Image Sensing Systems Announces 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISNS) today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Fourth quarter royalties were $2.6 million, an increase of 60 percent from the same period in the prior year.
  • Fourth quarter product sales were $1.7 million, an increase of 43 percent from the same period in the prior year.
  • Operating expenses totaled $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 25 percent from the prior year period.  Capitalized software costs in the fourth quarter were $181,000 compared to $43,000 in the prior year period.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 totaled $688,000, a $1.4 million increase from the same period in the prior year.
  • Cash balance increased to $3.2 million, up from $2.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017.

2017 Full Year Financial Highlights

  • 2017 royalties were $8.6 million, an increase of 11 percent from the prior year.
  • 2017 product sales were $5.9 million, a decrease of 7 percent from the prior year.
  • Operating expenses totaled $9.5 million in 2017, an increase of 1 percent from the prior year.  Capitalized software costs in 2017 were $1.1 million compared to $1.7 million in the prior year.
  • Net income for 2017 totaled $2.1 million, a $1.4 million increase from the prior year.
  • Cash balance increased to $3.2 million, up from $1.5 million at the end of 2017.

Fourth-Quarter Results:

Image Sensing Systems’ (ISS) 2017 fourth quarter revenue was $4.3 million, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Gross margin from the fourth quarter of 2017 was 79 percent, a 28 percent increase from a gross margin of 51 percent for the same period in 2016.  The increase in the gross margin percent was primarily the result of a $473,000 warranty charge in the prior year period.  Contributing to the gross margin percent increase was a larger portion of sales from royalties during the quarter.  Revenue from royalties was $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 60 percent increase.  Included in the fourth quarter of 2017 were royalties related to the previously announced Miami-Dade County sales through our exclusive North American video distributor, Econolite Control Products, Inc. (Econolite).

Product sales increased to $1.7 million in the 2017 fourth quarter, a 43 percent increase from $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase in product sales resulted from higher volumes in Europe, partially offset by lower volumes in North America.  Autoscope video product sales and royalties were $528,000 and $2.6 million, respectively, and RTMS radar product sales were $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Product sales gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 was 54 percent, a 62 percent increase from the same period in 2016.  The increase in product gross margin is due to previously discussed individually significant warranty charges in the prior year period.

The Company’s net income in the fourth quarter was $688,000, or $0.13 per basic share, compared to net loss of $683,000, or $0.14 per basic share, in the prior year period. The fourth quarter 2017 net income includes operating expenses of $2.7 million, a 25 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2016.  This increase is primarily related to a binding arbitration decision related to the Econolite litigation of approximately $303,000.  During the fourth quarter of 2017, ISS capitalized $181,000 of internal software development costs compared to $43,000 in the prior year period.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the amortization of intangible assets, depreciation, restructuring charges and the arbitration decision for the applicable periods, operating income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $1.2 million compared to a loss of $546,000 in the prior year period.

“It is great to see Autoscope royalties finish strong in the fourth quarter of 2017.  This is due in part to delivery of product for the Miami-Dade adaptive corridor project. While product sales resulted in a year-over-year fourth quarter improvement, we are continuing to identify opportunities to improve our global product offerings. Our continued investment in research and development yielded the launch of our Wrong Way Alerting solution and announcement of the IntellitraffiQ® traffic measurement and data collection software.  Our Wrong Way Alerting solution pairs with our RTMS® Sx-300 HD CAM offering and leverages video analytics to detect wrong way drivers, initiate warning devices, and alert authorities of the event.  IntellitraffiQ traffic measurement and data collection software offers the end user a rich environment to monitor and gather data from our RTMS products,” said Chad Stelzig, CEO of ISS.

