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Quarterly Report

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations


Mattersight Corporation (together with its subsidiaries and predecessors, "Mattersight," "we," "us," or the "Company") is a leader in enterprise analytics focused on customer and employee interactions and behaviors. Mattersight's Behavioral Analytics Service captures and analyzes customer and employee interactions, employee desktop data, and other contextual information to improve operational performance and predict future customer and employee outcomes. Mattersight's analytics are based on millions of proprietary algorithms and the application of unique behavioral models. The Company's SaaS+ delivery model combines analytics in the cloud with deep customer partnerships to drive significant business value. Mattersight's applications are used by leading companies in the healthcare, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, cable, utilities, education, hospitality, and government industries.

Through Behavioral Analytics, the Company generates two types of revenue:

(1) Managed services revenue, which is recurring, annuity revenue from long-term (generally three- to five-year) contracts and pilots, which are shorter term (generally three to twelve months) and includes subscription and amortized deployment revenue; and

(2) Consulting services revenue, which is generally project-based and sold on a time-and-materials or fixed-fee basis and includes follow-on consulting services revenue.

Set forth below is a more detailed description of the capabilities that the Company currently offers.

Behavioral Analytics

The Company's multi-channel technology captures the unstructured data of voice interactions (conversations), related customer and employee data, and employee desktop activity, and applies millions of proprietary algorithms against those interactions. Each interaction contains hundreds of attributes that get scored and ultimately detect patterns of behavior or business process that provide the transparency and predictability necessary to enhance revenue, improve the customer experience, improve efficiency, and predict and navigate outcomes. Adaptive across industries, programs, and industry-specific processes, the Company's Behavioral Analytics offerings enable its clients to drive measurable economic benefit through the improvement of contact center performance, customer satisfaction and retention, fraud reduction, and streamlined back office operations. Specifically, through its Behavioral Analytics offerings, Mattersight helps its clients:

• Automatically measure customer satisfaction and agent performance on every analyzed call;

• Identify and understand customer personality;

• Identify optimal customer/employee behavioral pairing for call routing;

• Improve rapport between agent and customer;

• Reduce call handle times while improving customer satisfaction;

• Identify opportunities to improve self-service applications;

• Improve cross-sell and up-sell success rates;

• Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of collection efforts;

• Measure and improve supervisor effectiveness and coaching;

• Improve agent effectiveness by analyzing key attributes of desktop usage;

• Predict likelihood of customer attrition;

• Predict customer satisfaction and Net Promoter Scoresฎ without customer surveys;

• Predict likelihood of debt repayment;

• Predict likelihood of a sale or cross-sell; and

• Identify fraud callers and improve authentication processes.

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The Company has designed a highly-scalable, flexible, and adaptive application platform to enable the Company to implement and operate its Behavioral Analytics offerings for its clients. These offerings are primarily delivered through a SaaS+ model, as a managed subscription service from which Mattersight derives Managed services revenue and Consulting services revenue. Managed services revenue consists of deployment and subscription services and Consulting services revenue consists of post-deployment follow-on services, including coaching, training, and custom data analysis.

In addition to our Behavioral Analytics offerings, Mattersight also generates revenue from the following services:

(1) Marketing Managed Services, which consist of marketing application hosting services, from which the Company derives Managed services revenue; and

(2) CRM Services, which consist of operational consulting services that enhance business performance through improved process efficiencies and redesign of workflows, from which the Company derives Consulting services revenue.

Types of Revenue

Managed Services Revenue

Growth in Managed services revenue is primarily driven by the execution of new Behavioral Analytics contracts, under which we deploy and provide ongoing managed services related to our proprietary Behavioral Analytics System and provide related Business Monitoring services. Based on each client's business requirements, the Behavioral Analytics System is configured and integrated into the client's environment and then deployed in either a remote-hosted or, in one case, an on-premise hosted environment. Thereafter, the client's selection of our Behavioral Analytics offerings is provided, on a subscription basis, for a period that is generally three to five years after the go-live date or, in the cases where the Company contracts with a client for a short-term pilot of the Behavioral Analytics Service prior to committing to a longer subscription period, the subscription or pilot periods generally range from three to twelve months after the go-live date. The fees and costs related to the initial deployment are deferred and amortized over the term of the contract.

We also generate Managed services revenue from Marketing Managed Services, specifically, from hosted customer and campaign data management. This source of Managed services revenue is likely to diminish over time as we focus on growth through Behavioral Analytics.

