Superconductor Technologies Reports 2014 Second Quarter Results

Superconductor Technologies Reports 2014 Second Quarter Results   - Attains pilot production target of 500A/cm, in a run yielding 100% of the                           systems design capacity -   - Completes initial installation of source chamber and process controls for                               1km RCE machine -   - Recognizes one-time gain of $3.5 million from its investment in Resonant -  AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON), a world leader in the development and production of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies, reported results for the second quarter ended June 28, 2014.  Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer, stated, "We accomplished a significant milestone in the second quarter by completing a full pilot production run of Conductus^® wire that achieved, on a pilot scale, our commercialization performance target of a minimum current of 500 Amps per centimeter (A/cm) width at 77k. Our ability to increase the performance of Conductus wire from 350A/cm to 500A/cm in pilot runs in the span of less than six months is very encouraging. In addition, to support our wire program we completed the installation and calibration of characterization equipment that enables us to test Conductus wire performance up to 1,000 Amps on 1 kilometer lengths. This important production tool greatly improves our efficiency, capacity and quality, allowing us to meet accepted standard testing specified by our customers.  "In the second quarter and the third quarter through August 1^st, we shipped 11 orders: six for Stage 1 customers conducting performance evaluation and five for Stage 2 customers testing simulated devices for commercial deployment. Five of the 11 shipments were to new customers as we continue to grow our customer base. During the same period, we received five new orders and project commitments for evaluation and qualification testing as customer interest remains strong. Year-to-date, we have shipped 20 Conductus wire orders. Our current customers are evaluating Conductus wire for multiple applications such as superconducting fault current limiters, high performance magnets, power cables and nuclear magnetic resonance equipment.  "Operationally, we are focused on the transition from our pilot equipment to our 1 kilometer production equipment that is designed to produce 750 kilometers of Conductus wire annually. Our IBAD and SDP machines are production ready, with SDP now scaled to run at widths of 100mm. The RCE 1 kilometer production equipment is made up of three components: the source chamber, the vacuum deposition chamber and the process control software that runs the entire system. The source chamber is installed, functioning and being used to test portions of our software system, which is operational and being calibrated. As recently disclosed, the delivery of the last component, the vacuum deposition chamber, has been delayed from our original plan. We are working closely with our supplier to complete the assembly as quickly as possible. The supplier expects it to be ready in late August. While we are disappointed with the delay by our supplier, we still expect commercial volume production to begin in the fourth quarter and the ramp to full capacity in early 2015."  STI's second quarter 2014 net revenues were $75,000 compared to $389,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and $555,000 in the second quarter of 2013. Revenue for all periods was primarily from legacy wireless products. In the second quarter 2014, STI recognized a one-time gain of $3.5 million from its investment in Resonant Inc. Net loss for the second quarter 2014 was $55,000, or a loss of $0.00 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.9 million, or a loss of $0.25 per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014, and a net loss of $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.54 per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of 2013.  For the six-month period ending June 28, 2014, total net revenues were $464,000, compared to $1.3 million for the first half of 2013. Including the aforementioned one-time gain of $3.5 million, the net loss for the first half of 2014 was $3.0 million, or $0.24 per share, compared to $4.8 million, or $1.12 per share, for the prior year's first half.  Investor Conference Call  STI will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, Aug. 7^th at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its results. Participating in the call will be Jeff Quiram, president and chief executive officer; and Bill Buchanan, vice president and chief financial officer. To listen to the call live, please dial 1-888-329-8862 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-719-457-2697. The conference ID is 8538692. The call will be webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at A telephone replay will be available until midnight ET on August 12^th by dialing 1-888-203-1112 or 1-719-457-0820, and entering pass code 8538692. A replay will also be available at the web address above.  About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)  Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, TX, has been a world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering, HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D. Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit  Safe Harbor Statement  Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties.Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ability of our suppliers, who we do not control, to produce and deliver equipment on a timely basis; our ability to incorporate and fully assemble new equipment effectively and on time into our production processes; our ability to calibrate and use new equipment to produce wire in accordance with our timetable; our limited cash and a history of losses; the limited number of potential customers; the limited number of suppliers for some of our components and our HTS wire; there being no significant backlog from quarter to quarter; our market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology; overcoming technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture commercial lengths of our HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS wire; fluctuations in product demand from quarter to quarter; the impact of competitive filter products, technologies and pricing; manufacturing capacity constraints and difficulties; our ability to raise sufficient capital to fund our operations (whether through registered direct offerings or otherwise), and the impact on our strategic wire initiative of any inability to raise such funds; the impact of any such financing activity on the level of our stock price, which may decline in connection with the sales under registered direct offerings or otherwise; the dilutive impact of any issuances of securities to raise capital; and local, regional, and national and international economic conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers, such as the current worldwide recession.  Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including, those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website,, or through the SEC's website, Forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to senior management, and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.  