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Report: Internet Brands to be Acquired for $1.1 Billion

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According to an article in The New York Times’ Deal Book that appeared this morning, Internet Brands is being acquired by private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) in a deal that is reportedly worth $1.1 billion. The deal was announced by Internet Brands in a pdf, although it does not appear that they are reporting the price or any terms of the deal.

This is a major deal, and there are domain investment implications because of the Internet Brands portfolio of domain name assets.

If you’ve done more than a few Whois searches for great keyword domain names, chances are very good that you’ve seen Internet Brands in some of your Whois lookups. Just a few examples of exact match .com domain names in their portfolio include:

  • Lawyers.com
  • DoItYourself.com
  • Loan.com
  • Autos.com
  • WAHM.com (work at home moms)
  • PlasticSurgeons.com
  • BreastReduction.com

Internet Brands also appears to own a ton of longer tail geographic domain names as well. You can do a free search on Whoisology to see some of the domain names attributed to the company.

If you recognize the name of the PE firm that is reportedly acquiring Internet Brands, perhaps it is because of their relationship with GoDaddy. In 2011, Deal Book also announced that KKR and another firm (Silver Lake Partners) had agreed to acquire domain registrar, GoDaddy.


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Comments (21)

    Hugh

    Good news for large domain owners with quality names. Thanks for reporting Elliot. It gives hope.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    J

    Great acquisition. InternetBrands was actually purchased back in 2010, including the NursingJobs.org website. Internet Brands has awesome domains, but there are also some unappealing domains in this portfolio, as well.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    George Pickering

    Lawyers.com is Martindale Hubbell. They are a former partner. I don’t believe that has anything to do with Internet Brands.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    George Pickering

    Lawyers dot com is Martindale Hubbell. They are a former partner. I don’t believe that has anything to do with Internet Brands.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Samit

    Interesting to see large PE firms getting into domain ownership.

    Wonder what DomainMarket / MostWantedDomains are worth given this sale.

    June 4th, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Andrew Hyde

    For two million someone could acquire all the domains we have listed for sale. Offer good thru June.

    June 4th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Elliot Silver

    Readers should keep in mind this was not a domain deal per se. I believe their primary domain name assets are developed in varying degrees.

    June 4th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Gaz

    Sounds a brave decision. With all the new gTLDs coming out over the next year or so there will be a lot more choice for consumers.

    If the new gTLDs become accepted as respected domains then I can only see a drop in the prices of .com websites.

    This is a gamble that the gTLDs will not affect .com prices and it’s a pretty big one if the $1.1bn is accurate!

    June 4th, 2014 at 7:46 am

      philip

      That’s a good point but rather then being a brave decision at that price, as .com should still retain a decent share of an expanding market in domains overall, it probably highlights the elevated prices that should be involved when consolidation occurs with the gtld companies.

      Those with prime, multi domain portfolios such as Minds + Machines should attract some really intense takeover interest with correspondingly high figures involved.

      In reply to Gaz | June 4th, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Elliot Silver

      What domain names does Minds + Machines own? I know they will be operating some of the new gTLD registries, but I am unsure of the “prime, multi domain portfolios” you are referencing.

      Do you own stock in the company?

      June 4th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    philip

    Have a look at their website Elliot. They already have a list of uncontested domains as well as the ones they’ve already bid for in recent auction rounds such as .Yoga. Early reports say they’ve also picked up .Fashion.

    They’re also partnering or have majority interests in some of the top geo domains such as.London.

    Watch this space.

    June 4th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Elliot Silver

      An example of a domain name is DomainInvesting.com.

      An example of a TLD is .com, which is operated by Verisign.

      What domain names do Minds & Machines own that impress you?

      Do you own any stock in Minds & Machines?

      In reply to philip | June 4th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    philip

    As far as expecting the company to be bought out, its something their own CEO mentioned as a natural progression for the company as part of consolidation in the sector.

    The past history of the directors seems to validate that eventuality.

    As I said, keep that in mind and let’s see how this one turns out for the company under discussion.

    Who’ll buy them out? Probably a player who’ll look to gain sufficient traction in the space & a cheque book to match.

    June 4th, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Elliot Silver

      I will ask one final time before asking you not to comment again. Do you own stock in this company?

      In reply to philip | June 4th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    philip

    I’m referring to top level domains in the context of Gaz’s original post referring to the new gtlds and the decision by KKR.

    June 4th, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Elliot Silver

      “Minds + Machines should attract some really intense takeover interest with correspondingly high figures involved.”

      Sounds like a stock pump to me.

      In reply to philip | June 4th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    philip

    Okay, disregard it and go back to my original response to Gaz without mention of Minds + Machines., which certainly doesn’t need to be pumped.

    June 4th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Steve B

    I don’t understand how a value-added company like Internet Brands gets sold for $1.1 billion, while a company like SnapChat turns down $3 billion. It’s insane. For 1/3 of the cost, you could pick up a company that has a portfolio of businesses and not just depending on one “unproven” business model to sustain it.

    June 4th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Samit

      UGC >> Content Marketing. QED.

      In reply to Steve B | June 5th, 2014 at 5:17 am

    philip

    Why did Wassapp get taken over by Facebook for $19Bn on an annual turnover of $25M?

    There’s a rationale (or perceived rationale) there somewhere for the parties involved, although not so clear to those on the outer periphery.

    June 4th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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