Consulting Services Revenue

In addition to the Consulting services revenue generated by the Consulting services provided under our Behavioral Analytics contracts, we derive a portion of this type of revenue from CRM Services for long-standing accounts. Consulting services revenue from CRM Services is anticipated to diminish over time as demand for these services continues to decline and we focus on growth through Behavioral Analytics. We bill for Consulting services on a time-and-materials or fixed-fee basis.

Business Outlook

Based upon Mattersight's business development efforts and third-party market research, we believe there has been a fundamental shift in the way large enterprises view data. The trends suggest that large enterprises today appreciate that there is value in data that can be derived from their front and back offices, but they have not yet established efficient and effective methods to capture, analyze, and create value from this data. We seek to help large enterprises capitalize on this data with our Behavioral Analytics solutions and, as a leader in this rapidly growing market, we believe we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity. We estimate the market potential in the United States for all of our current analytics offerings at over $10 billion per year. The market for enterprise analytics is very new and we currently estimate it to be less than 5% penetrated.

Our business strategy to increase revenue, profitability, and capture market share includes the following elements:

• Increase up-sell and cross-sell ratios by deepening and broadening our relationships with existing clients;

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• Win business with new clients, focusing on analyzing customer interactions and back office activities in targeted industries;

• Continue to invest in innovative proprietary technology, new applications, and delivery methods;

• Continue bookings growth and improve operating leverage;

• Expand our sales and marketing efforts with seasoned enterprise sales agents and strategic marketing professionals; and

• Develop partnerships and strategic alliances to expand sales leverage, improve brand awareness, and reach new industries while providing value to our mutual clients.

Resulting from our delivery of measurable economic benefit to our clients, we have seen increasing penetration within existing accounts, due to an increase in adoption of our base Behavioral Analytics offerings across separate and distinct business units, as well as the adoption of new applications within existing business units. For this reason, we will continue to focus on further penetrating what we estimate to be a large existing base market with a less expensive cost of acquisition. In addition, our strategy to further invest in sales and marketing, coinciding with the fundamental shift in enterprise data utilization described above, has led to an increasing number of discussions with potential new clients and strategic partners.

Managed Services Backlog

As a result of the strategic and long-term nature of Managed services revenue, we believe it is appropriate to monitor the level of backlog associated with our Managed services contracts. The Behavioral Analytics Managed services backlog was $96.8 million as of September 29, 2012 and $96.3 million as of December 31, 2011. We expect Behavioral Analytics Managed service backlog to increase in fiscal year 2012 based on the impact of anticipated renewals of existing contracts and anticipated contract signings with clients included in our current sales pipeline.

The Company uses the term "backlog" to reflect the estimated future amount of Managed services revenue related to its Managed services contracts. The value of these contracts is based on anticipated usage volumes over the anticipated contract term. Actual usage volumes may be greater or less than anticipated. In addition, actual contract terms may vary from the anticipated terms because these contracts typically are cancellable without cause based on the client making a substantial early termination payment or forfeiting prepaid contract amounts. The reported Behavioral Analytics Managed service backlog is expected to be recognized as follows: $8.3 million in 2012; $27.6 million in 2013; $21.3 million in 2014; and $19.3 million in 2015; $20.3 million in 2016 and thereafter.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is based upon our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including those related to the costs and timing of completion of client projects, our ability to collect accounts receivable, the timing and amounts of expected payments associated with cost-reduction actions, and the ability to realize our net deferred tax assets, contingencies, and litigation. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

We believe the following critical accounting policies affect the more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements.

Discontinued Operations

The sale by the Company of the ICS Business Unit and "eLoyalty" registered trademark / trade name to Magellan Acquisition Sub, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation, closed on May 28, 2011, and the Company changed its name from eLoyalty Corporation to Mattersight Corporation effective May 31, 2011. Therefore, the results of operations of the ICS Business Unit are reported as discontinued operations for all periods presented. Additionally, certain corporate and general costs that had historically been allocated to the ICS Business Unit were reallocated to the Company and are reflected in all periods presented.

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Revenue Recognition

Continuing Operations

Behavioral Analytics Revenue

Behavioral Analytics revenue consists of Managed services revenue and Consulting services revenue.

Managed services revenue consists of planning, deployment, training, and subscription fees derived from Behavioral Analytics contracts. Planning, deployment, and training fees, which are considered to be installation fees related to Behavioral Analytics subscription contracts, are deferred until the installation is complete and are then recognized over the subscription period of the applicable subscription contract. The subscription periods of these contracts generally range from three to five years after the go-live date or, in cases where the Company contracts with a client for a short-term pilot of the Behavioral Analytics Service prior to committing to a longer subscription period, the subscription or pilot periods generally range from three to twelve months after the go-live date. Installation costs incurred are deferred up to an amount not to exceed the amount of deferred installation revenue and additional amounts that are recoverable based on the contractual arrangement. These costs are included in Prepaid expenses and Other long-term assets. Such costs are amortized over the subscription period of the contract. Costs in excess of the foregoing revenue amount are expensed in the period incurred.