Full Year Results:

ISS’ 2017 revenue was $14.5 million, compared to $14.1 million in 2016. Gross margin for 2017 was 80 percent, a 9 percent increase from a gross margin of 71 percent in 2016. The increase in the gross margin percent was primarily the result of the previously discussed warranty charge in the prior year. Contributing to this gross margin percent increase was a larger portion of sales from royalties compared to the prior year.  Revenue from royalties was $8.6 million in 2017 compared to $7.7 million in 2016, an 11 percent increase. The previously announced Miami-Dade County sale through Econolite is included in year-to-date royalties.

Product sales decreased to $5.9 million in 2017, a 7 percent decrease from $6.4 million in 2016. The decrease in product sales resulted from lower volume in North America, partially offset by higher volumes in Europe. Autoscope video product sales and royalties were $1.5 million and $8.6 million, respectively, and RTMS radar product sales were $4.4 million in 2017. Product sales gross margin for 2017 was 57 percent, a 20 percent increase from 2016. The increase in product gross margin is due to previously discussed individually significant warranty charges in the prior year.

The Company’s net income in 2017 was $2.1 million, or $0.41 per basic share, compared to $687,000, or $0.14 per basic share, in the prior year. The 2017 net income includes operating expenses of $9.5 million, a 1 percent increase from 2016. During 2017, ISS capitalized $1.1 million of internal software development costs compared to $1.7 million in 2016.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the amortization of intangible assets, depreciation, restructuring charges and the arbitration decision for the applicable periods, operating income for 2017 was $3.0 million compared to $1.2 million in the prior year.

“Even more important than our financial results is the development progress we have made towards the introduction of future ground-breaking products across all market segments that will increase the company’s value proposition and accelerate future growth. As we entered 2017, we set forth a goal to operate within a leaner, more agile corporate structure focused on engineering and technology opportunities essential to this growth. I am happy to report that our efforts resulted in positive cash flow for the first time in 5 years,” concluded Mr. Stelzig.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

We provide certain non-GAAP financial information as supplemental information to financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States). This non-GAAP information excludes the impact of amortizing intangible assets and depreciation and may exclude other non-recurring items.  Management believes that this presentation facilitates the comparison of our current operating results to historical operating results. Management uses this non-GAAP information to evaluate short-term and long-term operating trends in our core operations. Non-GAAP information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered a substitute for or an alternative to GAAP financial measures and may not be computed the same as similarly titled measures used by other companies.

About Image Sensing Systems

Image Sensing Systems, Inc. is a global company dedicated to helping improve safety and efficiency for cities and highways by developing and delivering above-ground detection technology, applications and solutions. We give Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) professionals more precise and accurate information – including real-time reaction capabilities and in-depth analytics – to make more confident and proactive decisions. We are headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit us on the web at imagesensing.com.

Safe Harbor Statement:  Statements made in this release concerning the Company’s or management’s intentions, expectations, or predictions about future results or events are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which variations could be material and adverse. Factors that could produce such a variation include, but are not limited to, the following: the inherent unreliability of earnings, revenue and cash flow predictions due to numerous factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control; developments in the demand for the Company’s products and services; relationships with the Company’s major customers and suppliers; the mix of and margins on the products we sell; unanticipated delays, costs and expenses inherent in the development and marketing of new products and services; adverse weather conditions in our markets; the impact of governmental laws and regulations; international presence; our success in integrating any acquisitions; and competitive factors. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the time made, and we assume no obligation to publicly update any such statements. Additional information concerning these and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the Company’s current expectations are contained in the Company’s reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed on March 24, 2017.

