Centralnic

    • CentralNic says revenue more than doubled in 2016

      CentralNic’s revenue was up 110% in 2016, according to the company. The registry today released its unaudited results for last year, showing EBITDA up 65% at £5.5 million ($6.7 million) on revenue of £22.1 million ($26.9 million) The company, which has expanded into registrar services via acquisition in the last few years, said its recurring revenue — mainly domain registr ...

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  • Hires and promotions Donuts, MMX and CentralNic

    … A few gTLD registries have announced changes to senior management positions and new hires over the last several days, so I thought I’d lump them all together into one post. Donuts has appointed a new CEO. Venture capitalist Bruce Jaffe, who’s been on the board as an independent director for about a year, has taken over from founding CEO Paul…

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  • Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

    …Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few years of its entry into the gTLD game, overseeing the launches of cheap TLDs such as .science, .download […] Related posts: CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs …

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  • Verisign loses .art contract to CentralNic

    … CentralNic has been awarded the back-end contract for the forthcoming .art gTLD, usurping Verisign from the role. UK Creative Ideas, which bought .art at a private auction for an undisclosed sum a year ago, appointed the company its “exclusive registry service provider”, CentralNic said. UKCI’s original .art application named Verisign as its…

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  • CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs

    … before tax of £1.45 million ($2.13 million), compared to £520,000 in 2014, on revenue up 71% at £10.39 million ($15.28 million). While it may be best known nowadays as a back-end registry provider, its revenue is now fairly evenly split over its three reporting segments. CentralNic runs the back-end registry for volume gTLDs including .xyz…

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  • XYZ settles Verisign’s back-end switcheroo lawsuit

    … acquired the .security and .protection ICANN contracts from security Symantec, and .theatre from a company called KBE Holdings. As part of the transitions, all three applications were modified with ICANN to name CentralNic as the back-end registry services provider, replacing Verisign. Verisign sued on the basis of tortious interference…

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  • CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy

    … CentralNic is set to grow revenue by almost three quarters buy acquiring Australian registrar Instra for $23.7 million. The acquisition is for AUD 33 million, AUD 30 million of which will be in cash. CentralNic plans to raise £10 million ($15 million) with a share placement to help fund the deal. “This acquisition will grow our current…

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  • Retail sales see CentralNic over double revenue

    … CentralNic saw a huge 171% increase in revenue and a tripling of billings in the first half of the year, based on its newly acquired retail business and the sale of premium names. For the six months to the end of June, the London-based firm saw revenue of £4.4 million ($6.8 million) compared to £1.6 million ($2.5 million) a year earlier…

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  • XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers

    … has led to a lot of pissed-off registrants. XYZ says has been receiving complaints from its registrars in the country, which in turn have been receiving complaints from their customers. XYZ proposes to fix the problem by using a gateway service provided by ZDNS, a DNS provider based in mainland China. Registrars in the country would maintain…

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  • No, CentralNic isn’t the biggest new gTLD back-end

    … CentralNic’s registry back-end business may have got a big boost by last week’s news that Google has adopted a .xyz domain for its new parent, but it is not yet the biggest back-end provider. That honor still belongs to Rightside, which currently leads CentralNic by a few hundred thousand names, according to zone files. When Google started…

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  • CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains

    … CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names. The sales appear to be of “non-core” names unrelated to its registry business that the company has been sitting on for a while, rather than names that it has reserved in its own subdomains and new gTLDs for which it acts as back-end…

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  • ROTD lends geo names to CentralNic registrar push

    … domains from Donuts during the .domains Early Access Period. The second level strings all match the third-party geo-gTLDs that will be offered via these sites. Another 12 will be launched before the end of the year, the companies said. CentralNic, best known as a registry, will provide the back-end for the site, as part of its push…

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  • Accent wins .tickets auction after $1.6m CentralNic investment

    … Accent Media, one of four applicants for .tickets, has won the new gTLD at auction after receiving a $1.62 million investment from CentralNic. As part of the deal, Accent has dumped Afilias as its back-end provider and will switch to CentralNic instead. Competing applicants Donuts, Famous Four Media, Shubert Internet and Tickets TLD are now…

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  • CentralNic invests $1.5m in mystery gTLD applicant

    … Registry back-end provider CentralNic has stumped up $1.5 million to back a new gTLD applicant in a forthcoming private auction. CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford declined to identify the beneficiary. The company has also not disclosed what stake in the target company it will obtain if it wins the auction. Here’s the entirety of the statement…

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  • CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs

    … CentralNic has acquired the unfortunately named Bahamas-based registrar Internet.bs for up to $7.5 million, in an effort to bolster its registrar business. The deal is for a mixture of cash ($2.7 million), newly issued shares ($2.5 million) and a delayed performance-related payout of up to $2.3 million. CentralNic is best known as a registry…

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