August 14, 2023
Rekor Systems, Inc. Reports Record Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results as Company Continues Momentum with Consecutive Quarter-over-Quarter Revenue Growth, Solidifying Its Unique Position in the AI Sector
· Q2 2023 gross revenue increased 132% to $8.6 million as compared to $3.7 million in Q2 2022
· Recurring revenue increased 178% to $5.8 million in Q2 2023 as compared to $2.1 million in Q2 2022
· Performance obligations increased 48% to $31.8 million as of June 30, 2023, as compared to $21.4 million as of December 31, 2022
· Total contract value signed during the second quarter was $17.6 million, an increase of 31% from $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2023 and an increase from $3.5 million or 411% over the same quarter last year
· Improved Adjusted EBITDA from a loss of $12.0 million for Q2 2022 to a loss of $7.2 million for Q2 2023
Rekor Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:REKR) ("Rekor" or the "Company"), a global AI technology company with a mission to provide insights that build safer, smarter, and more efficient cities around the world through intelligent infrastructure, announced its financial results for the six and three months ended June 30, 2023.
"In the second quarter of 2023, not only did we successfully reduce our cash burn to approximately $5.5 million without one-time payments, but we also sustained our impressive revenue growth trend. We've consistently achieved over 35% increase in revenue quarter over quarter since the fourth quarter of 2022. This remarkable progress reflects our success in achieving our strategic vision," said Eyal Hen, Chief Financial Officer, Rekor.
"Rekor is leading the charge to be the premier provider of Roadway Intelligence and data-driven mobility insights on a global scale. Our cutting-edge, AI-driven solutions are revolutionizing public safety, urban mobility, and transportation product lines and enabling us to achieve consistent and predictable revenue-a rarity for any development-stage technology company," said Robert A. Berman, Chair and CEO, Rekor.
Mr. Berman added: "What sets Rekor apart is our ability not only to innovate but also to translate that innovation into sustainable growth. The revenue consistency we're achieving is a testament to the strong demand for our solutions, our effective go-to-market strategy, and the immense value we're creating for our customers and shareholders alike. We are pioneering a new era of AI roadway intelligence, and this strong financial performance underlines the unique position Rekor has attained in the industry."
Financial Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023
The following section has been included to highlight the changes for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. Additionally, this section includes the changes for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023.
The increase in revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, was primarily attributable to our acquisition of Southern Traffic Services, Inc. ("STS") in June 2022. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, revenue attributable to our acquisition of STS was $3,574,000 and $6,327,000, respectively. The other main driver of revenue growth during the year was attributable to sales of the Company's software which increased for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, as a result of the Company's go to market strategy and its expanded customer base.
The increase in revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2022, was across all product areas as the Company continued its strategy to focus on activities that generate recurring revenue.
Loss from Operations
The decrease in operating loss for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, was primarily attributable to our growth in revenue, highlighted above, and reduction in expenses.
During the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, the Company saw a significant decrease in payroll and payroll-related costs as the Company began to focus on operational efficiencies and streamline its business processes.
The primary cause of the decrease in the Company's loss from operations for the three months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2023, was the Company's increase in revenue accompanied by improvement in Adjusted Gross Margin. In addition, during the three months ended March 31, 2023, the Company had higher professional fees related to its legal matters that were settled in the first quarter of 2023.
Additional Key Performance Indicators
As of June 30, 2023, the Company had approximately $31,774,000 in remaining performance obligations not yet satisfied or partially satisfied. This is an increase of approximately 48%, up from $21,412,000 of remaining performance obligations as of December 31, 2022. Total performance obligations increased over time across all product areas as the Company continued to focus intently on near-term revenue-generating activities and closing long-term contracts.
Total Contract Value
The total contract value of contracts won in a given period provides visibility into the Company's future operating results and cash flows from operations. We make certain assumptions when determining the total contract value of an agreement, such as the success rate of renewal periods, cancellations and usage estimates.
For the six months ended June 30, 2023, we won contracts valued at $29,738,000, compared to $4,979,000 of contracts won for the six months ended June 30, 2022. This represents a $24,759,000 or 497% increase, period over period. The increase in total contract value is primarily related to large statewide contracts that closed across all three product lines.
Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin
Adjusted Gross Margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, increased compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. As Company continues to scale and standardize its product offerings, it has realized operational efficiencies that have resulted in an improved Adjusted Gross Margin. Additionally, during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, the Company had a higher mix of software sales which typically carry a higher Adjusted Gross Margin.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
The Company calculates EBITDA as net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, adjusted for (i) impairment of intangible assets, (ii) loss on extinguishment of debt, (iii) stock-based compensation, (iv) losses or gains on sales of subsidiaries, and (v) other unusual or non-recurring items. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("U.S. GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings or cash flow from operating activities as indicators of our operating performance or as a measure of liquidity or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because we believe they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in the evaluation of a company's ability to service and/or incur debt. However, other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do.
The following table sets forth the components of the EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods included (dollars in thousands):
Rekor has scheduled a conference call to discuss the second quarter of 2023 results on Monday, August 14, 2023, at 4:30 P.M. (Eastern).
Any person interested in participating in the call should please dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call using the following information:
North America: 877-407-8037 (Toll Free)
A live webcast of the conference call will be available online at: https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=7Xl0dKMK
A replay will be made available online approximately two hours following the live call for a period of two weeks. To access the replay, use the following numbers:
Access ID: 13739653
An archived webcast will also be available to replay this conference call directly from the Company's website under Investors, Events & Presentations.
About Rekor Systems, Inc.
Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:REKR) is a trusted global authority on intelligent infrastructure providing innovative solutions that drive the world to be safer, smarter, and more efficient. As a provider of comprehensive, continuous, and real-time roadway intelligence, Rekor leverages AI, machine learning, and holistic data to support the intelligent infrastructure that is essential for smart mobility. With its disruptive technology, the Company delivers integrated solutions, actionable insights, and predictions that increase roadway safety.
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