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PURE Bioscience Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter and Six-Month Financial Results

Update on PURE’s Food Safety Solutions Outlook for Calendar 2018

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$PURE #PURE–PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB:
PURE
), creator of the patented non-toxic silver
dihydrogen citrate (SDC)
antimicrobial, today reported financial results for the fiscal second
quarter and six-month period ended January 31, 2018.

Q2: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the fiscal second quarter ended January 31, 2018
    decreased 8% to $411,000, compared with revenues of $447,000 in the
    prior year fiscal second quarter. The decrease was due to fluctuations
    within our existing legacy customer base.

    • Core food safety revenues for the fiscal second quarter ended 2018
      increased 55% as compared with food safety revenues in the fiscal
      second quarter ended 2017.
  • Net loss for the fiscal second quarter in 2018 was $2.0 million, as
    compared with $936,000 for fiscal second quarter in 2017. Net loss,
    excluding derivative income, and share-based compensation, for the
    second fiscal quarter in 2018 was $1.3 million, as compared with $1.2
    million for the second quarter in 2017.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.03) as compared with ($0.01) for the fiscal
    second quarter ended 2018 and 2017.
  • Gross margin was 67% during the second quarter of fiscal 2018 as
    compared with 70% during the same period in fiscal 2017. The decrease
    in gross margin percentage was primarily attributable to the sale of
    lower margin formulations and packaging configurations of our products
    during the quarter ended January 31, 2018, as compared with the prior
    period.

Six Months: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the six-months ended January 31, 2018 decreased 11% to
    $875,000 compared with prior year six-month revenues of $978,000.

    • Core food safety revenues for the six months ended 2018 decreased
      25% as compared with food safety revenues in the six months ended
      2017. The decline in both total and food safety revenues was due
      to timing of product orders, as the initial system-wide stocking
      order from Chipotle occurred in fiscal 2017 Q1.
  • Net loss for the six months ended January 31, 2018, was $4.4 million
    compared with $2.7 million for the six month period in 2017. Net loss,
    excluding derivative income, inducement expense and share-based
    compensation, for the six months ended January 31, 2018 was $2.6
    million, as compared with $2.5 million for the six month period in
    2017.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.07) as compared with ($0.04) for the six
    months ended fiscal 2018 and 2017.
  • Gross margin was 65% during the first six months of fiscal 2018 as
    compared with 59% during the same six-month period in fiscal 2017. The
    increase in gross margin percentage was primarily attributable to the
    sale of higher margin formulations and packaging configurations of our
    products during the six months ended January 31, 2018 as compared with
    the prior period.

Hank
R. Lambert
, CEO, said that, “Based upon the pending roll-out plans
of two of our key customers (one in produce and one in food
transportation), we have every reason to expect that future financial
results will finally begin to reflect the sales ramp we’ve all been
expecting.

“In Q2 we launched a new vertical, receiving our first orders from two
customers in the est. $50 million food transportation market. We look
forward to follow on orders in the coming months from both plastic
pallets and food transport customers.

Lambert continued, “Also in Q2, we named a second notable outside
director to our Board. Today, Elisabeth Hagen, M.D. (former USDA Under
Secretary for Food Safety), is actively leveraging her expertise and
relationships to further all of our key initiatives.

“Our mission is to protect people and protect company brands by
providing superior, leading edge food safety solutions to prevent
foodborne illness. We are building momentum and sales traction in our
food safety revenues – and we continue to look forward to calendar 2018
as our breakout year,” concluded Lambert.

2018 Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Results Conference Call

The Participant Dial-In Number for the conference call is 1-631-891-4304.
Participants should dial in to the call at least five minutes before
1:30pm PDT (4:30pm ET) on March 14, 2018. The call can also be accessed
“live” online at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=128309.

A replay of the recorded call will be available for 90 days on the
Company’s website (http://www.purebio.com/investors/events-presentations/).
You can also listen to a replay of the call by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (international
participants dial 1-412-317-6671) starting March 14, 2018, at 7:30pm ET
through March 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Please use PIN Number 10004295.

About PURE Bioscience, Inc.

