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Digging into Tucows’ annual report

Some notable items from Tucows’ 10-k.

Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) filed its annual report yesterday. Here are some things I found interesting:

1. The company now has 558 full-time employees. With $329 million in revenue, that’s about $600k of revenue per employee.

2. Tucows had 22.3M domains under management (DUM) on its own accreditations at the end of 2017 and a further 5.4 million on its platform managed under resellers’ accreditations. That’s a total of 27.7 million DUM.

3. In January, the Company completed a bulk transfer of 2.65 million names to former reseller Namecheap following a court order. As a result of the bulk transfer, the Company will recognize in the first quarter of 2018 $14.6 million of revenue and $14.5 million of cost of goods sold related to previously deferred revenue and deferred prepaid registry fees.

That narrow spread shows how little margin it received on Namecheap domains. However, Tucows did receive expiry and PPC revenue from these domains as well.

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  1. John Napoletano says

    “Intangible assets not subject to amortization…domain names are renewed annually…there are currently no legal, regulatory, contractual, economic or other factors that limit the useful life of these domain names…portfolio of domain names as indefinite life intangible assets…re-evaluates the useful life determination for domain names in the portfolio each year…”

    CPA or Tax Attorney out there who can shed light on this for USA personal income tax preparation?

    Self-Employed or LLC of 1 person, revenue under $100,000, filing Schedule C. Domain name purchase price range of $50 to $20,000. Held for resale vs development. Inventory, 5 year amortization, expensed.

    Comment here for everyone to see. But also please contact me from my site to discuss proper recording of domain name purchases on Schedule C for example. I’ll pay a reasonable fee for sample Schedule C filings, real life examples.

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