Superconductor Technologies Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON) reported financial results for the quarter ended July 1, 2017.

Jeff Quiram, STI’s president and CEO, stated, “In the second quarter, we remained focused on commercializing our Conductus® wire and the advancement of our U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project. We shipped wire to multiple customers in the second quarter in conjunction with our efforts to complete product qualification. We have been actively engaged with these customers during their testing process to improve our visibility moving forward. During this period, our own comprehensive evaluation has identified additional quality control enhancements to ensure that the Conductus wire shipped fully meets the expected specifications. We continue to engage with our industry-leading customers to develop plans for supplying wire to meet their future demand.”

In June, STI was awarded a corporate agreement with the DOE for the Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program. The “Process Innovations for HTS Wire Manufacturing” project has a comprehensive engineering plan that has now been implemented. In November 2016, STI was selected as the prime recipient of a $4.5 million award for this three-year DOE program. STI is collaborating with TECO Westinghouse Motor Company (TWMC), an industry leader, end user and device maker with more than 100 years of experience in motor design and application, and academic partners Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of North Texas.

“We are excited to kick-off the DOE project. Our partners recognize the immense value of superconducting technology for high-power electric machines and are committed to commercialization. This project team brings together the full range of required expertise, from research and development to the product manufacturing know-how necessary to achieve expanded availability of superconducting materials, which will enable the commercial viability of high power superconducting next-generation electric machines. Along with our partners, we continue to believe that STI’s goal of high performance Conductus wire at market-leading cost can be a game changer for a wide range of applications,” Quiram concluded.

Second Quarter Financial Summary
STI’s second quarter 2017 net revenues were $8,000, compared to $1,000 in the first quarter of 2017 and $11,000 in the second quarter of 2016. Net loss for the second quarter 2017 was $2.5 million, or a loss of $0.24 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 $3.1 million, or a loss of $1.14 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2016.

For the six-month period ending July 1, 2017, total net revenues were $9,000, compared to $100,000 for the first half of 2016. The net loss for the first half of 2017 was $5.2 million, or $0.50 per share, compared to $5.7 million, or $2.14 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 July 1, 2017, STI had $6.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Investor Conference Call
STI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, August 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 1-888-468-2440 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-719-457-6931. The conference ID is 6141253. 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 August 14th by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671, and entering pass code 6141253. 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

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,, or through the SEC's website, 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
Cathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman
LHA +1-415-433-3777

– Tables to Follow –


Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 1, 2017 July 2, 2016 July 1, 2017 July 2, 2016
Revenues$8,000 $11,000 $9,000 $100,000
Costs and expenses:
Cost of revenues 769,000 971,000 1,631,000 1,835,000
Research and development 678,000 701,000 1,328,000 1,417,000
Selling, general and administrative 1,124,000 1,420,000 2,244,000 2,583,000
Total costs and expenses 2,571,000 3,092,000 5,203,000 5,835,000
Loss from operations (2,563,000) (3,081,000) (5,194,000) (5,735,000)
Other Income and Expense:
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives 11,000 - 8,000 21,000
Other income 11,000 3,000 16,000 6,000
Net loss$(2,541,000) $(3,078,000) $(5,170,000) $(5,708,000)
Basic and diluted net loss per common share$ (.24) $(1.14) $ (.50) $(2.14)
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding 10,699,353 2,711,697 10,333,492 2,668,799

July 1, December 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited) (See Note)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 6,462,000 $ 10,452,000
Accounts receivable, net - 8,000
Inventory, net 63,000 68,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 212,000 109,000
Total Current Assets 6,737,000 10,637,000
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of
$10,363,000 and $9,350,000, respectively 2,516,000 3,491,000
Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization
of $963,000 and $948,000, respectively 903,000 990,000
Other assets 69,000 96,000
Total Assets$ 10,225,000 $ 15,214,000
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable$ 195,000 $ 336,000
Accrued expenses 532,000 608,000
Total Current Liabilities 727,000 944,000
Other long-term liabilities 169,000 172,000
Total Liabilities 896,000 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, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,
10,724,261 and 7,353,714 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 11,000 7,000
Capital in excess of par value 316,574,000 316,177,000
Accumulated deficit (307,256,000) (302,086,000)
Total Stockholders' Equity 9,329,000 14,098,000
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$ 10,225,000 $ 15,214,000

Six Months Ended
July 1, 2017 July 2, 2016
Net loss$(5,170,000) $(5,708,000)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,028,000 1,157,000
Stock-based compensation expense 201,000 519,000
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives (8,000) 21,000
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 9,000 22,000
Inventories 6,000 59,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (103,000) (61,000)
Patents, licenses and purchased technology 71,000 (94,000)
Other assets 27,000 30,000
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities (212,000) 3,000
Net cash used in operating activities (4,151,000) (4,052,000)
Purchases of property and equipment (39,000) -
Net cash used in investing activities (39,000) -
Net proceeds from the exercise of outstanding warrants 200,000 -
Net cash provided by financing activities 200,000 -
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (3,990,000) (4,052,000)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 10,452,000 7,469,000
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 6,462,000 $ 3,417,000

Source:Superconductor Technologies Inc.