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CentralNic acquired yet another company

Acquisitive registry/registrar CentralNic has picked up another company, paying up to €2.56 million ($2.95 million) for a small Delaware-based registrar. It will pay €1.5 million up-front for GlobeHosting, with the rest coming in two annual installments. GlobeHosting may have a US corporate address, but it plays primarily in the Romanian and Brazilian markets. It’s not […]

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#CentralNic press release about #KeyDrive merger arrives at the crack of dawn

Following standard operating procedure on press releases, CentralNic sent its Monday news about its merger with KeyDrive, at a time when most domain industry bloggers are asleep. “We send out press releases when nobody can read them, and only bloggers with small kids up since 5am can share the news,” said Andy Churley, Group Marketing […]

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KeyDrive reverses into CentralNic in $55 million deal

CentralNic this morning confirmed that it has signed a deal to merge with KeyDrive to dramatically grow its market share in the registrar and registry markets. The deal, technically a reverse takeover, is worth up to $55 million, $10.5 million of which is performance-related. KeyDrive is the holding company for brands including the registrars Key-Systems, […]

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CentralNic reports 2017 earnings, merger with KeyDrive still in the works

Company reports revenue increase in 2017 and hopes to merge with KeyDrive in Q3. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) published its 2017 annual report (pdf) today. Topline revenue increased from £22.1m in 2016 to £24.3m in 2017. Profit after tax was basically flat at £1.0, but the company’s Adjusted EBITA measure grew from […]

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#CentralNic publishes white paper on upcoming changes due to #GDPR

CentralNic has published a detailed white paper on upcoming changes, all thanks to the GDPR. The British company manages several distinct TLDs and ccTLDs, including .LA, along with new gTLDs such as .ART and .XYZ. The white paper shares those changes that will define the information publicly shared via the WHOIS for the TLDs managed […]

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CentralNic now managing failing .fan and .fans

CentralNic appears to be acting as a caretaker for the failing new gTLDs .fan and .fans. IANA records show that a company lawyer took over as administrative contact for the pair late last week. Asiamix Digital, the original registry, is still listed as the sponsor for both, and its ICANN registry agreement does not appear […]

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MMX could announce acquisition this week

New gTLD registry MMX could announce plans to be acquired as early as this week. The company told the markets last week that its delayed 2017 financial results would be announced in “early May”, along with the “conclusion of the strategic review” it has been teasing investors about for almost a year. The “strategic review”, […]

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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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