Image Sensing Systems, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share information)
(unaudited)
 
    Three-Month Periods
Ended December 31,
  Years Ended
December 31,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenue                        
Product sales   $ 1,730   $ 1,214     $ 5,919   $ 6,398  
Royalties     2,611     1,631       8,605     7,744  
      4,341     2,845       14,524     14,142  
Cost of revenue     891     1,402       2,925     4,098  
Gross profit     3,450     1,443       11,599     10,044  
                         
Operating expenses                        
Selling, general and administrative     1,945     1,244       6,467     6,285  
Research and development     744     913       3,010     2,946  
Restructuring charges                   126  
      2,689     2,157       9,477     9,357  
Income (loss) from operations     761     (714 )     2,122     687  
Other income (loss)     8     2       41     (25 )
Income (loss) before income taxes     769     (712 )     2,163     662  
Income tax expense (benefit)     81     (29 )     85     (25 )
Net income (loss)   $ 688   $ (683 )   $ 2,078   $ 687  
                         
                         
  Basic net income (loss) per share   $ 0.13   $ (0.14 )   $ 0.41   $ 0.14  
  Diluted net income (loss) per share   $ 0.13   $ (0.14 )   $ 0.40   $ 0.14  
                         
Weighted shares – basic     5,159     5,050       5,128     5,050  
Weighted shares – diluted     5,175     5,050       5,136     5,055  
                         

  

Image Sensing Systems, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2016
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,190   $ 1,547
Receivables, net   3,339     3,011
Inventories   335     141
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   255     281
    7,119     4,980
Property and equipment, net   486     371
Intangible assets, net   3,485     2,795
Deferred taxes   38     58
  $ 11,128   $ 8,204
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $ 563   $ 256
Warranty and other current liabilities   1,924     1,739
    2,487     1,995
       
Shareholders’ equity   8,641     6,209
  $ 11,128   $ 8,204

 

 

 Image Sensing Systems, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
  Years Ended
December 31,
  2017   2016
Operating activities          
  Net income $ 2,078     $ 687  
           
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by (used in) operating activities:
         
Depreciation and amortization   580       390  
Stock option expense   301       247  
Loss on disposal of assets   2       17  
Deferred income tax (benefit)   20       (39 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (31 )     (855 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   2,950       447  
           
Investing activities          
Capitalized software development costs   (1,052 )     (1,675 )
Purchases of property and equipment   (300 )     (163 )
Net cash used for continuing investing activities   (1,352 )     (1,838 )
Net cash provided by discontinued investing activities         420  
Net cash used for investing activities   (1,352 )     (1,418 )
           
Financing activities          
       Stock for tax withholding         (17 )
Net cash used for continuing financing activities         (17 )
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   45       (113 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   1,643       (1,101 )
           
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   1,547       2,648  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 3,190     $ 1,547  
           
Non-Cash investing and financing activities:          
Purchase of property and equipment in accounts payable $ 27     $  

Image Sensing Systems, Inc.
Non-GAAP Income from Continuing Operations
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

We define non-GAAP income (loss) from operations as income (loss) from operations before amortization of intangible assets, depreciation, restructuring charges and the arbitration decision for the applicable periods. Management believes non-GAAP income (loss) from operations is a useful indicator of our financial performance and our ability to generate cash flows from operations.  Our definition of non-GAAP income (loss) from operations may not be comparable to similarly titled definitions used by other companies. The table below reconciles non-GAAP income (loss) from operations, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, to comparable GAAP financial measures:

    Three-Month Periods Ended
December 31,
  Years Ended 
December 31,
 
    2017   2016   2017   2016  
Income (loss) from operations   $ 761   $ (714 )   $ 2,122   $ 687  
Amortization of intangible assets     92     90       362     90  
Arbitration      303      –       303     –   
Depreciation     27     78       218     300  
Restructuring charges                   126  
Non-GAAP income (loss) from operations   $ 1,183   $ (546 )   $ 3,005   $ 1,203  
                             

Note – Our calculation of non-GAAP income (loss) from operations is considered a non-GAAP financial measure and is not in accordance with, or preferable to, “as reported”, or GAAP financial data.  However, we are providing this information, as we believe it facilitates analysis of the Company’s financial performance by investors and financial analysts.

   
Contact:  Todd Slawson, Interim Chief Financial Officer
  Image Sensing Systems, Inc. Phone: 651.603.7700

 

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