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    Re:Sell Netsol
    by dmehus on Thursday October 16 2003, @01:54PM (#12483)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    You bring up an interesting point. If Network Solutions ("NS") was sold for basically $100 million, why does Register.com (which doesn't have as many registrations as NS) have a market cap of roughly a half billion dollars?

    Ah well, I bet once Pivotal takes over, we can see massive changes to NS. Layoffs, price reductions, introduction of reseller program, revenue sharing arrangements, etc.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Re:Sell Netsol
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Thursday October 16 2003, @05:57PM (#12484)
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    Where does Register.com have a cap of half a $billion? And how much did they pay for Afternic. Oh yeah [atnewyork.com], $48 million. Tee hee. Using those figures one could easily be worth half a $billion.

    Of course we'll see changes at NSI. Look at Pacific Crossing which Pivotal took over from the bankrupt Global Crossing. The buzzards are circling.

    What I find ironic (read terminally stupid dotcomitis) is that VeriSign/NSI fought so hard against splitting their registry/registrar businesses when they would have been far better off to have cut it loose back then. -g

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    Re:Sell Netsol
    by finee on Saturday October 18 2003, @04:45PM (#12504)
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    Actually I can see many reasons why Register.com is worth more than Network Solutions. The number of disgruntled former customers. Network Solutions has a lot of baggage. Lets start with the sex.com case. The liabilities there could be in the $40,000,000 plus range. There was another lawsuit recently for $3,000,000 that followed the sex.com case, and there could be many more disgruntled former customers which may now see litigation against Network Solutions as an attrative option. Register.com simply does not have these problems.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that when Verisign purchased Network Solutions it included the registry for .com and .net, and other companies such as Great Domains etc, they have kept the "good stuff" namely the registry and sold off whant may turn out to be a legal nightmare. So comparing the purchase and sale price here does not tell the whole story.
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