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The board of Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC) has agreed to nominate Lamassu Holdings’ representatives, Alan B. Howe and Frank J. Sansone, to be elected to the board at DITC’s next annual meeting. It seems that the board’s concern in nominating Howe and Sansone was that they not participate in any “withhold the vote” campaign or disparage the board. It’s a big win for Lamassu, and it appears their letter writing campaign was successful. The stock is now trading at a premium to our estimate of its liquidation value, which value is continuing to deteriorate, so we’re exiting the position. The stock is up from our initial $0.89 to close Friday at $1.75,which is an absolute return of 96.6%. The S&P500 closed at 788.42 when we opened the position, and closed Friday at 1,0472.73, which means our outperformance over the S$P500 was 64.4%.

Post Mortem

We started following DITC (see our archive here) because it was trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu had previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. At that time, Lamassu said that it “[anticipated] its due diligence requirement [would] take no more than two weeks and there [was] no financing contingency.” Lamassu then nominated two candidates for election to the board “who [were] committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” Lloyd I Miller III subsequently disclosed a 5.9% holding. Miller came out in support of the director candidates nominated by Lamassu as “candidates who [were] independent of management.” Miller said he sought “to encourage greater attention to corporate governance by all members of the Board of Directors.”

Lamassu then initiated a pointed letter campaign aimed at DITC’s board. In the first letter, Lamassu accused DITC management of “spending as though Ditech Networks has money to burn, adding to the amount of money you have already lost for shareholders during your tenure,” “aggressively [overstepping] the bounds of good corporate governance” and “clearly [violating] your fiduciary responsibility.” In the second, Lamassu claimed that the “decisions of this board [had] shown a pattern of director entrenchment characterized by prioritizing the interest of its members in the face of poor results at the expense of the shareholders” and called for shareholders to “receive ample representation on the board.” The campaign was succesful, and DITC agreeing to nominate Lamassu Holdings’ representatives for election to the board. The stock is up from our initial $0.89 to close Friday at $1.75, which gives the company a market capitalization of $46M. We last estimated the net cash value at around $32.2M or $1.23 per share and the liquidation value at around $43.4M or $1.65 per share. With the stock at a premium to the liquidation value, and that liquidation value deteriorating, we’ve decided to exit the position for a 96.6% gain.

The proxy statement for DITC’s 2009 annual meeting of stockholders more fully describes the agreement between Lamassu and DITC thus:

The Board of Directors currently has seven members. There are two directors in the class whose term of office expires in 2009. Both of the directors currently in serving in this term will not be standing for re-election. The Board of Directors has nominated two new persons to fill these positions. The two nominees, Mr. Alan B. Howe and Mr. Frank J. Sansone, are not currently directors of Ditech. The nomination of each of Mr. Howe and Mr. Sansone was recommended by a securityholder. If elected at the annual meeting, each of the nominees would serve until the 2012 annual meeting and until his successor is elected and has qualified, or until the director’s death, resignation or removal.

On September 2, 2009, Ditech and Lamassu Holdings L.L.C. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Lamassu”), entered into a letter agreement in which Ditech and Lamassu agreed that each of Mr. Howe and Mr. Sansone would be nominated to be elected to the Board of Directors at this annual meeting. In addition to the nomination of each of Mr. Howe and Mr. Sansone for election to the Board of Directors, the letter agreement also provides that:

• If Mr. Sansone is unable to serve as a director at a time when Lamassu owns at least 5% of the Ditech common stock, Ditech will appoint a replacement director designated by Lamassu and reasonably acceptable to Ditech Networks;

• Mr. Sansone and any replacement director will sign a conditional resignation from the Board of Directors, which may be accepted by the Board of Directors in the event that Lamassu’s beneficial ownership of Ditech common stock falls below 5% of the outstanding Ditech common stock;

• Lamassu will vote all of the shares it beneficially owns in support of the slate of directors nominated by the Board of Directors at this annual meeting of stockholders (and will not support or participate in any “withhold the vote” or similar campaign, or support any other nominees other than the slate of directors nominated by the Board of Directors);

• Lamassu withdrew its previously announced notice of its intent to nominate directors with respect to this annual meeting of stockholders;

• For a period ending 90 days from the date of this annual meeting of stockholders, Lamassu will not (i) make any public statement regarding Ditech, the Board of Directors or any of Ditech’s officers, directors or employees, except for the press release attached to the agreement or as may be required by law, or (ii) disparage Ditech, the Board of Directors, or any of Ditech’s officers, directors or employees, in any manner, including in any manner which could be harmful to Ditech or its business, the Board of Directors or its reputation, or the business reputation or personal reputation of any officer, director or employee of Ditech.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Lamassu Holdings has sent another scorching letter to the board of Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC). In the letter, Lamassu claims that the “decisions of this board have shown a pattern of director entrenchment characterized by prioritizing the interest of its members in the face of poor results at the expense of the shareholders” and has called for shareholders to “receive ample representation on the board.”

