Rightside posts profit, gets $7.2 million from withdrawing new TLDs

Rightside posts profit and gets big haul from withdrawing new top level domain name applications.

RightsideRightside released first quarter earnings after the bell today.

The company posted an adjusted EBITDA of $0.6 million and a GAAP profit of $1.9 million.

Revenue from Registrar Services (i.e. eNom and Name.com) was $42.0 million, up from $37.5 million in the same quarter last year. Registry Services (i.e. new top level domains and backend services) revenue was $1.6 million, up from just $42,000 in the same quarter last year.

Rightside previously reported Registrar and Registry services as a combined line item. The combined $43.6 million in Q1 tops the previous quarter’s $43.2 million.

Aftermarket revenue was $7.3 million, up from $7.0 million in Q1 2014 but down from $8.6 million in Q4 2014.

The company pocketed $7.2 million from withdrawing its new top level domain name applications.

Name.com is doing well with revenue growth of 30%. So far this year, 15% of Name.com’s new registrations are from new top level domain names. These have an average selling price of three times what Name.com gets from “legacy” domains. Name.com is proving to be a smart acquisition as it provides a good channel for Rightside’s own top level domain names.

.Club turns 1 and these 17 registrars are selling domains for $1

Registrars offer $1 special on .Club domains on first anniversary of launch.

.Club.Club is celebrating the one year anniversary of its general availability. As part of the celebration, 17 registrars are offering .Club domain names for about a dollar today only. (See the list at the end of this post).

The registry put out an infographic today displaying some of the top level domain’s metrics after one year of .Club. Highlights include:

  • 220,000 paid registrations
  • 73,123 unique registrations
  • 38,665 live sites (not parked pages)
  • $1,011,201 is premium sales (by the registry)
  • 112 registrars
  • 128 countries with active registrations

Regardless of what you think about new top level domain names, you’ll probably agree that .Club has done a phenomenal job marketing the extension. The company has racked up significant frequent flyer miles traveling the globe and evangelizing about .Club and new domains in general.

OK, here’s the promised list of registrars where you can pick up .Club domains for about $1 today:

35.com, BLACKNIGHT, Domain The Net, Dynadot, Gandi, GoDaddy, Hexonet, Key-Systems (Moniker.com & DD24.com), Name.com, Nawang, OnlineNic, OVH, Register.ca, Rhumawedb, Webnames.ca, Website.ws (DomainCostClub.com), WebWerks (DforDomains.com)

.Com domain name winners and losers

eNom and Uniregistry do well on transfers, GoDaddy and eNom lead in new registrations.

ICANN just published the most recent .com transactions report, reflecting registrar results for .com from January.

There were no major outliers from January in terms of .com transfers, but Google Domains made an appearance on the top gainers list. 9,770 domains were transferred to Google’s new domain name registrar. I wonder if these were from consumers transferring their domains or if Google transferred some of its own domain names to its new registrar.

Here are the top five net gainers, comparing successful transfers in to transfers out: Click here to continue reading…

New TLDs (.XYZ?) boost Web.com’s bookings

“Very aggressive” new TLD promotions paying off for Web.com.

Web.comMany in the domain name community blasted Web.com and .xyz for the hundreds of thousands of free domain names Web.com gave away last year through Network Solutions. Was it, perhaps, a brilliant business move?

Web.com reported a bookings boost this past quarter, and the company says this is due to higher-than-expected renewal rates on new TLDs.

Here’s Web.com CEO David Brown on last week’s conference call: Click here to continue reading…

Verisign reports earnings, 1.51 million net adds

Company reports continued growth in domain name registrations and base.

Verisign reported first quarter earnings after the bell today, including some fairly solid numbers for new registrations and net additions in .com/.net.

8.7 million new .com and .net registrations occurred in the first quarter, up from 8.6 million in the same quarter last year. It’s not a big jump, but it’s headed in the right direction. That netted out to 1.51 million more names after accounting for deletions.

Revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% compared to Q1 2014 to $258 million. Earnings dipped from $94 million to $88 million.

If I were an analyst on today’s conference call, I’d ask what the average revenue per registration for a new .com domain is after taking out direct marketing payments to registrars. I’ve seen lots of promotions on .com lately, including one registrar offering unlimited .com domains for $5 toward the end of last year. It makes sense for Verisign to do this. But for anyone modeling the business, it would be good to understand how much the company is getting for a new .com domain name these days.