THE WOODLANDS, TX--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2014) - UniPixel, Inc. (
Q2 2014 Highlights
- Achieved roll-to-roll pilot production of InTouch Sensors™.
- Engaged an OEM customer and its integrators for development of an all-in-one PC InTouch sensor.
- Coated PET film with Diamond Guard™ hard-coat resin at a pilot production coating facility using production-length film coating trial runs.
- Jeff Hawthorne appointed president and chief executive officer, bringing to UniPixel more than 33 years of senior management and advanced technology product development experience, including leading the introduction of innovative, commercially successful products in the flat panel display, manufacturing equipment industry.
- Promoted Robert A. Rusenko to chief operating officer to benefit from his more than 12 years of executive management experience in the performance material and chemical industries.
Roll-to-Roll Pilot Production
The second quarter of 2014 was a pivotal quarter for UniPixel, as it transitioned from lab-based single sensor batch plating process to roll-to-roll pilot production. As announced in June, the company achieved a fully-functional, roll-to-roll pilot production line comprised of a plating line at its Texas facility, with printing, final testing and packaging at its Kodak facility in New York. UniPixel and its manufacturing partner, Kodak, have been conducting roll-to-roll pilot manufacturing and yield studies on the overall process.
"We are working closely with Kodak to transfer the pilot plating technology from the Texas facility to our full production facility in New York," noted Jeff Hawthorne, UniPixel's president and CEO. "Our joint engineering and process development on the pilot production line continues to advance. The roll-to-roll pilot production line has begun to produce appreciable quantities of sensors on a weekly basis to support yield ramp activities and sampling for our development customers.
"Statistical analysis of these process runs have directed the focus of our teams on certain areas in order to improve overall process yield, and we are making measured progress. In addition to yield ramp development efforts, transfer of the modified plating process to the production plating assets at the Kodak facility are well underway, and we have begun process verification and validation."
Tablet Touch Screen Products
To reduce development complexity and speed the time-to-market of UniPixel's first 'InTouch Sensors Powered by Kodak' product, UniPixel and Kodak technical work streams have been focused on an initial development project for the tablet market, and have been working closely with a certain tablet manufacturer. This is a prime area of focus, since according to DisplaySearch, the tablet sensor segment is growing at 9% CAGR and is expected to reach 448 million units shipped annually by 2018.
In July, UniPixel achieved a development milestone by delivering a number of roll-to-roll, electronically tested sensor samples from the pilot production line to its tablet development customer for review. These samples have undergone integration and performance evaluation, which has resulted in valuable integration yield data and positive feedback on sensor performance. The company will continue to send sample sensors to its development customer on a regular basis and integrate their feedback into the overall yield ramp.
"Over the last several weeks, we have met with and shown samples from the roll-to-roll pilot production line to a number of OEM and touch module suppliers in Asia," said Hawthorne. "They have expressed interest in engaging with the company and all have requested InTouch samples."
All-in-One PC Products
UniPixel continues to make progress on its new product and technology development roadmap for InTouch which after tablets addresses the larger form factor for all-in-one PC market. The company has begun to run concurrent development projects to support release of an all-in-one touch sensor product and it has engaged an all-in-one PC OEM customer and their touch module integrators in the product development processes.
During the second quarter, UniPixel advanced the development and application of its Diamond Guard™ hard-coat resin technology. The company successfully coated PET film with Diamond Guard hard-coat resin at a pilot production coating facility using production-length film coating trial runs.
In July, UniPixel successfully coated PET film with Diamond Guard hard-coat resin at a second pilot production coating facility. The company is now moving to full scale production PET film coating trial runs over the next several months.
"In July, we also made advancements in the spray application of Diamond Guard," said Hawthorne. "Process equipment and resin development programs have significantly improved our spray coated film uniformity and film property performance. We have recently completed a spray coating trial of mobile phone cases and computer peripheral component samples for two major OEMs. Initial results are positive regarding coating uniformity, visual quality, and hardness and abrasion resistance performance. The samples are now undergoing detailed evaluation with the OEMs."
Q2 2014 Financial Summary
In the second quarter of 2014, the company did not generate revenues as it focused on manufacturing process development.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses totaled $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to $2.2 million in the same year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily due to an increase in depreciation expense, as well as partially driven by an increase in the number of employees. The increase in SG&A was partially offset by decreases in legal expense, stock compensation expense and restricted stock expense attributable to SG&A.
Research and development (R&D) expenses totaled $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily due to increased lab expense related to prototype development of products based on the company's performance engineered films, as well as partially driven by an increase in the number of employees attributable to research and development. The increase in research and development expense was partial offset by decreases in stock compensation expense and restricted stock expense related to R&D.
Net loss was $6.1 million or $(0.49) per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to net loss of $4.7 million or $(0.40) per diluted share in the same year-ago period.
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $30.4 million at June 30, 2014, as compared to $39.4 million at December 31, 2013.
UniPixel management will host a conference call later today to discuss the second quarter of 2014, followed by a question and answer period.
The call will be webcast live here, as well as via a link in the Investors section of the company's website at www.unipixel.com/investors. Webcast participants will be able to submit a question to management via the webcast player.
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (3:30 p.m. Central time)
To participate in the conference call via telephone, dial 1-913-981-5588 and provide the conference name or conference ID 1760033. Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time so the operator can register your name and organization.
If you have any difficulty with the webcast or connecting to the call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.
A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through September 7, 2014, via the same link above, or by dialing 1-858-384-5517 and entering replay ID 1760033.
Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, UniPixel, Inc. (
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|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|June 30, |
|December 31, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||30,360,187||$||39,369,574|
|Account receivable, net||--||11,409|
|Total current assets||30,502,687||39,380,983|
|Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $7,755,099 and $4,769,453, at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively||13,886,691||15,893,435|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Total current liabilities||5,606,246||6,053,748|
|Commitments and contingencies||--||--|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 12,349,047 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and 12,244,714 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013||12,349||12,245|
|Additional paid-in capital||137,536,965||135,720,308|
|Total shareholders' equity||38,800,571||49,238,109|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||44,406,817||$||55,291,857|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|Three Months Ended |
|Six Months Ended |
|Cost of revenues||--||385||--||3,421|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||3,079,547||2,172,777||5,947,951||4,352,844|
|Research and development||2,990,870||2,528,303||6,315,216||4,468,191|
|Other income (expense)|
|Interest income (expense), net||4,068||5,481||8,868||6,471|
|Per share information|
|Net loss - basic||$||(0.49||)||$||(0.40||)||$||(1.00||)||$||(0.35||)|
|Net loss - diluted||(0.49||)||(0.40||)||(1.00||)||(0.35||)|
|Weighted average number of basic common shares outstanding||12,349,047||11,632,702||12,311,617||10,854,719|
|Weighted average number of diluted common shares outstanding||12,349,047||11,632,702||12,311,617||10,854,719|