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” Lamassu has now nominated two candidates for election to the board “who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” Lloyd I Miller III has also disclosed a 5.9% holding and has come out in support of Mr. Leehealey and Mr. Sansone – the director candidates nominated by Lamassu Holdings for election to the board of directors at the DITC annual meeting – as “candidates who are independent of management and he seeks to encourage greater attention to corporate governance by all members of the Board of Directors.” The stock is up 47.2% from our initial $0.89 to close yesterday at $1.31, giving the company a market capitalization of $34.5M. We last estimated the net cash value at around $32.2M or $1.23 per share and the liquidation value at around $43.4M or $1.65 per share. While the deterioration in value is a concern, Mr. Miller’s support of Lamassu Holding’s director candidates introduces a new element to the position. We’re inclined to hold on to see how the annual meeting plays out.

The press release setting out the text of the open letter from Lamassu Holdings is set out below:

Lamassu Holdings LLC Says Ditech Network’s Board of Directors Benefits at Shareholders’ Expense

Lamassu Holdings LLC files an open letter to the Board of Directors of DITECH NETWORKS, INC. (NASDAQ: DITC)

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lamassu Holdings, LLC has sent the following letter to the Board of Directors of Ditech Networks, Inc.

Dear Board of Directors:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that while you have historically operated with impunity in your role as Directors of Ditech Networks (NASDAQ: DITC – News), going forward your actions will be regarded with a much higher degree of scrutiny. The decisions of this board have shown a pattern of director entrenchment characterized by prioritizing the interest of its members in the face of poor results at the expense of the shareholders. In light of this trend, it is time that the shareholders receive ample representation on the board.

We have taken the time to go through the company’s filing and pull out some of the decisions that were clearly made to benefit the board while adding no value to shareholders. It is worth noting that these decisions were, for the most part, made by the same people who currently serve. We believe these decisions illustrate that, with the exception of Mr. Simpons and Mr. Dramis, all of the currently serving members, including Mr. Harper, Mr. Manoliu, Mr. Sugishita, Mr. Hasler and Mr. Avis, have established a clear pattern of rewarding themselves while shareholders suffer.

In 2003 (see Figure 1), Ditech Networks moved from a policy in which board members were paid in options to one in which they were paid with both cash and options. It is worth noting that during the three years prior to this change, there was a dramatic drop in the equity value of the company. In short, since the options you awarded yourselves were no longer worth anything, you chose to guarantee your compensation regardless of performance.

In 2005, after another very difficult period for shareholders, shown in Figure 2, the Board again rewarded itself with pay raises. Beginning on July 15, 2005, non-employee directors began receiving an annual retainer of $16,000; the chairman of the Audit Committee received an additional annual retainer of $5,000; and the chairmen of the Compensation Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee and the Nominating Committee received additional annual retainers of $2,500.

The final insult is the most recent decision made little more than a year ago. As the table below shows, effective May 1, 2008, the Board raised its salaries and several other fees. Ironically, you even actually raised the amount you get paid for “phoning it in” [“Special (telephonic)” line items below]. To put these pay increases in their full context, at the time you granted these raises for yourselves the stock was hitting all time lows on a daily basis and wouldn’t ultimately level off until it reached well below a dollar. In addition, the fundamentals of the company were never as bad as they had been. As a result of poor decisions and failed strategic maneuvers by the Board of Directors, the company had lost millions and millions of dollars. Despite this backdrop, you rewarded yourselves with additional cash at a time when the company apparently didn’t have enough money to buy back its own stock, despite the record low levels.

Lamassu Letter Table

(The table above has been modified from the original to fit this space)

Had compensation increases been used to attract new talent to the Board of Directors and resulted in new directors that brought with them a history of sound business decisions and responsible business practices, then the pay raises could be justified. However, the pay raises were not used for this purpose. Instead, in the face of massive shareholder equity losses and a long list of bad investments, the Board increased its pay with no regard for the massive losses the shareholders were experiencing—losses that were painless for the members of the Board due to their low levels of stock ownership. It is clear that under the current leadership, it has been more financially rewarding to be on the Board than to be a shareholder. For this reason and many others Lamassu has moved to replace two of the current board members with its own nominees. It is our hope that this will both give shareholders a direct voice on the Board, as well as bring about a level of fiduciary responsibility that we believe is currently lacking.

