Tucows

    • Namecheap to bring millions of domains in-house next week

      Namecheap is finally bringing its customer base over to its own ICANN accreditation. The registrar will next week accept transfer of an estimated 3.2 million .com and .net domains from Enom, following a court ruling forcing Enom owner Tucows to let go of the names. The migration will happen from January 8 to January 12, Namecheap said in a blog post today.

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  • 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

    … 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 says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

    … under the hood and get a better sense of the platform as we will with all of the operations, the long-term plan might be different. The acquisition was “overwhelmingly about generating scale and realizing cost efficiencies”, Noss said. Tucows paid $83.5 million for eNom, which has about $155 million in annual revenue and is expected to generate about $20 million in EBITDA per year after efficiencies are realized. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, earnings, enom, hover, melbourne it, rightside, tucows …

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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

    … retention. For Rightside, the company said the spin-off will allow it to focus on vertical integration between its gTLD registry business and its consumer-facing registrar, Name.com. Rightside had come in for a certain amount of high-profile investor criticism for its dogged focus on new gTLDs at the expense of its eNom and Name.com businesses…

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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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