Dataram Corporation (NASDAQ: DRAM) today reported its financial results for its fiscal second quarter and six months ended October 31, 2011. Revenues for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2012 were $10.4 million and $20.7 million, respectively, which compares to $10.9 million and $23.7 million for the comparable prior year periods. The Company incurred a tax net loss for the second quarter of the current fiscal year of $1.2 million which compares to a net loss of $1.7 million for the comparable prior year period. Six month net loss totaled $2.0 million versus $3.0 million for the prior comparable period.
John H. Freeman, Dataram’s president and CEO commented, “In the second quarter, our revenues and gross margin came under downward pricing pressure. Declining prices, along with our R&D investment in XcelaSAN ® were the primary contributors to our second quarter loss. Average selling prices in our memory business were lower by approximately 20 percent, when compared to first quarter levels. This was primarily due to the well-publicized industry-wide decline in the price of memory. Late in the second quarter, we took actions to align our costs with revenues. The downward pricing pressure diluted some of the financial impact. We have already taken a number of actions and implemented new initiatives to address recent industry pricing challenges. One initiative is our new web based quote and order application which is now being used by many of our partners. We will continue to monitor and act to maintain and grow a profitable memory business.”
Mr. Freeman continued, “In the second quarter, we continued to invest in XcelaSAN ® development, quality assurance and testing. Our development team has successfully designed and developed new functions and capabilities over the past eighteen months. These functions are part of a robust multi-year roadmap which we expect will ensure XcelaSAN ® a place in the storage hierarchy. Our recent development of enhancements and functions position us well for the next twelve months. We anticipate a declining requirement for development infrastructure over the next few quarters and have taken actions to reduce our costs. The product is currently installed and being evaluated for purchase at selected customer sites. These tests continue to affirm that XcelaSAN ® provides significant performance improvements over traditional solutions at dramatically less cost. In addition to pursuing a traditional sales strategy for XcelaSAN ®, management is also pursuing alternatives means to monetize the Company’s investment in the XcelaSAN ® product line.”
Mr. Freeman also stated, “On December 14, 2011 the Company obtained an additional $500,000 of financing, by replacing an existing $1,500,000 loan with a line of credit of $2,000,000.”