CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

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News gTLDs

18 February, 2014 CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

CentralNic inks agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4758039/CentralNic-inks-agreement-with-Domain-Venture-Partners.html
StockMarketWire

18 February, 2014 CentralNic, the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, has signed an agreement with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II.

The company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II. This means that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ('registrars') worldwide.

CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end

http://domainincite.com/15828-centralnic-gets-its-foot-in-the-door-as-famous-four-back-end
DomainIncite

18 February, 2014 New gTLD portfolio applicant Famous Four Media has selected CentralNic to provide back-end registry services, joining existing providers ARI Registry Services and Neustar.

CentralNic will be "a preferred provider" of Domain Venture Partners, which is the parent company of Famous Four's 60 new gTLD applicants, according to a joint statement issued by the companies today.

Neither firm wanted to give any firm details about how CentralNic fits into Famous Four's strategy, such as whether CentralNic might replace existing back-ends as it did with 27 formerly GMO Registry bids.

Famous Four is already partnered with Neustar on 52 new gTLD applications and ARI on five more.

DVP chief operating officer Charles Melvin told DI in a statement:

"CentralNic will sit as one of our preferred backend technology partners. We are in the process of agreeing terms with a limited number of select providers to sit on our preferred panel. Until such agreements have been put in place it would be inappropriate for us to comment on them."

The deal is related to DVP II, an investment vehicle through which DVP hopes to raise up to $400 million "to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live."

We were leaked a copy of a June 2013 investor presentation related to DVP II, in which the company said its back-end partner had "the lowest fees in the industry".

With its new "preferred panel", it looks like the company is hedging its bets.

CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.investegate.co.uk/Article.aspx?id=201402180700442755A&tab=article
Investegate

18 February, 2014 CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

Domain Venture Partners ("DVP") recently launched DVP II as an investment fund, with a target size of US$400 million, to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live. DVP (through DVP I) invested in 60 companies which applied for licenses to operate generic TLD registries, and has become one of the largest registry operator groups.

Commenting on the agreement between CentralNic and DVP II, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic said: "This presents a fantastic new opportunity for CentralNic, and we are delighted to be working with the market leading professionals within the banking, legal and technology fields that support DVP II. This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of Top-Level Domains carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services. In addition to the potential to accelerate top-line and bottom-line growth for CentralNic, our experience and expertise in promoting registries will complement Domain Venture Partners' already formidable Sales and Marketing capability. We look forward to working with the team at DVP II as both companies seek to expand our presence in the market."

"CentralNic is an organisation that shares our passion to develop and transform the global domain name market place", said Charles Melvin, Chief Operating Officer at Domain Venture Partners. "We are delighted to welcome CentralNic as a preferred technology back-end provider. We have been impressed by CentralNic's experience in operating successful registry back-end services as well as its proven ability to market and help distribute domain names in a strategic and creative manner."

For further information:

CentralNic Group plc

Ben Crawford (CEO) - +44 (0) 203 388 0600

Domain Venture Partners

Charles Melvin (COO) - +350 216 50000

Zeus Capital

Ross Andrews / Nick Cowles (Corporate Finance) - +44 (0) 161 831 1512

John Goold (Institutional Sales) - +44 (0) 207 533 7716

Abchurch Communications

Joanne Shears / Olivia Stuart Taylor - +44 (0) 20 7398 7709

olivia.st@abchurch-group.com - www.abchurch-group.com

About CentralNic Group plc

CentralNic (LSE: CNIC) is a leading provider of registry services to the global market for domain names and is headquartered in London. The Company has developed a proprietary platform for powering and distributing domain names, and is the exclusive global distributor for domains using 55 different domain extensions. These include .la (for domains such as http://intel.la), .uk.com (for domains such as http://avon.uk.com), and .us.com (for domains such as http://activia.us.com).

CentralNic's distribution network includes 1500 registrars - entities such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions in over 80 countries that retail domain names directly to the public and wholesale them through an additional network of over 100,000 resellers. End users register these domain names as an address for their websites, as a defensive measure to protect their brands online, as a method of capturing internet traffic and achieving desired rankings on search engines, and as an investment.

