back to article Overland tugs parachute cord as storage biz hurtles earthwards

Overland Storage hopes to raise $5.8m from a stock offering and may use the cash for working capital - raising questions over its ability to fund its operations from sales until the biz recovers. It's that phrase "may use the cash for working capital" that gets you feeling nervous. Let's have a look at the revenue and profit/ …

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Anonymous Coward

Stick or twist..

Hi Chris, from an article a while back , you mention a toe dipping into two Storage stocks, CommVault and Overland Storage. Going from the absence of a disclosure statement , can I assume you have managed your money and possibly reinvested your capital gain from OVRL? ;-)

"...The good news is that our storage portfolio is up and our gilded dreams of avarice are in full swing. We shouldn't lose our shirts but collars and cuffs might be at risk. Whenever we write about either CommVault or Overland we'll add a little disclosure statement to let you know we now have a bias. We'll keep you posted on our storage stock-picking progress as we head towards billionaire status or confirm that our brains are made of the brown stuff that sticks to fans."

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Meh

Its a shame

Its a shame really. They were such a nice company to work with.

They've done a piss poor job of moving with the times though. Some terrible acquisitions and bad choice in partnerships. Not helped by HP dropping them

Still wish them luck.

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Not necessarily a bad thing...

Businesses need working capital for one of two reasons, 1) they are losing money and don't want to go bankrupt, 2) they are growing and need money to fund growth. If they aren't raising money for the second reason they have been seriously misleading investors because they just went on two investor conferences, have been talking about gaining sales traction on the new product which was just released and the next version which they said was coming in April. Anyone who runs a small business understands that it takes cash to make cash. Needing working capital isn't necessarily a bad thing. You can have the best product in the world but if you don't have the cash to carry from the time it takes to buy products to the time it takes to sell them and collect the cash then forget about growing. Management said to expect the sales to ramp incrementally over the year, so if they are telling the truth then it could actually be a sign things are taking off. Remember that they were authorized to raise 5m shares and they only used about 3.6m. If things were that bad they would have used up the whole thing in my opinion. Can't speak to the legal issues its all just speculation. It is eye catching that their lawyer went on the public record in the latest press release about the legal saying that he was confident. Most lawyers are super uptight about that kind of stuff. Overall our focus should be are their new products any good or not?

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