License and services bookings up 55% to $4.6 million in Q4 vs. $3.0 million in Q4 last year

Full year DSA license and services orders up 68% to a record $8.2 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010

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Evolving Systems Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

(March 13, 2012)

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/13/12 -- Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL)

License and services bookings up 55% to $4.6 million in Q4 vs. $3.0 million in Q4 last year

Full year DSA license and services orders up 68% to a record $8.2 million in 2011 from $4.9 million in 2010

License and services backlog up 32% in Q4 to $7.8 million from $5.9 million in Q3 and up 182% from $2.8 million in Q4 2010


Special dividend declared in Q4 returns approximately $22.3 million to stockholders

Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL), a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and IP carrier market, today reported improved results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.

"Evolving Systems delivered strong booking results in Q4, including a significant Dynamic SIM Allocation™ (DSA) order from another new customer in Southeast Asia. This builds on our record third quarter in which we booked our largest ever DSA order," said Thad Dupper, Chairman and CEO. "As expected our revenue was lower in the fourth quarter and full year. However, our Q4 license and services bookings and backlog both increased year over year and we reported positive pre-tax income from continuing operations in the quarter. We closed the year with a license and services backlog of $7.8 million, up 182% over year ago levels and up 32% over the third quarter, giving us good momentum entering 2012.

"With the sale of our numbering assets in July of 2011, we are now exclusively focused on our activation solutions, and our DSA product in particular holds exciting growth potential," Dupper added. "DSA addresses a very large market, particularly internationally where prepaid wireless is the norm and where DSA's functionality affords carriers important differentiating benefits to offer their wireless customers. We were first to market with DSA and continue to offer the most advanced solution in this space, and we are optimistic about prospects for long-term growth."

Fourth Quarter Results
Fourth quarter revenue declined 6% to $4.9 million from $5.2 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. License fees and services revenue declined 12% to $2.7 million from $3.0 million for the comparative fourth quarter and was partially offset by an increase in customer support revenue to $2.3 million from $2.2 million.

Total costs of revenue and operating expenses was flat at $5.6 million for the comparative fourth quarters, although the 2011 fourth quarter included a $0.5 million restructuring charge related to headcount reductions. Sales and marketing expense declined by 15% year over year to $1.3 million from $1.6 million. General and administrative expense was 11% lower at $0.8 million versus $0.9 million as the result of lower employee-related costs and professional fees.

Interest income and gain on the sale of investments was approximately $0.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2011. The interest income and gain on the sale of investments were associated with the marketable debt securities purchased during 2011.

Evolving Systems recognized an income tax benefit of $1.2 million in the fourth quarter related to its deferred tax assets. The Company reported net income of $1.5 million, or $0.13 per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter, up from net income of $1.2 million, or $0.11 per basic and $0.10 per diluted share, in the same quarter last year. Net income from continuing operations in the quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.14 per basic and $0.13 per diluted share, versus a net loss from continuing operations of $0.4 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter last year.

Special Dividend
In the fourth quarter the Company declared a special $2.00 per share dividend that was paid in January 2012.

Full Year Results
Revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2011, decreased 17% to $19.0 million from $22.8 million in 2010. License fees and services revenue for the year was $9.8 million versus $14.6 million a year ago, a decline that was partially offset by an increase in customer support revenue to $9.3 million from $8.2 million. The increased customer support revenue was attributed to the larger DSA installed base and increased revenue from Tertio™ Service Activation (TSA).

Total costs of revenue and operating expenses in 2011 declined by 5% to $21.8 million from $23.0 million in 2010 due primarily to lower variable costs related to the revenue decline and to lower general and administrative expense associated with declines in employee related costs and professional fees. Included in total costs of revenue and operating expenses for the year were $1.1 million in restructuring costs related to headcount reductions following the sale of the Company's Numbering business at mid-year.

Interest income and gain on the sale of investments during 2011 totaled approximately $1.0 million. The interest income and gain on the sale of investments were associated with the marketable debt securities purchased during 2011.

Evolving Systems recognized an income tax benefit of $3.0 million in 2011 related to the release of the valuation allowance on its deferred tax assets, which consist primarily of federal net operating losses. The Company reported net income of $35.9 million, or $3.30 per basic and $3.21 per diluted share, for the full year, inclusive of the gain on sale of its Numbering business, versus net income of $5.4 million, or $0.53 per basic and $0.49 per diluted share, in the prior year. Net income from continuing operations for the full year was $1.6 million, or $0.15 per basic and $0.14 per diluted share, versus a net loss from continuing operations of $0.4 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, in 2010.