Sincerely,

Lamassu Holdings, LLC

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Lamassu Holdings has blasted the board of Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC). In a letter to the board, Lamassu Holdngs accuses DITC management of “spending as though Ditech Networks has money to burn, adding to the amount of money you have already lost for shareholders during your tenure,” “aggressively [overstepping] the bounds of good corporate governance” and “clearly [violating] your fiduciary responsibility.”

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” Lamassu has now nominated two candidates for election to the board “who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” Lloyd I Miller III has also disclosed a 5.9% holding and has come out in support of Mr. Leehealey and Mr. Sansone – the director candidates nominated by Lamassu Holdings for election to the board of directors at the DITC annual meeting – as “candidates who are independent of management and he seeks to encourage greater attention to corporate governance by all members of the Board of Directors.” The stock is up 44.9% from our initial $0.89 to close yesterday at $1.29, giving the company a market capitalization of $33.9M. We last estimated the net cash value at around $32.2M or $1.23 per share and the liquidation value at around $43.4M or $1.65 per share. While the deterioration in value is a concern, Mr. Miller’s support of Lamassu Holding’s director candidates introduces a new element to the position. We’re inclined to hold on to see how the annual meeting plays out.

The press release setting out the text of the letter from Lamassu Holdings is set out below (via Yahoo Finance):

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lamassu Holdings, LLC (“Lamassu”) has sent the following letter to the Board of Directors of Ditech Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:DITC – News) (“Ditech Networks”) Members of the Board:

Over the past month a significant number of shareholders have either publicly, through filings, or privately rejected your leadership by expressing their support for Lamassu’s director nominees. Instead of listening to these shareholders and correcting your course, you push forward spending as though Ditech Networks has money to burn, adding to the amount of money you have already lost for shareholders during your tenure. Your recent decision to tie executive compensation to a level of investment associated with mStage/toktok, an unproven technology that to date has produced no revenues and has no immediate prospects, is outrageous and limits management’s ability to make the hard but intelligent decisions to reduce investment in that technology if its prospects for revenue continue to be elusive. With this measure we believe you have aggressively overstepped the bounds of good corporate governance and have clearly violated your fiduciary responsibility.

Investors in Ditech Networks (NASDAQ: DITC – News) are not venture capitalists and did not sign up for this type of speculative investing with such a large portion of the Company’s assets. Management needs to have the latitude to make the decisions that are appropriate given the revenue prospects of each product and the Board should ensure that no individual investment puts the Company in as much jeopardy of total failure as the mStage/toktok investment does.

In addition, given the level of support for Lamassu’s slate of director nominees, we remain completely perplexed by your apparent desire to engage in a pointless proxy fight and waste Company resources to protect your own interests. It is obvious shareholders will aggressively reject the idea of spending millions of dollars of their money in this manner when the addition of Lamassu’s nominees to the Board will clearly provide a much needed new perspective that is not steeped in the countless mistakes of the past or married to visions and dreams that produce little or nothing in the way of actual revenue.

For the sake of all investors we encourage you to radically alter your behavior and begin listening to shareholders as opposed to pursuing your own interests and extremely risky agendas. While you personally will not be significantly harmed if mStage/toktok is unsuccessful and Ditech Networks ultimately fails, many investors are not in a position to so casually lose their money.

Sincerely Lamassu Holdings, LLC

Hat tip to Toby.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Lloyd I Miller III has disclosed a 5.9% holding in Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC). According to the 13D filing, Mr. Miller supports Mr. Leehealey and Mr. Sansone – the director candidates nominated by Lamassu Holdings for election to the board of directors at the DITC annual meeting – as “candidates who are independent of management and he seeks to encourage greater attention to corporate governance by all members of the Board of Directors.”

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” Lamassu has now nominated two candidates for election to the board “who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” The stock is up 49.4% from $0.89 to close yesterday at $1.33, giving the company a market capitalization of $35M. We last estimated the net cash value at around $32.2M or $1.23 per share and the liquidation value at around $43.4M or $1.65 per share. While the deterioration in value is a concern, Mr. Miller’s support of Lamassu Holding’s director candidates introduces a new element to the position. We’re inclined to hold on to see how the annual meeting plays out.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC) has filed its 10Q for the period ended April 30, 2009.