CentralNic distributes domains on behalf of their clients - rights-holders or "registries" - on a revenue share basis. CentralNic-distributed domains use an annual registration fee model, paid in advance by the end users, providing a predictable annuity revenue stream for both CentralNic and its clients.

Prior to the agreement, CentralNic was already selected as the Registry Service Provider and distributor for over 60 applications for new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) - a program devised by the domain industry regulator ICANN to supplement the existing TLDs such as .com and .co.uk with new domain extensions in the most significant change to the internet since its inception. It will be launching such domains as .college, .bar, .wiki, .xyz, .feedback, .contact, .rest and .ink. CentralNic will also be distributing additional TLDs from a further list of 25 that have passed initial evaluation and are currently in the process of contention resolution, including .app, .art, .blog, .law, .llc, .mail, .news, and school.

CentralNic's clients acquiring and funding these new TLDs include a number of successful entrepreneurs as well as Global 1000 companies such as Saudi Telecom, Qatar Telecom, Etisalat and Kuwait Finance House, and media and entertainment industry leaders The Guardian and William Morris Endeavor, the world's largest talent agency.

CentralNic is itself the rights holder for 24 domain extensions, including .us.com, .eu.com, .uk.com, .ru.com and .cn.com. It therefore retains 100% of the wholesale revenues for domains using those domain extensions.

CentralNic is the owner of a portfolio of premium domain names including 18 two-letter .com domains including http://us.com and http://uk.com.

In addition to its growth as a global distributor of domain names, the Directors believe that there is potential for CentralNic to also become a significant retailer of domain names direct to end users, and CentralNic has already obtained the necessary accreditations, built the technology, signed initial contracts and commenced trading as a domain name retailer.

About Domain Venture Partners

Domain Venture Partners was founded to create a bridge between the demand for and supply of finance, and the provision of technical support in relation to ICANN's new generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name process. It has since evolved to become the only regulated structured investment fund group for experienced investors to benefit from returns generated by investing in and managing TLD registries. DVP provides investors with a clean and direct access to an uncorrelated asset class, which would ordinarily be out of the reach of individual investors.

CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.thedomains.com/2014/02/18/centralnic-signs-agreement-with-domain-venture-partners/
TheDomains

18 February, 2014 CentralNic signed a deal with Domain Venture Partners as stated in the press release below. Central Nic is a publicly traded company on the London Aim, the stock is up about 2.4 % to 84.5 pence. Domain Venture Partners is a fund that has been set up by new gtld applicant Famous Four Media.

CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

Domain Venture Partners ("DVP") recently launched DVP II as an investment fund, with a target size of US$400 million, to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live. DVP (through DVP I) invested in 60 companies which applied for licenses to operate generic TLD registries, and has become one of the largest registry operator groups.

Commenting on the agreement between CentralNic and DVP II, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic said: "This presents a fantastic new opportunity for CentralNic, and we are delighted to be working with the market leading professionals within the banking, legal and technology fields that support DVP II. This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of Top-Level Domains carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services. In addition to the potential to accelerate top-line and bottom-line growth for CentralNic, our experience and expertise in promoting registries will complement Domain Venture Partners' already formidable Sales and Marketing capability. We look forward to working with the team at DVP II as both companies seek to expand our presence in the market."

"CentralNic is an organisation that shares our passion to develop and transform the global domain name market place", said Charles Melvin, Chief Operating Officer at Domain Venture Partners. "We are delighted to welcome CentralNic as a preferred technology back-end provider. We have been impressed by CentralNic's experience in operating successful registry back-end services as well as its proven ability to market and help distribute domain names in a strategic and creative manner."

