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Dataram Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

March 16, 2011 | About:
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Dataram Corp. (DRAM) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-01-31.

Dataram Corp. has a market cap of $19.9 million; its shares were traded at around $2.23 with and P/S ratio of 0.5.

Highlight of Business Operations:

During the first nine months of fiscal 2011, net cash used in operating

activities totaled approximately $1,596,000. Net loss in the period was

approximately $3,792,000. Accounts payable decreased by approximately

$1,324,000, primarily as a result of a reduction in inventories of

approximately $1,764,000. The reduction in inventory is attributable to

higher availability of DRAM's resulting in shorter lead times. Accrued

liabilities decreased by approximately $1,033,000, primarily as a result of

payment of an accrued contingently payable acquisition price for MMB. Other

current assets increased by approximately $241,000. Depreciation and

amortization of approximately $780,000 was recorded in fiscal 2011's first

nine months. Trade receivables decreased by approximately $1,776,000.

Non-cash stock-based compensation expense of approximately $461,000 was also

recorded.





Three months ended Nine months ended

January 31, 2010 January 31, 2010

________________ ________________

United States $ 10,028,000 $ 26,308,000

Europe 1,258,000 3,634,000

Other (principally Asia Pacific Region) 998,000 2,205,000

________________ ________________

Consolidated $ 12,284,000 $ 32,147,000

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Research and development expense in fiscal 2011's third quarter and nine

months was $134,000 and $1,894,000, respectively, versus $892,000 and

$3,388,000 in the comparable prior year periods. Research and development

expense includes payroll, employee benefits, stock-based compensation

expense, and other headcount-related expenses associated with product

development. Research and development expense also includes third-party

development and programming costs. In the first quarter of the prior

fiscal year, the Company implemented a strategy to introduce new and

complementary products into its offerings portfolio. The Company is

currently focusing on the development of a line of high performance

storage caching products ("XcelaSAN"). XcelaSAN is a unique intelligent

Storage Area Network (SAN) optimization solution that delivers substantive

application performance improvement to applications such as Oracle, SQL and

VMware. XcelaSAN augments existing storage systems by transparently applying

intelligent caching algorithms that serve the most active block-level data

from high-speed storage, creating an intelligent, virtual solid state SAN.

As part of that strategy, in January 2009, the Company entered into a

software purchase and license agreement with another company whereby the

Company acquired the exclusive right to purchase specified software for a

price of $900,000 plus a contingent payment of $100,000. Fiscal 2010's

research and development expense includes $600,000 of expense related to the

Agreement, of which $300,000 was expensed in the first fiscal quarter and

$300,000 was expensed in the second fiscal quarter. The Company owns the

software. The software and the storage products, which incorporate the

software, are currently under development. On November 4, 2011, management

concluded that technological feasibility of the product was established.

In fiscal 2011's third quarter ended January 31, 2011 the Company

capitalized $768,000 of research and development costs. We expect to make

further investments in this area.



Selling, general and administrative (S,G&A) expense in fiscal 2011's third

quarter and nine months decreased by approximately $346,000 and $839,000,

respectively, from the comparable prior year periods. The reduction in this

year's third quarter is primarily the result of reduced stock option expense

recorded as a component of S,G&A. Stock option expense was approximately

$113,000 in the current fiscal year's third quarter compared to $345,000

in the same prior year period. Intangible asset amortization recorded as a

component of S,G&A expense was approximately $57,000 less than the prior

year's third quarter. There has been and overall reduction of S,G&A expense

in Fiscal 2011 compared to the prior year periods.



Other income (expense), net for the third quarter and nine months totaled

$179,000 and $339,000 of expense, respectively, for fiscal 2011. Fiscal

2010's third quarter and nine months totaled $11,000 of expense and

$11,000 income, respectively. Other expense in fiscal 2011's third quarter

consisted primarily of interest expense of $105,000 and $54,000 of foreign

currency transaction losses, primarily as a result of the EURO weakening

relative to the US dollar. Fiscal 2011's nine month other expense of

$339,000 consisted of $184,000 of interest expense and $139,000 of foreign

currency transaction losses, primarily as a result of the EURO weakening

relative to the US dollar. Other expense in fiscal 2010's third quarter

consisted primarily of $11,000 of foreign currency transaction losses,

primarily as a result of the EURO weakening relative to the US dollar. Nine

month other income of $11,000 consisted primarily of $10,000 of other

income related to a gain on an asset disposal. There was also $7,000 of net

interest income and $6,000 of foreign currency transaction losses,

primarily as a result of the EURO weakening relative to the US dollar.



Income tax expense for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2011

totaled approximately $5,000 and consisted of state minimum income tax

payments. Income tax expense for the same prior year periods totaled

$5,281,000 and $3,611,000, respectively. The Company utilizes the asset

and liability method of accounting for income taxes in accordance with

the provisions of the Expenses - Income Taxes Topic of the Financial

Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification

(ASC)(Codification). Under the asset and liability method, deferred tax

assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax

consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement

carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective

tax bases. A valuation allowance is provided when the Company determines

that it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred

tax assets will not be realized. The Company considers certain tax

planning strategies in its assessment as to the recoverability of its

tax assets. In each reporting period, the Company assesses, based on the

weight of all evidence, both positive and negative, whether a valuation

allowance on its deferred tax assets is warranted. Based on the assessment

conducted in the Company's reporting period ended January 31, 2010, the

Company concluded that such an allowance was warranted, and, accordingly,

recorded a valuation allowance of approximately $5.8 million in that

reporting period. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using

enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which those temporary

differences or tax attributes are expected to be recovered or settled. The

effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is

recognized in earnings in the period that the tax rate changes. As of

April 30, 2010 the Company had Federal and State net operating loss (NOL)

carry-forwards of approximately $11.5 million and $9.7 million,

respectively. These can be used to offset future taxable income and expire

between 2023 and 2030 for Federal tax purposes and 2016 and 2030 for state

tax purposes. As a result, the Company does not expect to record any income

tax expense (benefit) in fiscal 2011, other than statutory minimum State

corporate income taxes. The Company's NOL carry-forwards are a component of

its deferred tax assets which are reported net of a full valuation allowance

in the Company's consolidated financial statements at January 31, 2011 and

at April 30, 2010.



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