Total revenue, products & services revenue, consumable sales, & gross margins all increased while operating loss decreased, quarter-over-quarter. CFO Hire, CE Marking Achievement, Sales & Marketing Expansion expected to help drive revenue, expand customer base, and increase shareholder value throughout FY2017. Investor Conference Call scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT.
South Easton, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/16/2017 --Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCMKTS:PBIO) ("PBI" or the "Company"), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure cycling technology ("PCT")-based sample preparation solutions to the worldwide life sciences industry, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2017, provided a business update, and offered limited guidance on its growth plan for FY2017.
Financial Results: Q1 2017 vs. Q1 2016
Products and services revenue increased 16% to $525,998 for Q1 2017 as compared to $454,350 for Q1 2016. This increase was primarily attributable to an increase of 19% in the sale of instrument systems, from $332,016 in Q1 2016 to $396,095 in the same quarter of 2017. Sales of consumables also increased during these same periods, from $44,234 in Q1 2016 to $63,264 in Q1 2017, an increase of 43%. Grant revenue decreased from $56,128 in Q1 2016 to $25,359 in Q1 2017. We believe grant revenue will increase over the remaining quarters in 2017.
Despite this decrease in grant revenue, total revenue increased to $551,357 for the three months ended March 31, 2017 as compared to $510,478 during the three months ended March 31, 2016, an increase of $40,878 or 8%. This increase was attributable to increases in the sales of our products and services.
Operating loss decreased to $999,103 in Q1 2017 from $1,045,945 for the same period in 2016, a reduction of $46,842 or 4%. This decrease was primarily due to reduced R&D expenses combined with increased sales of product and services.
Loss per common share – basic and diluted – was $0.18 for Q1 2017 compared to a loss per common share of $0.26 for the same period in 2016.
Financial and Operational Highlights: Q1 2017
February 2, 2017. PBI announced it had achieved CE Marking for the Barocycler 2320EXTREME (the "Barocycler 2320EXT"), the Company's recently released, next-generation PCT-based sample preparation instrument. With the achievement of CE Marking, the Company can now market and sell the Barocycler 2320EXT in all 31 countries comprising the European Economic Area.
March 1, 2017. The Company announced that the Barocycler 2320EXT had been named the "Best New Instrument for Sample Preparation 2017" by Corporate America News as part of the publication's 2017 North American Excellence Awards.
March 23, 2017. The Company announced it had significantly bolstered its marketing and sales capabilities by contracting with EKG Sales Associates, a lead generation company, and by hiring two of the Company's planned four field sales directors.
Mr. Joseph L. Damasio, Jr., VP of Finance and CFO, said: "As reported, we continued to show quarter-over-quarter revenue growth, especially in the important area of products and services. We also increased gross margins during the period. What makes these accomplishments even more rewarding was their achievement during a quarter in which we were also able to reduce operating expenses and operating loss. We believe the financial results of the first quarter 2017 have set us up well to significantly drive revenue and business growth for the rest of the fiscal 2017 year, and beyond."
Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI, commented: "Although pleased with the financial results of the first quarter, we are even more pleased with our operational accomplishments. During the first quarter, we made significant progress on our clearly-defined 2017 goals to (i) develop a clear and sustainable path to profitability and financial self-sufficiency; (ii) enhance and expand our current sales and marketing capabilities with the hiring of a minimum of four field sales directors, plus an external lead-generation service and internal operational personnel; and (iii) achieve an up-list to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange by or before the end of the 2017 second quarter. We believe that continued progress on or the achievement of these goals will position PBI to be a stronger, more valuable company, which in turn should increase shareholder value, which is our ultimate goal."
The Company will hold an Earnings Conference Call at 4:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. To attend this teleconference via telephone, Dial-in: 877-407-8031 (North America), 201-689-8031 (International). Verbal Passcode: PBIO First Quarter 2017 Financial Call. Replay Number 877-481-4010; 919-882-2331 (International). Replay ID Number: 10404. Teleconference Replay Available for 30 days.
About Pressure BioSciences, Inc.
Pressure BioSciences, Inc. ("PBI") (OTCMKTS:PBIO) develops, markets, and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the estimated $6 billion life sciences sample preparation market. 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. To date, we have installed nearly 300 PCT systems in approximately 160 sites worldwide. There are over 100 publications citing the advantages of the PCT platform over competitive methods, many from key opinion leaders. Our primary development and sales efforts are in the biomarker discovery, drug discovery and design, and forensics areas. Customers also use our products in other areas, such as bio-therapeutics characterization, soil & plant biology, vaccine development, and counter-bioterror applications.
Forward Looking Statements
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