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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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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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KeyDrive gobbles up Open Registry

KSregistry and Open Registry are now one. Domain name company KeyDrive has acquired backend registry provider Open Registry, the company announced today. NCC Group previously announced the sale. KeyDrive is the holding company that owns Key-Systems and Moniker. Part of its business is KSregistry GmbH, which provides backend registry services to a number of .brand […]

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NCC sells Open Registry at huge discount

NCC Group has followed through on its promise to divest parts of its domain business, selling the Open Registry collection of companies at a huge discount to the original purchase price. KeyDrive and a mysterious entity called Terrain.com SA have together acquired the companies for €3.75 million ($3.97 million). That’s compared to the minimum of […]

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KeyDrive to rebirth TrafficClub name for NX traffic monetization

Traffic.Club Sàrl will be the new name of KeyDrive’s NX traffic monetization service. I took a trip down memory lane last week when I noticed that the domain name TrafficClub.com sold on Sedo for $899. TrafficClub.com was a domain traffic splitting system created over a decade ago by Moniker. Clients pointed their domain names to […]

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US-based Moniker gets Euro data retention waiver

ICANN has approved Moniker’s request for a partial waiver of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement based on European privacy law, despite the fact that the registrar is based in the US. The data retention waiver for Moniker was one of a few granted to members of the KeyDrive group of registrars that were approved by ICANN […]

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SnapNames acquired by Web.com

Web.com has acquired domain name dropcatcher SnapNames for an undisclosed sum, according to press releases from it and former owner KeyDrive, confirming reports from Friday. Web.com said the deal will be “immaterial” to its 2014 financial results. The Nasdaq-listed company already owns leading registrars Network Solutions and Register.com. It’s also a new gTLD applicant, one […]

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