Crossroads Systems, a provider of data archive solutions, has secured a $10 million credit facility from an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group. As a condition of the credit agreement, Crossroads will issue to Fortress 1,454,545 warrants to purchase common stock.
Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS), a global provider of data archive solutions, announced today that it has secured a $10 million credit facility backed by a portion of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, from an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG), a leading global investment firm with approximately $56 billion in assets under management.
Richard K. Coleman, Jr., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Crossroads Systems, said, “We are pleased that Fortress recognizes the untapped value of our IP. Crossroads has a proven record of generating IP revenue, recognizing more than $60 million in license fees. The Fortress financing is an important component of Crossroads’ previously announced strategy to access capital through the monetization of our patent portfolio, and underscores the value of our extensive IP portfolio.”
Eran Zur, Managing Director and Head of the Intellectual Property Finance Group at Fortress Investment Group, said, “Crossroads has demonstrated a history of successful intellectual property creation and Fortress is excited to help fund Crossroads’ future growth.”
As a condition of the credit agreement, Crossroads will issue to Fortress 1,454,545 warrants to purchase common stock. The warrants are exercisable at an initial conversion price of $2.0625 per share, subject to anti-dilution adjustments. National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (OTCBB: NHLD), acted as an advisor to Crossroads Systems on the transaction.
About Crossroads Systems
Crossroads Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDS) is a global provider of data archive solutions. Through the innovative use of new technologies, Crossroads delivers customer-driven solutions that enable proactive data security, advanced data archiving, optimized performance and significant cost-savings. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, TX, Crossroads holds more than 100 patents and has been honored with numerous industry awards for data archiving, storage and protection. Visit www.crossroads.com.
About Fortress Investment Group
Fortress Investment Group LLC is a leading, highly diversified global investment firm with approximately $56 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2013. Founded in 1998, Fortress manages assets on behalf of more than 1,500 institutional clients and private investors worldwide across a range of private equity, credit, liquid hedge funds and traditional asset management strategies. Fortress is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FIG). Visit www.fortress.com.
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