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Superconductor Technologies Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq: SCON) reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 28, 2019.

Jeff Quiram, STI’s president and CEO, stated, “In the third quarter, we started delivering initial quantities of our Conductus® high performance magnet wire to several customers but we remain challenged to meet current customer commitments. We remain focused on completing our current customer demand before we can begin to transition to full production.  

“Late in the third quarter we reengaged our efforts on our Department of Energy (DOE) project. In conjunction with project partners TECO Westinghouse Motor Company, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of North Texas, we are focused on the deployment of components for Next Generation Electrical Machines. The objectives have significant synergies with our commercial goal of ramping capacity of best in class 2G HTS wire for superconducting magnet applications.

“Finally, early in the fourth quarter, we strengthened our IP portfolio as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in October granted STI a patent that further protects its unique techniques to maximize current carrying performance in superconducting magnet applications. This patented process is important for the industry as high-performance magnet wire is a key component to the successful future commercialization of fusion,” Quiram concluded.

Strategic Alternatives
As announced on October 29, 2019, STI’s management and Board are exploring strategic alternatives for the company, which may include, among others, a strategic investment financing that would enable the company to pursue its current business plan to commercialize the Conductus wire platform; a business combination such as a merger with another party; or a sale of STI. The company’s timetable for the conclusion of this review and its decisions related to any potential strategic alternatives are subject to the company’s cash limitations noted below.

Third Quarter Financial Summary
STI’s third quarter 2019 net revenues were $157,000, compared to $517,000 in the third quarter of 2018. For both periods, revenue was from work done in the company’s ongoing Department of Energy NGEM project. Net loss for the third quarter 2019 was $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.43 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million, or a loss of $0.88 per share for the third quarter of 2018.

STI net revenues for the nine-month period ending September 28, 2019 were $157,000, compared to $1.6 million for the nine-month period ending September 29, 2018. The net loss for the nine-month period ending September 28, 2019, was $7.3 million, or $1.63 per share, compared to $5.7 million, or $3.66 per share for the nine-month period ending September 29, 2018.

Please note: share and per share data for both periods are adjusted for the 1-for-10 reverse stock split effective on July 24, 2018.

As of September 28, 2019, STI had $275,000 in cash and cash equivalents. On October 10, 2019, STI generated gross proceeds of approximately $3.0 million from a public offering. This offering did not raise sufficient proceeds for STI to execute on its planned business operations over the next 12-months. STI’s current forecast is that its existing cash and cash equivalents resources will be sufficient to fund its business operations only into the first quarter of 2020.

Investor Conference Call
STI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, November 12th, 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 1-866-548-4713 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-323-794-2093. The conference ID is 1233333. 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 19th by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671 and entering pass code 1233333. 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 capital may not be available on acceptable terms or at all) in the very near future, before cash reserves are depleted, 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, 2018, 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


  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
  September 28, 2019   September 29, 2018   September 28, 2019   September 29, 2018  
Government contract revenues $ 157,000     $ 517,000     $ 157,000     $ 1,556,000    
Total revenues   157,000       517,000       157,000       1,556,000    
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of commercial product revenues   943,000       604,000       2,688,000       1,611,000    
Cost of government contract revenues   10,000       395,000       27,000       1,129,000    
Research and development   622,000       665,000       1,875,000       1,655,000    
Selling, general and administrative   966,000       1,041,000       2,922,000       3,088,000    
Total costs and expenses   2,541,000       2,705,000       7,512,000       7,483,000    
Loss from operations   (2,384,000 )     (2,188,000 )     (7,355,000 )     (5,927,000 )  
Other income and expense:                
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   -       3,000       -       52,000    
Adjustment to warrant exercise price   -       -       -       (24,000 )  
Other income   9,000       16,000       54,000       30,000    
Net loss $ (2,375,000 )   $ (2,169,000 )   $ (7,301,000 )   $ (5,869,000 )  
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $ (0.43 )   $ (0.88 )   $ (1.64 )   $ (3.66 )  
Basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding   5,501,576       2,469,371       4,455,258       1,601,752    

  September 28,   December 31,
    2019       2018  
  (Unaudited)   (See Note)
Current Assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 275,000     $ 5,616,000  
Accounts Receivable Net   157,000      
Inventory   147,000       173,000  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   147,000       61,000  
Total Current Assets   726,000       5,850,000  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of      
$12,843,000 and $12,172,000, respectively   338,000       1,009,000  
Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization      
of  $1,060,000 and $1,026,000, respectively   652,000       686,000  
Operating lease assets   297,000       -  
Other assets   69,000       69,000  
Total Assets $ 2,082,000     $ 7,614,000  
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 349,000     $ 313,000  
Accrued expenses   493,000       539,000  
Current operating lease liabilities   291,000       -  
Total Current Liabilities   1,133,000       852,000  
Long term operating lease liabilities   6,000       -  
Other long term liabilities   8,000       17,000  
Total Liabilities   1,147,000       869,000  
Stockholders’ Equity:      
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized,      
328,925 and 330,787 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   -       -  
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,      
5,502,609 and 3,270,609 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   6,000       3,000  
Capital in excess of par value   327,974,000       326,486,000  
Accumulated deficit   (327,045,000 )     (319,744,000 )
Total Stockholders' Equity   935,000       6,745,000  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 2,082,000     $ 7,614,000  

Note – December 31, 2018 balances were derived from audited financial statements.

  Nine Months Ended
  September 28,
  September 29,
Net loss $ (7,301,000 )   $ (5,869,000 )  
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in        
operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization   704,000       781,000    
Stock-based compensation expense   70,000       44,000    
Adjustments to fair value of warrant derivatives   -       (52,000 )  
Adjustment to warrant exercise price   -       24,000    
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable   (157,000 )     43,000    
Inventories   26,000       (47,000 )  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (86,000 )     (44,000 )  
Patents and licenses   -       (1,000 )  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities   (18,000 )     160,000    
Net cash used in operating activities   (6,762,000 )     (4,961,000 )  
Purchases of property and equipment   -       (189,000 )  
Net cash used in investing activities   -       (189,000 )  
Net proceeds from the sale of common stock   1,421,000       9,680,000    
Net cash provided by financing activities   1,421,000       9,680,000    
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (5,341,000 )     4,530,000    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   5,616,000       3,056,000    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 275,000     $ 7,586,000    


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