Image Sensing Systems Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

SAINT PAUL, Minn. , July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISNS), announced today record financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008 .


Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 was $1.2 million ($0.30 per fully diluted share) compared to $702,000 ($0.18 per fully diluted share) for the same period in 2007. Net income for the first half of 2008 was $2.3 million ($0.57 per diluted share) compared to $1.3 million ($0.32 per diluted share) for the same period in 2007.

Revenue for the second quarter was $6.7 million compared to $3.0 million for the same period a year ago, while revenue for the first half of 2008 was $12.6 million compared to $5.7 million for the same period a year ago. Revenue from royalties increased 46% to $3.4 million from $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2007 and 36% to $6.3 million in the first half from $4.6 million in the first half of 2007, reflecting the continued success of our North American distributor, Econolite Control Products, Inc. (ECPI), in selling Autoscope(R) products in the United States and Canada . North American sales, which are sales of RTMS(R) in North America , were $1.9 million for the second quarter and $3.5 million for the first half of 2008. International sales, which include both Autoscope and RTMS sales outside of North America , were $1.4 million in the second quarter, a 96% increase over $736,000 in the same period in 2007, and $2.8 million in the first half, a 157% increase over $1.1 million in the same period of 2007. Sales of RTMS world-wide for the quarter were $2.4 million. We acquired the RTMS family of products in December 2007 .

On a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter, excluding intangible asset amortization net of tax, net income increased 91% to $1.3 million ($0.34 per fully diluted share) and operating income increased 140% to $1.9 million as compared to the comparable quarter of 2007. On a non-GAAP basis for the first half, net income increased 101% to $2.5 million ($0.63 per fully diluted share) and operating income increased 150% to $3.6 million as compared to the same period of 2007.

Ken Aubrey , CEO, said, "We completed a strong first half of 2008. We began shipping RTMS G4 in Q2 and saw continued growing acceptance of the Autoscope Terra platform. All in all, we believe the integration of the EIS asset purchase and final Terra transition matters are progressing on schedule."

Follow-on Offering Update

We have received a comment letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on our Form S-1 registration statement that was originally filed in May. We expect that upon making the changes requested by the SEC in an amendment we would be in position to have the offering declared effective. However, given our recent share price range, we believe that proceeding with an offering at this time is not in the best interests of our shareholders. Additionally, we do not view current stock market conditions as favorable nor do we foresee the need for increased working capital at present. We continue to believe there are significant benefits to a follow-on offering and contemplate pursuing an offering when market conditions change. Please see the disclaimer below.

Auction Rate Security Update

We continue to hold $5.4 million in face value of student loan backed auction rate securities (ARS), substantially all of which are Federal government backed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program. All auctions since mid-February involving our ARS have failed. We believe that the underlying credit quality of the ARS is excellent and that the main problem remains illiquidity. Our updated analysis of the ARS fair value indicates there is a temporary impairment of $318,000 ($210,000 net of tax). The ARS are classified as long-term assets at June 30, 2008 . This unrealized loss does not flow through our income statement, rather it is recorded directly to shareholders' equity as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income/loss. There is uncertainty in the ARS market and, should circumstances change, we may deem the impairment to be other than temporary or otherwise adjust our analysis.

Non-GAAP Information

We provide certain non-GAAP financial information as supplemental information to GAAP amounts. This non-GAAP information excludes the impact, net of tax, of amortizing the intangible assets from the EIS asset purchase that occurred in December 2007 . 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

Image Sensing Systems, Inc. is a technology company specializing in software-based detection solutions for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) sector and adjacent overlapping markets. Our industry leading computer enabled detection (CED) products, including the Autoscope(R) machine-vision family and the RTMS(R) radar family, combine embedded software signal processing with sophisticated sensing technologies for use in transportation and safety/surveillance management. CED is a group of technologies in which software, rather than humans, examines the outputs of complex sensors to determine what is happening in the field of view in real-time. With more than 80,000 instances sold in over 60 countries worldwide, our depth of experience coupled with breadth of product portfolio uniquely positions us to provide powerful hybrid technology solutions and to exploit the convergence of the traffic, security and environmental management markets. We are headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota . Visit us on the web at

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; unanticipated delays, costs and expenses inherent in the development and marketing of new products and services; the impact of governmental laws and regulations; 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 Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 .

Disclaimer: A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

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