The big domain name industry news this morning is that Donuts is acquiring Rightside. According to StreetInsider.com, the deal is for $10.60 per share of NAME stock, which is approximately $213 million. This is an all-cash deal.
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— Paul Stahura (@stahura) June 14, 2017
A press release with information about the deal can be found on Yahoo Finance.
I am sure there will be quite a bit of analysis from domain industry sources as well as stock/finance sources, but one of the more intriguing things is that Donuts will own Name.com once the deal closes. Since the company was founded, it hasn’t seemed to me that Donuts was interested in the retail side of the business. Name.com is a popular retail domain name registrar. Earlier this year, Rightside sold eNom to Tucows.
As an industry observer and participant, it will be interesting to follow what Donuts does with Name.com.