26 Oct '12, 4pm

Commerce to Verisign: are you making too much money?

U.S. government reviewing .com agreement price hikes. Verisign has a wonderful business model. Running the .com registry has huge efficiencies of scale. As the .com base gets bigger, it throws off more cash. For years the company and its investors have been able to count on two great upward trajectories: a growing base of .com domains and 7% price hikes in most years. Although the growth rate of .com is slowing , it isn’t slower growth that has sent the stock down close to 20% today. It’s those 7% price hikes. Yesterday the company announced that the Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, is reviewing the .com registry pricing terms in its contract renewal. Like the last agreement, the renewal would allow Verisign to increase prices 7% per year in four of the next six years. Since adding additional domains to the .com namespace doesn’t cost ...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2012/10/26/commerce-to-verisign...

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