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Breaking: Verisign won’t raise .com prices this year

Even if ICANN gives the company the nod, it won’t raise prices this year. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, won’t raise prices for its domain names this year. In an announcement on its blog, the company announced the price freeze in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of right […]

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Verisign tries to discredit ICANN commenting period process

Company suggests that drawing attention to comment period distorted the multistakeholder process. The comment period for ICANN’s proposed .com contract amendment with ICANN closed last Friday. The amendment would allow Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) to increase prices in the future in 4 out of 6 years. Among the thousands of comments was one from Verisign itself […]

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Verisign expects at least $1.125 billion revenue in 2020 even without price increases

Company doesn’t bake price increases into guidance. .Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) expects to generate $1.250 billion to $1.265 billion in revenue next year, even without price increases in .com, the company disclosed yesterday. That compares to $1.232 billion in 2019. The numbers could be better if Verisign enacts a 7% increase in the wholesale […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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One year later: Verisign threw domain investors under the bus

The day after announcing a deal to hike .com prices, Verisign threw domain investors under the bus. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) supplies .com domain names by maintaining the registry for these domains. That’s essentially its only job. Over the past couple of decades, it has worked hand-in-hand with domain name registrars to promote .com to customers. […]

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JPMorgan analyst cautions on domain growth

Auty believes base of .com/.net domains missed his Q3 forecast. JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty lowered his forecast for growth of the domain base at Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) in Q3. He lowered his estimate from 1.62 million net adds to just 1.27 million based on zone data from Verisign’s website. In the same quarter last year, […]

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Verisign .com/.net domain base increases by 1.34 million

More cash in the coffers for .com registry Verisign. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported earnings for Q2 2019 yesterday. The company had $306 million in revenue and $148 in net income. The operating margin was 65.9%, up from 63.8% in the same quarter last year. .Com and .net domains increased by 1.34 million during the quarter, […]

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New Amazon Alexa gadgets lead to profits for Verisign

Amazon announced a bunch of products, which means it registered a bunch of domains controlled by Verisign. Every time Amazon announces a new product its domain name team goes to work defensively registering domain names. So when the company announces six products on the same day it goes into overtime. Amazon announced six new Amazon-Alexa […]

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