November 14, 2023
Rekor Systems, Inc. Reports Record Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Company continues noteworthy quarter-over-quarter revenue growth, setting itself apart in the AI sector with a 268% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
• Record Q3 2023 gross revenue of $9.1 million - an increase of 35% as compared to $6.8 million in Q3 2022
• Performance obligations increased 41% to $30.2 million as of September 30, 2023, as compared to $21.4 million as of December 31, 2022
• Total contract value signed during the third quarter was $8.4 million, an increase of 74% from $4.8 million in the same quarter of 2022
• Improved Adjusted EBITDA from a loss of $10.7 million for Q3 2022 to a loss of $6.6 million for Q3 2023
Rekor Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: REKR) ("Rekor" or the "Company"), a leader in developing and implementing state-of-the-art roadway intelligence technology using AI and machine learning, today announced its financial results for the nine and three months ended September 30, 2023.
"In the third quarter of 2023, we have maintained our impressive revenue growth trend while simultaneously reducing our losses and cash burn. We achieved record quarterly and nine-month revenues in 2023, all while continuing our efforts to expand our market presence and making further investments in our AI technology. This remarkable progress underscores our success in realizing our strategic vision," commented Eyal Hen, CFO, Rekor.
"Even as we maintain our ongoing investments in technology, the chart below highlights an exceptional Compound Annual Growth Rate ("CAGR") of 268% in our AI and technology-related revenue from 2018 to 2022," Hen added.
Mr. Hen continued, "Rekor expects to have a strong fourth quarter and meet or beat the current estimates for the full year. The impressive CAGR shown above was achieved more rapidly than many other AI-related companies. We've been cautious with our equity, avoiding significant dilution, even as we make acquisitions and fund our growth. (See chart below, comparing Rekor to AI technology industry peers for reference).
Rekor Chair and CEO Robert A. Berman emphasized, "Our impressive journey, achieving a 268% CAGR in revenue from 2018 to 2022, underscores our distinctiveness in the AI sector. We've swiftly advanced compared to our industry peers while prudently managing equity and strategically acquiring assets. This progress not only strengthens our position but also generates significant shareholder value. As we persist in technology progress and broaden our market presence, Rekor stands firmly poised for continued success."
Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023
This section highlights the changes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. Additionally, this section includes the changes for the three months ending September 30, 2023, compared to those ending June 30, 2023.
The increase in revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2022, was primarily attributable to our acquisition of STS in June 2022. During the nine months ended September 30, 2023, revenue attributable to STS was $10,740,000, compared to $3,990,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.
The other main driver of revenue growth during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, was attributable to sales of the Company's software and its contactless compliance program, which both increased in revenue.
The increase in revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2022, was primarily due to continued adoption of our suite of solutions.
Loss from Operations Excluding Goodwill Impairment
The decrease in operating loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, was primarily attributable to our growth in revenue, highlighted above, accompanied by a significant reduction in expenses.
During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, the Company saw a significant decrease in payroll and payroll-related costs as the Company began to focus on operational efficiencies and streamlining its business processes.
The primary cause of the decrease in the Company’s loss from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2023, was the Company’s increase in revenue accompanied by a continued reduction in personnel costs.
Additional Key Performance Indicators
As of September 30, 2023, the Company had approximately $30,203,000 in remaining performance obligations not yet satisfied or partially satisfied. This is an increase of approximately 41%, 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 focused 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.
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 nine months ended September 30, 2023, increased compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. As the 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 nine months ended September 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 third quarter of 2023 results on Tuesday, November 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=6kxGEKzK
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: 13742182
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 leader in developing and implementing state-of-the-art roadway intelligence systems using AI and machine learning. Pioneering the implementation of digital infrastructure in our communities, Rekor is redefining infrastructure by collecting, connecting, and organizing the world's mobility data - laying the foundation for a digital-enabled operating system for the road. With our Rekor One® Roadway Intelligence Engine at the foundation of our technology, we aggregate and transform trillions of data points into intelligence through proprietary computer vision, machine learning, and big data analytics that power our platforms and applications. Our solutions provide actionable insights that give governments and businesses a comprehensive picture of roadways while providing a collaborative environment that drives the world to be safer, greener, and more efficient.
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