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It May Be Possible That Rekor Systems, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:REKR) CEO Compensation Could Get Bumped Up

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Shareholders will be pleased by the robust performance of Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:REKR) recently and this will be kept in mind in the upcoming AGM on 14 September 2021. The focus will probably be on the future strategic initiatives that the board and management will put in place to improve the business rather than executive remuneration when they cast their votes on company resolutions. In our analysis below, we discuss why we think the CEO compensation looks acceptable and the case for a raise.

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Comparing Rekor Systems, Inc.'s CEO Compensation With the industry

At the time of writing, our data shows that Rekor Systems, Inc. has a market capitalization of US$364m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$520k for the year to December 2020. This means that the compensation hasn't changed much from last year. In particular, the salary of US$495.0k, makes up a huge portion of the total compensation being paid to the CEO.

In comparison with other companies in the industry with market capitalizations ranging from US$200m to US$800m, the reported median CEO total compensation was US$1.7m. Accordingly, Rekor Systems pays its CEO under the industry median. Moreover, Robert Berman also holds US$68m worth of Rekor Systems stock directly under their own name, which reveals to us that they have a significant personal stake in the company.

Component20202019Proportion (2020)
Salary US$495k US$453k 95%
Other US$25k US$65k 5%
Total CompensationUS$520k US$518k100%

On an industry level, roughly 23% of total compensation represents salary and 77% is other remuneration. Investors will find it interesting that Rekor Systems pays the bulk of its rewards through a traditional salary, instead of non-salary benefits. If salary dominates total compensation, it suggests that CEO compensation is leaning less towards the variable component, which is usually linked with performance.

NasdaqCM:REKR CEO Compensation September 8th 2021

A Look at Rekor Systems, Inc.'s Growth Numbers

Over the last three years, Rekor Systems, Inc. has shrunk its earnings per share by 12% per year. In the last year, its revenue is up 84%.

The decrease in EPS could be a concern for some investors. But in contrast the revenue growth is strong, suggesting future potential for EPS growth. It's hard to reach a conclusion about business performance right now. This may be one to watch. Historical performance can sometimes be a good indicator on what's coming up next but if you want to peer into the company's future you might be interested in this free visualization of analyst forecasts.

Has Rekor Systems, Inc. Been A Good Investment?

Most shareholders would probably be pleased with Rekor Systems, Inc. for providing a total return of 781% over three years. As a result, some may believe the CEO should be paid more than is normal for companies of similar size.

To Conclude...

Robert receives almost all of their compensation through a salary. The company's overall performance, while not bad, could be better. If it manages to keep up the current streak, CEO remuneration could well be one of shareholders' least concerns. Rather, investors would more likely want to engage on discussions related to key strategic initiatives and future growth opportunities for the company and set their longer-term expectations.

It is always advisable to analyse CEO pay, along with performing a thorough analysis of the company's key performance areas. We did our research and identified 3 warning signs (and 1 which is concerning) in Rekor Systems we think you should know about.

Important note: Rekor Systems is an exciting stock, but we understand investors may be looking for an unencumbered balance sheet and blockbuster returns. You might find something better in this list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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