- Q4 2018 Total Revenue Increases 37% over Q4 2017, Setting New Record Quarterly High;
- FY 2018 Total Revenue Increases 10% over FY 2017, Setting New Record Annual High;
- Initial Revenue Reported from New BioPharma Services and UST Businesses;
- Balance Sheet Improves with Significant Conversion of Debt to Equity.
- Investor Conference Call Scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM EDT
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) (“PBI” or the “Company”), a leader in the development and sale of innovative, broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments and related consumables for the worldwide life sciences and other industries, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, provided a business update, and offered limited guidance for FY2019.
Financial Results: Q4 2018 vs. Q4 2017
Total revenue for Q4 2018 was $686,558 compared to $502,708 for the same period in 2017, a 37% increase. This increase was primarily due to our double-digit growth in products and services and in grant revenues.
Products and services revenue was $535,860 for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $455,767 for the same quarter of 2017, an 18% increase. Sales of instruments increased to $388,356 in Q4 2018 compared to $317,498 in Q4 2017, an increase of 22%. Sales of consumables were $52,935 for 2018 fourth quarter compared to $60,108 for the same period in 2017, a 12% decrease. Grant revenue in Q4 2018 was $150,698 compared to $46,941 in Q4 2016 an increase of 321%.
Operating loss for Q4 2018 was $1,514,730 compared to $1,318,384 for the same period in 2017. This increase in operating loss was primarily due to increases in general and administrative expense.
Loss per common share – basic and diluted – was $(2.93) for Q4 2018 compared to $(2.37) for the same period in 2017.
Financial Results: FY2018 vs. FY2017
Total revenue for FY2018 was $2,457,871 compared to $2,240,498 for FY2017, a 10% increase. This increase was primarily due to our growth in products and services and in grant revenues.
Products and services revenue was $2,200,539 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared with $2,065,891 for the year ended December 31, 2017, a 7% increase. Sales of instruments decreased to $1,418,731 for FY2018 compared to $1,459,326 for FY2017, a decrease of 3%. Sales of consumables were $235,132 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $260,331 for the same period in 2017, a decrease of $25,199 or 10%. Grant revenue for fiscal year 2018 was $257,332 compared to $174,607 for the 2017 fiscal year, an increase of $82,725 or 48%.
Operating loss for FY2018 was $4,477,083 compared to $4,647,048 for FY2017. This decrease was primarily due to increases in total revenue.
Loss per common share – basic and diluted – was $(15.33) for FY2018 and $(9.62) for the 2017 fiscal year.
Operational & Technical Highlights: FY2018
- Bradford A. Young, Ph.D., MBA Joins PBI as Senior VP and Chief Commercial Officer in November 2018.
- We Converted $13.6 Million of Debt into Equity, Significantly Reducing Total Liabilities.
- A Major Cancer Research Center Reported that Our Patented Pressure Cycling Technology (“PCT”) Platform Could Play Major Role in Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment.
- PBI and ISS, Inc. Announced Two-Year Worldwide Co-Marketing and Distribution Agreement.
- We were Awarded a Key U.S. Patent for Novel High-Pressure Flow-Through Microfluidic Sample Prep Device.
- Our Ultra High-Pressure Instruments, Processing Methods, and Platform Technologies were Prominently Featured at a Leading, Worldwide Food Science Meeting.
- We Announced the First Contract Utilizing our Recently Acquired, Patented Protein Refolding and Disaggregation Platform Technology from our December 2017 Purchase of All Assets of BaroFold, Inc.
- We Accelerated the Development of our Novel Ultra Shear Technology (“UST”) Platform to Pursue Commercialization into Major New Markets, Including Food & Beverages, Nutraceuticals, and Cosmetics.
- Our Patented UST Platform was Featured as a Potential Breakthrough Processing Method for Higher Quality, Longer Lasting Liquid Foods and Beverages not requiring Refrigeration or Chemical Additives, such as Shelf Stable Milk and Other Dairy Products.
