SAND Technology Announces Year End Results for Fiscal Year 2011

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MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ -- SAND Technology Inc. (OTCBB:SNDTF) (the "Company"), an international provider of data management software and best practices, today reported a net loss for the three months ended July 31, 2011 of $919,200 on revenues of $1,456,584 compared with a net profit of $26,341 on revenues of $1,186,041 for the three months ended July 31, 2010. All figures are stated in Canadian dollars.

For the year ended July 31, 2011, the Company reported a net loss of $2,112,469 on revenues of $6,871,671 compared to a net loss of $745,549 on revenues of $6,562,411 for the year ended July 31, 2010.

Total revenues of $6,871,671 for fiscal year 2011 were higher by 4.7% compared to total revenues of $6,562,411 in fiscal year 2010. There was an increase in our net loss from $745,549 in fiscal year 2010 to $2,112,469 in fiscal year 2011. The increase in the net loss was mainly attributable to an increase in stock-based compensation in the amount of $662,245 as a result of the issuance of a significant number of stock options to employees, Officers and Directors of the Company and to a decrease in government sponsored investment tax credits from the previous year in the amount of $380,838, the previous year including a catch-up amount representing two years of investment tax credits. The Company also invested heavily in additional sales staff and marketing expenditures in an effort to boost sales in future periods.

"2011 was very similar to 2010 in a number of key aspects. First we made additional radical changes to our operations and business structure. Second we experienced disappointing financial results," explained Thomas O'Donnell, SAND CEO. "We closed the sale of our Nearline / SAP product set in Q1 FY 2012. This is extremely positive as it finally allows us to focus on one product set, Analytics and provides adequate financial runway to implement our focused strategy. Although the turn around has taken much longer than expected I remain very positive on SAND."

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    About SAND Technology
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SAND Technology delivers advanced analytics database software for analyzing large amounts of extreme data. SAND's software drives solutions for analytics with customers managing vast amounts of big data, driving industry-leading levels of analytic performance and deploying information to thousands of users across the enterprise. With over 600 customers SAND's technology is leading edge in the analytic database market. SAND Technology has offices in the Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Central Europe and Australia.

SAND Technology, SAND CDBMS, Nucleus, N-Vector, and MPSO are registered trademarks, and SAND/DNA, SAND/DNA Access, SAND/DNA Analytics, SAND/DNA aCRM, SAND Analytic Server, SAND Searchable Archive, SAND Extensible Warehouse, and all related SAND-, SAND/DNA, and Nucleus-based marks and designs, are trademarks of SAND Technology Inc. Other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.

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    Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements

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Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Securities Act of 1934 and of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or as "forward looking information" under Canadian securities legislation (collectively, "forward looking statements"). The forward-looking statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbour protection provided by these Acts. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future results, levels of activity, events, trends or plans. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees and by their nature are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SAND to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward looking statements included in this press release are based on current expectations and on information available to SAND on the date of this press release. For a more detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other business risks, see SAND's current Annual Report and SAND's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov) and the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com). You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as required by applicable laws, we undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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    Financial Highlights

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The audited Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company for fiscal year 2011 and the Notes thereto are presented in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("Canadian GAAP"). The financial information presented below is consistent with Canadian GAAP except where otherwise stated.

The following financial information is expressed in Canadian dollars and is derived from its consolidated financial statements which have been audited by our independent auditors, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton L.L.P., for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2011, July 31, 2010 and July 31, 2009. The following financial information should be read in conjunction with Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company and Notes thereto for each of the years in the 3-year period ended July 31, 2011 of SAND Technology Inc. and the information included in the Annual Report of the Company.

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                                       Fiscal Year Ended July 31,
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    Results of Operations             2011             2010             2009
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Revenue $6,871,671 $6,562,411 $7,049,237

