“Tax Savings Should Drive Long Term Bottom Line Growth for VeriSign”

Trefis.com did an article today about the VeriSign shares after the VeriSign Q2 2014 report.

Shares of VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) rose over 10% on July 25, 2014 after the company reported strong profit figures in the second quarter of 2014. The company reported revenues of $250.4 million, marginally missing consensus estimates by about $1.3 million. However, net income per share for the quarter increased to 68 cents and was 4 cents higher than consensus estimates, fueled by a $300 million share buyback program. In year-on-year growth terms, revenues increased 4.6% this quarter while net income expanded 15.3% over Q2FY13.

It seems that .com and .net growth has slowed down but this bound to happen someday. Continue reading

Verisign Q2 2014 Results: Revenue Up To $250 million, 128.9 Million .Com And .Net, .Net Price Goes Up

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), reported financial results for the second quarter of 2014.

VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $250 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $100 million.

  • Verisign Registry Services added 0.42 million net new names during the second quarter, ending with 128.9 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 3.7 percent increase over the zone at the end of the second quarter in 2013.
  • In the second quarter, Verisign processed 8.5 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.7 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The final .com and .net renewal rate for the first quarter of 2014 was 72.6 percent compared with 73.2 percent for the same quarter in 2013. Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.
  • Verisign announced an increase in the annual fee for a .net domain name registration from $6.18 to $6.79, effective February 1, 2015, per its agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Here is the complete report: Continue reading

Neustar Q2 2014 Results: Revenue up 8% to $237.5 million but net income down 15% to $36.8 million

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Revenue increased 8% to $237.5 million compared to the 2nd quarter of 2013 but net income decreased 15% to $36.8 million.

Security Services revenue of $34.4 million increased 28% driven by revenue from the acquisition of .CO Internet S.A.S. and increased demand for DDoS protection services.

During the second quarter, the company closed on the acquisition of .CO Internet S.A.S. for total cash consideration of $106.8 million, after taking into account cash acquired of $6.9 million.

Here is the complete report: Continue reading

Reader Complains About Minds + Machines New gTLD Pre-Paid Reservations

I got this email from a reader yesterday complaining about 4 reserved domain names in .casa, .horse, or .cooking during the Minds + Machines Priority Reservation Phase. The reader says that the 4 domains he pre-ordered and paid fully were guaranteed last

“For technical reasons ICANN, which regulates the domain name space, disallowed the Priority Reservation program after you made your reservation.”

“We agreed with them to put your name(s) into our Landrush phase instead. There is no additional charge and you do not need to do anything. But there’s a chance that someone might apply for the same name as you and, if that happens, there will be some additional steps.”

This means that he funds have been withheld from Minds + Machines for all these months and will continue to be reserved until .casa, .horse, or .cooking go out of the Landrush phase in a few months. And of course there is a chance he will not get the “guaranteed” domain names. Continue reading

.CLUB Featured By German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) During ICANN 50








During the ICANN 50  meeting in London, the .CLUB team was visited by a crew from Germany’s leading International broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) who was there to cover the way web addresses are changing and diversifying. Continue reading

.XXX Registry Offers Free .XXX Domain Names To Models

ModelCentro, a hosted pay site CMS for creating and running fan membership sites, has teamed up with ICM Registry, the .xxx registry, to offer Models.xxx. Verified models using the ModelCentro platform are able to register one .XXX domain free of charge.  Another benefit for participating models will be promotion on the Models.xxx directory, which has been created to drive quality affiliate traffic to the model sites on the ModelCentro affiliate program. More information about the global affiliate program can be found on ModelCentro.xxx/affiliates.

“We’re excited to bring top-level names to web performers on the ModelCentro platform,” said Stan D’Aman, ModelCentro CEO. “Our collaboration with ICM provides a great opportunity for our models to create a brand name for themselves.”  Continue reading

Domainer Doesn’t Yet Own The Domain e.Ninja That He Won At Go Daddy 3 Weeks Back

Go Daddy run a .Ninja, .Reviews and .Futbol New gTLD premium auction 3 weeks ago that sold 9 domains. The domains were sold by their registry which is Rightside.

A reader complained the other day that the domain e.ninja that he won for $1,580 has not yet been given to him. He paid the winning immediately to Go Daddy and now it is 3 weeks and he has not received it.

Here are the reader’s comment: Continue reading

DK Hostmaster continues to manage .dk domain names

Following a public consultation, the Minister of Business and Growth has decided to extend DIFO’s permission to be registry for the .dk domain names.

Since 1999, Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) has had the license to manage all dk domain names and maintain the DK-zone in DNS. This task is handled by DK Hostmaster A/S, owned by DIFO. On July 1st, The Danish Business Authority announced that the Minister of Business and Growth has awarded DIFO permit for six more years.

Chairman of DIFO, Henrik Udsen says: Continue reading

12 Registries Have Requested 2-Character New gTLD Domains: .DEALS, .CITY, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .WORLD

So far 12 registries have requested ICANN to allowed to sell 2-character New gTLD domains names: .DEALS, XN–FJQ720A, .CITY, .XYZ, .COLLEGE, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .HEALTHCARE, .WORLD, .BAND.

ICANN opened a comment period yesterday 8 July 2014: Continue reading

.EU Registrations Grow By 2.2% In Q1 2014

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 2.2% in Q1 2014, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.

“This relatively high growth rate is thanks, in part, to our high renewal rate of above 80% and the higher than expected level of new registrations,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“The latter is especially comforting as it shows that the popularity of.eu is further growing in a crowded market place, even as the many new gTLDs jostle for position.”

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 27 of the 28 EU member states. Croatia and Portugal both saw growth of more than 10%. Continue reading