AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink: CRSS), an intellectual property licensing company, reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2017.
On March 22, 2016, Crossroads sold its product business to Canadian-based StrongBox Data Solutions, Inc. The presentation of the company's quarterly financial results excludes product revenues and expenses, which are now reflected as discontinued operations in fiscal year 2016.
Fiscal Q4 and Full Year 2017 Financial Results Intellectual property ("IP") license revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2017 was $17,000, compared to $197,000 in the same quarter a year ago. Gross profit was $12,000 or 72 percent of revenue, compared to $149,000, or 76 percent of revenue in the same quarter a year ago.
Revenue for the fiscal full year 2017 decreased to $71,000 from $674,000 in the prior year. The decrease was due to the sale of Crossroads Systems' product business in March 2016. Gross profit for fiscal year 2017 was $56,000 or 79% of revenue, compared to $504,000 or 75% of revenue in fiscal year 2016.
Fiscal fourth quarter 2017 operating expenses decreased by 37% to $655,000, compared to $1.0 million in the same period a year ago. Fiscal year 2017 operating expenses decreased by 53% to $2.8 million, compared to $5.9 million in the prior year. The decreases were primarily due to reduced employee related costs and reduced legal expenses.
Fiscal fourth quarter 2017 net loss available to common stockholders was $(707,000) or $(0.50) loss per share, compared to a net loss available to common stockholders of $(246,000) or $(0.20) loss per share in the same quarter a year ago. Net loss available to common stockholders for fiscal year 2017 was $(1.9 million) or $(1.51) loss per share, compared to a net loss of $(982,000) or $(0.80) loss per share in fiscal year 2016.
At October 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.2 million compared to $1.3 million at July 31, 2017.
Management Commentary Richard K. Coleman, Jr., Principal Executive Officer at Crossroads Systems, said, "The November 3, 2017 sale of our '972 and non-'972 patents eliminates the expenses and risks associated with monetization while preserving the potential for future licensing revenue. This paves the way for new opportunities and our immediate focus is on identifying and acquiring a profitable business that creates shareholder value."
About Crossroads Systems Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink: CRSS) 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.
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