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CentralNic and KeyDrive in merger talks

CentralNic and KeyDrive, two major European domain firms, are in merger talks, CentralNic confirmed this morning. CentralNic said that the transaction, should it close, would be a “reverse takeover” of itself by KeyDrive. That’s where a private company, in this case KeyDrive, reverses into a public one, in this case AIM-listed CentralNic. Luxembourg-based KeyDrive is […]

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CentralNic spends $3.3 million on .com portfolios

CentralNic has splashed out £2.5 million ($3.3 million) to bolster its portfolio of domain names for the secondary market. The company said in a brief statement today that it acquired an unspecified number of domains across “a number of portfolios”. The sellers were not disclosed. The names were all in .com. CEO Ben Crawford said […]

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CentralNic now owns .sk after $30m deal closes

CentralNic has just closed its acquisition of SK-NIC, the ccTLD operator for Slovakia, the company announced today. The London-based firm announced the deal back in August, when it was to be worth €21.27 million up front, with a deferred performance-related cash payout of €4.85 million cash over three years. But the deal, originally intended to […]

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CentralNic completes .SK acquisition

A bit later than expected, CentralNic completes acquisition of .sk country code manager. Domain name registry CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) has completed its acquisition of SK-NIC, the company that controls the .sk country code top level domain name for Slovakia. When the deal was originally announced in late August, CentralNic planned to acquire only assets […]

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CentralNic’s .sk purchase moving forward under changed terms

Deal changes from an asset purchase to a share purchase. Top level domain name operator CentralNic (London AIM:CNIC) announced it was acquiring the .sk (Slovakia) top level domain name on August 25th. It still hasn’t completed the deal and the terms have changed. The deal was originally created as an asset purchase. Now, CentralNic will […]

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Did get sold? Domain sleuth George Kirikos tweeted out that the registrar changed and the domain is now under privacy. It appears that @CentralNic may have sold their domain name (change of registrar, and also WHOIS privacy). — George Kirikos (@GeorgeKirikos) November 29, 2017 When checking whois I see that the nameservers are […]

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CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did […]

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CentralNic adds 14 TLDs but .SK deal delayed

KSRegistry deal brings total TLDs managed to 65. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM:CNIC) made two announcements today involving top level domain names. First, it has signed a deal with KSRegistry to handle registry services for the 14 TLDs KSRegistry inherited when it acquired Open Registry from Group NCC this year. (I reached out to […]

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CentralNic to support 14 new TLDs via new back-end services contract with KSregistry

CentralNic is expanding its reach as a provider of back-end services to new TLD Registries. In the latest announcement, CentralNic has reached an agreement to support 14 new TLDs, in a deal made with KSregistry. KSregistry is a subsidiary of Key-Systems GmbH, which in the past 19 years has evolved from an academic sideline to […]

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CentralNic extends XYZ deal until 2032

CentralNic and have extended their registry services pact for the next fifteen years, according to CentralNic. Announcing its first-half 2017 financial results today, CentralNic said the back-end contract has been extended until 2032. It’s an unusually long duration for a registry services contract, which are usually much more likely to run about five years. […]

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