Sedo Publishes 2014 First Half Domain Market Study: 35.9 Million In Sales

Sedo today announced the results of its First Half 2014 Domain Market Study, revealing domain industry trends and changes based on transactions in its marketplace.

An infographic depicting findings from the study is available at

During the first six months of 2014, Sedo powered 16,216 transactions worth a total of $35.9 million in sales.

Domain values increased year-over-year, with the mean average sales price up 17 percent to $2,214 and the median price rising 7% to $616.

The biggest trend this year has been the emergence of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).

The highest public sale of a new gTLD domain was reaching $20,000 and the highest confidential sale reached more than $100,000.

“It’s exciting to finally start seeing new TLDs being traded and already commanding significant market value,” said Tobias Flaitz, Sedo’s CEO. “Even with this influx of new extensions, we’ve always predicted that .com domains would remain strong and the market is beginning to reflect that. We’re still early in this process and new TLDs are definitely being adopted at a much slower pace than many in the market predicted. There’s still a big need to better educate businesses and the public about the benefits of these new TLDs, and it will take some time until they’re being used by brands and corporations. But once that happens, we’ll see positive impacts for the domain industry.”

During the first half of 2014, .com retained its position as the most popular TLD, with over half of all sales (55 percent) being for a .com domain. In addition, the mean price for a .com domain reached an all-time high at $2,807, compared to $2,775 in 2011, $2,148 in 2012, $2,235 in 2013.

The popularity of Buy Now sales, where domain investors, consumers and business owners sell and purchase domains at a set price with no negotiations, continued to increase in the first half of 2014 as more end users wish to purchase domains quickly and simply. Forty-nine percent of all sales were Buy Now sales, an increase from 44 percent in 2013.

Additional Facts and Figures from Sedo’s 1H 2014 Domain Market Study:

First Quarter of 2014 was stronger than the second in terms of the number and value of sales, accounting for 9,241 transactions with a value of $19 million.
The top three public sales for the year were for $1.2 million, for $350,000 and for $320,000.
The top three public domains sales under Country Code endings were (€100,000), ($60,000), and ($36,500).
The top three public sales for domains under new gTLDs were ($20,000), (€8,000) and (€3,750).
Looking at the traditional alternatives to .com, .biz saw the biggest increase in mean price to $1,896.
Buyers appear to be willing to spend more on a domain than in the past, as the gap between price ranges narrowed over the year. Forty four percent of all sales for the year were valued at $500 or less, while domains that sold between $500 and $2,500 accounted for 40 percent of all sales. In Q2 2013, 53 percent of sales were $500 or less, and 35 percent were between $501 and $2,500.
More than half of all buyers throughout 2014 originated in Sedo’s two largest markets, the United States (36 percent) and Germany (22 percent).

Neustar Reports: Revenue up 8%; Income Decreases 6%

Neustar, Inc. (NSR), today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, and reaffirmed its guidance for 2014.

Results for Second Quarter 2014 Compared to Second Quarter 2013

Revenue increased 8% to $237.5 million

Revenue from Marketing Services increased 19% to $35.0 million

Revenue from Security Services increased 28% to $34.4 million

Net income decreased 15% to $36.8 million

Net income per share decreased 6% to $0.61

Non-GAAP Results for Second Quarter 2014 Compared to Second Quarter 2013

Adjusted net income increased 1% to $57.6 million, representing a 24% margin

Adjusted net income per share increased 12% to $0.95

“In the second quarter, we continued to build on and strengthen our position in attractive, high-growth markets in the Information Services and Analytics space,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This quarter’s results reflect the ongoing benefits of a thoughtful strategy, disciplined investments and focused execution. We are confident that we will sustain our momentum and drive value for our shareholders going forward.”

Paul Lalljie, Neustar’s Chief Financial Officer, added, “Our Information Services business continues to deliver strong results. In particular, our Marketing and Security Services, when combined, delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 23% and are approaching one-third of total revenue. Led by this strong momentum, we are confident in our outlook for the year. While we are reaffirming our full-year revenue and adjusted net income guidance, we will be targeting the top end of the revenue range.”

Discussion of Second Quarter Results

Revenue totaled $237.5 million, an 8% increase from $220.4 million in 2013.

