SOUTH EASTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/13 -- Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) ("PBI" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013 and provided a business update.
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $370,737 compared to $305,661 for the same period in 2012, a 21% increase. Revenue from the sale of pressure cycling technology ("PCT") products and services was $221,569 for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $164,772 for the same period in 2012, a 34% increase. Grant revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was $149,168 compared to $140,889 for the same period in the prior year. Sales of PCT-based consumables generated revenue of approximately $27,200 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to approximately $16,600 for the same period in 2012, an increase of 64%.
Operating loss for the first quarter of 2013 decreased to $725,024, from $964,582 for the same period in 2012, a reduction of 24%. Contributing to this decrease in operating loss were quarter over quarter decreases in total expenses from research and development ($25,153, or 9%), marketing and selling ($44,192, or 19%), and general and administrative ($131,487, or 19%).
Loss per common share -- basic and diluted -- was $0.11 for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $0.14 for the same period in 2012.
Conrad F. Mir, Chief Financial Officer of PBI, said: "In addition to strong quarter over quarter (Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012) revenue increases, both total revenue and PCT products revenue showed substantive quarterly sequential increases (Q1 2013 vs. Q4 2012) as well, posting gains of 72% and 81%, respectively. We achieved these results while decreasing expenses in research and development, selling and marketing, and general and administrative. Our financial performance for the first quarter of 2013 bolstered PBI's significant progress in reaching our stated goal of developing a sound financial roadmap moving forward."
Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI, commented: "Since the beginning of the year, we have reported a number of operational achievements. Among these is continued progress in the development of a PCT-based method to increase the quality and throughput of rape kit testing. Such an improvement could potentially result in a significant reduction in the backlog of untested rape kits in the US, currently estimated at more than 200,000. We believe that timely testing of rape kits could result in the apprehension and conviction of perpetrators of sexual assaults who are currently free because of this testing backlog."
Mr. Schumacher continued: "We remain very excited about our prospects for 2013. We believe that PCT product sales will continue to increase, that we will continue to manage our operating expenses, and that the short and long-term financing strategies we have spent the past few months developing will be successfully implemented. In addition, we also believe that we will successfully release several new, important products to the market in 2013. Finally, we believe that the combination of all of these achievements will result in a stronger company, resulting in a positive effect on the value of PBI for all of our shareholders."
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