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Superconductor Technologies Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON) reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

/EIN News/ -- Jeff Quiram, STI’s president and CEO, stated, “In the first quarter of 2018, as previously announced, we expanded our Conductus® wire product development efforts related to next generation electric machines (NGEMs) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and widened our NGEM scope to multiple applications. We are now implementing a 2018 plan focused on producing wire optimized to operate at low temperatures in the presence of a magnetic field, the characteristics necessary for success in NGEM applications. Our product improvements in late 2017 and planned development in 2018 align our roadmap with market demand as our customers seek to secure wire supply for future projects.  

“Regarding our NGEM project with the DOE, all of our partners in the program, TECO Westinghouse Motor Company, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of North Texas, are actively engaged as we integrate our efforts to complete the program objectives as outlined in the statement of work. We will be providing an annual review on milestone progress to the DOE in July.”

In April, STI participated in the International Energy Agency (IEA) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conferences.  The company engaged with its customers and other industry leaders to review how STI can help them capitalize on several accelerating energy megatrends: decentralized renewable energy, high energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation.

First Quarter Highlights
STI’s first quarter 2018 net revenues were $246,000, compared to $1,000 in the first quarter of 2017 and $305,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Net loss for the first quarter 2018 was $2.2 million, or a loss of $0.20 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.6 million, or a loss of $0.26 per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017, and a net loss of $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.17 per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017.

On March 7, 2018, STI raised approximately $1.7 million in net proceeds from a registered direct offering. As of March 31, 2018, STI had $2.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Investor Conference Call
STI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, May 10th, 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 1-800-263-0877 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-323-794-2094. The conference ID is 5629713.  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 May 14th by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671, and entering pass code 5629713. A replay will also be available at the web address above.

About IEA
The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Its mission is guided by four main areas of focus: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide. For more information about IEA’s efforts on HTS, please visit http://www.iea.org/tcp/end-use-electricity/hts/.

About IEEE
IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 423,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe. For more information on IEEE, please visit https://www.ieee.org/.

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 third quarter of 2018), 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, 2017 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 Contact
Moriah Shilton or Kirsten Chapman
LHA      +1-415-433-3777       invest@suptech.com

– Tables to Follow –

 

SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
    March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017
         
Commercial product revenues    $  -     $  1,000  
Government contract revenues     246,000       -  
  Total revenues     246,000         1,000  
         
Costs and expenses:        
  Cost of commercial product revenues     639,000       862,000  
  Cost of government contract revenues     183,000       -  
  Research and development     577,000       650,000  
  Selling, general and administrative     1,041,000       1,120,000  
         
  Total costs and expenses     2,440,000       2,632,000  
         
Loss from operations     (2,194,000 )     (2,631,000 )
         
Other Income and Expense:        
  Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives     33,000       (3,000 )
  Adjustment to warrant exercise price     (24,000 )     -  
  Other income     7,000       5,000  
         
Net loss   $   (2,178,000 )   $   (2,629,000 )
         
Basic and diluted net loss per common share  

$
 

   (0.20


)
 

$
 

  (0.26


)
         
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common        
  shares outstanding     11,021,261       9,967,932  

 

 

SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
 

 
 
  March 31,   December 31,
    2018       2017  
  (Unaudited)   (See Note)
  ASSETS      
       
Current Assets:       
  Cash and cash equivalents $     2,919,000      $    3,056,000  
  Accounts receivable, net   181,000       151,000  
  Inventories, net   169,000       102,000  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   16,000       82,000  
  Total Current Assets   3,285,000       3,392,000  
       
  Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of      
  $11,511,000 and $11,200,000, respectively   1,486,000       1,793,000  
  Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization      
  of  $994,000 and $984,000, respectively   733,000       742,000  
  Other assets   69,000       69,000  
  Total Assets $   5,573,000      $   5,996,000  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current Liabilities:      
  Accounts payable $   424,000      $   349,000  
  Accrued expenses   422,000       481,000  
  Total Current Liabilities   846,000       830,000  
  Other long term liabilities   76,000       54,000  
  Total Liabilities   922,000       884,000  
       
Commitments and Contingencies (Notes 5 and 6)      
       
Stockholders’ Equity:      
  Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized,      
328,925 and 328,925 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   -       -  
  Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,       
11,936,594 and 10,746,594 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   12,000       11,000  
  Capital in excess of par value   318,430,000       316,714,000  
  Accumulated deficit   (313,791,000 )     (311,613,000 )
  Total Stockholders' Equity   4,651,000       5,112,000  
  Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $   5,573,000      $   5,996,000  

Note – December 31, 2017 balances were derived from audited financial statements.

SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2018   April 1, 2017  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
 Net loss $   (2,178,000 )   $   (2,629,000 )  
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in        
  operating activities:        
 Depreciation and amortization   323,000       568,000    
 Stock-based compensation expense   17,000       103,000    
 Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   (33,000 )     3,000    
 Adjustment to warrant exercise price   24,000       -    
  Changes in assets and liabilities:        
  Accounts receivable   (30,000 )     9,000    
  Inventories   (67,000 )     15,000    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   68,000       90,000    
  Patents and licenses   (1,000 )     (41,000 )  
  Other assets   -       27,000    
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities   45,000       (183,000 )  
  Net cash used in operating activities   (1,832,000 )     (2,038,000 )  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
  Purchases of property and equipment   (5,000 )     -    
  Net proceeds from the sale of property and equipment   -       -    
  Net cash used in investing activities   (5,000 )     -    
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
  Net proceeds from the sale of common stock   1,700,000       -    
  Net proceeds from the exercise of outstanding warrants    -       -    
  Net cash provided by financing activities   1,700,000       -    
         
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (137,000 )     (2,038,000 )  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   3,056,000       10,452,000    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $   2,919,000     $   8,414,000    
         

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