Revenue Up 10% to $5.9 million from $5.4 million in Q1 last year

123% increase in DSA license and services bookings to $2.6 million from $1.2 million in Q1 last year

184% increase in license and services backlog to $7.8....." />
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Evolving Systems Reports Strong 2012 First Quarter Financial Results

(May 08, 2012)

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/08/12 -- Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL)

Revenue Up 10% to $5.9 million from $5.4 million in Q1 last year

123% increase in DSA license and services bookings to $2.6 million from $1.2 million in Q1 last year

184% increase in license and services backlog to $7.8 million from $2.8 million in Q1 last year


782% increase in DSA license and services backlog to $5.9 million from $0.7 million in Q1 last year

Company returns $22.3 million to stockholders in Q1 with special dividend; second special dividend declared in May to return additional $19.3 million to stockholders in Q2

Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL), a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and IP carrier market, today reported strong profitability along with growth in revenue and new orders for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

"The re-invented Evolving Systems continued to accelerate in the first quarter, led by strong revenue, earnings and booking results. One of several highlights for the quarter was DSA license and services bookings, which were up 123% from a year ago. Over the last three quarters, since the sale of our numbering business, DSA bookings have grown by 374%," said Thad Dupper, Chairman and CEO. "Also during the first quarter we were pleased to receive a US patent for our DSA technology.

"Another highlight for the first quarter was the distribution of $22.3 million to stockholders in the form of a special dividend. And, today, based on our sustained confidence in the business, we declared a second special dividend that will return an additional $19.3 million more to shareholders later this month," Dupper added. "Given the momentum we see in the business, we remain confident we are in a position to deliver solid results over the remainder of the calendar year."

First Quarter Results
Revenue in the first quarter increased 10% to $5.9 million from $5.4 million in the same quarter last year. License fees and services revenue was up 20% to $3.8 million from $3.1 million, more than offsetting a decline in customer support revenue to $2.1 million from $2.2 million.

Total costs of revenue and operating expenses in the first quarter declined by 8% to $5.3 million from $5.8 million in the year-ago first quarter. Sales and marketing expense was 28% lower at $1.3 million versus $1.9 million due to a reduction in sales-related travel and marketing activity; general and administrative expense was 17% lower at $0.9 million versus $1.1 million due to lower employee-related costs; and product development costs remained at $0.7 million.

Revenue growth and lower operating expenses pushed income from operations higher in the first quarter -- to $0.6 million compared with an operating loss of $0.4 million -- an improvement of $1.0 million. Total other income in the first quarter, primarily consisting of interest income on marketable debt securities, totaled $0.4 million, up 236% over $0.1 million in the first quarter last year. Pre-tax income from continuing operations grew to $0.9 million from a loss of $0.3 million in the first quarter last year -- a $1.2 million improvement.

Net income in the first quarter was $0.8 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share, versus net income of $0.9 million, or $0.09 per basic and $0.08 per diluted share, in the first quarter last year. However, year-ago first quarter net income included $1.2 million in income from discontinued operations. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations increased to $0.8 million in the first quarter from $14,000 in the same quarter last year.

Special Dividends
In the first quarter of 2012 the Company paid a special $2.00 per share dividend that returned $22.3 million to stockholders. In May of 2012 the Company declared a second special dividend of $1.70 per share, or approximately $19.3 million.

Bookings and Backlog
Evolving Systems booked $5.6 million in new orders in the first quarter, up 10% over $5.1 million in new orders in the year-ago first quarter. License fees and services bookings in the first quarter increased 23% year-over-year to $3.8 million from $3.1 million. It was the Company's third straight quarter of solid year-over-year increases in license and services bookings. DSA license and services bookings in the first quarter were up 123% year over year to $2.6 million from $1.2 million and represented the highest first quarter total since DSA was introduced in 2007. Customer support bookings in the first quarter were 10% lower at $1.8 million versus $2.1 million in the same quarter last year.

The Company closed the first quarter with a total backlog of $12.5 million, down slightly from $12.6 million at year-end and up 63% from $7.6 million in the first quarter last year. License and services backlog was $7.8 million, up 184% year over year from $2.8 million. DSA license and services backlog increased 782% year over year to $5.9 million from $0.7 million. Customer support backlog was $4.7 million in the first quarter, down from $4.9 million in the year ago first quarter.

Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents combined with long-term investments in marketable debt securities at March 31, 2012, totaled $31.0 million compared with $50.7 million at December 31, 2011, year-end. The $50.7 million total was prior to the first quarter 2012 special dividend payment of approximately $22.3 million. The Company generated $1.5 million in cash from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2012 versus $0.6 million in the same quarter last year.