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    Cost of sales and
     product support             1,235,328        1,194,674        1,396,224
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    Gross profit                 5,636,343        5,367,737        5,653,013
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    Operating expenses
       Research and
        development costs, net   1,866,244        1,458,392        1,960,295
       Amortization of capital
        assets                      40,597           53,298           63,643
       Selling, general and
        administrative           5,399,512        4,224,677        4,372,067
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                                 7,306,353        5,736,367        6,396,005
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    Income (loss) from
     operations before the
     undernoted items           (1,670,010)        (368,630)        (742,992)
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       Foreign exchange loss        72,146           80,978          135,051
       Interest expense            370,313          295,941          313,652
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                                   442,459          376,919          448,703
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    Net loss                   $(2,112,469)       $(745,549)     $(1,191,695)
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    Basic and diluted
     income (loss) per
     share                          $(0.12)          $(0.05)          $(0.08)
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    Basic and diluted
     weighted average
     number of
       common shares            17,009,173       15,467,702       14,318,189
                                ==========       ==========       ==========
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                                            As at July 31,
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    Financial Position                2011             2010             2009
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    Working Capital
     (deficiency)              $(1,248,354)       $(982,935)     $(1,910,058)
    Total assets                 2,215,227        2,117,443        2,740,326
    Total liabilities            5,110,058        4,568,107        5,112,881
    Shareholders'
     deficiency                 (2,894,831)      (2,450,664)      (2,372,555)
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                                      Fiscal Year Ended July 31,
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    Rates of Exchange                 2011             2010             2009
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    At year end -U.S.
     dollar                        $0.9555          $1.0283          $1.0790
    Average for the year -
     U.S. dollar                    0.9943           1.0491           1.1758
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    At year end -U.K.
     pound                          1.5694           1.6169           1.8033
    Average for the year -
     U.K. pound                     1.5886           1.6511           1.8497
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    At year end - Euro              1.3722           1.3447           1.5406
    Average for the year -
     Euro                           1.3666           1.4491           1.5907
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    At year end -AUS
     dollar                         1.0491                -                -
    Average for the year -
     AUS dollar                     1.0286                -                -






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Financial HighlightsThe same data, presented in conformity with U.S. GAAP, is shown below.

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                                       Fiscal Year Ended July 31,
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    Results of
     Operations                2011                  2010                2009
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Revenue $6,871,671 $6,562,411 $7,049,237

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    Cost of sales and
     product support      1,235,328             1,194,674           1,396,224
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    Gross profit          5,636,343             5,367,737           5,653,013
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    Operating
     expenses
       Research and
        development
        costs, net        1,866,244             1,458,392           1,960,295
       Amortization of
        capital assets       40,597                53,298              63,643
       Selling, general
        and
        administrative    5,869,843             3,828,422           4,245,903
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                          7,776,684             5,340,112           6,269,841
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    Income (loss)
     from operations
     before the
     undernoted items    (2,140,341)               27,625            (616,828)
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       Foreign exchange
        loss                 72,146                80,978             135,051
       Interest expense     325,300               252,516             273,015
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                            397,446               333,494             408,066
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    Net loss            $(2,537,787)            $(305,869)        $(1,024,894)
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    Basic and diluted
     income (loss)
     per share               $(0.15)               $(0.02)             $(0.07)
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    Basic and diluted
     weighted average
     number of
       common shares     17,009,173            15,467,702          14,318,189
                         ==========            ==========          ==========
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                                           As at July 31,
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    Financial
     Position                  2011                  2010                2009
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    Working Capital
     (deficiency)       $(2,680,077)          $(1,954,639)        $(3,280,145)
    Total assets          2,215,227             2,117,443           2,740,326
    Total liabilities     6,234,282             5,277,325           6,263,907
    Shareholders'
     deficiency          (4,019,055)           (3,159,882)         (3,523,581)
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                                     Fiscal Year Ended July 31,
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    Rates of Exchange          2011                  2010                2009
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    At year end -
     U.S. dollar            $1.0283               $1.0283             $1.0790
    Average for the
     year -U.S.
     dollar                  1.0491                1.0491              1.1758
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    At year end -
     U.K. pound              1.6169                1.6169              1.8033
    Average for the
     year -U.K.
     pound                   1.6511                1.6511              1.8497
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    At year end -
     Euro                    1.3447                1.3447              1.5406
    Average for the
     year -Euro              1.4491                1.4491              1.5907
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    At year end -AUS
     dollar                  1.0491                     -                   -
    Average for the
     year -AUS
     dollar                  1.0286                     -                   -






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SOURCE SAND Technology Inc.

For further information: Media - North America, UK/ Western European Press, German/Central European Press, Mr. Michael Pilcher, President & COO, +44 779 675 7671, mike.pilcher@sand.com, or Investor Relations, Mr. Tony J. Giuliano, Chief Financial Officer, +1-514-939-3477, tony.giuliano@sand.com, both of SAND Technology Inc. Web Site: http://www.sand.com

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