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SOUTH EASTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/14/17 -- Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) ("PBI" or the "Company"), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments and related consumables to the worldwide life sciences industry, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2017, provided a business update, and offered limited guidance on its expected revenue for remainder of FY 2017.
Mr. Joseph L. Damasio, Jr., VP of Finance and CFO at PBI said: "We are pleased with the strong revenue growth demonstrated in the 2017 third quarter. This growth included a record for quarterly total revenue, propelled by a 158% increase in consumable sales (also a quarterly record). Product gross profit margin remained steady at about 47%."
Mr. Damasio continued: "We believe the revenue growth reported in the third quarter and year-to-date will not only continue in Q4 2017 and beyond, but will accelerate to an even greater rate as our new sales team begins to meet with existing and potential customers throughout the U.S. To that point, Q4 2017 Purchase Orders and Purchase Indications (90% estimated probability of closing) through early November have already exceeded products & services revenue for the full 2016 fourth quarter. We remain confident that we are on the path to future expansion, profitability and success."
Q3 2017 Financial Highlights
Q3 2017 (plus October) Operational Highlights
Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI, said: "We have a new, multi-functional, CE Marked, award-winning Barocycler instrument that we believe can significantly expand our sales potential by filling multiple needs in the biopharma industry. We have a new six-person, experienced, and highly capable sales and marketing team that can be aggressive and proactive in its selling functions, compared to the one-person, reactive sales effort that was our capability just a few months ago. In addition, we are very excited about our new, widely-applicable patented Ultra Shear Technology ("UST") platform that we believe will allow us to quickly expand into large new markets, such as nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and clean-label food."
Mr. Schumacher continued: "Our goal for Q4 2017 and beyond is to continue to accelerate our sales growth and closely control expenses as we move firmly towards profitability and financial self-sufficiency. We have spent a lot of time and money over the past few years preparing for this opportunity. We believe we are ready and taking all necessary actions to grow our momentum and fully exploit the exciting growth and new markets potential that we have long envisioned."
Financial Results: Q3 2017 vs. Q3 2016
Total revenue for the 2017 third quarter was $646,061 compared to $535,334 during the same period in 2016, an increase of $110,727 or 21%. This increase was primarily attributable to increases in both instrument and consumable sales. We believe total revenue will continue to increase on a year/year comparative basis for the remainder of 2017.
Products & Services revenue increased to $603,726 in Q3 2017 compared to $500,949 for the prior year same period, an increase of 21%. Comparing Q3 2017 to Q3 2016, instrument sales increased to $410,906 from $383,527, an increase of 7%, while consumable sales increased to a record $84,594 from $32,811, an increase of 158%. We believe products and services revenue will continue to increase on a year/year comparative basis for the remainder of 2017.
Grant revenue increased to $42,335 in the third quarter 2017 from $34,385 in the prior year period, an increase of 23%. We believe grant revenue will continue to increase in the final quarter of 2017.
Operating loss increased to $1,125,272 in Q3 2017 from $451,807 for the same period in 2016, an increase of $673,465. This increase was due primarily to a significant one-time credit of approximately $400,000 received in Q3 2016 from a former professional service provider. The remaining increase in 2017 operating loss was mostly due to headcount increases in sales and marketing and significant charges related to the registration statement process for a proposed $12.5 million financing and concomitant U.S. equities exchange up-list, which was withdrawn by the Company in August 2017.
Net loss per common share -- basic and diluted -- was $(2.07) for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to net loss per share -- basic and diluted of $(0.96) for the same period in 2016. This increase in net loss per share was due to the significant increase in Q3 2017 operating loss, which as described above, was primarily related to one-time charges stemming from the August 2017 withdrawal of a registration statement, and a one-time credit of approximately $400,000 received in Q3 2016 from a former service provider.
Financial Results: First Nine Months 2017 vs. First Nine Months 2016
Total revenue for the 2017 first nine months was $1,737,790 compared to $1,556,776 for the prior year same period, an increase of $181,014 or 12%. This increase was primarily due to higher revenue from instrument and consumable sales, as described below.
Products & Services revenue increased to $1,610,124 for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $1,429,487 for the same period in 2016, an increase of 13%. Comparing the first nine months of 2017 to the same period in 2016, instrument sales increased to $1,153,883 from $1,026,888, an increase of 12%, while consumable sales increased to $200,223 from $149,819, an increase of 34%.
Grant revenue remained steady at $127,666 in the first nine months of 2017 compared to $127,289 in the prior year period.
Operating loss was $3,328,664 for the first nine months of 2017 compared to a loss of $2,558,448 for the same period in 2016, an increase of $770,216. This increase was primarily due to the hiring of four field sales directors in 2017, costs stemming from the August 2017 withdrawal of a registration statement, the hire of a full-time CFO, and other expenses related to the growth of the business. Our Q1-Q3 2017 operating loss also increased due to the effect of approximately $400,000 in credits received in the prior year period against charges incurred with a former professional service provider.
Net loss per common share -- basic and diluted -- was $(7.28) for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to a net loss per common share -- basic and diluted -- of $(6.81) for the same period in 2016.
The Company will hold an Earnings Conference Call at 4:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. To attend this teleconference via telephone, Dial-in: (877) 407-8031 (North America), (201) 689-8031 (International). Verbal Passcode: PBIO Third Quarter 2017 Financial Call. Replay Number (877) 481-4010; (919) 882-2331 (International). Replay ID Number: 22751. Teleconference Replay Available for 30 days.
About Pressure BioSciences, Inc.
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. ("PBI") (OTCQB: PBIO) develops, markets, and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the estimated $6 billion life sciences sample preparation market. Our products are based on the unique properties of both constant (i.e., static) and alternating (i.e., pressure cycling technology, or "PCT") hydrostatic pressure. PCT is a patented enabling technology platform that uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient and ultra-high levels to safely and reproducibly control bio-molecular interactions. Our primary focus is in the development of PCT-based products for biomarker and target discovery, drug design and development, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil & plant biology, forensics, and counter-bioterror applications. Additionally, major new market opportunities are emerging in the use of our recently-patented, scalable, high-efficiency, pressure-based Ultra Shear Technology ("UST") to create stable nanoemulsions of otherwise immiscible fluids (such as oils and water, fluoropolymers and alcohol, etc.), and to prepare higher quality, homogenized, extended shelf-life or room temperature stable low-acid liquid foods that cannot be effectively preserved using existing non-thermal technologies.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed, implied or inferred by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of such terms and other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. In evaluating these statements, you should specifically consider various factors. Actual events or results may differ materially. The Company's financial results for first nine months ended September 30, 2017 may not necessarily be indicative of future results. These and other factors may cause our actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and other reports filed by the Company from time to time with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the information included in this release, except as otherwise required by law.
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