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” Lamassu has now nominated two candidates for election to the board “who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” The stock is up 49.4% from $0.89 to close yesterday at $1.33, giving the company a market capitalization of $35M. We last estimated the net cash value to be $34.3M or $1.31 per share and the liquidation value to be around $47.5M or $1.81 per share. We’ve now reduced our estimate of the net cash value to around $32.2M or $1.23 per share and the liquidation value to around $43.4M or $1.65 per share.

The value proposition updated

DITC has continued to consume cash in its operations through the last quarter, bringing the cash burn over the last year to $22.6M. At April 30, 2009, all of DITC’s short-term and long-term investments were held in corporate notes and asset backed auction rate securities. According to the 10Q, the long-term investments are tied to auction rate securities that failed to settle at auction beginning in fiscal 2008, and for which there appears to be no near-term market. Although these securities would normally be classified as short-term, as they typically settle every 28 days, DITC has reclassified them long-term pending them settling at auction. At June 30, 2009, DITC continued to hold auction rate securities with a par value of $13.7 million. Our updated valuation follows (the “Book Value” column shows the assets as they are carried in the financial statements, and the “Liquidating Value” column shows our estimate of the value of the assets in a liquidation):

DITC Summary 2009 4 30In the last 10Q, DITC wrote that it believed its “legacy business to be at or near cash flow break even” which would “begin to be more evident in our financial results in the coming quarters.” That rosy prognosis has not manifest itself this quarter. Maybe DITC management meant the next quarter.

Off-balance sheet arrangements and Contractual obligations

According to the 10Q, DITC has around $4.0M in contractual commitments (including $247M in operating leases and $2.7M in purchase commitments), around $2.6 of which falls due this year and the remainder falling due within the next 3 years. DITC has no other material commitments or off-balance sheet liabilities.

Conclusion

The deterioration in DITC’s value is a concern, but, for reasons we’ll discuss in the next post, we propose to continue to hold DITC in the Greenbackd Portfolio for the time being.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Lamassu Holdings LLC has nominated two director candidates for election to the Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC) board of directors at the DITC annual meeting.

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has previously offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” Lamassu has now nominated two candidates for election to the board “who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction.” The stock is up 16.8% from $0.89 to close yesterday at $1.04, giving the company a market capitalization of $27.3M. We last estimated the net cash value to be $34.3M or $1.31 per share.

Here’s the announcement from Lamassu Holdings:

Lamassu Holdings L.L.C. Discloses Nomination of Two Highly Qualified Director Candidates for Election to the Ditech Networks Board of Directors at the 2009 Annual Meeting

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lamassu Holdings L.L.C. (“Lamassu”) announced today that it has nominated two highly qualified director nominees for election to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ditech Networks, Inc. (the “Company” or “DITC”) (Nasdaq:DITC) to replace two directors whose terms are up for election at the Company’s 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). Lamassu, which beneficially owns an aggregate of 2,399,845 shares, or approximately 9.1% of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company, delivered written notice today of its nominations to the Corporate Secretary of the Company in accordance with the Company’s bylaws.

Tim Leehealey, managing member of Lamassu and one of Lamassu’s director nominees, stated, “After repeated attempts to engage in a constructive dialogue were ignored by the incumbent Board and AccessData’s interest in purchasing the Company at a significant premium was rejected without any discussions with the potential bidder, we have come to the conclusion that new leadership on the Board is needed to maximize stockholder value, which we believe has suffered significant deterioration at the hands of the current Board.”

Mr. Leehealey continued, “We believe the current regime has a strong track record of failure in allocating the Company’s capital. Whether embarking on organic product development or growth through acquisition, this Board has failed to diversify outside of its core echo cancellation product line. We believe all significant efforts to diversify, including its Titanium systems, the Packet Voice Processor platform and acquisition of Jasomi Networks, Inc., have cost the company well over $100 million in capital and, quite possibly, closer to $200 million, even as the Company generated significant cash from its core echo business. Now the Company is faced with reinventing its business and it appears the current Board, which has failed miserably in its prior attempts to do so, believes that stockholders want a course of action that includes internally pursing another high-risk product strategy as well as pursuing acquisition opportunities.”

Mr. Leehealey concluded, “We are fearful that stockholder equity will continue to erode at the Company unless substantial changes are made. To this end we are nominating two highly qualified directors who are committed to enhancing shareholder value through a review of the Company’s business and strategic direction. If elected, our nominees intend to work constructively with the remaining Board members, as well as with the Company’s management team, to determine the best course of action for stockholders. Our nominees intend to conduct a strategic review of all options for the Company, including a possible sale or liquidation, that will improve stockholder value without taking undo risk that could jeopardize the remaining value inherent in the Company’s balance sheet, something we believe this Board has failed to accomplish.”

