Tucows

    • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

      Tucows is to become “the second largest registrar in the world” by acquiring eNom from Rightside, paying $83.5 million. The deal will give Tucows another 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 resellers, giving it a total of 29 million DUM and 40,000 resellers. That DUM number, which appears to include ccTLDs, makes Tucows the undisputed volume leader in the resel ...

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

      Tucows yesterday reported an 11% increase in revenue for 2016, driven partly by an acquisition, but warned that its more recent acquisition, eNom, may be shrinking. The company reported revenue for 2016 of $189.8 million, up from $171 million in 2015. Net income was up 41% at $16 million. For the fourth quarter, revenue was up 9% year-on-year at $48.8 million. Net income was down 9% at $2.

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … J Carlo Cannell, the activist investor who has been circling Rightside for the last year or so, was unimpressed with the company’s recent sale of eNom to Tucows. In a letter published as a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, Cannell announced that he has started up a support group for fellow “concerned” investors…

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  • Tucows pays $6.5 million for Melbourne IT’s channel

    … Canadian registrar Tucows has acquired the reseller network of Australian rival Melbourne IT for up to $6.5 million. The company said the deal will “add hundreds of resellers and approximately 1.6 million domains under management to Tucows’ OpenSRS wholesale domain business.” Melbourne IT said that the low-margin business was a “drag…

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  • Registrars open floodgate of Whois privacy outrage

    … majority of them unedited template letters — were filed in response to the GNSO Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues (PPSAI) Working Group Initial Report. That report attempts to bring privacy and proxy services, currently unregulated by ICANN, under ICANN’s contractual wing. There are two problematic areas, as far as the registrars…

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  • Noss hints at winning .online auction bid

    … A triumvirate of domain name companies led by Radix paid well over $7 million for the .online new gTLD, judging by comments made by Tucows CEO in an analysts call yesterday. As the company reported its third-quarter financial numbers, Noss said of .online, which was recently auctioned: While we are bound by confidentiality with respect…

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