Investor Relations Contact Cathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman LHA                               – Tables to Follow –                                                                                                                           SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                        Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended                       June 28, 2014 June 29, 2013 June 28, 2014 June 29, 2013                                                               Net revenues          $75,000      $555,000     $464,000    $1,331,000                                                               Costs and expenses:                                            Cost of commercial    352,000       394,000       722,000       620,000 product revenues Research and          1,515,000     1,411,000     2,986,000     2,849,000 development Selling, general and  1,366,000     1,130,000     2,714,000     2,475,000 administrative                                                               Total costs and       3,233,000     2,935,000     6,422,000     5,944,000 expenses                                                               Loss from operations   (3,158,000)   (2,380,000)   (5,958,000)   (4,613,000)                                                               Other Income and                                               Expense:                                                               Gain (loss) from      3,465,000     (56,000)      3,465,000     (238,000) investment in Resonant Adjustments to fair value of warrant       (656,000)     --            (888,000)     -- derivatives Other income          293,000       --            390,000       6,000 Interest income       1,000         --            1,000         1,000 Net loss              $(55,000)    $(2,436,000) $(2,990,000) $(4,844,000)                                                               Basic and diluted loss $(0.00)      $(0.54)      $(0.24)      $(1.12) per common share                                                               Basic and diluted weighted average       13,026,636    4,521,731     12,463,364    4,337,905 number of common shares outstanding                                                                                  SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                                                                                                                   June 28,      December 31,                                                   2014          2013                                                   (Unaudited)   (See Note) ASSETS                                                                                                                          Current Assets:                                                  Cash and cash equivalents                         $3,605,000  $7,459,000 Accounts receivable, net                          278,000       6,000 Inventory, net                                    67,000        76,000 Resonant securities                               3,650,000     -- Prepaid expenses and other current assets         198,000       437,000 Total Current Assets                              7,798,000     7,978,000                                                                 Property and equipment, net of accumulated                      depreciation of $6,505,000 and $11,626,000, respectively          7,744,000     5,473,000 Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net                 of accumulated amortization of$758,000 and $722,000, respectively            894,000       888,000 Other assets                                      258,000       501,000 Total Assets                                      $16,694,000  $14,840,000                                                                 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                              Current Liabilities:                                             Accounts payable                                  $694,000     $703,000 Accrued expenses                                  430,000       637,000 Total Current Liabilities                         1,124,000     1,340,000 Other long term liabilities                       7,147,000     6,194,000 Total Liabilities                                 8,271,000     7,534,000                                                                                                                                 Stockholders' Equity:                                            Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000                     shares authorized, 328,925 and 328,925 shares issued and outstanding, --            -- respectively Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares               authorized, 13,119,348 and 11,634,950 shares issued and        13,000        12,000 outstanding, respectively Capital in excess of par value                    285,517,000   281,411,000 Accumulated deficit                               (277,107,000) (274,117,000) Total Stockholders' Equity                        8,423,000     7,306,000 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        $16,694,000  $14,840,000  Note – December 31, 2013 balances were derived from audited consolidated financial statements.   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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)                                                    Six Months Ended                                                   June 28, 2014 June 29, 2013                                                                 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                            Net loss                                           $(2,990,000) $ (4,844,000) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used               for operating activities:                                           Depreciation and amortization                     665,000       589,000 Stock-based compensation expense                  356,000       296,000 Write-off of intangibles                          --            87,000 Adjustment to fair value of warrant derivatives   888,000       -- Gain on disposal of property and equipment        (102,000)     (6,000) (Gain) loss in investment in Resonant             (3,465,000)   238,000 Changes in assets and liabilities:                              Accounts receivable                               (272,000)     (110,000) Inventories                                       9,000         (56,000) Prepaid expenses and other current assets         238,000       (18,000) Patents and licenses                              (42,000)      (38,000) Other assets                                      55,000        34,000 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other      (136,000)     37,000 current liabilities Net cash used in operating activities             (4,796,000)   (3,791,000)                                                                 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                            Purchases of property and equipment                (2,905,000)   (181,000) Net proceeds from sale of property and equipment   96,000        6,000 Net cash used in investing activities             (2,809,000)   (175,000)                                                                 CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                            Net proceeds from the sale of common stock         3,751,000     1,945,000 Net cash provided by financing activities         3,751,000     1,945,000                                                                 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents          (3,854,000)   (2,021,000) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   7,459,000     3,634,000 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $3,605,000   $1,613,000  Superconductor Technologies Inc. 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