Marketing Services revenue of $35.0 million grew 19% driven by higher demand for the company’s workflow solutions.

Security Services revenue of $34.4 million increased 28% driven by revenue from the acquisition of .CO Internet S.A.S. and
increased demand for DDoS protection services.

NPAC Services revenue of $118.7 million grew 6% driven by an increase in the fixed fee established under the contracts to provide local number portability services. Data Services revenue of $49.4 million declined 6% due to lower revenue from caller identification services and common short codes.

Operating expense totaled $172.7 million, a 19% increase from $145.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.

This $27.1 million increase was primarily driven by the addition of $11.9 million in operating expense from the company’s recent acquisitions, as it continues to diversify and strengthen its information services and analytics portfolio. Of the remaining $15.2 million increase, personnel and personnel-related expense increased $3.5 million driven by additional stock-based compensation. In addition, costs related to information technology and systems increased $3.4 million, and professional and marketing expenses associated with the NPAC vendor selection process increased $3.3 million.

As of June 30, 2014, cash and cash equivalents totaled $245.9 million, compared to $223.3 million as of December 31, 2013.

At June 30, 2014, the company’s outstanding debt under its term facilities and 4.5% senior notes was $787.3 million.

During the second quarter, the company closed on the acquisition of .CO Internet S.A.S. for total cash consideration of $106.8 million, after taking into account cash acquired of $6.9 million. In addition, the company purchased approximately 3.7 million shares at an average price of $26.48 per share, for approximately $99.1 million.

Business Outlook for 2014

The company reaffirmed its revenue and adjusted net income guidance provided on January 29, 2014:

Revenue to range from $945 million to $970 million, or growth of 5% to 8%

Adjusted net income to range from $233 million to $243 million, or flat to 4% growth, and on a per share basis $3.88 to $4.05, or growth of 10% to 15%.

Fox; NHL; SXSW: Here are The .Media Domains Taken In Sunrise & EAP

The just reviewed the zone file for the new gTLD .Media which launches in general availability on Wednesday July 23rd to see what domain names were taken in Sunrise and the Early Access Program (EAP) .

Sunrise domains have to match marks in the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH), while there is an extra charge to register a domain though the EAP.

Generally speaking the largest registrants appear to be Fox, the NHL and its member teams, South by Southwest and as you will see we grabbed a few too

Some of the domains have a premium registration and renewal price:

New gTLD’s Pass 1.6 Million Domain Regsitrations

The new gTLD program has passed 1.6 Million domain registrations, with.XYZ leading the way with 343K registrations now well past 100,000 registrations without Network solutions.

.Berlin is adding less that 5 registrations a day but is solidly in 2nd place with over $137K .

.Club Continues to add around 500 new registrations a day and is now closing in on 90,000 registrations at 87K domains

.Guru passed 65.000 registrations

.Photography passed 41,000 registrations to round out the top 5.

However registrations in .Wang continue to grow and are over 37,000.

11 new gTLD’s are over 25,000 registrations.

30 new gTLD’s  have over 10,000

63 new domain extensions have  5,000 or more registrations.

59 new gTLD’s have 2,500 or less registrations and of those 19 have less than 1,000 registrations.

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Minds + Machines Issues 740K Shares + $138K To Antony Van Couvering

Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), announced today that it has issued 738,299 new ordinary shares to Antony Van Couvering and made a payment of US$138,062 in respect of the cancellation of options held by him over in aggregate 9,626,347 ordinary shares.

“Antony Van Couvering held options to subscribe for 2,626,347 new ordinary shares at an exercise price of 4p and 7,000,000 new ordinary shares at an exercise price of 9p, which he had been restricted from exercising at each time of relevant expiry as the Company was then in a close period. ”

“The new ordinary shares together with the cash payment is equal to the net value of the options in aggregate, based on a fair market price of 11p per ordinary share, less the aggregate subscription amount payable had the options been exercised.

Antony Van Couvering now has 898,674 ordinary shares representing 0.11 per cent. of the issued share capital of the Company.

The new ordinary shares will rank pari passu with the existing ordinary shares and application will be made for the new ordinary shares to be admitted to trading on AIM which is expected to occur on July 18th 2014.”

Shares of Minds + Machines closed at 10p today.