Great Basin Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

Company sees 38.7% year-over-year revenue growth; continues strong progress toward customer acquisition, assay placement and product development targets

Salt Lake City, August 11, 2016 – Great Basin Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: GBSN), a molecular diagnostic testing company, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Business Highlights

  • Revenue increased 38.7% to $728,957 compared with a year ago
  • Total installed customer base up 126.1% over last year to 260
  • Assay adoption rate (assays placed) up 18.2% over last year
  • Product line to double in third quarter; initial impact to revenues expected in fourth quarter
  • Closed $6 million public offering of units; secured $75 million convertible note
  •  Hired Mike Blitz, vice president of US Sales, to lead expansion of sales activities including the commercial launch of the Company’s Shiga Toxin  Direct test and Staph ID/R Blood Culture panel

“We continued to make significant strides in executing our strategic initiatives including growing our customer base, expanding use of assays within our customer base, and in meeting our product development objectives,” said Ryan Ashton, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Going forward, we’re excited about the commercial launch of our Shiga Toxin Direct Test and Staph ID/R Panel which will double our line of FDA- cleared products and will aid in building our total revenue base, increasing sales per customer figures and reducing seasonality in our revenue stream.”

Great Basin Scientific’s Second Quarter 2016 Results

Great Basin reported total revenues for the second quarter 2016 of $728,957, an increase of 38.7% over revenues of $525,506 for the same period in 2015. Continued growth in customer base and the adoption of Group B Strep assay drove the year-over-year increase.

The Company reported 260 customers in the second quarter 2016, compared with 114 customers a year ago, representing an increase of 126.1%.

Operating expenses were $7.7 million in the second quarter 2016 compared with $4.1 million in the second quarter 2015. Research and development expenses increased $1.6 million over the second quarter 2015 to $3.5 million, primarily due to increased clinical and regulatory activities related to the Bordetella pertussis test and bacteria stool pathogens panel and ongoing pipeline development. Selling and marketing expenses increased $850,351 to $1.8 million in the comparable quarters, reflecting increases in the Company’s sales force, higher commissions and customer acquisition costs. General and administrative expenses increased $1.2 million over the second quarter 2015 to $2.5 million in the comparable quarter 2016, primarily due to higher legal, accounting and consulting fees and the costs associated with the hiring of additional accounting and human resources personnel.

Loss from operations was $8.9 million for the second quarter 2016, compared with a loss of $4.9 million for the same period in 2015.

Great Basin reported a net loss for the second quarter 2016 of $20.3 million compared to net income of $19.2 million for the second quarter 2015. Basic and diluted net loss per share was $4.10 for the second quarter 2016, compared to basic and diluted net income per share of $6,303.25 and $1,498.09, respectively, for the same period in 2015.

Unit Offering and Additional Financing Secured

During the second quarter of 2016, Great Basin announced it closed a public offering of 3.16 million units in exchange for $6.0 million of gross proceeds. The Company also secured a $68 million funding commitment consisting of $75 million senior secured convertible notes, where $6.0 million of gross proceeds was immediately available, with the remaining $62 million of funds in restricted Company accounts and becoming available, subject to certain conditions, beginning February 2017.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release includes an Adjusted Net Loss “non-GAAP financial measure” as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). For reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest comparable GAAP measure, see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure” included in this press release.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Adjusted Net Loss

The Company excludes certain non-cash items in calculating adjusted net loss because they are non-cash in nature and because the Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures excluding these times

provide meaningful supplemental information regarding operational performance. The Company further believes this measure is useful to investors in that it allows for greater transparency to certain line items in its financial statements and facilitates comparisons to peer operating results.

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Amortization of Debt Discount Included in Interest

The amortization of the debt discount that is included in interest for the three months ended June 30, 2016 resulted in non-cash other expense recorded in earnings in the amount of $5.8 million. This is a non-cash charge resulting from the excess of the fair value of the conversion feature of the convertible notes payable and the associated Series D Warrants over the face value of the notes that was required to be recorded as a debt discount and amortized over the life of the notes.

Net Gain on Exchange and Issuance of Warrants

The net gain on the exchange and issuance of warrants for the three months ended June 30, 2016 resulted in a non-cash other income recorded in earnings in the amount of $3.4 million. This non-cash gain is the result of a gain in the amount of $4.1 million on the exchange of Series E Warrants for common stock, which was partially offset by a loss on the issuance of Series G Warrants in the amount of $767,020.

Change in Fair Value of Derivative Liability

The change in fair value of the derivative liability for the three months ended June 30, 2016 resulted in a non- cash other expense recorded in earnings in the amount of $8.6 million. This was the result of the increase in the fair value of the Series D and Subordination Warrants due to an increase in the adjusted warrant share number, partially offset by the reduction in the fair value of the embedded conversion feature in our convertible debt and the Series E and other warrants as a result of the decrease in the value of the common stock during the period.

During the three months ended June 30, 2015, Great Basin recorded a change in fair value of the derivative liability resulting in a non-cash net gain of $24.4 million. This encompassed a decrease in the fair value of Series C Warrants in the amount of $22.1 million and a decrease in the fair value of all other derivative securities in the amount of $2.3 million.

About Great Basin Scientific

Great Basin Scientific is a molecular diagnostics company that commercializes breakthrough chip-based technologies. The Company is dedicated to the development of simple, yet powerful, sample-to-result technology and products that provide fast, multiple-pathogen diagnoses of infectious diseases. The Company’s vision is to make molecular diagnostic testing so simple and cost-effective that every patient will be tested for every serious infection, reducing misdiagnoses and significantly limiting the spread of infectious disease. More information can be found on the Company’s website at www.gbscience.flywheelsites.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statement regarding events, trends and business prospects, which may affect our future operating results and financial position, including but not limited to statements regarding the commercial launch of the Company’s Shiga Toxin Direct Test and Staph ID/R Panel and such commercial launches aiding in building the Company’s total revenue base, increasing sales per customer figures and reducing seasonality in the Company’s revenue stream. Forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. These risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (i) our limited operating history and history or losses; (ii) our ability to develop and commercialize new products and the timing of commercialization; (iii) our ability to obtain capital when needed; and (iv) other risks set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and Great Basin Scientific specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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