The amount of revenue generated from subscription fees is based on a number of factors, such as the number of agents accessing the Behavioral Analytics System and/or the number of hours of calls analyzed during the relevant month of the subscription period. This revenue is recognized as the service is performed for the client.

Consulting services revenue primarily consists of fees charged to the Company's clients to provide post-deployment follow-on consulting services, which include custom data analysis, the implementation of enhancements, and training. These follow-on consulting services are generally performed for the Company's clients on a fixed-fee basis. Revenue is recognized as the services are performed, with performance generally assessed on the ratio of actual hours incurred to date compared to the total estimated hours over the entire term of the contract.

Other Revenue

Other revenue consists of Marketing Managed Services revenue and CRM Services revenue.

Marketing Managed Services revenue is derived from marketing application hosting. This revenue is generally in the form of fixed monthly fees received from the Company's clients and is recognized as the services are performed for each client. Any related setup fee would be recognized over the contract period of the hosting arrangement.

CRM Services revenue consists of fees generated from the Company's operational consulting services, which are provided to the Company's clients on a time-and-materials or fixed-fee basis. The Company recognizes revenue as the services are performed for time-and-materials projects. For fixed-fee projects, revenue is recognized based on the ratio of hours incurred to date compared to the total estimated hours over the entire term of the contract.

Reimbursed expenses revenue includes billable costs related to travel and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred while performing services for our clients. An equivalent amount of reimbursable expenses is included in Cost of revenue.

Payments received for Managed services contracts in excess of the amount of revenue recognized for these contracts are recorded as unearned revenue until revenue recognition criteria are met.

If the Company's estimates indicate that a contract loss will occur, then a loss provision is recorded in the period in which the loss first becomes probable and can be reasonably estimated.

The Company maintains allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from clients not paying for unpaid or disputed invoices for contractual services provided. Additional allowances may be required if the financial condition of our clients deteriorates.

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Discontinued Operations

ICS Business Unit

Managed services revenue included in the ICS Business Unit consisted of fees generated from the Company's contact center support and monitoring services. Support and monitoring services generally were contracted for a fixed fee, and the revenue was recognized ratably over the term of the contract. Support fees that were contracted on a time-and-materials basis were recognized as the services were performed for the client.

For fixed fee Managed services contracts, where the Company provided support for third-party software and hardware, revenue was recorded at the gross amount of the sale. If the contract did not meet the requirements for gross reporting, then Managed services revenue was recorded at the net amount of the sale.

Consulting services revenue included in the ICS Business Unit consisted of the modeling, planning, configuring, or integrating of an Internet Protocol network solution within the Company's clients' contact center environments. These services were provided to clients on a time-and-materials or fixed-fee basis. For the integration of a system, the Company recognized revenue as the services were performed, with performance generally assessed on the ratio of hours incurred to date compared to the total estimated hours over the entire term of the contract. For all other consulting services, the Company recognized revenue as the services were performed for the client.

Revenue from the sale of Product, which was generated primarily from the resale of third-party software and hardware by the Company, was generally recorded at the gross amount of the sale when it was delivered to the client.

In October 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") amended the accounting standards for revenue recognition to remove tangible products containing software components and non-software components that function together to deliver the product's essential functionality from the scope of industry-specific software revenue recognition guidance. In October 2009, the FASB also amended the accounting standards for multiple deliverable revenue arrangements to:

(i) provide updated guidance on whether multiple deliverables exist, how the deliverables in an arrangement should be separated, and how the consideration should be allocated;

(ii) require an entity to allocate revenue in an arrangement using estimated selling prices ("ESP") of deliverables if a vendor does not have vendor-specific objective evidence of selling price ("VSOE") or third-party evidence of selling price ("TPE"); and

(iii) eliminate the use of the residual method and require an entity to allocate revenue using the relative selling price method.

The Company elected to adopt this accounting guidance at the beginning of its first quarter of fiscal year 2011 on a prospective basis. The adoption of this guidance does not impact our revenue recognition with respect to Behavioral Analytics because the implementation services sold with our Managed services are not separated into multiple accounting units because there is no standalone fair value for these services. We recognize these services revenues over the anticipated subscription period. This accounting guidance does not change the units of accounting for the Company's revenue transactions or the methods used to allocate consideration to the units of accounting. The revenue recognition for each of these offerings is discussed below.