About CentralNic Group plc

CentralNic (LSE: CNIC) is one of the world's pioneering registry service providers, offering technical backend, distribution, policy and marketing for new TLDs, ccTLDs and SLDs. CentralNic currently supports 31 domain extensions including .pw, .la, .com.de, .us.com and .uk.com — more extensions than any other registry. CentralNic was selected as the back-end registry provider for 60 new Top-Level Domains, and will be launching TLDs including .wiki, .college, .bar, .rest, .ink and .xyz, as well as DotBrand domains for Global 1000 banks and telcos, and for media and entertainment leaders William Morris Endeavor and Guardian Media.

CentralNic's distribution network includes 1500 registrars – entities such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions in over 80 countries that retail domain names directly to the public and wholesale them through an additional network of over 100,000 resellers.

About Domain Venture Partners

Domain Venture Partners was founded to create a bridge between the demand for and supply of finance, and the provision of technical support in relation to ICANN's new generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name process. It has since evolved to become the only regulated structured investment fund group for experienced investors to benefit from returns generated by investing in and managing TLD registries. DVP provides investors with a clean and direct access to an uncorrelated asset class, which would ordinarily be out of the reach of individual investors.

CentralNic signs new gTLD agreement

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WIPR

18 February, 2014 Registry service CentralNic has combined with Domain Venture Partners (DVP) to manage new and existing generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

The partnership, announced today, February 18, has been set up by DVP, an investment company.

Under the partnership, CentralNic will provide registry services for and manage DVP's acquired gTLDs, some of which are already live.

Ben Crawford, chief executive at CentralNic, said the partnership presented a "fantastic new opportunity" for the company.

"This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of gTLDs carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services."

Charles Melvin, chief operating officer at DVP, said the company had been "impressed" by CentralNic's experience in operating registry back-end services as well as its ability to market and distribute domain names in a "strategic and creative" manner.

Antony Gold, partner at Harrison Goddard Foote LLP in London, said the partnership may be of "little concern" to potential registrars.

"The ownership and day-to-day operations behind a registry is not really a matter of interest to most Internet users," said Gold.

"The primary concern would be an assurance that there are effective ways of tackling abuse and fraud. Who owns and runs a domain is not usually where the issues arise."

Gold added that it remained an "open question" as to what impact the influx of new gTLDs would have on consumers and registrars.

"In the past we have seen domain names including .biz and .info launch, each time people have been told that it's going to re-brand the Internet and it's not happened.

"The stranglehold of .com has meant new domain names have never had much traction, as .com or .co.uk have always been the trusted domains."

CentralNic inks agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.iii.co.uk/stockmarketwire/148207/centralnic-inks-agreement-domain-venture-partners
Interactive Investor

18 February, 2014 CentralNic, the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, has signed an agreement with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II.

The company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II. This means that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ('registrars') worldwide.

CentralNic signs agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://blog.astutium.com/2014/02/centralnic-signs-agreement-with-domain-venture-partners/

18 February, 2014 London, England; – CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

Domain Venture Partners ("DVP") recently launched DVP II as an investment fund, with a target size of US$400 million, to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live. DVP (through DVP I) invested in 60 companies which applied for licenses to operate generic TLD registries, and has become one of the largest registry operator groups.

Commenting on the agreement between CentralNic and DVP II, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic said:

"This presents a fantastic new opportunity for CentralNic, and we are delighted to be working with the market leading professionals within the banking, legal and technology fields that support DVP II. This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of Top-Level Domains carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services. In addition to the potential to accelerate top-line and bottom-line growth for CentralNic, our experience and expertise in promoting registries will complement Domain Venture Partners' already formidable Sales and Marketing capability. We look forward to working with the team at DVP II as both companies seek to expand our presence in the market."

Charles Melvin, Chief Operating Officer at Domain Venture Partners said:

"CentralNic is an organisation that shares our passion to develop and transform the global domain name market place"

"We are delighted to welcome CentralNic as a preferred technology back-end provider. We have been impressed by CentralNic's experience in operating successful registry back-end services as well as its proven ability to market and help distribute domain names in a strategic and creative manner."

ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar Astutium Ltd have been a CentralNIC Registrar for over 10 years and looking forward to the new opportunities for our clients that this new agreement brings.

