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CentralNic to acquire Hexonet for €10.0 million

Domain company continues to consolidate the domain industry.

logo for domain name registrar HexonetFresh off a bond issue of €50 million, domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is acquiring domain name registrar Hexonet for €10 million.

Hexonet is a reseller platform and also retail registrar with 3.8 million domains under management. It had €16.5 million revenue last year and an EBITDA of €0.8m.

The company has offices in Germany and Vancouver, Canada. Hexonet CEO Jens Wagner and CMO Tony Kim will join CentralNic as part of the deal.

CentralNic will pay €7 million cash up front and then €3 million in cash or equity on the first anniversary of the deal.

CentralNic is becoming somewhat of a rollup play for the domain name industry. Recent acquisitions include KeyDrive, part of Melbourne IT’s reseller business, and the .sk domain name.

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  1. Richard says

    CentralNic bought KeyDrive for a 10x and now Hexo for a 12x multiple.. Pretty awesome deals. Both CEO‘s are smart guys, no idea why they would sell this cheap. Maybe they saw the business going downhill.

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