Toronto, Canada – (The Hosting News) – June 16, 2006 – Privately held business, Mailbank.com Inc. (doing business as NetIdentity), will be acquired by Tucows Inc. Consideration for the transaction will be approximately US$18 million payable in cash, promissory notes and the issue of approximately 3,603,000 shares of common stock to the stockholders of NetIdentity. Through the transaction, Tucows believes it will gain one of the Internet’s largest collections of surname addresses in a domain name portfolio. Tucows expects this acquisition to add between US$3 and $4 million in cash flow in 2007.
Tucows expects cash flow from operations to be in the range of US$7-8 million for 2006 and US$10-12 million for 2007. This acquisition is anticipated to allow Tucows to offer personalized Internet services through its channel of over 6,000 Internet access and hosting providers. The portfolio includes thousands of the most common surnames (such as smith.net) and will be used to enhance Tucows’ email, web publishing and domain services. For example, Tucows’ channel partners will be able to offer their customers personalized email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org or blog and web addresses like dirk.landstrom.com.
Elliot Noss, President and CEO of Tucows Inc. explained, ”Our philosophy is to acquire companies that can benefit from our operational expertise and efficiencies and there is a very natural fit between NetIdentity and Tucows’ retail business,” said “However, this gives our wholesale offerings, especially our hosted email service, something unique in the marketplace. It took over ten years for NetIdentity to build this incredible portfolio of surnames. With this acquisition, we will provide our channel with the ability to personalize the services they offer in ways they will not find anywhere else.”
Based on Tucows’ preliminary allocation of the purchase price, Tucows expects the acquisition to have a negative impact on GAAP earnings per share until 2008 but to be accretive to earnings before depreciation and amortization in 2006 and 2007. More detailed financial comments can be found in the podcast. The acquisition is expected to close on or about June 16, 2006 subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the American Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Following closing, Tucows will immediately transition all of NetIdentity’s operations from Boulder, Colorado to its headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
Tucows Inc. provides Internet services and download libraries through a global distribution network of 6,000 service providers. This distribution network primarily consists of web hosting companies, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and other Internet related service companies. These companies use Tucows’ provisioned services to offer solutions to their customers: enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers. Tucows is an accredited registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and earns most of its revenue from domain name registration services plus hosted email, spam and virus protection, blogware, website building tools, the Platypus Billing System and digital certificates.
To learn more, please visit: www.tucowsinc.com.