Tucows

  • Tucows revenue rockets after Enom buy

    … million in 2016 to $84.2 million this year. Net income for the quarter was up 29% at $5.2 million. Enom, which Tucows bought from Rightside for $76.7 million earlier this year, now accounts for a little under half of Tucows’ wholesale domains business, the larger portion going through its OpenSRS channel. Sales from Tucows’ premium portfolio rose to $968,000 from $885,000 a year ago. Its retail business, Hover, did $7.6 million of revenue, up from $3.6 million. Tweet Tagged: earnings, enom, rightside, tucows …

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  • After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

    … Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September 8, the date the increases kick in. It’s the second major…

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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

    … 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…

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  • Celebrity cybersquatting to feature in Super Bowl commercial [video]

    … Actor turned fashion designer John Malkovich is to feature in a Super Bowl commercial themed on cybersquatting. The ad, for web host Squarespace, sees Malkovich complaining about the domain johnmalkovich.com belonging to some other guy by the same name. In a roundabout way, this is also a commercial for Tucows, the newly-crowned second…

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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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  • 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

    … problematic area is an “additional statement” on domains used for commercial activity, appended to the PPSAI report, penned by MarkMonitor on behalf of Facebook, LegitScript, DomainTools, IP attorneys Smith, Gambreall & Russell, and itself. Those companies believe it should be against the rules for anyone who commercially transacts via their web…

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  • Noss hints at winning .online auction bid

    … with financial backing from Tucows and NameCheap. The three companies intend to set up a new joint venture to manage the .online registry, as we reported yesterday, with each company contributing between $4 million and $5 million. Assuming at least one company is contributing $4 million and at least one is contributing $5 million, that works out…

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