Bookings and Backlog
Evolving Systems booked $7.4 million in new orders in fourth quarter, up 33% over $5.6 million in new orders in the year-ago fourth quarter. License fees and services orders in the fourth quarter increased 55% year-over-year to $4.6 million from $3.0 million. It was the Company's second consecutive quarter of solid year-over-year increases in license and services bookings and represented the best fourth quarter in this category since 2008. DSA license and services bookings in the fourth quarter were up 413% year over year to $2.5 million from $0.5 million and represented the third highest quarterly total since DSA was introduced in 2007. Customer support bookings in the fourth quarter grew to $2.8 million, up from $2.6 million in the same quarter last year, and represented the highest quarterly total of 2011.

For the full year, total bookings increased 22% to $24.0 million from $19.7 million. License and services orders grew by 23% to $14.8 million from $12.0 million, reflecting record DSA bookings of $8.2 million for the year, up 68% over $4.9 million in DSA orders in 2010. Customer support bookings increased 20% for the year to $9.2 million from $7.7 million. The Company defines bookings as new, non-cancelable orders expected to be recognized as revenue during the following 12 months.

The Company's total backlog increased 64% at 2011 year-end to $12.6 million from $7.7 million at the same time last year. License and services backlog increased to $7.8 million, up 182% over the year-ago backlog of $2.8 million and up 32% over the third quarter total of $5.9 million. The DSA license and services backlog increased 673% year over year to $5.5 million from $0.7 million and was up 30% over the third quarter total of $4.3 million. Customer support backlog at year-end was $4.8 million versus $4.9 million a year ago and $4.4 million in the third quarter.

Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents combined with long-term investments in marketable debt securities at December 31, 2011, were $50.7 million, up from $10.8 million at December 31, 2010. (The $50.7 million total was prior to the first quarter 2012 special dividend payment of approximately $22.3 million.) The Company generated $4.8 million in cash from operations in 2011 versus $5.7 million in 2010.

Conference Call
The Company will conduct a conference call and webcast today at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The call-in numbers for the conference call are 1-877-303-6316 for domestic toll free and 650-521-5176 for international callers. The conference ID is 59178707. A telephone replay will be available through March 20, 2012, and can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406, passcode 59178707. To access a live webcast of the call, please visit Evolving Systems' website at www.evolving.com. A replay of the Webcast will be accessible at that website through March 20, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Evolving Systems reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP). In addition, the Company is providing in this news release non-GAAP financial information in the form of net income, diluted net income per share and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment, stock compensation and gain/loss on foreign exchange transactions.) Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors and lenders in evaluating the overall financial health of the Company in that they allow for greater transparency of additional financial data routinely used by management to evaluate performance. Investors and financial analysts who follow the Company use non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted income per share to compare the Company against other companies. Adjusted EBITDA can be useful for lenders as an indicator of earnings available to service debt. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About Evolving Systems®
Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL) is a provider of software solutions and services to 50 network operators in over 40 countries worldwide. The Company's product portfolio includes market-leading activation products that address subscriber service activation, SIM card activation, mobile broadband activation as well as the activation of connected devices. Founded in 1985, the Company has headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, with offices in the United Kingdom, India and Malaysia. Further information is available on the web at www.evolving.com

