- Successfully completed third party validation test for target application -- Shipped Conductus wire to target customers -- Attained NEW record current carrying performance -

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON) reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

"In the third quarter, we attained the required specification for a key customer's application for our Conductus ® HTS wire," stated Jeff Quiram, STI's president and CEO. "The Robinson Research Institute, an internationally recognized expert in the development of innovative superconducting products, confirmed our results through its independent testing. We have now shipped this improved wire to several customers with near-term wire demand forecasts.

"The forecasted demand for 2G HTS wire continues to increase, especially for wire optimized for applications including fault current limiters, utility scale generators, transmission cables, fusion energy, ultra-high-performance magnets for science, electric aircraft and next generation energy storage devices. Customers continue to recognize the value of high-performance HTS wire as the gap from low-performance wire options widens. High performance wire enables these customers to deliver end products that offer reduced size, weight, and greatly improved overall efficiency. As a result, our discussions with industry leaders have never been more active. This interest was highlighted at the EUCAS conference in Geneva in September, where customer discussions revolved around developing a plan to supply wire for their projects. We believe the current and near future initiatives being pursued underscore the fact that potential demand for Conductus wire is greater than ever.

"During the quarter, we made progress on our 'Process Innovations for HTS Wire Manufacturing' project, which is part of the Next Generation Electric Machines program with the U.S. Department of Energy. At this time, we have demonstrated a 40% improvement in critical current capacity above the baseline set at the beginning of the project.  We are excited to be working on this program with TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company, an industry leading manufacturer of electric generators and motors, and our highly respected academic partners, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of North Texas," Quiram concluded.

Third Quarter Financial SummarySTI's third quarter 2017 net revenues were $130,000, compared to $11,000 in the second quarter of 2017 and $22,000 in the third quarter of 2016. Net loss for the third quarter 2017 was $2.5 million, or a loss of $0.23 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million, or a loss of $0.24 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017, and a net loss of $2.9 million, or a loss of $0.93 per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2016.

For the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, 2017, total net revenues were $139,000, compared to $122,000 for the same period of 2016. The net loss for the first nine months of 2017 was $7.7 million, or $0.73 per share, compared to $8.6 million, or $3.06 per share. 

As of Sept. 30, 2017, STI had $4.7 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Investor Conference CallSTI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, November 9 th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its results. To listen to the call live, please dial 1-877-719-9799 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-719-457-6931. The conference ID is 9276722.  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 13 th by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671, and entering pass code 9276722. 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, 2016 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.

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

- Tables to Follow -
  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended    
  September 30, 2017   October 1, 2016   September 30, 2017   October 1, 2016  
Commercial product revenues $   -     $   22,000     $   9,000     $   122,000    
Government contract revenues   130,000       -       130,000       -    
Total revenues   130,000       22,000       139,000       122,000    
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of commercial product revenues   790,000       962,000       2,421,000       2,796,000    
Cost of government contract revenues   85,000       -       96,000       -    
Research and development   766,000       676,000       2,094,000       2,093,000    
Selling, general and administrative   1,063,000       1,231,000       3,296,000       3,814,000    
Total costs and expenses   2,704,000       2,869,000       7,907,000       8,703,000    
Loss from operations   (2,574,000 )     (2,847,000 )     (7,768,000 )     (8,581,000 )  
Other Income and Expense:                
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   59,000       18,000       67,000       38,000    
Adjustments to warrant exercise price   -       (47,000 )     -       (47,000 )  
Other income   11,000       2,000       27,000       8,000    
Net loss $   (2,504,000 )   $   (2,874,000 )   $   (7,674,000 )   $   (8,582,000 )  
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $   (0.23 )   $   (0.93 )   $   (0.73 )   $   (3.06 )  
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   10,714,927       3,085,403       10,460,637       2,806,658    

  September 30,   December 31,
    2017       2016  
  (Unaudited)   (See Note)
Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $   4,682,000     $   10,452,000  
Accounts receivable, net   87,000       8,000  
Inventory, net   47,000       68,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   164,000       109,000  
Total Current Assets   4,980,000       10,637,000  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of      
$10,800,000 and $9,350,000, respectively   2,162,000       3,491,000  
Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization      
of $973,000 and $948,000, respectively   776,000       990,000  
Other assets   69,000       96,000  
Total Assets $   7,987,000     $   15,214,000  
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $   350,000     $   336,000  
Accrued expenses   601,000       608,000  
Total Current Liabilities   951,000       944,000  
Other long-term liabilities   112,000       172,000  
Total Liabilities   1,063,000       1,116,000  
Stockholders' Equity:      
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized,      
328,925 and 333,767 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   -       -  
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,       
10,759,261 and 7,353,714 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   11,000       7,000  
Capital in excess of par value   316,673,000       316,177,000  
Accumulated deficit   (309,760,000 )     (302,086,000 )
Total Stockholders' Equity   6,924,000       14,098,000  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $   7,987,000     $   15,214,000  

  Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2017   October 1, 2016
Net loss $   (7,674,000 )   $   (8,582,000 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in      
operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   1,474,000       1,736,000  
Stock-based compensation expense   300,000       776,000  
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   (67,000 )     (38,000 )
Adjustments to warrant exercise price   -       47,000  
Changes in assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   (78,000 )     32,000  
Inventories   22,000       56,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (55,000 )     (2,000 )
Patents, licenses and purchased technology   189,000       (130,000 )
Other assets   27,000       30,000  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities   13,000       101,000  
Net cash used in operating activities   (5,849,000 )     (5,974,000 )
Purchases of property and equipment   (121,000 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities   (121,000 )     -  
Net proceeds from the sale of common and preferred stock   -       1,900,000  
Net proceeds from the exercise of outstanding warrants    200,000       -  
Net cash provided by financing activities   200,000       1,900,000  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (5,770,000 )     (4,074,000 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   10,452,000       7,469,000  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $   4,682,000     $   3,395,000