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TORONTO – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire wholesale domain name registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC®. The transaction closed yesterday.

Tucows will pay $29.44 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to operating cash flow. The purchase price will be funded through Tucows’ existing credit facility.


The acquisition of Ascio adds approximately 1.8 million domains under management and approximately 500 active resellers. The Ascio reseller base fits squarely with Tucows’ core customer profile — ISPs, web hosting companies and website builders serving quality businesses that reward outstanding customer service with long-term loyalty.

Ascio also expands Tucows’ product portfolio with one of the most complete offerings of country code TLDs (ccTLDs) and generic TLDs (gTLDs) in the world.

Jørgen Christensen, Managing Director of Ascio commented, “This deal is all about focus. We wanted to find a buyer who would focus on our resellers so that CSC can focus on managing brands for the biggest and best companies around the world.”

“This acquisition makes perfect sense for Ascio’s resellers, our business and our shareholders,” added David Woroch, Tucows’ Executive Vice President of Domains. “Ascio’s resellers get a customer-focused provider that is investing in its wholesale channel. Tucows gets an excellent business with a deeply experienced team, additional domain products, including more than 50 ccTLDs, and a high-quality customer base that strengthens our European presence. And our shareholders get the benefit of Tucows’ even greater scale and efficiency as the world’s largest wholesale domain registrar.”

The contribution from this transaction, based on a partial year and transaction costs, was contemplated in the 2019 guidance provided by Tucows on February 13, 2019. Pre-acquisition, the Ascio business generated approximately $4 million of annual EBITDA. Tucows is required to apply acquisition accounting to the assets and liabilities acquired, including fair valuation of the acquired deferred revenue balance, which will lower the reported Adjusted EBITDA1 contribution in the first approximately one year period following the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to provide synergies over the next 12 to 18 months which, along with the inclusion of full year financial results, is expected to generate an internal rate of return and multiple that are in line with Company benchmarks.

About Ascio
Ascio Technologies was founded in 1999, and is an accredited domain registrar under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with approximately 1.8 million domains under management. Ascio is a part of the family of brands under CSC.

About CSC
CSC is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping businesses in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting brands online, CSC uses its expertise and personal approach to help businesses run smoother. CSC is the business behind business. It is the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 65% of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, since 1899, CSC has offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. CSC is a global company capable of doing business wherever its clients are—and it accomplishes that by employing experts in every business it serves. Learn more at https://www.cscglobal.com.

About Tucows
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) and Enom (http://www.enom.com) manage a combined 23 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 37,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

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PHOENIX, AZ – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced its popular nc.me Education Program has given away more than 200,000 .me domains to students and educators throughout North America, the UK, and Australia.

The “Namecheap University” (nc.me) initiative and website launched in 2014, offering free .me domains, and low-cost GitHub and Exposure bundles. The free product offer is available to all students, teachers, administrators and educators with a .edu email address. Since its inception, the program has helped thousands of students create a free online portfolio, resume, blog – or virtually any other type of personal website. The nc.me product offerings have also been integrated into the curriculum of several high school and college computer science classes, as well as to provide free domains and web building tools for hackathons and other technology events for students.


For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in helping improve online accessibility and affordability, supporting programs that allow more people to share their ideas and innovations with the world through a website. NC.ME is only one of several ways Namecheap continues to support the education sector.

In 2018 Namecheap partnered with New York on Tech to teach several workshops designed to help inner-city high school students create their first websites, as well as learn about important digital issues like cyber security and online privacy.

Last year Namecheap also sponsored and introduced its first ever “Namecheap Innovation Award” at MedHacks 2018. The Johns Hopkins student-organized hackathon teams up America’s most talented coders with its brightest medical students so they can compete to solve health issues with innovative new technology.

Namecheap is committed to offering high quality online products and services with top-notch support for its millions of customers. In its nearly 20 years, Namecheap has become the domain, web hosting and online services company of choice for many college students, web professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Also check out the Namecheap Resource Center, a valuable online destination for useful information, tips and tutorials — all designed to help people maximize their online presence.

To learn more about Namecheap’s NC.ME free website and developer bundles offer, visit www.nc.me.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, the world’s second largest retail domain registrar with over 10 million domains under management, and one of the fastest-growing American companies according to the 2018 Inc. 5000, today announced a partnership with Adobe Portfolio, a platform that enables users to quickly and simply build a website to showcase creative work.

Adobe Portfolio customers can now search, purchase and connect custom domain names from Namecheap in a few clicks without ever leaving the Adobe platform. Additionally, Adobe Portfolio customers will have access to exclusive promotional prices on select top-level domains (TLDs) from Namecheap.


“Namecheap and Adobe Portfolio share a mission to help designers, entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups launch their ideas to the world through their own website,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “Namecheap’s custom integration into their platform will make purchasing and connecting a domain name easier than ever before for Adobe Portfolio customers.”

For nearly two decades Namecheap has been steadfast in creating new products and joining partnerships that improve online accessibility and affordability, allowing more people to bring their ideas and dreams to life on the Internet. Namecheap is also committed to providing unparalleled service for its millions of customers.