PURE Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing our
proprietary antimicrobial products primarily in the food safety arena —
providing solutions to the health and environmental challenges of
pathogen and hygienic control. Our technology platform is based on
patented stabilized ionic silver, and our initial products contain
silver dihydrogen citrate, or SDC. SDC is a broad-spectrum, non-toxic
antimicrobial agent, which offers 24-hour residual protection and
formulates well with other compounds. As a platform technology, SDC is
distinguished from existing products in the marketplace because of its
superior efficacy, reduced toxicity and it mitigates bacterial
resistance. PURE is headquartered in El Cajon, California (San Diego
metropolitan area). Additional information on PURE is available at www.purebio.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe
historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as that term
is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties
that could cause our actual results to differ materially from any
forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to
such differences include, but are not limited to, the Company’s failure
to implement or otherwise achieve the benefits of its proposed business
initiatives and plans; acceptance of the Company's current and future
products and services in the marketplace, including the Company’s
ability to convert successful evaluations and tests for PURE Control
into customer orders and customers continuing to place product orders as
expected and to expand their use of the Company’s products; the
Company’s ability to raise the funding required to support its continued
operations and the implementation of its business plan; the ability of
the Company to develop effective new products and receive required
regulatory approvals for such products, including the required data and
regulatory approvals required to use its SDC-based technology as a
direct food contact processing aid in raw meat processing and to expand
its use in OLR poultry processing; competitive factors, including
customer acceptance of the Company’s SDC-based products that are
typically more expensive than existing treatment chemicals; dependence
upon third-party vendors, including to manufacture its products; and
other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including its Form 10-K
for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2017 and Form 10-Q for the second
fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2018. You should not place undue
reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the
date of this press release. By making these forward-looking statements,
the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for
revisions or changes after the date of this release.

PURE Bioscience, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended Three months ended
January 31, January 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Net product sales $ 875,000 $ 978,000 $ 411,000 $ 447,000
Operating costs and expenses
Cost of goods sold 307,000 399,000 161,000 134,000
Selling, general and administrative 2,863,000 2,670,000 1,418,000 1,333,000
Research and development 264,000 462,000 120,000 214,000
Share-based compensation 1,396,000 448,000 740,000 170,000
Total operating costs and expenses 4,830,000 3,979,000 2,439,000 1,851,000
Loss from operations (3,955,000 ) (3,001,000 ) (2,028,000 ) (1,404,000 )
Other income (expense)
Inducement to exercise warrants (876,000 )
Change in derivative liabilities 459,000 300,000 459,000
Interest expense, net (2,000 ) (3,000 ) (1,000 ) (2,000 )
Other income (expense), net 8,000 25,000 2,000 11,000
Total other income (expense) (411,000 ) 322,000 1,000 468,000
Net loss $ (4,366,000 ) $ (2,679,000 ) $ (2,027,000 ) $ (936,000 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.07 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.03 ) $ (0.01 )
Shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per share 66,482,607 64,220,473 68,000,810 63,617,030
PURE Bioscience, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
January 31, 2018 July 31, 2017
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,129,000 $ 1,640,000
Accounts receivable 146,000 297,000
Inventories, net 267,000 273,000
Restricted cash 75,000 75,000
Prepaid expenses 104,000 174,000
Total current assets 2,721,000 2,459,000
Property, plant and equipment, net 515,000 548,000
Patents, net 737,000 822,000
Total assets $ 3,973,000 $ 3,829,000
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 449,000 $ 426,000
Accrued liabilities 233,000 249,000
Derivative liabilities 1,853,000
Total current liabilities 682,000 2,528,000
Deferred rent 17,000 11,000
Total liabilities 699,000 2,539,000
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: 5,000,000 shares authorized, no
shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value: 100,000,000 shares authorized,
68,057,658 shares issued and outstanding at January 31, 2018, and
63,093,153 shares issued and outstanding at July 31, 2017
681,000 631,000
Additional paid-in capital 116,441,000 110,141,000
Accumulated deficit (113,848,000 ) (109,482,000 )
Total stockholders’ equity 3,274,000 1,290,000
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 3,973,000 $ 3,829,000
PURE Bioscience, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended
January 31,
2018 2017
Operating activities
Net loss $ (4,366,000 ) $ (2,679,000 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating
activities:
Share-based compensation 1,396,000 448,000
Amortization of stock issued for services 81,000 72,000
Depreciation and amortization 142,000 134,000
Inventory write-off 26,000
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities (459,000 ) (300,000 )
Inducement to exercise warrants 876,000
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 151,000 121,000
Inventories (20,000 ) 10,000
Prepaid expenses 41,000 (2,000 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 7,000 (36,000 )
Deferred rent 6,000 10,000
Net cash used in operating activities (2,119,000 ) (2,222,000 )
Investing activities
Investment in patents (4,000 ) (10,000 )
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (20,000 ) (173,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities (24,000 ) (183,000 )
Financing activities
Net proceeds from the exercise of warrants 2,632,000
Net proceeds from the sale of common stock 1,104,000
Net cash provided by financing activities 2,632,000 1,104,000
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 489,000 (1,301,000 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,640,000 5,194,000
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 2,129,000 $ 3,893,000
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
Cash paid for taxes $ $ 2,000
Warrant liabilities removed due to settlements $ 1,394,000 $ 8,000
Common stock issued for prepaid services $ 51,000 $
Restricted stock unit cancelation $ $ 38,000

Contacts

PURE Bioscience, Inc.
Hank Lambert, CEO
619-596-8600 ext.103
[email protected]
or
Bibicoff
+ MacInnis, Inc.
Terri MacInnis, VP of IR
818-379-8500
[email protected]
or
Redwood
Investment Group
Tom Hemingway
714-978-4425
[email protected]