Neustar acquires Bombora and ARI

Neustar continues to grow its top level domain name services business with acquisition.

Neustar has acquired Australia-based Bombora Technologies Pty Ltd, the registry services provider of the .au top-level domain and numerous other top-level domains, for approximately AUD $118.5 million, or approximately USD $86.9 million in cash.

This includes its subsidiary ARI Registry Services, which provides registry services to a number of new top level domain names.

Bombora had revenue of USD $20.6 million last year, and Nuestar expects it to contribute USD $8 million of revenue and approximately USD $1.1 million of operating income in 2015.

“Neustar has had a long history of successfully launching, managing and administering top-level domains and today, we are excited to have the Bombora Technologies’ team join Neustar,” said Sean Kaine, Vice President of Registry Services, Neustar, Inc. “The combination of our two teams will enable us to expand Neustar’s Security Services business, of which Registry Services is a part, in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.”

Neustar previously purchased the .co registry for over $100 million.

Verisign gets patent for predicting domain name renewal rates

A crystal ball for estimating domain name renewal rates.

VerisignThe U.S. Patent and Trademark office has granted patent number 9,094,467 to Verisign for “Method and system for predicting domain name registration renewal probability”.

Simply: take a number of factors about the domain name and its history to calculate the chances of it being renewed.

Verisign has to run these calculations frequently, and not just for its own forecasting. Because of the renewal grace period, it can’t give final renewal rates until 45 days after a domain expires. As a public company, it gives some guidance to analysts on each quarterly investor call even though it’s not 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Some of the factors the patent embodiments consider: Click to continue reading…

3 “New” Risks to Verisign’s Business

Company includes additional risks in its most recent quarterly filing.

.Com registry Verisign released its earnings and filed its quarterly report with the SEC yesterday.

Using Intelligize, I compared Q2’s SEC report to Q1 to look for changes. I found three interesting risk factors added to the most recent report. Some of these aren’t new risk factors, but they weren’t disclosed in the Q1 report.

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How & why you should use DomainTools’ portfolio tracker

DomainTools offers a nifty tool for tracking domain names.

DomainTools has a lot of useful features, but most people just barely scratch the surface of its capabilities. One of the tools I find particularly useful is Domain Monitor.

Simply put, Domain Monitor monitors domain names and lets you know if changes are made to the whois record. Changes can include expiration dates, lock status, registrar, registrant, etc.

It’s pretty obvious how this can help you with your own portfolio. Click here to continue reading…

Trending keywords in .com: Gay, Zone, Buzz

Used, Gay, and three keywords matching new TLDS make the list.

Verisign has published its monthly “trending keywords” report, highlighting the keywords making the biggest jump from the May to June in .com domain name registrations.

“Used” was number one for the month. According to Verisign DomainView, there was a big spike in “used” domains registered or renewed on June 30. Over 1,700 .com domains were registered/renewed.

The Verisign trending chart only takes into consideration new registrations, which can’t be filtered on DomainView. But also keep in mind that “used” falls into other words, like conFUSED and focUSED. Click here to continue reading…