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Capstone Therapeutics Will Provide an Operating Update and Announces Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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TEMPE, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Therapeutics (OTCQB:CAPS) (the "Company"), today will hold a conference call and webcast to provide an operating update and announced financial results for the second quarter 2013.

Operating Results

We incurred a net loss in the first six months of 2013 of $2.0 million compared to a net loss of $1.7 million in the first six months of 2012. The Net Loss from 2013 benefited from effect of the reduction in internal operations and receipt of $152,000 in the first quarter of 2013 from the conversion of an insurance company, in which we were a policyholder, from mutual to private ownership, but these beneficial effects were offset by inclusion of the operating expenses of LipimetiX Development, LLC. The Net Loss in 2013 includes operating expenses of LipimetiX Development, LLC, which totaled $1,415,000 (net of intercompany transactions) for the six months ended June 30, 2013.

On August 3, 2012, we entered into a joint venture, LipimetiX Development, LLC ("JV") to develop Apo E mimetic peptide molecule AEM-28 and its analogs and we contributed $6.0 million to the Joint Venture. The Joint Venture has used $2.9 million of its cash through June 30, 2013. At June 30, 2013, we had cash and cash equivalents of $8.1 million, of which $3.1 million is held in, and reserved for use by, LipimetiX Development, LLC and unavailable for general use by the Company.

Conference Call Information

Management will hold a conference call and webcast today, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm EDT. The call may be accessed at 877-303-2908 (U.S.), 408-427-3860 (outside U.S.); accompanying slides may be viewed by logging onto the Investors section of the Company's website, www.capstonethx.com. A replay will be available beginning August 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm EDT until midnight August 17, 2013 and may be accessed at 855-859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (outside U.S.) with conference ID 27383573.

About Capstone Therapeutics

Capstone Therapeutics is a biotechnology company committed to developing a pipeline of novel therapeutic peptides aimed at helping patients with under-served medical conditions. The Company is focused on development and commercialization of two product platforms: AZX100 and Apo E Mimetic Peptide Molecule AEM-28 and its analogs (through the LipimetiX Development, LLC, joint venture).

AZX100 is a novel synthetic 24-amino acid peptide, one of a new class of compounds in the field of smooth muscle relaxation and fibrosis. AZX100 has been evaluated for commercially significant medical applications such as the prevention or reduction of hypertrophic and keloid scarring and treatment of pulmonary and peridural fibrosis.

Apolipoprotein E (Apo E) is a 299 amino acid protein that plays an important role in lipoprotein metabolism. AEM-28 is a 28 amino acid mimetic of Apo E that contains a domain that anchors into a lipoprotein surface while also providing the Apo E binding domain that is removed by heparin sulfate receptors in the liver. AEM-28 as an Apo E mimetic has the potential to restore the ability of atherogenic lipoproteins to be cleared from the plasma, completing the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, and thereby reducing cardiovascular risk.

Capstone's corporate headquarters are in Tempe, Arizona. For more information, please visit the Company's website: www.capstonethx.com.

Statements in this press release or otherwise attributable to Capstone regarding our business that are not historical facts are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from predicted results. These risks include the factors discussed in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and other documents we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Editor's Note: This press release is also available under the Investors section of the Company's website at www.capstonethx.com.

CAPSTONE THERAPEUTICS CORP.
(A Development Stage Company)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share data)
June 30, December 31,
2013 2012
(unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents, $3,073 reserved at June 30, 2013 $ 8,123 $ 10,205
Other current assets 197 383
Total current assets 8,320 10,588
Patent license rights, net 902 980
Furniture and equipment, net 7 23
Total assets $ 9,229 $ 11,591
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 74 $ 233
Other accrued liabilities 27 61
Total current liabilities 101 294
Equity
Capstone Therapeutics Corp. Stockholders' Equity
Common Stock $.0005 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 40,885,411 shares in 2013 and 2012 issued and outstanding 20 20
Additional paid-in capital 189,209 189,181
Accumulated deficit ($152,339 at June 30, 2013 and $150,335 at December 31, 2012, accumulated during development stage period) (180,101) (178,097)
Total Capstone Therapeutics Corp. stockholders' equity 9,128 11,104
Noncontrolling interest -- 193
Total equity 9,128 11,297
Total liabilities and equity $ 9,229 $ 11,591
CAPSTONE THERAPEUTICS CORP.
(A Development Stage Company)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
As a Development
Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, Stage Company
August 5, 2004 -
2013 2012 2013 2012 June 30, 2013
OPERATING EXPENSES
General and administrative $ 277 $ 393 $ 711 $ 817 $ 32,197
Research and development 749 403 1,661 959 104,095
Purchased in-process research and development -- -- -- -- 34,311
Other -- -- -- -- (375)
Total operating expenses 1,026 796 2,372 1,776 170,228
Interest and other income, net 3 (84) (154) (88) (14,007)
Loss from continuing operations before taxes 1,029 712 2,218 1,688 156,221
Income tax benefit (21) -- (21) -- (1,376)
Loss from continuing operations 1,008 712 2,197 1,688 154,845
Discontinued operations - net gain on sale of the bone device business, net of taxes of $267 -- -- -- -- (2,202)
NET LOSS 1,008 712 2,197 1,688 152,643
Less: Net Loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest -- -- (193) -- (667)
Net Loss attributable to Capstone Therapeutics Corp. stockholders $ 1,008 $ 712 $ 2,004 $ 1,688 $ 151,976
Per Share Information:
Net loss, basic and diluted, attributable to
Capstone Therapeutic Corp. stockholders $ 0.02 $ 0.02 $ 0.05 $ 0.04
Basic and diluted shares outstanding 40,885 40,878 40,885 40,875

CONTACT: Investor Relations (602) 286-5250 investorinquiries@capstonethx.com

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