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, based on current expectations, estimates and projections that are subject to risk. Specifically, statements about the Company's growth and future profitability, future business, revenue and expense projections, the Company's continued ability to post quarterly or annual results that are similar to those described in this press release, the Company's ability to build and return value to stockholders, and the impact of new products and accounts on the Company's business are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our expectations and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and the Company may not undertake to update these statements. Actual results could vary materially from these expectations. For a more extensive discussion of Evolving Systems' business, and important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the Company's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 8, 2011, as well as subsequently filed Forms 10-Q, 8-K and press releases.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2011 2010 2011 2010 --------- --------- --------- --------- Revenue: License fees and services $ 2,657 $ 3,022 $ 9,772 $ 14,637 Customer support 2,261 2,192 9,251 8,179 --------- --------- --------- --------- Total revenue 4,918 5,214 19,023 22,816 --------- --------- --------- --------- Costs of revenue and operating expenses: Costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization 1,670 1,477 5,187 6,015 Costs of customer support excluding depreciation and amortization 393 712 2,232 2,601 Sales and marketing 1,325 1,566 6,238 6,410 General and administrative 835 940 3,650 4,465 Product development 621 602 2,484 2,486 Depreciation 81 89 342 347 Amortization 99 176 560 688 Restructuring and other recovery 531 - 1,100 - --------- --------- --------- --------- Total costs of revenue and operating expenses 5,555 5,562 21,793 23,012 --------- --------- --------- --------- Income (loss) from operations (637) (348) (2,770) (196) --------- --------- --------- --------- Other income (expense): Interest income 526 3 811 13 Interest expense - (21) (14) (102) Other income 62 - 62 - Gain on sale of investments 221 - 221 - Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) 108 (35) 330 (121) --------- --------- --------- --------- Other income (expense), net 917 (53) 1,410 (210) --------- --------- --------- --------- Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 280 (401) (1,360) (406) Income tax expense (benefit) (1,234) (42) (2,956) (40) --------- --------- --------- --------- Income (loss) from continuing operations 1,514 (359) 1,596 (366) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax (48) 1,522 34,319 5,719 --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $ 1,466 $ 1,163 $ 35,915 $ 5,353 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic income (loss) per common share - continuing operations $ 0.14 $ (0.03) $ 0.15 $ (0.04) ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted income (loss) per common share - continuing operations $ 0.13 $ (0.03) $ 0.14 $ (0.04) ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic income per common share - discontinued operations $ (0.00) $ 0.15 $ 3.16 $ 0.56 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted income per common share - discontinued operations $ (0.00) $ 0.14 $ 3.06 $ 0.53 ========= ========= ========= ========= Basic income per common share - net income $ 0.13 $ 0.11 $ 3.30 $ 0.53 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted income per common share - net income $ 0.13 $ 0.10 $ 3.21 $ 0.49 ========= ========= ========= ========= Weighted average basic shares outstanding 11,020 10,495 10,871 10,174 Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 11,235 11,107 11,202 10,815 Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands) December 31, December 31, ASSETS 2011 2010 ------------ ------------ Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,290 $ 10,801 Restricted cash 50 - Contract receivables, net 4,540 5,502 Unbilled work-in-progress 1,361 1,519 Deferred income taxes 346 - Prepaid and other current assets 1,616 1,251 Current assets of discontinued operations - 7,374 ------------ ------------ Total current assets 42,203 26,447 Long-term investments 16,448 - Property and equipment, net 368 625 Amortizable intangible assets, net 584 1,123 Goodwill 15,782 15,797 Long-term deferred income taxes 3,109 - Other long-term assets 2 52 Long-term assets of discontinued operations - 6,407 ------------ ------------ Total assets $ 78,496 $ 50,451 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current portion of capital lease obligations $ 8 $ 13 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,498 3,586 Dividends payable 22,271 532 Deferred income taxes - 21 Unearned revenue 3,401 2,863 Current liabilities of discontinued operations - 7,620 ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities 30,178 14,635 Long-term liabilities: Capital lease obligations, net - 4 Deferred income taxes - 51 Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations - 4 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities 30,178 14,694 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 11 11 Additional paid-in capital 90,062 87,435 Treasury stock (1,253) - Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,531) (3,704) Accumulated deficit (35,971) (47,985) ------------ ------------ Total stockholders' equity 48,318 35,757 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 78,496 $ 50,451 ============ ============ Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (In thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2011 2010 2011 2010 --------- --------- --------- --------- Non-GAAP net income and income per share: GAAP net income $ 1,466 $ 1,163 $ 35,915 $ 5,353 Amortization of intangible assets 99 176 560 688 Stock-based compensation expense** 109 206 592 943 Restructuring 531 - 1,100 - Income tax adjustment for non- GAAP* (200) (69) (645) (273) --------- --------- --------- --------- Non-GAAP net income 2,005 1,476 37,522 6,711 Non-GAAP discontinued operations 48 (1,533) (34,338) (5,760) --------- --------- --------- --------- Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations $ 2,053 $ (57) $ 3,184 $ 951 ========= ========= ========= ========= Diluted net income per share GAAP $ 0.13 $ 0.11 $ 3.30 $ 0.53 Non-GAAP $ 0.18 $ 0.13 $ 3.35 $ 0.62 Non-GAAP continuing operations $ 0.18 $ (0.01) $ 0.28 $ 0.09 Shares used to compute diluted EPS 11,235 11,107 11,202 10,815 Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2011 2010 2011 2010 --------- --------- --------- --------- Adjusted EBITDA: Net income $ 1,466 $ 1,163 $ 35,915 $ 5,353 Depreciation** 81 146 446 592 Amortization of intangible assets 99 176 560 688 Stock-based compensation expense** 109 206 592 943 Restructuring 531 - 1,100 - Interest expense and other (benefit), net (917) 53 (1,410) 210 Gain on sale of numbering, net** - - (31,551) - Income tax expense (benefit)** (1,234) (36) (2,936) 652 --------- --------- --------- --------- Adjusted EBITDA 135 1,708 2,716 8,438 Adjusted EBITDA discontinued operations 48 (1,584) (2,911) (6,697) --------- --------- --------- --------- Adjusted EBITDA continuing operations $ 183 $ 124 $ (195) $ 1,741 ========= ========= ========= =========

*The estimated income tax for non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional expense that the Company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results in the calculation of its tax liability, taking into account in which tax jurisdiction each of the above adjustments would be made and the tax rate in that jurisdiction.

**These amounts may differ from the face of the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations as part of these expenses (benefits) are included in the income from discontinued operations line item.

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