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Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. Announces Operating Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months of Fiscal Year 2017

GARDNER, Mass., May 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. (OTCQB:PEYE) (the “Company”) today announced operating results on an unaudited basis for its third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2017, of fiscal year 2017.

Third quarter highlights include:

  • Third quarter revenues of $983 thousand, representing a 63% increase over the second quarter of fiscal 2017, and a 14% decrease compared to revenues in the third quarter of fiscal 2016;

  • Improved gross margin on lower revenues in both the three and nine month periods ended March 31, 2017 compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year;

  • Third quarter gross margins of 28% compared to 24% in fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, and 24% compared to 21% in the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively;

  • Reductions in SG&A expenses of $89 thousand and $176 thousand in the three and nine month periods ended March 31, 2017, respectively, compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year;

  • Continued expansion of the number of engineering services projects and customers utilizing the Company’s Microprecision™ optics expertise for reusable and single-use medical devices.

Commenting on the results, Company CEO, Joseph Forkey said, “In this third quarter our revenues rebounded from their temporary decline in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Improving efficiencies in our operations resulted in increased gross margins as well as lower selling, general and administrative expenses for the current quarter and nine months compared to last year. Gross margin of 28% on revenues this past quarter of $983 thousand represents continued improvement and stabilization of margins realized on engineering services related to CMOS and other Microprecision™ technologies as well as traditional and new product production. As revenues increase from their current levels, we expect that higher capacity utilization will push margins higher resulting in rapidly enhanced financial performance.”

Dr. Forkey continued, “Design and engineering services represented 56% and 45% of total revenues for the current quarter and nine months. Equally important is that we worked on thirty-six different revenue-generating engineering projects during the last nine months. This represents a 71% increase compared to the number of projects in the same period last year, and demonstrates the accelerating development of the market for new products based on our enabling micro optics technology. Our unique Microprecision™ capabilities are now well positioned for the growing demand for micro optical systems in the medical device industry. Our ability to effectively estimate, plan and execute these projects contributes directly to our improving margins and to our pipeline of increasing production business and overall company revenues.”

Quarterly Conference Call Details

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the fiscal third quarter 2017 financial results for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-844-826-3042 toll free from the U.S., or 1-412-317-5187 for international callers, and ask to be connected to the Precision Optics conference call.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will be made available until May 29, 2017. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 toll free from the U.S., or 1-412-317-0088 for international callers, and entering Replay Access Code 10106998.

About Precision Optics Corporation
Precision Optics Corporation has been a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical instruments since 1982. Using proprietary optical technologies, the Company designs and produces next generation medical instruments, MicroprecisionTM micro-optics with characteristic dimensions less than 1 millimeter, and other advanced optical systems for a broad range of customers including some of the largest global medical device companies. The Company’s innovative medical instrumentation line includes state-of-the-art endoscopes and endocouplers as well as custom illumination and imaging products for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The Company believes that current advances in its proprietary micro-optics and 3D imaging technologies present significant opportunities for expanding applications to numerous potential medical products and procedures. The Company’s website is www.poci.com. Investors can find Real-Time Quotes and market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com/stock/PEYE/quote.

About Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that express the Company’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, strategies, predictions or any other statements related to the Company’s future activities or future events or conditions. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by the Company’s management. These statements are not guarantees of future performances and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including those risks discussed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file from time to time with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report, except as required by law.

Following are the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, and statements of operations for the three months and nine months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 and statements of cash flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 (unaudited):

PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
March 31,
2017
June 30,
2016
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and Cash Equivalents $158,589 $50,059
Accounts Receivable, net 533,922 750,380
Inventories, net 1,123,222 1,133,451
Prepaid Expenses 102,354 88,129
Total Current Assets 1,918,087 2,022,019
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Machinery and Equipment 2,507,190 2,479,471
Leasehold Improvements 553,596 553,596
Furniture and Fixtures 148,303 148,303
Vehicles - 19,674
3,209,089 3,201,044
Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization (3,128,084) (3,122,849)
Net Fixed Assets 81,005 78,195
Patents, net 28,722 22,874
TOTAL ASSETS $2,027,814 $2,123,088
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Current Portion of Capital Lease Obligation $8,254 $7,857
Accounts Payable 924,413 1,151,561
Customer Advances 69,421
Accrued Employee Compensation 155,700 238,381
Accrued Professional Services 42,000 65,550
Accrued Warranty Expense 25,000 25,000
Other Accrued Liabilities 28,200 15,612
Total Current Liabilities 1,252,988 1,503,961
Capital Lease Obligation, net of current portion 25,714 31,955
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Common Stock, $0.01 par value - Authorized - 50,000,000 shares; Issued and Outstanding – 8,872,916 shares at March 31, 2017 and 7,539,582 shares at June 30, 2016 88,729 75,396
Additional Paid-in Capital 45,093,514 44,176,051
Accumulated Deficit (44,433,131) (43,664,275)
Total Stockholders’ Equity 749,112 587,172
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $2,027,814 $2,123,088


PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016
(UNAUDITED)
Three Months
Ended March 31,
Nine Months
Ended March 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues $983,186 $1,140,825 $2,434,324 $2,954,024
Cost of Goods Sold 705,062 867,292 1,840,742 2,331,131
Gross Profit 278,124 273,533 593,582 622,893
Research and Development Expenses, net 122,313 118,285 358,520 377,199
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 318,581 407,406 1,003,590 1,179,520
Gain on Sale of Assets - (8,480) (1,515) (26,948)
Total Operating Expenses 440,894 517,211 1,360,595 1,529,771
Operating Loss (162,770) (243,678) (767,013) (906,878)
Interest Expense (583) (469) (1,843) (469)
Other Income - 22,050 - 22,050
Net Loss $(163,353) $(222,097) $(768,856) $(885,297)
Loss Per Share:
Basic $(0.02) $(0.03) $(0.09) $(0.13)
Diluted $(0.02) $(0.03) $(0.09) $(0.13)
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic 8,872,916 7,484,197 8,167,320 7,033,090
Diluted 8,872,916 7,484,197 8,167,320 7,033,090


PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016
(UNAUDITED)
Nine Months
Ended March 31,
2017 2016
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net Loss $(768,856) $(885,297)
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Used In Operating Activities -
Depreciation and Amortization 24,909 18,352
Gain on Sale of Assets (1,515) (26,948)
Stock-based Compensation Expense 154,743 194,133
Non-cash Consulting Expense 13,500 55,050
Non-cash Gain on Settlement of Liabilities by Issuing Common Stock - (22,050)
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities -
Accounts Receivable, net 216,458 (19,934)
Inventories, net 10,229 19,954
Prepaid Expenses (14,225) (35,012)
Accounts Payable (229,445) 113,272
Customer Advances 69,421 (95,790)
Accrued Liabilities (107,143) (65,943)
Net Cash Used In Operating Activities (631,924) (750,213)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Additional Patent Costs (5,848) (4,230)
Purchases of Property and Equipment (27,719) (4,554)
Proceeds from Sale of Assets 1,515 26,948
Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Investing Activities (32,052) 18,164
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Payment of Capital Lease Obligation (5,844) (2,094)
Gross Proceeds from Private Placement of Common Stock 780,000 700,000
Private Placement Expenses Paid as of March 31 (1,650) (34,639)
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities 772,506 663,267
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 108,530 (68,782)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 50,059 241,051
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $158,589 $172,269
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash Paid for Income Taxes $912 $912
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Issuance of Common Stock to Consultants $- $48,300
Acquisition of Manufacturing Equipment Under Capital Lease $- $43,790
Offering costs Included in Accounts Payable $22,296 -


Company Contact: PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION 22 EAST BROADWAY GARDNER, MASSACHUSETTS 01440-3338 Telephone: 978-630-1800 Investor Contact: Kirin M. Smith, Chief Operating Officer PCG Advisory Group Telephone: 646-863-6519 Email: Ksmith@PCGAdvisory.com www.pcgadvisory.com

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