- We Announced a Strategic Collaboration with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, and were Awarded $318,000 from a USDA Grant to Build the First Prototype UST Instrument.
- We Achieved Two Major Milestones in the Development of our Proprietary UST Technology Platform, Including the Development of a UST-based Process to Make Nanoemulsions of CBD Plant Oil from Hemp.
Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI, said: “This past year was filled with multiple significant financial, operational and technological accomplishments. Key among these was the hiring of Dr. Brad Young as PBI’s Chief Commercial Officer. In this leadership role, Dr. Young will be responsible for assessing multiple major new and divergent market opportunities, and for optimizing the commercialization priorities and strategy for PBI. In addition to this essential role in strategic planning, Dr. Young will also drive the execution of critical partnering and commercialization programs to build customer adoption and accelerate growth.”
Dr. Bradford A. Young, Chief Commercial Officer of PBI, commented: “We are pleased with the overall performance of the Company in 2018, especially in Q4 when total revenue reached a record, all-time high for quarterly revenue. In addition to recording significantly increased sales of our core, PCT platform in 2018, we also recorded the first revenue from our newly launched BioPharma Services business. Our BioPharma Services business helps us not only monetize the BaroFold assets we acquired in December 2017 for improved manufacturing of protein therapeutics, but also supports sales of our Barocycler PCT platform. In fact, we use the Barocycler 2320 EXTREME to perform our BioPharma Services and saw increased demand for our Barocycler 2320 EXTREME in 2018 for quality control applications used during the manufacturing of protein therapeutics.”
Dr. Young continued: “It’s clear that our PCT and BaroFold platform technologies can help companies produce new and improved therapeutic products, a market that is expected to reach $240 billion dollars by 2023 (ResearchAndMarkets.com, 2018). In addition, the new, cutting-edge Ultra Shear Technology (UST) platform we are developing for the production of high-quality nanoemulsion mixtures of oil & water can provide an enhanced way to deliver therapeutics or drugs. Thus, our UST platform has the potential to provide a superior method to develop and deliver drug formulations with improved bio-absorption and faster uptake. We look forward to building on the great progress we’ve made in 2018 and growing the adoption of our life sciences platform technologies for research, development and manufacturing applications in 2019 and beyond.”
The Company will hold an Earnings Conference Call at 4:30 PM EDT on Thursday, April 25, 2019. To attend this teleconference via telephone, Dial-in: (844) 602-0380 (North America), (862) 298-0970 (International). Verbal Passcode: PBIO Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Call. Replay Number (877) 481-4010; (919) 882-2331 (International). Replay Passcode: 47337. Teleconference Replay Available for 30 days.
About Pressure BioSciences, Inc.
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) is a leader in the development and sale of innovative, broadly enabling, pressure-based solutions for the worldwide life sciences industry. Our products are based on the unique properties of both constant (i.e., static) and alternating (i.e., pressure cycling technology, or “PCT”) hydrostatic pressure. PCT is a patented enabling technology platform that uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient and ultra-high levels to safely and reproducibly control bio-molecular interactions (e.g., cell lysis, biomolecule extraction). Our primary focus is in the development of PCT-based products for biomarker and target discovery, drug design and development, biotherapeutics characterization and quality control, soil & plant biology, forensics, and counter-bioterror applications. Additionally, major new market opportunities have emerged in the use of our pressure-based technologies in the following areas: (1) the use of our recently acquired protein disaggregation and refolding technology from BaroFold, Inc. (the “BaroFold” technology) to allow entry into the biologics contract research services sector, and (2) the use of our recently-patented, scalable, high-efficiency, pressure-based Ultra Shear Technology (“UST”) platform to (i) create stable nanoemulsions of otherwise immiscible fluids (e.g., oils and water) and to (ii) prepare higher quality, homogenized, extended shelf-life or room temperature stable low-acid liquid foods that cannot be effectively preserved using existing non-thermal technologies.