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PURE Bioscience Reports Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

October 08, 2020

Achieves Annual Profit for First Time in Company’s History on Revenue of $6.9 million

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (October 8, 2020) – PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented non-toxic silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, today reported financial results for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020.

Summary of Results – Year-End Operations 

  • Net product sales were $6,917,000 and $1,909,000 for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The increase of $5,008,000 was attributable to increased sales across our distribution and end-user network servicing the food processing, transportation and janitorial industry.
  • Net income for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020 was $4,000, compared to a net loss of ($6.6 million) for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2019. Net income, excluding interest expense, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation and warrant inducement expense, for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020 was $982,000, compared to a net loss of ($2.9 million) for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2019.
  • Net income per share was $0.00 for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020, compared to a net loss of ($0.09) for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2019.
    • Gross margin, as a percentage of net product sales, was 58% and 62% for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The decrease in gross margin percentage was primarily attributable to the sale of higher margin formulations and packaging configurations of our products during the fiscal year ended July 31, 2019, compared to the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020.
    • Net cash provided by operations for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020 was $669,000, compared to net cash used of ($3.0 million) for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2019.

Business Update 

  • PURE® Hard Surface
    • Food Processing and Manufacturing:  Our distribution network is now servicing hundreds of protein, produce, bakery and dairy facilities across the United States.  Additional expansion continues with our distribution network supported by internal sales technicians.
    • Transportation Sanitization: PURE’s Transport Sanitation Solution, designed to meet the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements, added multiple transportation companies as users, including three major companies in the channel, for a total of six of the nation’s largest food transportation companies servicing restaurant chains, food processors and grocery store chains.
    • Our janitorial and cleaning distributors are now servicing numerous federal and municipal facilities, as well as school districts and universities across the country. We have made great in-roads in this channel with the help of our regional distributors as part of a national push to provide superior efficacy with an EPA-approved, no-rinse disinfectant. 
  • PURE Control®
    • PURE Control is now being used to treat berries, tomatoes and pre-cut lettuce across several processors as a further step to protect America’s food chain. Expansion plans continue with current users and new customers.
    • Work is ongoing with several processors for using PURE Control to enhance the protection of fruit, herbs, onions, broccoli and other processed vegetables. 

Tom Y. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, said that, “Fiscal 2020 was a breakout year for PURE.  We achieved both profitability and positive cash flow from operations.  Due to our partnership with Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. (PSSI) and our alliances with Whiting Systems, Inc. and Marathon Group, LLC, various industries are now aware of the numerous benefits of using PURE Hard Surface. 

“Over the coming months our focus is to expand our PURE Hard Surface end-user and distribution network. Expansion is underway with our janitorial distributors servicing federal government agencies, municipal buildings and school districts across the country. We view this as a tremendous growth opportunity over the coming year.  In addition, we intend to grow our current partnerships and alliances while expanding into other markets such as dairy and the GSA Ability One Program, the government procurement program that provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

“We view PURE Control as another growth opportunity during fiscal 2021.  In addition to current treatment of pre-cut lettuce, berries and tomatoes, we are now being tested on numerous different forms of produce, showing efficacious results.  Expansion and market acceptance is currently underway, as we have received all necessary regulatory approvals for PURE Control in produce,” concluded Lee.  

About PURE Bioscience, Inc. 

PURE Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing our proprietary antimicrobial products primarily in the food safety arena.  We provide solutions to combat 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, better known as SDC. This 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 (including with respect to arrangements with Marathon Group, LLC, Whiting Systems, Inc., and PSSI), 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; economic and other disruptions resulting from COVID-19; 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 maintain relationships with its partners and other counterparties; 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, 2020 and Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter ended April 30, 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.

Contact:        

Mark Elliott, VP Finance

PURE Bioscience, Inc.

Ph: 619-596-8600 ext: 116