Crossroads Announces Sale of Products Business and Plan to Sell Non-'972 Patent Portfolio
AUSTIN, Texas, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) (the "Company") today announced the sale of its product business and all related assets to Canadian-based StrongBox Data Solutions, Inc. ("SDSI") for net proceeds of $1.85 million in cash. The agreement includes the Company's entire product portfolio and maintenance business, including its StrongBox and SPHiNX storage solutions. As part of the purchase agreement, 27 of Crossroads' employees have transitioned to SDSI. Existing product customers and partners should see no disruption in service.
The Company, in partnership with Fortress Investment Group, also signed an agreement with AQUA Licensing to market and sell the non-'972 patent portfolio. The portfolio consists of 138 patents and pending patents. Although Crossroads commissioned two independent studies of the portfolio in 2013 and 2014, the Company can provide no assurance regarding the timing or value of a transaction, or even if one will occur.
Richard K. Coleman, Jr., President and CEO at Crossroads Systems said, "We believe the sale of our product business is clearly in shareholders' best interests as it significantly reduces our cash burn. Going forward we will focus our efforts and resources on vigorously defending our intellectual property and identifying additional IP monetization opportunities. As part of that initiative, we believe our agreement with Fortress and AQUA to seek a buyer for the non-'972 patent portfolio provides the quickest potential path to additional shareholder value."
About Crossroads Systems
Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) is an intellectual property licensing company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1996 as a product solutions company, Crossroads created some of the storage industry's most fundamental patents and has licensed patents to more than 50 companies since 2000. Visit www.crossroads.com.
About StrongBox Data Solutions, Inc.
StrongBox Data Solutions is a worldwide leader in big data storage, providing powerful solutions to many of the world's largest corporations, governments and organizations. StrongBox is a pioneer in simplifying data management and reducing storage costs with revolutionary, patented technology. We make data storage simple, flexible and affordable, and take pride in offering unmatched customer support. Step into the next generation of data storage by visiting us at www.strongboxdata.com.
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