Nov '23

Verisign posts higher revenue on demand for domain-name registry – Reuters

July 27 (Reuters) – Internet services firm Verisign (VRSN.O) reported higher second-quarter revenue on Thursday on steady demand for its domain-name registry services and increasing reliance on internet infrastructure.
Increasing digitization and a move to online business models have deepened companies' dependence on cloud services, pushing them to adopt e-commerce and web technologies.
The company reported second-quarter revenue of $372 million, compared with $351.9 million a year ago.
Verisign posted a profit of $1.79 per share in the April-June period, higher than $1.54 per share in year-ago period.
The core business of the company, which reserves names that identify a website, is operating the domain-name registries for the internet's two most important domains – .com and .net.
It also operates two of the web's 13 root servers at the top of the hierarchical domain-name system, crucial for most of the internet's smooth functioning.
The renewal rate for its .com and .net domains fell to 75.5%, compared with 75.9% a year earlier. Meanwhile, it processed 174.4 million domain-name registrations, compared with 174.3 million in the second quarter of 2022.
Verisign's shares were down about 2% after the bell.
Reporting by Akash Sriram and Tanya Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Pooja Desai
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