Stockholders can refer to Lamassu’s previous SEC filings for additional information.

The Company currently has a total of seven directors. Lamassu is seeking to replace two incumbent directors whose terms of office expire at the Annual Meeting.

Lamassu’s two independent director nominees will bring substantial business leadership and corporate governance expertise to the Company’s Board. The nominees are:

* Tim Leehealey. Mr. Leehealey is the co-founder and managing member of Lamassu Holdings L.L.C., a holding company specializing in taking an active role in small technology and alternative energy investments. In addition to his position with Lamassu, Mr. Leehealey is CEO of AccessData, a Lamassu company and provider of investigative software focused in the areas of forensics, eDiscovery, and incident response. Mr. Leehealey joined AccessData in August of 2007 and under his leadership has more than doubled the size of the company and established it as one of the leading providers in its market. Prior to joining AccessData, Mr. Leehealey was with Guidance Software for four years, as the Vice President of Corporate Development, and played a key role in taking that company public in 2006. In addition to his work at Guidance Software and AccessData, Mr Leehealey spent approximately 10 years working as an equity analyst covering security and networking companies. Mr. Leehealey holds a degree in computer science and economics from Stanford University.

* Frank J. Sansone. Mr. Sansone has over 15 years of financial management and technology experience with a focus on managing all the financial elements of small fast growing public and private technology companies. Most recently Mr. Sansone served as CFO for LiveOffice, a rapidly growing SAAS email archiving software & services company with annual revenues of approximately $25 million with 96% annual bookings growth and 100+ employees. Prior to his involvement with LiveOffice Mr. Sansone served as the CFO of Guidance Software were he not only was instrumental in helping to deliver over 5 years of 40%+ growth but he also oversaw all the key financial aspects associated with taking the company public. Before joining Guidance Software Mr. Sansone accumulated approximately 10 years of financial experience including working for five years as a Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Sansone is a CPA in good standing with both the California Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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Ditech Networks Inc (NASDAQ:DITC) has filed its 10Q for the period ended January 31, 2009.

We’ve been following DITC (see our archive here) because it is trading well below its net cash value with an investor, Lamassu Holdings LLC, disclosing a 9.4% holding in November last year. Lamassu has offered to acquire DITC for $1.25 per share in cash. Lamassu says that it “anticipates its due diligence requirement will take no more than two weeks and there is no financing contingency.” The stock is up 19.1% from $0.89 to close Friday at $1.09, giving the company a market capitalization of $27.8M. We initially estimated the net cash value to be $37.9M or $1.44 per share. We’ve now adjusted our valuation down slightly to $34.3M or $1.31 per share.

The value proposition updated

DITC has continued to consume cash in its operations through the last quarter, bringing the cash burn in the last three quarters to $15.1M. As of January 31, 2009, DITC also had long-term investments of $8.2 million as compared to $15.1 million at April 30, 2008. These long-term investments are tied to auction rate securities that failed to settle at auction. Although these securities would normally be classified as short-term, as they typically settle every 7, 28 or 35 days, because they failed to settle at auction DITC has reclassified them to long-term pending them settling at auction. As of February 28, 2009, DITC continued to hold auction rate securities with a par value of $13.7M. Our updated valuation follows (the “Book Value” column shows the assets as they are carried in the financial statements, and the “Liquidating Value” column shows our estimate of the value of the assets in a liquidation):

ditc-summary-2009-1-31The company believes its “legacy business to be at or near cash flow break even” and this “will begin to be more evident in our financial results in the coming quarters:”

However, we do expect to continue to invest in our newer product offerings, which we believe will help diversify our customer base and hopefully add more predictability to our revenue streams. We expect that the investments in our new products will result in continued negative cash flows from operations until such time that we experience a resurgence of demand for our legacy products closer to their historical levels or our new products gain traction in the market and begin to generate meaningful revenue streams.

This is unfortunate. We think the best use of the company’s cash is its own undervalued stock.

Off-balance sheet arrangements and Contractual obligations

According to the 10Q, DITC has around $5.4M in contractual commitments (including $2.7M in operating leases and $2.7M in purchase commitments), around $2.9 of which falls due this year and the remainder falling due within the next 3 years. DITC has no other material commitments.

Conclusion

We propose to maintain our position in DITC and will continue to hold it in the Greenbackd Portfolio.

[Full Disclosure:  We do not have a holding in DITC. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only. Do your own research before investing in any security.]

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