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 75710762. A telephone replay can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406, passcode 75710762. 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 following the conference call.

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 30, 2012, as well as other SEC filings, including Forms 10-Q, 10-Q/A, 8-K and press releases.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Three months ended March 31, 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ Revenue: License fees and services $ 3,784 $ 3,143 Customer support 2,124 2,249 ------------ ------------ Total revenue 5,908 5,392 ------------ ------------ Costs of revenue and operating expenses: Costs of license fees and services, excluding depreciation and amortization 1,818 1,234 Costs of customer support excluding depreciation and amortization 360 687 Sales and marketing 1,341 1,851 General and administrative 913 1,102 Product development 729 679 Depreciation 73 88 Amortization 99 178 ------------ ------------ Total costs of revenue and operating expenses 5,333 5,819 ------------ ------------ Income (loss) from operations 575 (427) ------------ ------------ Other income (expense): Interest income 21 8 Interest income, related party 432 - Interest expense - (12) Foreign currency exchange gain (loss) (96) 110 ------------ ------------ Other income (expense), net 357 106 ------------ ------------ Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 932 (321) Income tax expense (benefit) 174 (92) ------------ ------------ Income (loss) from continuing operations 758 (229) Income from discontinued operations, net of tax - 1,162 ------------ ------------ Net income $ 758 $ 933 ============ ============ Basic income (loss) per common share - continuing operations $ 0.07 $ (0.02) ============ ============ Diluted income (loss) per common share - continuing operations $ 0.07 $ (0.02) ============ ============ Basic income per common share - discontinued operations $ - $ 0.11 ============ ============ Diluted income per common share - discontinued operations $ - $ 0.10 ============ ============ Basic income per common share - net income $ 0.07 $ 0.09 ============ ============ Diluted income per common share - net income $ 0.07 $ 0.08 ============ ============ Weighted average basic shares outstanding 11,164 10,754 Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 11,369 11,223 Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands) March 31, December 31, ASSETS 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 13,775 $ 34,290 Short-term restricted cash 52 50 Contract receivables, net 3,114 4,540 Unbilled work-in-progress 1,760 1,361 Prepaid and other current assets 1,048 1,259 Interest receivable, long-term investments, related parties 785 357 ------------ ------------ Total current assets 20,534 41,857 Long-term investments, related party 17,225 16,448 Property and equipment, net 354 369 Amortizable intangible assets, net 503 584 Goodwill 16,328 15,782 Long-term restricted cash - 2 ------------ ------------ Total assets $ 54,944 $ 75,042 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current portion of capital lease obligations $ 9 $ 8 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 4,085 3,657 Income taxes payable 815 848 Dividends payable 558 22,271 Unearned revenue 2,599 3,401 ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities 8,066 30,185 Long-term liabilities: Capital lease obligations, net 19 - Deferred income taxes 415 145 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities 8,500 30,330 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 11 11 Additional paid-in capital 90,329 90,062 Treasury stock (1,253) (1,253) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,466) (4,247) Unrealized losses on investments, related parties, net of tax 200 (284) Accumulated deficit (39,377) (39,577) ------------ ------------ Total stockholders' equity 46,444 44,712 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 54,944 $ 75,042 ============ ============ Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (In thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Three months ended March 31, 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ Non-GAAP net income and income per share: GAAP net income $ 758 $ 933 Amortization of intangible assets 99 178 Stock-based compensation expense** 71 187 Income tax adjustment for non-GAAP* (34) (67) ------------ ------------ Non-GAAP net income $ 894 $ 1,231 Non-GAAP discontinued operations - (1,173) ------------ ------------ Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations $ 894 $ 58 ============ ============ Diluted net income per share GAAP $ 0.07 $ 0.08 Non-GAAP $ 0.08 $ 0.11 Non-GAAP continuing operations $ 0.08 $ 0.01 Shares used to compute diluted EPS 11,369 11,223 Three months ended March 31, 2012 2011 ------------ ------------ Adjusted EBITDA: Net income $ 758 $ 933 Depreciation** 73 129 Amortization of intangible assets 99 178 Stock-based compensation expense** 71 187 Interest expense and other (benefit), net (357) (106) Income tax expense (benefit)** 174 (262) ------------ ------------ Adjusted EBITDA 818 1,059 Adjusted EBITDA discontinued operations - (1,045) ------------ ------------ Adjusted EBITDA continuing operations $ 818 $ 14 ============ ============ *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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