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Minds + Machines Finds Operating New gTLD Much Less Profitable Than Selling Apps: Swing To a Loss

Posted on the 22 September 2015 by Worldwide @thedomains

Minds + Machines Group Ltd  (LON:MMX) reported today the company’s financial results for the 1st half of 2015.

Minds + Machines swung to a pretax loss for the first half of 2015 “due to it seeing a lower gain from participating in generic top-level domain auctions”

Minds + Machines reported a  pretax loss of $3.7 million for the half year to ending June 30th, from a pretax profit of $4.9 million, “mostly as a result of lower profit from participating in generic top-level domain auctions”.

In the previous year the company saw a $11.9 million profit from participating in losing new gTLD auctions, whereas in the first half of 2015 this profit was just $4.5 million.

However Minds + Machines revenue from operating new gTLD strings were $1.97m for the first 6 months of 2015 up from  billings $449,000 in the first half of last year,.

At the end of June, Minds + Machines said 217,200 domains were under management, representing 3.43% of the new gTLD market.

Minds + Machines said it has cut $2.24 million of annualized costs since late May, and has identified a further  $700,000 of costs to cut.

“The second half of 2015 will see the launches of .law, .abogado and .miami, while there is also the prospect of renewals from gTLDs launched last year. Early indications for .London point to renewal rates being significantly above industry norms”

At the end of June the company had cash of $48.3 Million on hand.

Minds + Machines authorized a stock repurchase programme “that could see £15 Milliojn of shares bought back in the open market over the next 12 months”

Chief Executive Officer Antony Van Couvering is quoted as saying:

“While first half results were impacted by significant operating costs, we have reduced these costs dramatically in the third quarter of 2015, as will become apparent in future results. The board is firmly committed to achieving cross-over to operating profitability in 2016 and to fully monetising our excellent TLD portfolio”

Other new gTLD’s that Minds + Machines still has applications for include .INC, .LLC, .CPA, .Gay

Shares in Minds + Machines were up 5.9% at 8.60 pence Tuesday morning and has a market cap of £73.15 m

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