Rekor Systems Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Press Release

November 14, 2022

Rekor Systems Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Highlights:

  • Revenue increased 184% to $7.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, compared to $2.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021
  • Revenue increased 38% to $15.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, compared to $11.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021
  • Recurring revenue increased to 65% and 56% of total revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, respectively, as compared to 47% and 28% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021

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 unaudited financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022.

Management Commentary

"We continue to demonstrate noteworthy growth in recurring revenue under our new sales model for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, compared to the same periods in 2021, as well as continued quarter-over-quarter growth since September 30, 2021," said Eyal Hen, Chief Financial Officer, Rekor. "In 2022, we have been focused on sales initiatives that create continuing interactions. This has resulted in an outsized increase in recurring revenues."

Hen added, "After completing the acquisition of STS on June 17, 2022, we have already begun to see the benefit of the acquisition through increased revenue growth and an expanded footprint; during the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2022. Additionally, this acquisition has been partly responsible for the increase in our performance obligations as of September 30, 2022, to $28.6 million compared to $22.6 million as of December 31, 2021. In the third quarter, the Company also realized a reduction in SG&A expenses due to our strategic realignment. "

Notable Second Quarter Wins and Achievements

  • The Company was selected by the Florida Department of Transportation ("FDOT") Office of Transportation Data and Analytics to provide hardware, software, and data collection services for the State's Non-Motorized Count Station Installation and Maintenance Services over a five-year term.
  • The Company was selected to launch a multi-year program with the Texas Department of Transportation ("TxDOT") to deploy its traffic management technology to improve incident response time and overall roadway safety. The contract calls for the implementation of Rekor's cloud-based roadway intelligence platform at the TxDOT Combined Transportation, Emergency, and Communications Center facilities.
  • The Company was awarded a multi-year contract to digitize parking permitting for Augusta University Health System in Augusta, Georgia.
  • The Company launched the Rekor Partner Network ("RPN"). Rekor Partner Network is designed to aggregate, transform, and deliver actionable insights and analytics as a service from a global ecosystem of connected vehicles, navigation, work zone, weather, roadway sensor, and special event data companies.
  • The Company achieved the Amazon Web Services ("AWS") Smart City Competency in the Software: Smart Urban Transportation category. This designation recognizes Rekor as an AWS Partner that helps customers and the partner community build and deploy innovative Smart City solutions.

"We are proud of our solid operational results, which exceeded our expectations and generated a significant increase in recurring revenue and performance obligations. We believe our strong and consistent operational execution reflects the resilience of a development stage AI company that has been built deliberately to ensure we can take advantage of the national and worldwide attention that is now laser-focused on digitizing roadways," said Robert A. Berman, CEO, and Chair, Rekor.

Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Revenues

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2022, increased $4,810,000 or 184% to $7,425,000, compared to $2,615,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, revenue increased $4,266,000 or 38% to $15,371,000, compared to $11,105,000 for the comparable period in 2021. The increase in revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, was primarily attributable to the synergies with our STS acquisitions and our land and expand strategy, which involves increasing the services and solutions we provide to existing customers and also facilitating cooperation between our existing customers and new customers as part of a broader information network.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, revenue attributable to our acquisition of STS was $3,503,000 and $3,990,000, respectively.

Recurring revenue increased 292% and 174% to $4,839,000 and $8,616,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, respectively, as compared to $1,233,000 and $3,142,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively

Adjusted Gross Margin

Adjusted Gross Margin for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, and 2021 decreased to 44.5% from 46.4% and 42.9% from 57.6%, respectively. As part of a sales strategy to quickly expand our market reach, we have recently offered certain customers short-term pilot programs, which range from three to nine months. Our pilot programs generally have lower margins due to additional upfront costs we incur to establish the program, which will not be incurred again if the pilot program is converted into a long-term program. In addition, the Company experienced lower margins on certain hardware sales during these quarters.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses, excluding the goodwill impairment described below, for the three months ended September 30, 2022, increased to $16,110,000, compared to $10,868,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2021. For the nine months ending September 30, 2022, and 2021, the Company had operating expenses, excluding the goodwill impairment, of $47,549,000 and $26,048,000, respectively. During the three and nine months that ended September 30, 2022, the Company continued to increase administrative and sales force headcount to support growth initiatives and saw an increase in professional fees mainly associated with merger and acquisition activities, and the full three months of STS operating expenses.

The Company also increased its research and development expenses in the three and nine months that ended September 30, 2022, primarily due to the development of new products and additional software capabilities. The increase in research and development expenses is mainly attributable to an increase in headcount and hours associated with research and development activities. Furthermore, marketing expenses increased due to a ramp-up in marketing efforts to promote the Company's products and services, including digital marketing and other actions.

During the third quarter of 2022, we experienced a significant decline in our market capitalization, which we deemed a triggering event related to goodwill. As a result, we performed an interim impairment assessment as of September 30, 2022, and determined that we had an impairment related to goodwill in the amount of $34,835,000.

Loss per Share

Loss per share for the three months ended September 30, 2022, was $(0.90), compared to $(0.23) for the three months ended September 30, 2021. For the nine months ending September 30, 2022, and 2021, the loss per share was $(1.58) and $(0.52), respectively. Net loss per share increased due to the increased net loss from continuing operations.

Total Value of Contracts Won

The total contract value of contracts won in the period provides visibility into the Company's future operating results, and cash flows from operations. Certain assumptions are embedded in an agreement's total contract value, such as the success rate of renewal periods, cancellations, and usage estimates. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, we won contracts valued at $8,297,000, compared to $7,294,000 of contracts won for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. This represents a $1,003,000 or 14% increase, period over period. The increase in total contract value is partially related to our strategy of entering into pilot programs that require low initial commitments by our customers in the short term in the expectation that they will develop into more extensive commitments over time. This helps grow our pipeline and demand for our products. As pilot programs convert into longer-term and larger-scale contracts, we expect to see our KPIs improve.

Performance Obligations

On September 30, 2022, the Company had approximately $28,606,000 in remaining performance obligations not yet satisfied or partially satisfied. This is an increase of approximately 27% sequentially, up from $22,587,000 of remaining performance obligations as of December 31, 2021. The Company expects to recognize approximately 58% of this amount as revenue over the succeeding twelve months. The remainder is expected to be recognized over the next two to four years. The increase in performance obligations includes the value of performance obligations related to the acquisition of STS.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles the loss per share to the Adjusted Loss per share with Adjusted EBIDTA for the periods included:

Adjusted loss per share, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as earnings per share adjusted for the financial metrics to calculate Adjustment EBITDA. Management uses Adjusted loss per share to assess total Company operating performance on a consistent basis. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure, when considered together with our GAAP financial results, provides management and investors with an additional understanding of our business operating results, including underlying trends.

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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