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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)

Highlights:

  • 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

COLUMBIA, MD / ACCESSWIRE / November 14, 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.

Revenues


Three Months Ended September 30, Change Nine Months Ended September 30, Change
(Dollars in thousands) 2023 2022 $ % 2023 2022 $ %
Revenue
$ 9,119 $ 6,778 $ 2,341 35 % $ 23,867 $ 13,455 $ 10,412 77 %

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.


Three Months Ended, Change
(Dollars in thousands)
September 30, 2023 June 30, 2023 $ %
Revenue
$ 9,119 $ 8,563 $ 556 6 %

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

Three Months Ended September 30, Change Nine Months Ended September 30, Change
(Dollars in thousands) 2023 2022 $ % 2023 2022 $ %
Loss from operations
$ (9,803) $ (12,847) 3,044 -24 % $ (32,770) $ (40,861) 8,091 -20 %

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.

Three Months Ended, Change
September 30, 2023 June 30, 2023 $ %
(Dollars in thousands)
$ (9,803) $ (10,280) $ 477 -5 %
Loss from operations

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

Performance Obligations

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.


Three Months Ended September 30, Change Nine Months Ended September 30, Change
2023 2022 $ % 2023 2022 $ %
Total Contract Value
$ 8,400 $ 4,839 $ 3,561 74 % $ 38,126 $ 8,616 $ 29,510 343 %

The increase in total contract value is primarily related to large statewide contracts that closed across all three product lines.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2023 2022 2023 2022
(Dollars in thousands, except percentages) (Dollars in thousands, except percentages)
Revenue
$ 9,119 $ 6,778 $ 23,867 $ 13,455
Cost of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization
4,320 3,655 11,319 7,445
Adjusted Gross Profit
$ 4,799 $ 3,123 $ 12,548 $ 6,010
Adjusted Gross Margin
52.6 % 46.1 % 52.6 % 44.7 %

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):

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Net loss from continuing operations
$ (10,566) $ (48,128) $ (34,361) $ (76,191)
Income taxes
- (954) - (954)
Interest
906 21 2,576 46
Depreciation and amortization
1,963 1,852 5,925 4,477
EBITDA
$ (7,697) $ (47,209) $ (25,860) $ (72,622)

Share-based compensation
$ 1,081 $ 1,628 $ 3,237 $ 5,413
Goodwill impairment
- 34,835 - 34,835
Gain on extinguishment of debt
- - (527) -
Adjusted EBITDA
$ (6,616) $ (10,746) $ (23,150) $ (32,374)

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)

International: 201-689-8037

A live webcast of the conference call will be available online at: https://link.edgepilot.com/s/19b0cf3e/53lu971YhECd5Oy84sCC4w?u=https://event.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=6kxGEKzK

REPLAY INFORMATION

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:

Replay Dial-In: 877-660-6853 / 201-612-7415

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 OneĀ® 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.

To learn more please visit our website: https://rekor.ai, and follow Rekor on social media on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and its links and attachments contain statements concerning Rekor Systems, Inc. and its future expectations, plans, and prospects that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding the impact of Rekor's core suite of AI-powered technology and the size and shape of the global market for ALPR systems. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "target," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," by the negative of these terms or by other similar expressions. You are cautioned that such statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual circumstances, events or results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, particularly as a result of various risks and other factors identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date on which they were made and are based on management's assumptions and estimates as of such date. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of the receipt of new information, the occurrence of future events, or otherwise.

