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Demand Reports: Registrar Revenue Up 11% But eHow & Content Continues To Decline

Posted on the 08 May 2014 by Worldwide @thedomains

Demand Media, Inc. (DMD reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 today after the market closed

Its our personal opinion that the sooner  Demand can spin off Rightside from the rest of the mess the better.

Rightside operates the back end of all Donuts new gTLD extensions, owns 107 new gTLD’s with Donuts, Owns Enom the 2nd largest domain registrar on the planet as well as another top 10 domain name registrar.

The eHow business I never like.

Anytime you rely on Google for your success, I think your in trouble and I think the eHow side is pulling the whole company down.

Here are the highlights as pointed out by Demand:

Q1 2014 Financial Summary:

Total revenue ex-TAC declined 8% year-over-year, with 11% year-over-year growth in Registrar revenue offset by a 19% decline in Content & Media revenue ex-TAC. Excluding the acquisition of Society6, total revenue ex-TAC decreased 15%.

Registrar revenue grew 11% year-over-year, primarily due to growth in domains under management.

Domain Name Services:

Rightside has signed 29 registry operator agreements with ICANN to date, and we have an interest in over 80 applications or registry operator agreements. Seven of our extensions, including .ninja, .reviews and .social are currently in “landrush” phase and six of our extensions, including .consulting, .actor and .pub, are currently in their “sunrise” launch phases.

Our owned and operated registrar channels offer the broadest selection of new gTLDs as we now distribute 156 of the 165 new gTLD extensions

To date, businesses and consumers have registered over 80,000 new gTLD domains at eNom and, making us one of the largest distributors of new gTLDs.
Our back-end registry platform now powers over 100 of the 165 new gTLDs and has processed almost 500,000 new gTLD domain registrations to date.
Owned & Operated revenue declined 18%, driven primarily by lower traffic to key properties and the strategic shift away from higher CPM direct sold display advertising sales, partially offset by revenue of $6.7 million from Society6. Excluding the acquisition of Society6, which was acquired at the end of Q2 2013,

Owned & Operated revenue decreased 32%.
Network revenue ex-TAC declined 27% due to lower revenue from our domain monetization and Pluck social tools businesses, offset partially by 33% growth in our Content Solutions business.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 55% year-over-year, primarily reflecting the negative impact from traffic declines on high-margin revenues and a mix shift to lower margin commerce and Registrar revenue.

“Our results in the first quarter were in line with our expectations, and we remain optimistic about our long term opportunities. We are focused on making targeted investments to reaccelerate revenue growth and increase shareholder value,” said Demand Media’s CFO Mel Tang. “Additionally, we are preparing for and are on track to complete the separation of the business into two standalone companies this summer.”

Business Highlights:

Content & Media:

March 2014 US and Worldwide comScore Rankings:

On a consolidated basis, Demand Media ranked as the #21 US web property and Demand Media’s properties reached more than 80 million unique users worldwide. ranked as the #31 website in the US and reached more than 46 million unique users worldwide.

Livestrong/eHow Health ranked as the #3 Health property in the US, with more than 17 million unique users worldwide.

CollegeHumor/Cracked Network ranked as the #2 Humor property in the US, with more than 15 million unique users worldwide. itself had more than 6 million unique users worldwide.

During Q1 2014, Society6 membership grew to over 550,000, a 114% year-over-year increase from a year ago. Additionally, image uploads increased 35% year-over-year, and there are now more than 1 million unique designs available on the site.

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