reports signs of life in high end of domain aftermarket

There are some “green shoots” in the domain aftermarket.

Graphic with logo and " domain investment index 4th quarter 2022" in text released its Q4 Domain Investment Index (pdf) today.

Its Q4 2022 was rather dismal, with just $80 million in domain transactions compared to $158 million in Q4 2021.

But there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Q4 was up by $5 million sequentially from Q3. And the company reports that, after a collapse in “mega” domain deals over $10 million, things are starting to look better.

In a separate market report released with earnings on February 22, the company stated that February was shaping up to be the best month since at least July of 2022, and it believes Q1 2023 will be better than Q4 2022.

The company noted that the drop in venture capital funding last year led to a drop in mega transactions. Whereas in the first half of last year, the company closed “many” domain transactions for $10-$20 million, this dried up in the second half. However, the company has already completed one transaction over $10 million this quarter and has quoted one that would be several multiples of its highest transaction ever.

Getting back to the Q4 report, the company reported the median domain transaction (not including content websites) was $4,120, down from $4,504 in Q3. You can view a further breakdown of transactions, including by length, in the full report.

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