Superconductor Technologies Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON) reported financial results for the quarter ended Oct.1, 2016.

"In the third quarter, STI's HTS wire program focused on demonstrating our market leading critical current performance when using our strengthened wire template," stated Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer. "We significantly improved our Conductus ® wire performance during the quarter, attaining approximately 80% of our goal while maintaining our target properties for mechanical strength. Once the full specification is achieved, we plan to ship wire promptly to key customers to complete existing qualification orders.

"Increasing wire demand continues to foster industry and government support for HTS wire manufacturing. The US Department of Energy has announced it plans to grant funds later this year to accelerate the development of enabling technologies for next generation machines. An industry leading manufacturer of generators and motors and two renowned academic institutions have joined with STI in submitting a proposal to the DOE entitled 'Process Innovations for HTS Wire Manufacturing'. We continue to be approached by customers pursuing new market opportunities, many of which require a quantity of wire that exceeds our existing annual manufacturing capacity. This ongoing activity, along with new orders for qualification and demonstration projects, gives us confidence that the market opportunity continues to be attractive.

"We are also encouraged by the interest shown in the Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI), where STI continues to play an active role. This industry-driven institute is focused on attaining the HTS wire manufacturing performance necessary to address the future requirements for device manufacturers. The goal of ASMI is to enable US industry to catapult ahead in the global marketplace. One key initiative is to achieve a 10-fold increase in HTS wire manufacturing throughput, overcoming the availability barrier that exists today. Recently, several Fortune 500 enterprises have joined these efforts, increasing involvement by recognized industry leaders."

STI's third quarter 2016 net revenues were $22,000 compared to $11,000 in the second quarter of 2016 and $91,000 in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue for all periods was primarily from legacy wireless products. Net loss for the third quarter 2016 was $2.9 million, or a loss of $0.93 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.1 million, or a loss of $1.14 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, and a net loss of $2.4 million, or a loss of $2.08 per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.

For the nine-month period ending Oct. 1, 2016, total net revenues were $122,000, compared to $217,000 for the same period of 2015. The net loss for the first nine months of 2016 was $8.6 million, or $3.06 per share, compared to $6.2 million, or $5.80 per share. 

Please note: share and per share data for both periods is adjusted for the 1-for-15 reverse stock split effective on July 18, 2016.

As of Oct. 1, 2016, STI had $3.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Investor Conference CallSTI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, Nov. 10 th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its results. Participating in the call will be Jeff Quiram, president and chief executive officer; and Bill Buchanan, vice president and chief financial officer. To listen to the call live, please dial 1-888-461-2011 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-719-325-2291. The conference ID is 2729735.  The call will be webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website. A telephone replay will be available until midnight ET on November 12 th by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671, and entering pass code 2729735. A replay will also be available at the web address above.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)Superconductor Technologies Inc. is a global leader in superconducting innovation. Its Conductus ® superconducting wire platform offers high performance, cost-effective and scalable superconducting wire. With 100 times the current carrying capacity of conventional copper and aluminum, superconducting wire offers zero resistance with extreme high current density. This provides a significant benefit for electric power transmission and also enables much smaller or more powerful magnets for motors, generators, energy storage and medical equipment. Since 1987, STI has led innovation in HTS materials, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than 20 years STI utilized its unique HTS manufacturing process for solutions to maximize capacity utilization and coverage for Tier 1 telecommunications operators. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit http://www.suptech.com.

Safe Harbor Statement  Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our limited cash and a history of losses; our need to materially grow our revenues from commercial operations and/or to raise additional capital (which financing may not be available on acceptable terms or at all) in the very near future, before cash reserves are depleted (which reserves are expected to be sufficient into the first quarter of 2017), to implement our current business plan and maintain our viability; the performance and use of our equipment to produce wire in accordance with our timetable; overcoming technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture commercial lengths of our HTS wire; the possibility of delays in customer evaluation and acceptance of our HTS wire; the limited number of potential customers and customer pressures on the selling prices of our products; the limited number of suppliers for some of our components and our HTS wire; there being no significant backlog from quarter to quarter; our market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology; the impact of competitive products, technologies and pricing; manufacturing capacity constraints and difficulties; the impact of any financing activity on the level of our stock price; the dilutive impact of any issuances of securities to raise capital; the steps required to maintain the listing of our common stock with a U.S. national securities exchange and the impact on the liquidity and trading price of our common stock if we fail to maintain such listing; the cost and uncertainty from compliance with environmental regulations; and local, regional, and national and international economic conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers.

Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including, those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website, www.suptech.com, or through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to senior management, and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

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SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  October 1, 2016   September 26, 2015   October 1, 2016   September 26, 2015
               
Net revenues $   22,000     $   91,000     $   122,000     $   217,000  
               
Costs and expenses:              
Cost of revenues   962,000       794,000       2,796,000       2,238,000  
Research and development   676,000       772,000       2,093,000       3,246,000  
Selling, general and administrative   1,231,000       1,411,000       3,814,000       4,256,000  
               
Total costs and expenses   2,869,000       2,977,000       8,703,000       9,740,000  
               
Loss from operations   (2,847,000 )     (2,886,000 )     (8,581,000 )     (9,523,000 )
               
Other Income and Expense:              
               
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   18,000       503,000       38,000       3,886,000  
Adjustments to warrant exercise price   (47,000 )     -       (47,000 )     (367,000 )
Other (expense) income   2,000       10,000       8,000       (199,000 )
               
Net loss $   (2,874,000 )   $   (2,373,000 )   $   (8,582,000 )   $   (6,203,000 )
               
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $   (0.93 )   $   (2.08 )   $   (3.06 )   $   (5.80 )
               
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   3,085,403       1,143,188       2,806,658       1,069,110  
                               

SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
  October 1,   December 31,
    2016       2015  
  (Unaudited)   (See Note)
ASSETS      
       
Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $   3,395,000      $   7,469,000  
Accounts receivable, net   5,000       38,000  
Inventory, net   64,000       121,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   123,000       122,000  
Total Current Assets   3,587,000       7,750,000  
       
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $8,966,000 and $7,290,000, respectively   3,875,000       5,551,000  
Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization of  $927,000 and $869,000, respectively   1,011,000       938,000  
Other assets   96,000       126,000  
Total Assets $   8,569,000      $   14,365,000  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $   341,000      $   432,000  
Accrued expenses   750,000       418,000  
Total Current Liabilities   1,091,000       850,000  
Other long-term liabilities   262,000       393,000  
Total Liabilities   1,353,000       1,243,000  
       
       
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized, 330,369 and 330,873 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   -       -  
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 3,276,782 and 2,640,547 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   3,000       3,000  
Capital in excess of par value   306,765,000       304,089,000  
Accumulated deficit   (299,552,000 )     (290,970,000 )
Total Stockholders' Equity   7,216,000       13,122,000  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $   8,569 ,000      $   14,365,000  
               

Note - December 31, 2015 balances were derived from audited financial statements.
SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
  October 1, 2016   September 26, 2015  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
 Net loss $   (8,582,000 )   $   (6,203,000 )  
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
 Depreciation and amortization   1,736,000       1,932,000    
 Stock-based compensation expense   776,000       1,619,000    
 Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   (38,000 )     (3,886,000 )  
 Adjustments to warrant exercise price   47,000       367,000    
 Provision for excess or obsolete inventory   -       58,000    
 Gain on disposal of property and equipment   -       (1,000 )  
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable   32,000       49,000    
Inventories   56,000       103,000    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (2,000 )     199,000    
Patents, licenses and purchased technology   (130,000 )     (57,000 )  
Other assets   30,000       127,000    
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities   101,000       (318,000 )  
Net cash used in operating activities   (5,974,000 )     (6,217,000 )  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Purchases of property and equipment   -       (141,000 )  
Net proceeds from the sale of property and equipment   -       1,000    
Net cash used in investing activities   -       (140,000 )  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Net proceeds from the sale of common stock   1,900,000       4,596,000    
Net proceeds from the exercise of outstanding warrants    -       1,687,000    
Net cash provided by financing activities   1,900,000       6,283,000    
         
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (4,074,000 )     (74,000 )  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   7,469,000       1,238,000    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $   3,395,000     $   1,164,000    
         
Supplemental non-cash financing disclosure:        
Warrant liability converted to capital in excess of par $    -     $   669,000    
                 

 
Investor Relations ContactCathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman LHA +1-415-433-3777 invest@suptech.com

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