For the ICS Business Unit, the Company utilized VSOE to allocate revenue to various elements in an arrangement. We determined VSOE based on our normal pricing and discounting practices for the product or service when sold separately. In determining VSOE, we required that a substantial majority of the selling prices for a product or consulting services fall within a reasonably narrow pricing range, generally evidenced by approximately 80% of such historical standalone transactions falling within plus or minus 20% of the median selling price. For the ICS Business Unit's managed services, we established VSOE through the stated renewal approach. We were able to establish VSOE for our product and service offerings except for software. If we were not able to establish VSOE for an offering, we attempted to establish fair value by utilizing TPE, which was established by obtaining evidence from comparable offerings from a peer company. If the Company was unable to establish fair value using VSOE or TPE, then the Company used ESP in its allocation of revenue. To determine ESP, we applied significant judgment as we weighed a variety of factors, based on the facts and circumstances of the arrangement. These factors included internal costs, gross margin objectives, and existing portfolio pricing and discounting.

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Within discontinued operations, some of our sales arrangements had multiple deliverables containing software and related software components. Such sale arrangements were subject to the accounting guidance in ASC 985-605, Software Revenue Recognition.

Stock-Based Compensation

Stock-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date based on the fair value of the award and is recognized as expense over the vesting period. Determining fair value of stock-based awards at the grant date requires certain assumptions. The Company uses historical information as the basis for the selection of expected life, expected volatility, expected dividend yield assumptions, and anticipated forfeiture rates. The risk-free interest rate is selected based on the yields from U.S. Treasury Strips with a remaining term equal to the expected term of the options being valued.

Severance and Related Costs

Severance and related costs includes cost-reduction actions, principally consisting of personnel reductions and an office consolidation. The portion of the accruals relating to employee severance represents contractual severance for identified employees and generally is not subject to a significant revision. The portion of the accruals that related to office space reductions, office closures, and associated contractual lease obligations are based in part on assumptions and estimates of the timing and amount of sublease rentals, which may be affected by overall economic and local market conditions. To the extent estimates of the success of our sublease efforts changed, adjustments increasing or decreasing the related accruals have been recognized.

Income Taxes

We have recorded income tax valuation allowances on our net deferred tax assets to account for the unpredictability surrounding the timing of realization of our U.S. and non-U.S. net deferred tax assets due to uncertain economic conditions. The valuation allowances may be reversed at a point in time when management determines realization of these tax assets has become more likely than not, based on a return to predictable levels of profitability.

The Company uses an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting of income taxes. Deferred income taxes are provided when tax laws and financial accounting standards differ with respect to the amount of income for the year, the basis of assets and liabilities, and for tax loss carryforwards. The Company does not provide U.S. deferred income taxes on earnings of U.S. or foreign subsidiaries, which are expected to be indefinitely reinvested.

The Company may recognize the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such a position should be measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. Significant judgment is used to determine the likelihood of the benefit. There is additional guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties on income taxes, accounting in interim periods, and disclosure requirements.

Intraperiod tax allocation requires that the provision for income taxes be allocated between continuing operations and other categories of earnings (such as discontinued operations or other comprehensive income) for each tax jurisdiction. In periods in which there is a year-to-date pre-tax loss from continuing operations and pre-tax income in other categories of earnings, the tax provision is first allocated to the other categories of earnings. A related tax benefit is then recorded in continuing operations. While intraperiod tax allocation in general does not change the overall tax provision, it may result in a gross-up of the individual components, thereby changing the amount of tax provision included in each category. In the first, second, and third quarters of 2012, the intraperiod allocation was not applicable because the Company had a pretax loss in both continuing operations and discontinued operations.

Other Significant Accounting Policies

For a description of the Company's other significant accounting policies, see Note Two "Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" of the "Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements" included in our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2011.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this Form 10-Q that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). These forward-looking statements, which may be identified by use of words such as "plan," "may," "might," "believe," "expect," "intend," "could," "would," "should," and other words and terms of similar meaning, in connection with any discussion of our prospects, financial statements, business, financial condition, revenues, results of operations, or liquidity, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. In addition to other factors and matters contained or incorporated in this document, important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, those noted under "Risk Factors" included in Part I Item 1A of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, including:

• Uncertainties associated with the attraction of new clients, the continuation of existing and new engagements with existing clients, and the timing of related client commitments;

• Reliance on a relatively small number of clients for a significant percentage of our revenue;

• Risks involving the variability and predictability of the number, size, . . .

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