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PURE Bioscience Reports Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter and Six-Month Financial Results

March 12, 2020

Update on SDC-Based Antimicrobial Food Safety Solutions

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (March 12, 2020) – 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, 2020.

Q2: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the fiscal second quarter ended January 31, 2020 decreased 11% to $349,000, compared to revenues of $394,000 in the prior year fiscal second quarter. The decrease was attributable to a reduction in sales to one of our distributors.  
  • Net loss for the fiscal second quarter in 2020 was ($666,000), compared to a loss of ($1.3 million) for the fiscal second quarter in 2019. Net loss, excluding share-based compensation, for the fiscal second quarter in 2020 was ($577,000), compared to a loss of ($839,000) for the fiscal second quarter in 2019.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.01) for the fiscal second quarter in 2020 compared to ($0.02) for the fiscal second quarters in 2019 and 2018.
  • Gross margin was 59% for both the three months ended January 31, 2020 and January 31, 2019.

Six Months: Summary of Results of Operations

  • Revenues for the six months ended January 31, 2020 decreased 12% to $747,000, compared to revenues of $984,000 for the six months ended January 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to a reduction in sales to one of our distributors, as well as a reduction in sales of our raw material ingredient, SILVÉRION®.
  • Net loss for the six months ended January 31, 2020 was ($1.8 million), compared to ($3.9 million) for the six months ended January 31, 2019. Net loss, excluding share-based compensation, for the six months ended January 31, 2020 was ($1.2million), compared to ($1.7 million) for the six months ended January 31, 2019.
  • Net loss per share was ($0.02) compared to ($0.05) for the six months ended January 31, 2019 and January 31, 2018.
  • Gross margin was 60% for the six months ended January 31, 2020 compared to 63% for the six months ended January 31, 2019. 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, 2019 compared to the six months ended January 31, 2020.

Business Update

  • PURE Control®
    • SmartWash® Boost: We have continued to collaborate with SmartWash Solutions using PURE Control® as a pretreatment that has revolutionized results on pre-cut iceberg lettuce.  With the testing on iceberg nearing completion the focus has been on verification of the efficacy on romaine lettuce which is of immediate and utmost importance to the produce industry as a whole.
    • We are now in five facilities with another multinational produce processor currently using PURE Control to process berries and tomatoes.  Rollout into additional facilities is underway.
    • To date, work is ongoing with six additional processors for treatment of herbs, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage and cut lettuce.
  •  PURE® Hard Surface
    • Food Transportation Sanitization: We continue to supply two of the largest food distribution groups and are continuing discussions with additional transportation companies that service restaurant chains, food processors and grocery store chains. In addition, work has begun using our proprietary application technology to sanitize ocean-going containers on export and import.
    • The sales cycle has begun in poultry breeder barns and hatcheries for enhanced environmental control across all species.
    • We have continued working with dairy industry leaders to provide new PURE Hard Surface applications directed at cheese production, spray-drying operations and now wet operations (A Total Dairy Solution). We are now in 15 plants at two large national dairy facilities with evaluations continuing in other locations.

Tom Y. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, said that, “Our revenue for the three and six months ended January 31, 2020, was negatively impacted by a reduction in sales to a large distributor and a year-over-year reduction in sales of our raw material ingredient, SILVÉRION®. 

I’m pleased to note that revenue for our fiscal third quarter is off to a record start. However, it is still too soon to tell if we will achieve our goal of cash flow breakeven.  Based on customer forecasts and implementation plans we remain confident we will achieve our cash flow goal in the coming months.”

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 mitigation of bacterial resistance. PURE is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California (San Bernardino 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 and PURE Hard Surface 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 generate sufficient revenues and reduce its operating expenses in order to reach profitability; 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, 2019 and Form 10-Q for the second fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2020. 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:

Mark Elliott, VP Finance

PURE Bioscience, Inc.

619-596-8600 ext:116