CentralNic Group PLC - Acquisition of SafeBrands
CentralNic Group plc
("CentralNic" or the "Company")
Acquisition of online brand protection software company SafeBrands
Strengthening of its Enterprise division
CentralNic Group PLC (AIM: CNIC), the global internet platform that derives revenue from the worldwide sales of internet domain names and related web services, is pleased to announce it has acquired SafeBrands, a leading online brand protection software provider and corporate internet services provider.
Acquisition of SafeBrands
SafeBrands is a leading French corporate registrar, with a stable and growing base of clients, including some of the leading French brands. It offers registration management for all Top-Level Domains and a wide range of Value Added Services for domain management and brand protection, including secure hosting, DNS optimisation and SSL management. SafeBrands' talented R&D team has a history of innovation and has developed cutting-edge proprietary monitoring solutions used by global brands to find and take action against fraud and counterfeits. Its multi-language SaaS platform analyses millions of relevant results every day, backed up by an extensive team of IP experts. SafeBrands is therefore ideally positioned to take advantage of the brand protection, DNS and Hosting markets which are all growing rapidly as COVID has accelerated the digitization of business.
SafeBrands' online brand protection products and expertise have, to date, been available to companies based in French-speaking markets. CentralNic plans to offer these services, which help businesses protect their revenue streams in digital channels, through its global Brand Services offering, which currently serves clients worldwide through teams based in the US, the
SafeBrands' strong presence in
Charles Tiné, CEO and founder of SafeBrands, added: "In the fast-growing domain name market, this represents a fantastic opportunity for SafeBrands to join the CentralNic family with the clear ambition to create a world leader in corporate domain management, online brand protection and DNS security. We share many common values that are reflected in the many synergies between our teams and technical platforms. CentralNic's resources and growth strategy are aligned with our ambitions and point to a very exciting future. After 23 years of organic and independent development, SafeBrands' Director General Frederic Guillemaut and I are convinced we have found the perfect fit for SafeBrands V2."
Strengthening and reorganisation of the Enterprise Division
CentralNic also announces that it is renaming its Corporate division as the Enterprise division, in line with its prior practice. Brand Services are currently the key constituent of the Enterprise division and the Group has appointed
As part of this reorganisation, CentralNic has entered into an arrangement with Novagraaf, one of the world's largest trademark and patent filers. Novagraaf manages more than one million IP assets on behalf of customers, and represents many of the world's major trademark and patent owners. The arrangement includes a reciprocal reseller agreement for domain names and brand protection services, and CentralNic selling its minority stake in ThomsenTrampedach, a Swiss-based Online Brand Protection service provider, to Novagraaf. Being an equity consolidated minority, there will be no impact on revenue and negligible impact on EPS.
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CentralNic Group Plc
Don Baladasan, Group Managing Director
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About CentralNic Group PLC
CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) is a global company listed on the London stock exchange that drives the growth of the global digital economy by developing and managing software platforms allowing businesses to buy subscriptions to domain names and related services, including protecting their brands online. In addition to providing core infrastructure services for the internet, CentralNic is a leader in protecting internet users through its sophisticated software, dedicated anti-abuse teams, and partnerships with such entities as the Global Cyber Alliance.
CentralNic's Brand Services companies offer the range of domain portfolio management and brand protection services to companies around the world, from small businesses to some of the largest companies in the world.
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