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Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. Announces Operating Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 Ended September 30, 2018

November 14, 2018

GARDNER, Ma., Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Precision Optics Corporation, Inc. (OTCQB: PEYE) (the “Company”) today announced operating results on an unaudited basis for its first quarter ended September 30, 2018.

First quarter highlights include:

-- Revenues of $1,559,000 compared to $1,029,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, representing 52% growth; -- Quarter-over-quarter revenue increase of 7% compared to fourth quarter fiscal 2018 revenue of $1,461,000; -- Non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $343,000 contributing to net loss of $299,000; -- Non-GAAP net income of $44,000 before non-cash stock based compensation expense; -- 30% gross margin compared to 38% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018; -- $2 million capital funding completed in October 2018.

Precision Optics’ CEO, Joseph Forkey, commented, “We are pleased with our first quarter revenue performance. In our fourth quarter earnings release, we anticipated a similar revenue level in the first quarter. We comfortably passed that expectation. Our margins were impacted by start-up costs relating to two key customer programs. This is not unusual as programs ramp to higher volumes, and we expect margins to return to recent higher levels in the near-term. We also had an unusually high level of non-cash stock-based compensation expense in the quarter due to the improvement in our stock price and recent compensation changes. Without the effects of these non-recurring stock-based compensation charges, we had a profitable quarter. As we work through the program start-up cost issues, we believe we are on track to substantially improve profitability, even before considering the impact of additional growth.”

Dr. Forkey continued, “The market for our technologies and products is strong. Demand for engineering services is robust, and we continue to add new programs to our engineering project pipeline. This is a very positive indicator of the long-term prospects for the business. Ongoing expansion of medical procedures in specialties that benefit from small size instruments, such as urology, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology and others, are supporting an increasing market for our Microprecision™ products. The substantial increase in number and size of companies in the robotic surgery space is increasing interest in our 3D endoscope technology. In order to capitalize on these market opportunities, we raised $2 million of capital in October. With these added resources, we will prudently invest in our business to increase our ability to capture more opportunities from these expanding markets, and to build engineering and production capacity to continue technology development and to efficiently handle greater production volumes from existing and new products. We believe that the recent transition of development projects into production, that has driven our recent increase in revenues, combined with these new initiatives, puts us in a strong position for long-term growth.”

The following table summarizes the first quarter results for the periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (unaudited):

Three Months Ended September 30, --------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ----------- Revenues $ 1,559,458 $ 1,028,746 Gross Profit 462,507 386,742 Operating Expenses 761,287 415,011 Net Loss (299,285 ) (28,785 ) Loss Per Share: Basic $ (0.03 ) $ 0.00 - ---------- - --------- Diluted $ (0.00 ) $ 0.00 - ---------- - --------- Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding: Basic and Diluted 10,261,269 9,108,423 - ---------- - ---------

Quarterly Conference Call Details

The Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss the fiscal first quarter 2019 financial results for Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-844-826-3042 toll free from the U.S., or 1-412-317-5187 for international callers, and ask to be connected to the Precision Optics conference call.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will be made available until November 21, 2018. The audio replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 toll free from the U.S., or 1-412-317-0088 for international callers, and enter conference ID number 10126184.

About Precision Optics Corporation Precision Optics Corporation has been a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical instruments since 1982. Using proprietary optical technologies, the Company designs and produces next generation medical instruments, Microprecision™ micro-optics with characteristic dimensions less than 1 millimeter, and other advanced optical systems for a broad range of customers including some of the largest global medical device companies. The Company’s innovative medical instrumentation line includes state-of-the-art endoscopes and endocouplers as well as custom illumination and imaging products for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The Company believes that current advances in its proprietary micro-optics and 3D imaging technologies present significant opportunities for expanding applications to numerous potential medical products and procedures. The Company’s website is www.poci.com. Investors can find Real-Time Quotes and market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com/stock/PEYE/quote.

About Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that express the Company’s intentions, beliefs, expectations, strategies, predictions or any other statements related to the Company’s future activities or future events or conditions. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by the Company’s management. These statements are not guarantees of future performances and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including those risks discussed in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file from time to time with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report, except as required by law.

