Acquisition

  • CentralNic promises $30 million .sk will only ever mean “Slovakia”

    … don’t agree with how they manage national TLD registries,” he said. “What they do in Palau is not acceptable. What they do in Laos is not acceptable. We’re kind of scared what they plan to do with our domain, how they plan to market it.” But CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford said in an email interview that these concerns are misplaced. He said…

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  • Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

    … Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of shares that were…

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  • GoDaddy flips hosting business for $456 million

    … GoDaddy has sold off its recently acquired PlusServer business for €397 million ($456 million). The buyer is a private equity firm, BC Partners. The registrar had taken control of the business when it spent $1.79 billion on Host Europe Group earlier this year, but had said from the start that the asset was for sale. PlusServer sells hosting…

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  • ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

    … ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy other customary closing…

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  • GoDaddy launches security service after Securi acquisition

    … GoDaddy has revealed the first fruits of its March acquisition of web security service provider Securi. It’s GoDaddy Website Security, what appears to be a budget version of the services Securi already offers on a standalone basis. For $6.99 per month, the service monitors your web site for malware and removes it upon request. It also keeps…

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  • BREAKING: Donuts to pay $213 million for Rightside

    … Kevin Murphy, June 14, 2017, 12:39:00 (UTC), Domain Registries Donuts is to acquire Rightside for $213 million, the companies have just announced. The $10.60 per share cash offer represents a 12% premium over Rightside’s average closing share price over the last 30 days. The two gTLD registries are already partners, with Rightside providing…

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  • Web.com in takeover talks – report

    … Kevin Murphy, May 26, 2017, 09:06:08 (UTC), Domain Registrars Web.com is in talks to be acquired by private equity firms, according to a report. Reuters reported last night that the registrar said the talks were “early stage” and that there was no guarantee of a deal. Web.com is of course home to Network Solutions, Register.com…

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  • Key-Systems buys reseller EDC

    … Key-Systems has acquired one of its resellers, European Domain Centre. The acquiring registrar did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said EDC will help boost its own BrandShelter corporate registrar business. EDC says it has clients including AirBnB, Campari, Lycamobile, iStockPhoto and BusinessWire. The company was founded in 2003…

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  • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

    … XYZ.com said today that it has acquired the half-launched new gTLD .storage from its original owner. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Daniel Negari said in a blog post that it has been funded using some of the “excess of cash flow” from sales of .xyz domains. The original .storage registry was ExtraSpace Storage, which rents…

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … of the company a year ago. At that time, he called for the company to ditch its “garbage” new gTLD registries in favor of a focus on its higher-margin eNom business. He was supported by Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, then also a Rightside investor in addition to a competitor. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, cannell, enom, j carlo cannell, rightside, tucows …

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  • Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

    … at $48.8 million. Net income was down 9% at $2.8 million. In a conference call, executives linked some of the growth to the April 2016 acquisition of Melbourne IT’s reseller business, which added 1.6 million domains to Tucows’ DUM. While Tucows also operates its Ting mobile phone service, the majority of its revenue still comes from domains…

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    … the undisputed volume leader in the reseller world and the second-largest registrar overall. GoDaddy, the DUM leader, had about 55 million domains just in gTLDs at the last count. Tucows CEO Elliot Noss told analysts that the deal, along with the April 2016 acquisition of Melbourne IT’s reseller business, were “individual opportunistic transactions”. He…

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