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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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Targeted at web hosts, site builders, domain registrars and web professionals, the logo builder is touted as the first of its kind with its wholesale focus. Cathect Technologies, founded by Shridhar Luthria the former head of ResellerClub and LogicBoxes, recently launched its first product Logotron on the WHMCS Marketplace. “Hosting providers today know that their SMB customers are using several different web products like logo builders, email marketing, or even CRMs and HR tools. Unfortunately, there are no providers out there that offer a meaningful way to resell these types of products. They don’t have the right integration options or even the right margins that make sense for B2B partners. This is the gap we’re trying to fill.” said Shridhar. Keeping this gap in mind, Logotron has been built as the world’s first Logo Builder with API and WHMCS integration options, boasts of being margin rich, and completely white-labelled. Also read: Create more value for your customers with an…
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Web hosting has always been a competitive industry, but in recent years, due to the explosion of affordable storage, bandwidth and computing power, it’s become tougher than ever. Hosting providers now have to carefully configure their prices and offerings in order to effectively engage and retain customers. That said, there does seem to still be plenty of opportunity for web hosting ventures that successfully differentiate themselves from the competition. While digital transformation is taking hold among businesses, nearly a third of small businesses still don’t have websites. As customers shift their buying activities online, all businesses are expected to put up digital presences. Web hosting is even expected to become a $154 billion market by 2022. Solopreneurs and small business owners who still don’t have websites now find themselves eager to catch up, which means they need more from their web hosts than just some server space. The demand for a vibrant digital presence has…
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Global leader in digital web security solutions—Sectigo (formerly Comodo CA), is revamping its Channel Partner Program to provide a new level of support and benefits to the partners. Sectigo Channel Partner Program is dedicated to build partnerships with web hosts, managed service providers, direct market resellers and domain registrars to develop and deliver website security solutions. The program provides required training, certifications, rewards, support and benefits to the partners, so that they can deliver valuable services to customers. With the revamped program, partners will get additional support, tools and discounts, which will allow them to expand into new segments within the cybersecurity market. Partners can now resell the complete suite of services offered by Sectigo. These services include TLS/SSL Certificates, SMIME/Email Certificates, Signing Certificates, Certificate Manager, IoT Manager, and PCI Compliance and Website Vulnerability Scanning. Sectigo Channel Partner…
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NEW YORK – ResellerClub, part of Endurance International Group and a leading provider of cloud infrastructure and web hosting, announced the launch of Website Themes, Plugins and Logos as downloadable products on their platform. Last year, Shridhar Luthria, Vice President, Channel Partnerships at Endurance International Group, laid out ResellerClub’s marketplace vision for web pros – the vision to be a one-stop solutions provider, empowering web professionals with tools needed to build robust solutions for their customers. This recent addition of a slew of products such as templates, scripts, logos, etc. which web designers and developers use frequently, helps ResellerClub take a step toward this vision.

ResellerClub’s list of newly added themes are optimized for popular CMSs such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Weebly, Drupal, OpenCart and Shopify. All themes and templates are built to be entirely responsive.


Plugins include WordPress plugins, Magento Extensions, JavaScript code, HTML5 code & more. Along with plugins, CMSs and themes, ResellerClub’s marketplace offers 7000+ logos in multiple formats to enable designers as well as small businesses to use logos for business cards, stationery brochures, websites, and more.

Speaking about the launch, Shridhar Luthria said, “With this new launch, we bring thousands of themes, plugins and logos – a perfect solution for web professionals who don’t always have the bandwidth to build something from scratch. With this we can enable web pros to choose from a variety of niche and multi-purpose themes with carefully curated designs, popular plugins and more. We’re excited about this launch as this is a huge step in our effort to establish ResellerClub as a one-stop marketplace for web pros.”

The launch of these tools on ResellerClub follows several other new products that were added to the existing suite including Weebly Website Builder, G Suite by Google Apps and hosting from HostGator, Bluehost and more.

This launch brings fully responsive layouts, themes for online stores with WooCommerce-ready designs, plugins to enable extended functionality, themes with pre-configured layouts, logos in formats usable for various business requirements and a few free options as well.

For more information, visit: http://www.resellerclub.com

About ResellerClub
ResellerClub was founded with the objective of offering domain names and hosting products to Web Designers, Developers and Web Hosts. Today, ResellerClub has evolved into a one-stop-shop marketplace for all products and services that a Web professional can use to enable small businesses to build a meaningful web presence. ResellerClub offers Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, VPS, Email, Backup, Security and more with multi-brand options in many of these categories to empower choice. ResellerClub also offers a comprehensive solution to register and manage 500+ gTLDs, ccTLDs and new domains. Through the platform customized for Web Professionals, ResellerClub envisions provisioning the widest variety of Web Presence products, PaaS and SaaS based tools.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – SiteLock, the global leader in website security solutions, today announced a partnership with WHMCS, the leading web hosting billing automation platform. With this partnership, SiteLock becomes the first website security provider to be integrated into the WHMCS MarketConnect platform, giving web hosting companies access to a suite of industry-leading malware protection and remediation solutions including Find, Fix, Defend, and SiteLock 911.

“As cyber threats continue to rise and make headlines, security has become a top priority for web hosting companies and their customers,” said Matt Pugh, CEO of WHMCS. “Partnering with SiteLock enables us to expand our portfolio of MarketConnect cloud service offerings, and gives web hosts access to affordable, industry-leading website security solutions with all the automation and convenience the MarketConnect platform offers.”


The average website is attacked 59 times per day, which is up a staggering 168 percent from the previous year. As cybercriminals continue to become more cunning and the threat landscape continues to evolve – website security can no longer be overlooked. Many businesses rely on service providers, such as WHMCS, to provide these website security solutions as part of a full-service offering in order to simplify and streamline the go-to-market process.

Through this partnership, WHMCS powered web hosting companies will now have access to the SiteLock suite of powerful website security solutions including industry-leading scanners to automatically find and fix malware and vulnerabilities, along with a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that includes a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Products will be available on an individual basis, as well as through packages designed to meet specific customer needs.

“We are excited to partner with WHMCS and become their preferred provider of website security solutions,” said Tom Serani, Executive Vice President of Business Development for SiteLock. “As the demand for cyber security continues to increase, our combined offerings provide a lot of synergy to web hosts and their customers. In addition to delivering superior and proactive website protection, this partnership will create new revenue streams for WHMCS customers who can now deliver a more comprehensive solution to their end users.”

About SiteLock
SiteLock, the global leader in website security solutions, is the only provider to offer complete, cloud-based website protection. Its 360-degree monitoring detects and fixes threats, prevents future attacks, accelerates website performance, and meets PCI compliance standards for businesses of all sizes. Founded in 2008, the company protects over 12 million websites worldwide. For more information, please visit sitelock.com.

About WHMCS
WHMCS, the leading web hosting automation platform, automates and simplifies operations for web hosting businesses around the world. Through a single centralized control panel, WHMCS integrates with all the leading names in web hosting, domain registrars and cloud based services to fully automate the provisioning and deployment process. Founded in 2003, we are now the #1 trusted partner in automation used by more than 45,000 companies to help them scale and succeed. For more information, please visit whmcs.com.

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