Company Contact:

Rekor Systems, Inc.
Eyal Hen
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: +1 (443) 545-7260
ehen@rekor.ai

Media & Investor Relations Contact:

Rekor Systems, Inc.
Charles Degliomini
ir@rekor.ai

REKOR SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)


September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$ 7,034 $ 1,924
Restricted cash and cash equivalents
325 254
Accounts receivable, net
7,024 3,238
Inventory
3,459 1,986
Note receivable, current portion
340 340
Other current assets, net
1,674 1,202
Current assets of discontinued operations
- 331
Total current assets
19,856 9,275
Long-term assets
Property and equipment, net
14,077 16,733
Right-of-use operating lease assets, net
9,516 9,662
Right-of-use financing lease assets, net
1,994 -
Goodwill
20,593 20,593
Intangible assets, net
18,208 21,299
Note receivable, long-term
567 822
SAFE investment
- 2,005
Deposits
3,348 3,451
Total long-term assets
68,303 74,565
Total assets
$ 88,159 $ 83,840
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
$ 5,619 $ 5,963
Notes payable, current portion
1,000 1,000
Related party notes, current portion
- 1,000
Loan payable, current portion
83 106
Lease liability operating, short-term
1,143 1,069
Lease liability financing, short-term
502 -
Contract liabilities, short-term
4,503 3,044
Other current liabilities
3,427 2,772
Current liabilities of discontinued operations
- 490
Total current liabilities
16,277 15,444
Long-term Liabilities
Notes payable, long-term
1,000 2,000
2023 Promissory Notes, net of debt discount of $1,177
2,823 -
2023 Promissory Notes - related party, net of debt discount of $2,500
6,000 -
Loan payable, long-term
292 349
Lease liability operating, long-term
13,395 14,237
Lease liability financing, long-term
1,082 -
Contract liabilities, long-term
1,517 1,005
Deferred tax liability
52 52
Other non-current liabilities
2,142 1,416
Total long-term liabilities
28,303 19,059
Total liabilities
44,580 34,503
Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)
Stockholders' equity
Common stock, $0.0001 par value; authorized; 100,000,000 shares; issued: 69,233,969, shares as of September 30, 2023 and 54,446,602 as of December 31, 2022; outstanding: 69,137,461 shares as of September 30, 2023 and 54,405,080 as of December 31, 2022.
7 5
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 2,000,000 authorized, 505,000 shares designated as Series A and 240,861 shares designated as Series B as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively. No preferred stock was issued or outstanding as of September 30, 2023 or December 31, 2022, respectively.
- -
Treasury stock, 96,508 and 41,522 shares as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively.
(522) (417)
Additional paid-in capital
231,453 202,747
Accumulated deficit
(187,359) (152,998)
Total stockholders' equity
43,579 49,337
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$ 88,159 $ 83,840

REKOR SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2023 2022 2023 2022
Revenue
$ 9,119 $ 6,778 $ 23,867 $ 13,455
Cost of revenue, excluding depreciation and amortization
4,320 3,655 11,319 7,445
Operating expenses:
General and administrative expenses
6,871 6,775 19,941 22,232
Selling and marketing expenses
1,498 2,432 5,441 6,390
Research and development expenses
4,270 4,911 14,011 13,772
Depreciation and amortization
1,963 1,852 5,925 4,477
Goodwill impairment
- 34,835 - 34,835
Total operating expenses
14,602 50,805 45,318 81,706

Loss from operations
(9,803) (47,682) (32,770) (75,696)
Other income (expense):
Gain on extinguishment of debt
- - 527 -
Interest expense, net
(906) (21) (2,576) (46)
Other income (expense)
143 (1,379) 458 (1,403)
Total other income (expense)
(763) (1,400) (1,591) (1,449)
Loss before income taxes
(10,566) (49,082) (34,361) (77,145)
Income tax benefit
- 954 - 954
Net loss from continuing operations
(10,566) (48,128) (34,361) (76,191)
Net income from discontinued operations
- 94 - 289
Net loss
$ (10,566) $ (48,034) $ (34,361) $ (75,902)
Loss per common share from continuing operations - basic and diluted
$ (0.16) $ (0.90) $ (0.56) $ (1.58)
Earning per common share discontinued operations - basic and diluted
- 0.00 - 0.01
Loss per common share - basic and diluted
$ (0.16) $ (0.90) $ (0.56) $ (1.57)
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic and diluted
66,671,622 53,482,110 61,125,035 48,279,713

SOURCE: Rekor Systems, Inc.



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