Agreement With Domain Venture Partners

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/02/18/Agreement_with_Domain_Venture_Partners_CentralNic_Group_plc/
World News

18 February, 2014 CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

View full press release here

CentralNic Inks Deal With Domain Venture Partners For Domain Registration Services

http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/news/AN_1392720653369153400/centralnic-inks-deal-with-domain-venture-partners-for-domain-registration-services.aspx
Morning Star

18 February, 2014 LONDON (Alliance News) - CentralNic PLC said Tuesday that it had inked an agreement with Domain Venture Partners to act as a registry service provider for Domain Venture Partners' investment fund DVP II.

Under the agreement CentralNic's platform will be used to buy new web addresses using top-level domain registries owned by the investment trust.

A top level domain name is the suffix of an internet address such as .com or .net which are designated to approved organisations by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Up until now, ICAAN only allowed a small number of domains such as .com, .org and .gov. However, a change in rules means that a slew of new domain names can be launched.

Domain Venture Partners created DVP II to acquire new top-level domain registries that are becoming available. Domain Venture Partners has invested in 60 companies that applied for licenses for these new domains, CentralNic said.

Last Monday CentralNic appointed Glenn Hayward as its new financial officer. Hayward joined CentralNic from Nominet, the company responsible for the .uk internet domain.

Shares in CentralNic were trading down 0.6% at 82.00 pence Tuesday morning.

CentralNic Signs Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.digiinno.com/archives/45358
Digiinno

18 February, 2014 CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

Domain Venture Partners ("DVP") recently launched DVP II as an investment fund, with a target size of US$400 million, to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live.

DVP (through DVP I) invested in 60 companies which applied for licenses to operate generic TLD registries, and has become one of the largest registry operator groups.

Commenting on the agreement between CentralNic and DVP II, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic said: "This presents a fantastic new opportunity for CentralNic, and we are delighted to be working with the market leading professionals within the banking, legal and technology fields that support DVP II. This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of Top-Level Domains carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services. In addition to the potential to accelerate top-line and bottom-line growth for CentralNic, our experience and expertise in promoting registries will complement Domain Venture Partners' already formidable Sales and Marketing capability. We look forward to working with the team at DVP II as both companies seek to expand our presence in the market."

"CentralNic is an organisation that shares our passion to develop and transform the global domain name market place", said Charles Melvin, Chief Operating Officer at Domain Venture Partners. "We are delighted to welcome CentralNic as a preferred technology back-end provider. We have been impressed by CentralNic's experience in operating successful registry back-end services as well as its proven ability to market and help distribute domain names in a strategic and creative manner."

CentralNic inks agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://moneyweek.com/prices-news-charts/centralnic-inks-agreement-with-domain-venture-partners/
Money Week

18 February, 2014 CentralNic, the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, has signed an agreement with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II.

The company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II. This means that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers (‘registrars') worldwide.

CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end

http://www.digiinno.com/archives/45933
Digiinno

18 February, 2014 New gTLD portfolio applicant Famous Four Media has selected CentralNic to provide back-end registry services, joining existing providers ARI Registry Services and Neustar.

CentralNic will be "a preferred provider" of Domain Venture Partners, which is the parent company of Famous Four's 60 new gTLD applicants, according to a joint statement issued by the companies today.

Neither firm wanted to give any firm details about how CentralNic fits into Famous Four's strategy, such as whether CentralNic might replace existing back-ends as it did with 27 formerly GMO Registry bids.

Famous Four is already partnered with Neustar on 52 new gTLD applications and ARI on five more.

DVP chief operating officer Charles Melvin told DI in a statement:

CentralNic will sit as one of our preferred backend technology partners. We are in the process of agreeing terms with a limited number of select providers to sit on our preferred panel. Until such agreements have been put in place it would be inappropriate for us to comment on them.

The deal is related to DVP II, an investment vehicle through which DVP hopes to raise up to $400 million "to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live."

We were leaked a copy of a June 2013 investor presentation related to DVP II, in which the company said its back-end partner had "the lowest fees in the industry".

