427  11,759 
Marketing 38  27  132  151 
General and administrative 1,168  1,101  3,866  3,495 
Research and development 1,676  1,882  5,153  5,516 
Income from operations 2,732  3,979  11,295  13,382 
Investment income (loss) 193  (224) (1,044) 34 
Other income 66  109  378  99 
Income before income taxes 2,991  3,864  10,629  13,515 
Income taxes 872  167  2,468  2,546 
Net income$2,119 $3,697 $8,161 $10,969 
Earnings per share:   
Basic$0.24 $0.41 $0.91 $1.24 
Diluted$0.24 $0.41 $0.91 $1.22 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 8,900,524  8,913,655  8,919,602  8,873,071 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 8,998,293  9,014,032  9,014,985  8,967,901 

Intelligent Systems Corporation
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

As of December 31, 2020  2019 
Current assets:  
Cash$37,956 $26,415 
Accounts receivable, net 3,270  8,759 
Other current assets 1,263  905 
Total current assets 42,489  36,079 
Investments 1,921  3,081 
Notes and interest receivable 2,681  1,795 
Property and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation 6,914  2,177 
Other long-term assets 3,020  1,108 
Total assets$57,025 $44,240 

Current liabilities: 
Accounts payable$714 $403 
Deferred revenue, current portion 1,322  689 
Accrued payroll 1,901  2,503 
Accrued expenses 321  153 
Income tax payable 954  1,100 
Other current liabilities 4,850  1,345 
Total current liabilities 10,062  6,193 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion   23 
Deferred tax liability 818  275 
Long-term lease obligation 1,994  460 
Total noncurrent liabilities 2,812  758 
Stockholders’ equity: 
Common stock, $0.01 par value: Authorized shares - 20,000,000; 
Issued shares - 8,929,368 and 8,924,988 at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively; 
Outstanding shares - 8,885,797 and 8,924,988 at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively 89  89 
Additional paid-in capital 15,836  15,450 
Treasury stock, 43,571 and 0 shares as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, at cost (1,639)  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (140) (94)
Accumulated income 30,005  21,844 
Total stockholders’ equity 44,151  37,289 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$57,025 $44,240 

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