Following are the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as of September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2018, and statements of operations for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 and statements of cash flows for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (unaudited):

PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(UNAUDITED)

September 30, June 30, 2018 2018 ------------- ------------- ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 351,314 $ 402,738 Accounts Receivable, net 655,720 796,923 Inventories, net 1,113,618 1,144,068 Prepaid Expenses 57,867 70,991 - ----------- - ----------- Total Current Assets 2,178,519 2,414,720 - ----------- - ----------- PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT Machinery and Equipment 2,553,207 2,511,638 Leasehold Improvements 554,836 553,596 Furniture and Fixtures 148,303 148,303 - ----------- - ----------- 3,256,346 3,213,537 Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization (3,171,007 ) (3,164,051 ) - ----------- - ----------- Net Fixed Assets 85,339 49,486 - ----------- - ----------- Patents, net 47,275 47,275 - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL ASSETS $ 2,311,133 $ 2,511,481 - ----------- - ----------- LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Current Portion of Capital Lease Obligation $ 9,111 $ 8,962 Accounts Payable 963,581 703,538 Customer Advances 400,704 857,842 Accrued Employee Compensation 197,765 238,590 Accrued Professional Services 94,970 98,000 Accrued Warranty Expense 25,000 25,000 Other Accrued Liabilities - 912 - ----------- - ----------- Total Current Liabilities 1,691,131 1,932,844 - ----------- - ----------- Capital Lease Obligation, net of current portion 12,267 14,601 - ----------- - ----------- STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Common Stock, $0.01 par value - Authorized - 50,000,000 shares; Issued and Outstanding – 10,297,139 shares at September 30, 2018 and 102,972 101,972 10,197,139 shares at June 30, 2018 Additional Paid-in Capital 45,826,170 45,484,186 Accumulated Deficit (45,321,407 ) (45,022,122 ) - ----------- - ----------- Total Stockholders’ Equity 607,735 564,036 - ----------- - ----------- TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 2,311,133 $ 2,511,481 - ----------- - -----------

PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONSFOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDEDSEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AND 2017(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended September 30, --------------------------- 2018 2017 ------------ ----------- Revenues $ 1,559,458 $ 1,028,746 Cost of Goods Sold 1,096,951 642,004 - ---------- - --------- Gross Profit 462,507 386,742 - ---------- - --------- Research and Development Expenses, net 100,798 118,427 Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 660,489 296,584 - ---------- - --------- Total Operating Expenses 761,287 415,011 - ---------- - --------- Operating Loss (298,780 ) (28,269 ) Interest Expense (505 ) (516 ) - ---------- - --------- Net Loss $ (299,285 ) $ (28,785 ) - ---------- - --------- Loss Per Share: Basic $ (0.03 ) $ (0.00 ) - ---------- - --------- Diluted $ (0.03 ) $ (0.00 ) - ---------- - --------- Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding: Basic 10,261,269 9,108,423 - ---------- - --------- Diluted 10,261,269 9,108,423 - ---------- - ---------

PRECISION OPTICS CORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWSFOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDEDSEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AND 2017(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended September 30, ------------------------ 2018 2017 ---------- ---------- CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net Loss $ (299,285 ) $ (28,785 ) Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Provided From (Used In) Operating Activities - Depreciation and Amortization 6,956 8,750 Stock-based Compensation Expense 342,984 26,057 Non-cash Consulting Expense – (7,425 ) Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities - Accounts Receivable, net 141,203 (145,413 ) Inventories, net 30,450 88,162 Prepaid Expenses 13,124 4,591 Accounts Payable 260,043 5,381 Customer Advances (457,138 ) (57,642 ) Accrued Liabilities (44,767 ) (25,322 ) - -------- - -------- Net Cash Used In Operating Activities (6,430 ) (131,646 ) - -------- - -------- CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchases of Property and Equipment (42,809 ) – - -------- - -------- Net Cash Used In Investing Activities (42,809 ) – - -------- - -------- CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Payment of Capital Lease Obligation (2,185 ) (2,046 ) Gross Proceeds from Private Placement of Common Stock – 210,001 - -------- - -------- Net Cash Provided From (Used In) Financing Activities (2,185 ) 207,955 - -------- - -------- NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (51,424 ) 76,309 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD 402,738 118,405 - -------- - -------- CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 351,314 $ 194,714 - -------- - -------- SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH FINANCING AND INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Issuance of Common Stock in Settlement of Accounts Payable $ – $ 40,000 - -------- - -------- Offering Costs Included in Accounts Payable $ – $ 2,963 - -------- - --------

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