CentralNic begins trading its shares on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market


London, 3rd September 2013 — CentralNic Group PLC, the internet registry service provider which derives revenues from the distribution and sale of internet domain names, successfully began trading its shares on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market yesterday. A leading innovator in the domain name industry, CentralNic has exclusive global contracts to supply retailers such as GoDaddy and Web.com with domains using 30 different endings ("extensions"), including .la (such as intel.la), .uk.com (such as avon.uk.com) and .us.com (such as activia.us.com).

The Company raised £7m ($10.9m USD) from its IPO with leading institutional investors Schroders Investment Management and Unicorn Asset Management joining the shareholder register. The shares were placed at 55p and rose 19% to 65.5p by the end of the first day's trading, valuing the company at £38.7m ($60.2m USD). The admission to AIM and strong trading performance was picked up by the UK business press including the Financial Times and The Times, which named CentralNic's stock "Deal of the Day."

While already profitable and growing rapidly, CentralNic expects to benefit from a major expansion in the number of generic Top-Level Domains ("TLDs"). The Company has been awarded the exclusive global registry service provision contracts for 60 new TLD applications, 25 of which are already confirmed to launch, including: .college, .bar, .wiki, .xyz, .rest, .contact, .feedback, .ink, and .PID.

CentralNic's clients include leading media and entertainment businesses The Guardian and William Morris Endeavor, global 1000 companies Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Qatar Telecom, and Kuwait Finance House, as well as entrepreneurs in the USA, Latin American, Europe and Asia. CentralNic's clients are also contenders for additional TLDs including .app, .art, .blog, .design, .gay, .golf, hotel, .law, .llc, .love, .mail, .now, .school and .style, among many others.

Commenting on the Company's admission to AIM, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, said:

"We are extremely pleased to have successfully completed the IPO process. The business is in a strong position to take advantage of additional opportunities to develop our global domain distribution business, and will benefit from having new quality shareholders to support our strategy."

For further information, please contact:

CentralNic Group Plc

Ben Crawford, Chief executive officer: +44203 388 0600

Bell Pottinger

David Rydell, Charles Goodwin, Guy Scarborough: +44207 861 3232

About CentralNic PLC

CentralNic PLC is a registry service provider, which derives revenues from the sale of internet domain names. CentralNic Limited owns a very valuable premium domain portfolio, and uses some of the domains such as us.com as Second-Level Domain extensions. CentralNic uses its in-house developed IT platform to distribute its own domain names and those of third parties to a global network of retailers ("registrars"), which sell these to end users.

Following recent industry developments and regulatory changes, CentralNic Limited expects, by virtue of its contracts and technical infrastructure, to benefit from a major expansion in the number of generic top level domains ("gTLDs") such as .wiki and .college, expected to operate from the end of 2013.

The Directors believe that the funds raised for the Group by the Placing will allow the Group to enhance its global distribution network, acquire interests in new gTLDs, expand its own retail business and obtain contracts from governments to operate their country code TLDs ("ccTLDs"), especially in developing markets.

New Top Level Domains

In early 2012, the Governing Body ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) triggered the biggest change to the internet since its inception, by opening the application process for a new round of gTLDs, primarily to introduce more competition to the marketplace and expand customer choice. This change will also enable brands, corporations and governments to run their own domains.