With its new "preferred panel", it looks like the company is hedging its bets.

CentralNic Inks Deal With Domain Venture Partners For Domain Registration Services

http://www.lse.co.uk/AllNews.asp?code=mv38ybqa&headline=CentralNic_Inks_Deal_With_Domain_Venture_Partners_For_Domain_Registration_Services
London South East

18 February, 2014 LONDON (Alliance News) - CentralNic PLC said Tuesday that it had inked an agreement with Domain Venture Partners to act as a registry service provider for Domain Venture Partners' investment fund DVP II.

Under the agreement CentralNic's platform will be used to buy new web addresses using top-level domain registries owned by the investment trust.

A top level domain name is the suffix of an internet address such as .com or .net which are designated to approved organisations by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Up until now, ICAAN only allowed a small number of domains such as .com, .org and .gov. However, a change in rules means that a slew of new domain names can be launched.

Domain Venture Partners created DVP II to acquire new top-level domain registries that are becoming available. Domain Venture Partners has invested in 60 companies that applied for licenses for these new domains, CentralNic said.

Last Monday CentralNic appointed Glenn Hayward as its new financial officer. Hayward joined CentralNic from Nominet, the company responsible for the .uk internet domain.

Shares in CentralNic were trading down 0.6% at 82.00 pence Tuesday morning.

CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end

http://internethosted.com/2014/02/18/centralnic-gets-its-foot-in-the-door-as-famous-four-back-end/
Internet Hosted

18 February, 2014 New gTLD portfolio applicant Famous Four Media has selected CentralNic to provide back-end registry services, joining existing providers ARI Registry Services and Neustar.

CentralNic will be "a preferred provider" of Domain Venture Partners, which is the parent company of Famous Four's 60 new gTLD applicants, according to a joint statement issued by the companies today.

Neither firm wanted to give any firm details about how CentralNic fits into Famous Four's strategy, such as whether CentralNic might replace existing back-ends as it did with 27 formerly GMO Registry bids.

Famous Four is already partnered with Neustar on 52 new gTLD applications and ARI on five more.

DVP chief operating officer Charles Melvin told DI in a statement:

CentralNic will sit as one of our preferred backend technology partners. We are in the process of agreeing terms with a limited number of select providers to sit on our preferred panel. Until such agreements have been put in place it would be inappropriate for us to comment on them.

The deal is related to DVP II, an investment vehicle through which DVP hopes to raise up to $400 million "to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live."

We were leaked a copy of a June 2013 investor presentation related to DVP II, in which the company said its back-end partner had "the lowest fees in the industry".

With its new "preferred panel", it looks like the company is hedging its bets.

CentralNic Group PLC - Agreement with Domain Venture Partners

http://www.selftrade.co.uk/news/rcs--centralnic-group-plc--agreement-with-domain-venture-partners-0ce96d841c7ea9dde2f88791eacd4b90
Self Trade

18 February, 2014 CentralNic plc (AIM:CNIC), the internet platform business which derives revenues from the worldwide sale of internet domain names, today announces that it has signed an agreement ("agreement") with Domain Venture Partners' new investment fund, DVP II, whereby the Company has been selected to be the registry service provider for certain registries acquired by DVP II; meaning that CentralNic's platform will be used to enable their domain names to be purchased through domain name retailers ("registrars") worldwide.

Domain Venture Partners ("DVP") recently launched DVP II as an investment fund, with a target size of US$400 million, to acquire Top-Level Domain registries, some of which are already live. DVP (through DVP I) invested in 60 companies which applied for licenses to operate generic TLD registries, and has become one of the largest registry operator groups.

Commenting on the agreement between CentralNic and DVP II, Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic said: "This presents a fantastic new opportunity for CentralNic, and we are delighted to be working with the market leading professionals within the banking, legal and technology fields that support DVP II. This agreement not only fits well with our stated strategy to increase the inventory of Top-Level Domains carried by our platform, but also confirms CentralNic's position as market leader in providing registry services. In addition to the potential to accelerate top-line and bottom-line growth for CentralNic, our experience and expertise in promoting registries will complement Domain Venture Partners' already formidable Sales and Marketing capability. We look forward to working with the team at DVP II as both companies seek to expand our presence in the market."

