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PURE Bioscience Reports Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter and Six-Month Financial Results

March 06, 2019

Update on SDC-Based Antimicrobial Food Safety Solutions

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 6, 2019) – 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, 2019.

Q2: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the fiscal second quarter ended January 31, 2019 decreased 4% to $394,000, compared with revenues of $411,000 in the prior year fiscal second quarter. The decrease was entirely due to fluctuations within our existing legacy customer base.
    • However, core food safety revenues for the fiscal second quarter ended 2019 increased 52% as compared with food safety revenues in the fiscal second quarter ended 2018.
  • Net loss for the fiscal second quarter in 2019 was ($1.3 million), as compared with a loss of ($2 million) for fiscal second quarter in 2018. Net loss, excluding share-based compensation, for the second fiscal quarter in 2019 was ($839,000), as compared with a loss of ($1.3million) for the second quarter in 2018.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.02) in 2019 as compared with ($0.03) for the fiscal second quarter ended 2018.
  • Gross margin was 59% during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 as compared with 61% during the same period in fiscal 2018. 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, 2019, as compared with the prior period.

Six Months: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the six-months ended January 31, 2019 increased 12% to $984,000 compared with prior year six-month revenues of $875,000.
    • Core food safety revenues for the six months ended 2018 increased 68% as compared with food safety revenues in the six months ended 2018. The increase in both total and food safety revenues was due to growing customer adoption.
  • Net loss for the six months ended January 31, 2019, was ($3.9 million) compared with ($4.4 million) for the six-month period in 2018. Net loss, excluding derivative income, inducement expense and share-based compensation, for the six months ended January 31, 2019 was ($1.7million), as compared with ($2.6 million) for the six-month period in 2018.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.05) in 2019 as compared with ($0.07) for the six months ended fiscal 2018.
  • Gross margin was 63% during the first six months of fiscal 2019 as compared with 65% during the same six-month period in fiscal 2018. The decrease 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 current period.

Hank R. Lambert, CEO, said, “The timing of our anticipated profitability remains directly tied to customer forecasts and implementation plans. Based upon the revised roll-out plan of our key produce customer – along with that of our leading food transportation customer – we continue to expect that in calendar Q2 we can achieve a cash flow breakeven revenue run rate.

“I’m pleased to note that customer interest is growing for both our PURE Control® and PURE® Hard Surface food safety solutions, especially among produce processors and food transportation companies. We are proud of the inroads we are making as we continue our mission to protect people and protect company brands by providing superior, leading edge food safety solutions to prevent foodborne illness,” concluded Lambert.

2019 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 6, 2019. The call can also be accessed “live” online at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=133106.

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 6, 2019, at 7:30pm ET through March 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Please use PIN Number 10006162.

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. Statements in this press release concerning the company’s expectations, plans, business outlook or future performance, and any other statements concerning assumptions made or expectations as to any future events, conditions, performance or other matters, are “forward-looking statements.” 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, 2018 and Form 10-Q for the second fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2019. 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.

Contacts:

 

Hank Lambert, CEO

Terri MacInnis, VP of IR

PURE Bioscience, Inc.

Bibicoff + MacInnis, Inc.

619-596-8600 ext.103

818-379-8500

hlambert@purebio.com

terri@bibimac.com