“Adobe Portfolio’s mission is to help creatives quickly and easily build custom, beautiful websites to showcase their work, and we’re always innovating with the creative in mind. This newest integration with Namecheap is yet another feature that makes Portfolio best-of-breed and allows for creatives to stay true to their unique brand through increased customization capabilities,” said Will Allen, Senior Director, Behance, 99U and Portfolio at Adobe.

Adobe Portfolio enables creatives of all levels to quickly and simply build a custom website to showcase their original projects and establish an online presence for both personal and professional use. The platform is available, free of charge, to all Creative Cloud subscribers, regardless of subscription level. For subscribers, it’s as simple as picking a theme, uploading content and publishing their website using the domain of their choice. With a strong international presence, Adobe Portfolio serves creatives across the globe through localization tools. Adobe Portfolio is available in 19 languages, including English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean.

Customers can purchase a new domain within Adobe Portfolio, which includes a free lifetime subscription of WhoisGuard, Namecheap’s Whois privacy protection software. Additionally all domain purchases within Adobe Portfolio include Namecheap’s amazing signature customer service.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With over 10 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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NEW YORK, NY – Ubersmith, an INAP (NASDAQ: INAP) company and a global leader in subscription business management software, today announces a new multi-year agreement with Namecheap, a customer for more than 10 years. Under terms of the agreement, Namecheap now has access to priority support, as well as additional room to expand its usage of the Ubersmith software, which today is used by hundreds of team members at Namecheap that work in billing, customer and technical support.

With 9 million domains under management, Namecheap is among the largest domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. Namecheap uses the Ubersmith software for:
– Handling the workflow of hosting customer orders from account setup through provisioning and billing;
– Managing and tracking all hosting customer service support orders;
– Tracking inventory of hosting product equipment, reporting on usage of those resources, plus integration with SolusVM for management of virtual machines, and integration with cPanel for management of customer web hosting services.


“It gives us great satisfaction to help enable the growth of Namecheap, a market leader in domain registration and hosting,” said Kurt Daniel, president of Ubersmith. “This customer serves as a great example of the ability of our software to scale to whatever levels are required.”

“Ubersmith software offers us capabilities for efficiently running our business, which ultimately allows us to better serve our customers,” said Hillan Klein, Namecheap COO. “It also provides us with valuable statistical data that we can use to improve our service offering. Additionally, our new agreement with Ubersmith gives us priority-level support.”

Namecheap was founded in 2000 by its CEO, Richard Kirkendall, and today does business all over the world. The company has hundreds of team members that serve a customer base ranging from web professionals and individuals to large businesses. Namecheap offers domain names at some of the best prices in the industry, along with full-featured hosting packages, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, WhoisGuard privacy protection service and more.

About Ubersmith
Ubersmith is a global leader in subscription business management software for organizations of all sizes. The company’s suite of usage-based billing, quoting, order management, infrastructure management and help desk ticketing solutions is integrated, open and scalable. Hundreds of companies around the world rely on Ubersmith to better serve their customers, better run their businesses, shorten time-to-market and boost overall efficiency. For more info, please visit https://ubersmith.com.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With close to 9 million domains now under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit https://namecheap.com.

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PHOENIX – Namecheap, a top domain registrar and web hosting company, continues its long-term commitment to supporting Internet Freedom with its 6thAnnual Move Your Domain Day. Beginning March 6 at 12 a.m. EST, for 24 hours Namecheap will offer domain transfers for only $3.98. The special deeply discounted transfer deal will also include a free year of of private email and SSL. Additionally, for each transfer Namecheap will donate up to $1.50 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a leading organization that works to protect online freedom and digital civil rights.

“Our passion and dedication to Internet neutrality and freedom cannot be overstated. Namecheap’s long-term commitment to these principles dates back to the founding of the company. Our pledge to stand with organizations such as EFF, in their fight to keep the Internet open and free, is the reason why Move Your Domain Day is such an important initiative for Namecheap,” said Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO.


“EFF is grateful for the support from Namecheap’s Move Your Domain Day. We’re fighting to protect online innovation and creativity. With the help of supporters across the web, we will continue standing up for Internet users in the courts, in Congress, and around the world,” – Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at EFF.

Since 2011 the annual event that calls on customers to transfer their domains to Namecheap at deeply discounted prices, and in support of Internet freedom, has raised more than $350,000.

About Move Your Domain Day
Move Your Domain Day started in 2011 as an online movement and response to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill many felt threatened people’s right to privacy, anti-censorship and a free and open Internet. Sensing a need to mobilize the community, Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall launched the first ever Move Your Domain Day. Seven years later, Namecheap has used its platform to raise awareness about other dangerous bills like the Protect IP Act (PIPA) as well as the continued battle to save Net Neutrality.

About Namecheap
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. Celebrating nearly two decades of providing unparalleled levels of service, security, and support, Namecheap has been steadfast in customer satisfaction. With close to 9 million domains now under management, Namecheap is among the top domain registrar and web hosting providers in the world. To learn more about Namecheap, visit namecheap.com.

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Melbourne IT, an Australian domain registrar and hosting company, suffered from a 90 minute DDoS attack recently. It was a huge interruption for customers and subsidiaries TPP Wholesale and Netregistry. The attack had an impact on many international and national customers.

The DDoS attack affected cPanel and cloud web hosting and kept customers from being able to access their administration portal. It happened on Thursday and DDoS mitigation services were made standard operating procedure shortly after.

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