"CentralNic is an organisation that shares our passion to develop and transform the global domain name market place", said Charles Melvin, Chief Operating Officer at Domain Venture Partners. "We are delighted to welcome CentralNic as a preferred technology back-end provider. We have been impressed by CentralNic's experience in operating successful registry back-end services as well as its proven ability to market and help distribute domain names in a strategic and creative manner."

For further information:

CentralNic Group plc

Ben Crawford (CEO) - +44 (0) 203 388 0600

Domain Venture Partners

Charles Melvin (COO) - +350 216 50000

Zeus Capital

Ross Andrews / Nick Cowles (Corporate Finance) - +44 (0) 161 831 1512

John Goold (Institutional Sales) - +44 (0) 207 533 7716

Abchurch Communications

Joanne Shears / Olivia Stuart Taylor - +44 (0) 20 7398 7709

olivia.st@abchurch-group.com - www.abchurch-group.com

About CentralNic Group plc

CentralNic (LSE: CNIC) is a leading provider of registry services to the global market for domain names and is headquartered in London. The Company has developed a proprietary platform for powering and distributing domain names, and is the exclusive global distributor for domains using 55 different domain extensions. These include .la (for domains such as http://intel.la), .uk.com (for domains such as http://avon.uk.com), and .us.com (for domains such as http://activia.us.com).

CentralNic's distribution network includes 1500 registrars - entities such as GoDaddy and Network Solutions in over 80 countries that retail domain names directly to the public and wholesale them through an additional network of over 100,000 resellers. End users register these domain names as an address for their websites, as a defensive measure to protect their brands online, as a method of capturing internet traffic and achieving desired rankings on search engines, and as an investment.

CentralNic distributes domains on behalf of their clients - rights-holders or "registries" - on a revenue share basis. CentralNic-distributed domains use an annual registration fee model, paid in advance by the end users, providing a predictable annuity revenue stream for both CentralNic and its clients.

Prior to the agreement, CentralNic was already selected as the Registry Service Provider and distributor for over 60 applications for new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) - a program devised by the domain industry regulator ICANN to supplement the existing TLDs such as .com and .co.uk with new domain extensions in the most significant change to the internet since its inception. It will be launching such domains as .college, .bar, .wiki, .xyz, .feedback, .contact, .rest and .ink. CentralNic will also be distributing additional TLDs from a further list of 25 that have passed initial evaluation and are currently in the process of contention resolution, including .app, .art, .blog, .law, .llc, .mail, .news, and school.

CentralNic's clients acquiring and funding these new TLDs include a number of successful entrepreneurs as well as Global 1000 companies such as Saudi Telecom, Qatar Telecom, Etisalat and Kuwait Finance House, and media and entertainment industry leaders The Guardian and William Morris Endeavor, the world's largest talent agency.

CentralNic is itself the rights holder for 24 domain extensions, including .us.com, .eu.com, .uk.com, .ru.com and .cn.com. It therefore retains 100% of the wholesale revenues for domains using those domain extensions.

CentralNic is the owner of a portfolio of premium domain names including 18 two-letter .com domains including http://us.com and http://uk.com.

In addition to its growth as a global distributor of domain names, the Directors believe that there is potential for CentralNic to also become a significant retailer of domain names direct to end users, and CentralNic has already obtained the necessary accreditations, built the technology, signed initial contracts and commenced trading as a domain name retailer.

About Domain Venture Partners

Domain Venture Partners was founded to create a bridge between the demand for and supply of finance, and the provision of technical support in relation to ICANN's new generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name process. It has since evolved to become the only regulated structured investment fund group for experienced investors to benefit from returns generated by investing in and managing TLD registries. DVP provides investors with a clean and direct access to an uncorrelated asset class, which would ordinarily be out of the reach of individual investors.