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Astrotech Reports First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

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Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, which ended September 30, 2020.

In October, we completed two strategic capital raises for a total of $24.2 million, strengthening our balance sheet for our future growth. The financings allow for continued operating expenses and working capital as we increase sales of our TRACER 1000™ explosives trace detector (ETD) to DHL (Deutsche Post AG) and other customers in the security market, launch the AgLAB-1000-D2™ into the hemp and cannabis industry, and develop, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, the BreathTest-1000™ to screen for volatile organic compound (VOC) metabolites found in a person’s breath that could indicate they may have an infection, including Coronavirus Disease 2019 ("COVID-19") or the resulting disease, pneumonia.

In September, we announced the completion of non-detection testing with the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an important milestone that positions us well for detection testing, which is the final phase of TSA’s Air Cargo Screening Technology Qualification Test (ACSQT). Once detection testing is completed successfully, we understand that the TRACER 1000™ will be listed on the Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) as an "approved" device and thereby approved for cargo sales in the United States. We also announced that we surpassed $1 million in purchase orders of our TRACER 1000 with an additional $1 million in future service and support commitments as we look to continue to gain market share in the domestic and international ETD markets.

"We are excited to have passed the $1 million milestone for our TRACER 1000 in October. We believe we offer the most advanced ETD on the market and we are excited to be nearing completion of detection testing with the TSA," stated Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corporation. "We are also thrilled to have entered into a partnership between BreathTech and Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s leading breath analysis institutions. Dr. Dweik and his colleagues at Cleveland Clinic have successfully led many clinical trials applying mass spectrometry to identify unique metabolites using breath samples. We believe that our technology has the potential to play an important role in providing a quick, non-invasive, easy-to-use screening device that can be utilized in numerous locations including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and airports as we look to get all of our lives back to normal again."

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights

Management continues efforts to optimize our resources while reducing cost and adding financial flexibility.

  • Commercial sales of the TRACER 1000 continued, leading to revenue of $140 thousand for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Additional purchase orders have already been received.

  • SG&A expenses decreased $276 thousand, or 23.0%, and R&D expenses decreased $246 thousand, or 28.8%.

  • Monthly cash outlay for this fiscal year has been reduced to approximately $493 thousand, a 19.1% reduction from our cash outlay through the first three months of fiscal year 2020.

  • The Company terminated its corporate office lease in Austin, Texas, resulting in net cash savings of approximately $870 thousand over the next three years.

About Astrotech

Astrotech (NASDAQ: ASTC) is a science and technology development and commercialization company that launches, manages, and builds scalable companies based on innovative technology in order to maximize shareholder value. 1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells trace detectors for use in the security and detection market. AgLAB is developing chemical analyzers for use in the agriculture market. BreathTech is developing a breath analysis tool to provide early detection of lung diseases. Astrotech is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For information, please visit www.astrotechcorp.com.

About AgLAB-1000™ and BreathTest-1000™

This press release contains information about our new products under development, AgLAB-1000 and BreathTest-1000. Product development involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty, and there can be no assurance that our new products will be successfully developed, achieve their intended benefits, receive full market authorization, or be commercially successful. In addition, FDA approval will be required to market BreathTest-1000 in the United States. Obtaining FDA approval is a complex and lengthy process, and there can be no assurance that FDA approval for BreathTest-1000 will be granted on a timely basis or at all.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the U.S. and worldwide economy, the timing, scope and effect of further U.S. and international governmental, regulatory, fiscal, monetary and public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company’s use of proceeds from the common stock offerings, whether we can successfully complete the development of our new products and proprietary technologies, whether we can obtain the FDA and other regulatory approvals required to market our products under development in the United States or abroad, and whether the market will accept our products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. In addition, any forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views only as of the date of its publication and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

ASTROTECH CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

2020

2019

Revenue

$

140

$

1

Cost of revenue

113

Gross profit

27

1

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

926

1,202

Research and development

609

855

Disposal of corporate lease

544

Total operating expenses

2,079

2,057

Loss from operations

(2,052

)

(2,056

)

Interest and other expense, net

(59

)

(12

)

Loss from operations before income taxes

(2,111

)

(2,068

)

Income tax benefit

Net loss

$

(2,111

)

$

(2,068

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted

7,719

5,591

Basic and diluted net loss per common share:

Net loss

$

(0.27

)

$

(0.37

)

Total comprehensive loss

$

(2,111

)

$

(2,068

)

ASTROTECH CORPORATION

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

September 30,
2020

June 30,
2020

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,853

$

3,349

Accounts receivable

52

101

Inventory:

Raw materials

114

416

Work-in-process

337

38

Finished goods

161

222

Income tax receivable

429

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

283

117

Total current assets

2,800

4,672

Property and equipment, net

100

99

Assets held for disposal

237

Operating leases, right-of-use assets, net

287

851

Other assets

71

Total assets

$

3,187

$

5,930

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

75

239

Payroll related accruals

473

433

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

676

627

Income tax payable

2

2

Term note payable - related party

2,500

2,500

Term note payable

330

210

Lease liabilities

198

339

Total current liabilities

4,254

4,350

Term note payable, net of current portion

211

332

Lease liabilities, net of current portion

166

623

Other liabilities

Total liabilities

4,631

5,305

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity (deficit)

Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 2,500,000 shares authorized; 280,898 shares of Series D issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized; 8,243,686 and 8,250,286 shares issued at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively; 7,843,770 and 7,850,362 shares outstanding at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020, respectively

190,599

190,599

Treasury stock, 399,916 shares at cost at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020

(4,129

)

(4,129

)

Additional paid-in capital

13,976

13,934

Accumulated deficit

(201,890

)

(199,779

)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

(1,444

)

625

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

3,187

$

5,930

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Contacts

Eric Stober, Chief Financial Officer, Astrotech Corporation, (512) 485-9530