SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriman Capital, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: MERR), initiated equity research coverage on Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) ($5.84) last week with a Buy rating.
Crossroads Systems is a storage technology company with a strong background in storage routing protocols and tape storage fundamentals, in particular. The Company's new StrongBox® interactive tape archive platform opens up a huge new market. StrongBox incorporates the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) developed by IBM and is compatible with Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium cartridge media for high-capacity and fast data access.
Research analyst, Joel Achramowicz, summarized in his initiation report:
Crossroads Systems revenues are expected to just about double by 2013 due to the recent launch of its exciting StrongBox® interactive tape archive platform, which is receiving significant interest in the market. We are initiating coverage of the Company's shares with a Buy rating and a $7.50 target price. Our target price is obtained by applying a 4.2-times multiple of the smoothed average of our projected FY2012 and FY2013 revenues. We expect the Company to be profitable in its 2013 fiscal year--and, perhaps sooner if StrongBox sales accelerate at a faster clip.
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