updated 5/4/2011 6:45:45 AM ET 2011-05-04T10:45:45

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies, reported results for the quarter ended April 2, 2011.

Total net revenues for the first quarter were $1.6 million, compared to $789,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net loss for the first quarter was $3.7 million, compared to a net loss of $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and a net loss of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net loss per share in the quarter was $0.12 compared to a net loss of $0.11 per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 and for the first quarter of 2010.

"In the first quarter, while our commercial wireless business continued to experience challenges, we made significant progress in our second generation (2G) HTS wire initiative," said Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer. "In early February, we produced and delivered wire samples for all three of our target applications: HTS wind turbines, HTS power cables and superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL). Our wire samples have now been tested and validated by three entities: Southwire Company, one of North America's largest wire and cable providers; Los Alamos National Laboratory; and an industry leading manufacturer of large turbines and motors."

"Having demonstrated that our proprietary HTS manufacturing process is capable of producing wire that meets customer specifications, our next objective is to establish commercial relationships with customers that will incorporate STI wire into new HTS devices. We are also on track with our plans to adapt our manufacturing process to produce 2G HTS wire in the longer lengths required by our customers," Quiram added.

As of April 2, 2011, STI had $16.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. During the first quarter, STI received net proceeds of $12.4 million from a registered direct offering of common stock. As of April 2, 2011, STI had backlog of $72,000, compared to $342,000 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010 and $724,000 at April 3, 2010.

Investor Conference Call

STI will host an investor conference call and simultaneous webcast today, May 4th, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The call will be accessible live by dialing 1-877-941-1465 at least 10 minutes before the start of the conference. International participants may dial 1-480-629-9678. Callers may reference conference ID 4434706. The call will be webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at http://www.suptech.com . A telephone replay will be available until midnight ET on May 9th by dialing 1-800-406-7325 or 1-303-590-3030, and entering pass code 4434706. A replay will also be available at the web address above.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, has been a world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering, HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D. Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit http://www.suptech.com.

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Safe HarborStatement 

Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our limited cash and a history of losses; the limited number of potential customers; the limited number of suppliers for some of our components; there being no significant backlog from quarter to quarter; our market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology; overcoming technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture commercial lengths of our HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS wire; fluctuations in product demand from quarter to quarter; the impact of competitive filter products, technologies and pricing; manufacturing capacity constraints and difficulties; and local, regional, and national and international economic conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers, such as the current worldwide recession.

Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including, those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website, www.suptech.com , or through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov . Forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to senior management, and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact

For further information please contact Investor Relations, invest@suptech.com, Cathy Mattison or Mary Magnani of Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates, +1-415-433-3777, for Superconductor Technologies Inc.

– Tables to Follow –

SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended
  April 2, 2011 April 3, 2010
     
Net revenues:    
 Commercial product revenues $ 1,603,000 $ 2,334,000
 Government and other contract revenues 17,000 1,081,000
     
 Total net revenues 1,620,000 3,415,000
     
Costs and expenses:    
 Cost of commercial product revenues 1,669,000 2,386,000
 Cost of government and other contract revenue 15,000 774,000
 Research and development 1,988,000 1,010,000
 Selling, general and administrative 1,656,000 1,783,000
     
 Total costs and expenses 5,328,000 5,953,000
     
Loss from operations (3,708,000) (2,538,000)
     
Other Income and Expense    
 Adjustments to fair value of derivatives -- 42,000
 Interest income 2,000 1,000
 Interest expense (7,000) (7,000)
     
 Net loss  $ (3,713,000)  $ (2,502,000)
     
 Basic and diluted loss per common share  $ (0.12)  $ (0.11)
     
 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 30,219,318 21,808,816
     
SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
  April 2,

2011
December 31,

2010
  (Unaudited) (See Note)
 ASSETS    
     
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,112,000 $ 6,069,000
Accounts receivable, net  579,000 108,000
Inventory, net 1,954,000 2,230,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 224,000 344,000
 Total Current Assets 18,869,000 8,751,000
     
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of

$22,129,000 and $21,948,000, respectively
1,719,000 1,334,000
Patents, licenses and purchased technology, net of accumulated amortization

of $2,277,000 and $2,494,000, respectively
1,517,000 2,274,000
Other assets 208,000 210,000
 Total Assets $ 22,313,000 $ 12,569,000
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 1,162,000 $ 548,000
Accrued expenses 825,000 517,000
Other current liabilities  23,000 31,000
 Total Current Liabilities 2,010,000 1,096,000
     
Other long term liabilities 601,000 577,000
 Total Liabilities 2,611,000 1,673,000
     
     
Stockholders' Equity:    
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 2,000,000 shares authorized,

611,523 shares issued and outstanding 
1,000 1,000
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized,

33,023,687 and 27,217,408 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
33,000 28,000
Capital in excess of par value 261,014,000 248,500,000
Accumulated deficit (241,346,000) (237,633,000)
 Total Stockholders' Equity 19,702,000 10,896,000
 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 22,313,000 $ 12,569,000
     
Note – December 31, 2010 balances were derived from audited financial statements.
     
SUPERCONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
  April 2, 2011 April 3, 2010
     
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net loss   $ (3,713,000)  $ (2,502,000)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization  211,000 258,000
Stock-based compensation expense 395,000 234,000
Other items 770,000 --
Provision for excess and obsolete inventories -- 90,000
Fair value of derivatives -- (42,000)
 Changes in assets and liabilities:    
 Accounts receivable (471,000) (280,000)
 Inventories 277,000 289,000
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 120,000 185,000
 Patents and licenses  (42,000) (66,000)
 Other assets 2,000 9,000
 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 405,000 648,000
 Net cash used in operating activities (2,046,000) (1,177,000)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    
Purchases of property and equipment (35,000) (80,000)
 Net cash used in investing activities (35,000) (80,000)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    
Repurchase of common shares for withholding obligations (278,000) (573,000)
Net proceeds from the sale of common stock 12,402,000 --
 Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 12,124,000 (573,000)
     
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 10,043,000 (1,830,000)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 6,069,000 10,365,000
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 16,112,000 $ 8,535,000

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