In my DomainTools registrant monitor email this morning, I noticed quite a few generic domain names moved into GoDaddy’s NameFind portfolio. Prior to the transfer, the domain names had their registration information blocked due to GDPR, but the DomainTools Whois History tool showed me the registrant details prior to GDPR.
With this information, I was able to see that GoDaddy acquired another domain name portfolio from Yummy Names, a business operated by Tucows. GoDaddy Aftermarket VP and GM Paul Nicks confirmed the acquisition to me in an email.
I am sure additional domain names will continue to transfer from Tucows to GoDaddy over the coming days, but so far, it looks like Tool.com could be the gem of the acquired domain names.
Paul was unable to confirm the scope of the acquisition, so we don’t know how many domain names were acquired nor do we know the acquisition price.
Because GoDaddy does not seem to be as acquisitive during the prior few months, we may be able to learn the acquisition price in a future SEC filing or quarterly report. If subsequent acquisitions are made by the company – or if there are other acquisitions that were previously made that I may have missed, this information will likely remain unknown.
This is not the first time GoDaddy acquired a portfolio of domain names from Tucows. In December of 2017, Andrew Allemann reported a portfolio acquisition involving these two companies.
Even after the latest sale, Tucows still maintains a large domain name portfolio.
GD owns the whole market.
If GD wants to tie in another acquisition to hide the price of this one, they can give me a ring. 😉