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12|13|2008 12:38 pm EDT

United Internet purchases United Domains for 45m USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

According to Golem (German) Lycos has sold the domain registrar United Domains to United Internet for about 34 million Euros (appx. 45 million USD) in cash. 7 million Euro will be held in escrow for any potential liabilities. The final purchase price will be determined once the purchaser posts their final results for 2008. United Internet is the parent of companies such as 1&1 and the Adlink group, which also encompasses Sedo.

According to United Internet’s press release United Domains offers registrations in over 100 TLDs for 180,000 customers and 1,1 million domains. United Domains also operates dopoly, a wholesale registrar. The company is run by the founders Florian Huber (CEO), Alexander Helm and Markus Eggensperger, who will still own about 15% of the company.

The purchase still needs to be approved by the cartel office, completion is expected for the first quarter of 2009.

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December 13, 2008 @ 6:02 pm EDT

Interesting… Does anybody know what the highest paid registrar acquisition/sale ever was to date?

I don’t seem to recall any of them off top of my head and most of the ones that have occurred have always been kept private.


Daniel Dryzek

December 14, 2008 @ 9:25 am EDT

In 2006 (August) (Norwegian business software company listed at Oslo stock exchange) bought Active 24 (also listed at Oslo stock exchange at that time) for 29 million EUR (37 million USD). At that time Active 24 company had approximately 270,000 customers and registered about 500,000 domain names for their customers.

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