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About CentralNic Group

In 2021, CentralNic celebrates 25 years in the domain and web services industry. CentralNic has annually doubled in size six out of the past seven years through a combination of organic growth, winning new clients, and by acquisitions. CentralNic’s pioneering omni-platform approach is underpinned by a philosophy of providing every customer type with world-class domain names and associated web services solutions.

Since its establishment, CentralNic has developed its own proprietary software platforms for the global distribution of domain names. During 2011 and 2012, CentralNic embarked on a number of growth strategies, including winning over 100 new gTLD and ccTLD registry clients to provide registry, distribution, DNS, marketing, policy and abuse management services.

In 2013, CentralNic listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LON:CNIC) and later that same year purchased the rights to the DomiNIC domain management platform which is used by Telcos and large corporations to manage sales of domain names. In 2014, CentralNic acquired Internet.bs, a Top 20 global domain name registrar with customers in nearly 200 countries. In 2015, CentralNic continued to execute on its acquisition strategy with dnsXperts, a German software development company specialising in domain name management platforms for Telcos and large corporations.

Early in 2016, CentralNic announced the acquisition of Instra Group, a large, Australasian based ICANN accredited registrar and supplier of associated services to small businesses and corporations under such well-known brands as OnlyDomains, Instra, and AsiaRegistry.

In December 2017, CentralNic completed its purchase of SK-NIC, the domain name registry for the Slovakian domain extension .SK.

In August 2018, CentralNic achieved another milestone when it acquired KeyDrive, a global technology business and leading domain registrar which managed nearly 6 million domain names. This acquisition added strength in the reseller platform and corporate domain management area of the business. Following swiftly, in September 2018, came the acquisition of GlobeHosting, a registrar and retailer of domain names and SSL certificates and a hosting provider servicing principally the Romanian and Brazilian markets.

CentralNic further strengthened its position in the domain name industry in June 2019 with the acquisition of Australasia’s leading reseller platform TPP Wholesale, which introduced CentralNic to web services such as hosting and Office 365 software at scale. This was followed by acquiring HEXONET, a market leader in services for thousands of reseller clients from around the globe. Around the same period, CentralNic acquired I Want My Name, renowned as the domain retailer with the best user interface design in the industry.

At the end of 2019, CentralNic added the additional division of web services to its bank of offerings with the December 2019 acquisition of Team Internet, which operates the popular domain parking service ParkingCrew that monetizes more than 20 million domains, as well as the rapidly growing PubTONIC traffic arbitrage platform.

Despite the COVID pandemic, CentralNic continued its acquisitions in 2020, absorbing the businesses of Codewise, including the monetization platform ZeroPark, the online marketing software Voluum tracker and the associated Media Buying platform Voluum DSP.

So far in 2021, CentralNic has acquired the French corporate registrar SafeBrands, which manages the domain portfolios of leading French and Swiss brands, as well as creating online brand protection and enforcement tools that CentralNic now markets globally. Most recently, German online marketing firm Wando has joined the CentralNic stable.

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CentralNic founded in 1996

September 2013

Listed on AIM

December 2013

Acquired DomiNIC Software (Germany)

June 2014

Acquired Internet.bs (Bahamas)

September 2014

Acquired 10% Accent Media Ltd (UK)

July 2015

Acquired dnsXperts (Germany)

January 2016

Acquired Instra (Australia / New Zealand)

December 2017

Acquired SK-NIC (Slovakia)

August 2018

Acquired KeyDrive Group (Luxembourg / Germany)

September 2018

Acquired GlobeHosting Inc. (USA)

July 2019

Acquired TPP Wholesale (Australia)

August 2019

Acquired HEXONET (Germany / Canada)

August 2019

Acquired Ideegeo (New Zealand)

December 2019

Acquired Team Internet (Germany)

November 2020

Acquired Codewise (Poland)

January 2021

Acquired SafeBrands (France)

February 2021

Acquired Wando Internet Solutions (Germany)