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Trefis Research Says Verisign & .Com.Net Market Share Is At Risk From ccTLD’s

September 4th, 2014 Comments off
In an article from Trefis a stock analysis firm on Verisign out today cites ccTLD’s not new gTLD’s as the biggest threat to Verisign. “For the six months so far into fiscal year 2014, VeriSign reported revenues of approximately $499 million vs. $476 million during a similar period in 2013, indicating a 5% growth in […]

For The 1st Time, There Are More Than 114 Million .Com Domain Names Registered

August 13th, 2014 Comments off
According to Verisign, (VRSN) which operates the .Com and .Net registry,  the number of .Com domain names passed the 114 Million mark for the first time in history today. The number of .Com domain names according to the Verisign Daily Zone Count is 114,017,341. Just a few days ago Verisign published the Domain Industry Brief […]
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Verisign: Only 3% of New gTLD Domain Names Are Resolving To Business Websites

August 13th, 2014 Comments off
Verisign issued a report on new gTLD registrations through June 29, 2014, finding that 41% of all new gTLD registrations are parked and only 3% of New gTLD Domain Names Are resolving to Business Websites. Of course Verisign operates the .com and .net registries and have a lot  to lose in the new gTLD world, […]
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Verisign’s Domain Industry Brief: There are 276 Million Domain Names As Of End Of 1st Q

August 11th, 2014 Comments off
Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), today published its Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2014, and five million domain names were added to the Internet in the first quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 276 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of March 31, 2014. The […]

Verisign Goes Rogue: New gTLD’s: “Registration Numbers on Par With .Co” & .Net is Like One

July 24th, 2014 Comments off
During ts earnings call today Verisign (VRSN) brushed away the new gTLD’s saying “Gross registrations for new gTLD’s are at 1.6 million which puts them on Par with .Co” Ouch Verisign’s Representative went further to say that no one should build a conclusion on the new gTLD program until we go through a re-billing cycle […]
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Verisign Reports: 128.9 Million .Com/.Net Domains; 57.2% Profit Margin & $1.5 Billion In the Bank

July 24th, 2014 Comments off
VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN), the registry for .Com and .Net reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 after the market closed today and lets face it .com and net growth are basically stalled. VeriSign, Inc. reported revenue of $250 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6% from the same quarter in […]

Verisign Downgraded By Wells Fargo: Growth Is Slowing Due To New gTLD’s & Could Get Worse

June 27th, 2014 Comments off

TheStreet.com is reporting that Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell downgraded Verisign (VRSN) today writing:

VeriSign’s domain name growth appears to be falling a bit lower than the midpoint of second quarter expectations and competition from new gTLDs could be influencing overall growth to some degree.

“The company is tracking toward about 400K domain name additions in the upcoming quarter, which is lower than the 550K guidance midpoint, said the analyst, citing ICANN zone files.”

“The analyst also noted that other domain names that will possibly be more popular haven’t yet been launched.”

“He downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and lowered his price target range on the shares to $51-$55 from $56-$60.”

TheStreet.com reports that the same analyst said while Google’s (GOOG) recently announced domain program could be a good thing for VeriSign, as small businesses buy more .com and .net web domains, if Google sells higher profile domains at larger discounts or gives them away for free, it could result in more competition to VeriSign’s .com and .net domains starting late next year.

Shares of Verisign are trading down $1.65 a share just over 3% today on the news although it has bounced off the lows of the session which was $48.64

Shocking: Verisign Backed Study Shows 80% Of Small Businesses Prefer .Com over New gTLD’s

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

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The results of a survey of small- and medium-sized (SMB) business owners which already conduct business online, was released today by SCORE and Verisign, the registry of the .Com and .Net registries.

An inforgraphic was also published which appears above.

Unlike almost study I have read, I cannot find in any of the material how many SMB participated in the study,  how the study was conducted and what time frame the study was conducted.

According to this survey of small- and medium-sized (SMB) business owners already conducting business online:

4 out of 5 SMB website owners prefer a .com web address over a new gTLD web address.
81% of website owners believe new gTLDs will be confusing to their customers.
77% of SMB website owners prefer a .com web address over a new gTLDs that describes their business.
79% of Internet users would rather visit a .com will confuse customers.
66% of SMB website owners prefer a descriptive, longer .com web address to a shorter new gTLD address.
An overwhelming majority (94%) feel safe visiting a .com while only 33% feel comfortable visiting a new gTLD.

About SCORE
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring, workshops and education to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 11,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 320 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education.

Verisign Reports: Revenue up 5%; There are 128.5 Million .Com & .Nets As of March 31

April 24th, 2014 Comments off

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VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014, reporting revenue of $249 million for the first quarter of 2014, up 5% from the same quarter in 2013.

Verisign reported net income of $94 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $85 million and diluted EPS of $0.52 in the same quarter in 2013.

The operating margin was 56.1 percent for the first quarter of 2014 compared to 56.4 percent for the same quarter in 2013.

Verisign reported, on a non-GAAP basis, net income of $95 million and diluted EPS of $0.64 for the first quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $94 million and diluted EPS of $0.58 for the same quarter in 2013.

Shares are up $.80 after hours to back over $50 a share.

Verisign expects to complete in Q2 the intended repatriation of approximately $700M-$800M of cash held by foreign subsidiaries

Financial Highlights

Verisign ended the first quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.7 billion, flat as compared with year-end 2013.

Cash flow from operations was $142 million for the first quarter compared with $151 million for the same quarter in 2013.

Deferred revenues on March 31, 2014, totaled $886 million, an increase of $30 million from year-end 2013.

Capital expenditures were $11 million in the first quarter of 2014.

During the first quarter, Verisign repurchased 2.4 million shares of its common stock for $132 million. At March 31, 2014, $868 million remained available and authorized under the current share repurchase program.

Business Highlights

Verisign Registry Services added 1.28 million net new names during the first quarter, ending with 128.5 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net, which represents a 4% increase over the zone at the end of the first quarter in 2013.

In the first quarter, Verisign processed 8.6 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net as compared to 8.8 million for the same period in 2013.

The final .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 72.2% compared with 72.9 % for the same quarter in 2012.

Renewal rates are not fully measurable until 45 days after the end of the quarter.

Verisign ended the quarter with $1.7 Billion in cash and equivalents

 

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.Com Passes 113 Million Registrations

March 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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According to Verisign.com, the operator of the .Com registry the number of .Com domain names just broke the 113 Million mark for the first time.

The official number at the last Verisign update was 113,002,815.

According to ntldstats.com/tld the number of new gTLD registrations are over 332,000…

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