Verisign: China weighs on .com, .net prices going up

Soft demand in China hurts Verisign’s quarter.

Chart showing .com and .net base of names growing 0.1% year over year, and down 0.1% quarter over quarter.
The .com and .net name base grew 0.1% year over year and fell 0.1% quarter over quarter. Image from Verisign investor presentation.

Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported Q2 earnings after the closing bell yesterday.

Revenue grew 5.7% year over year and operating income grew 5.5%.

The overall base of .com and .net domain names under management slipped 0.32 million (0.1%) from the end of Q1 2023, and increased just 0.1% from the end of Q2 2022. With this drop, Verisign narrowed its full-year guidance for growth in the domain base to 0.0 to 1.0 million. It originally predicted 0.0 to 2.5 million.

China is to blame for the softness. Revenue fell 9.8% year over year in China, while growing 7.2% in the U.S, 0.5% in EMA, and 15.0% elsewhere.

The company says both renewals and new registrations are dragging in China.

Verisign also announced it is raising .net prices by 10% on February 1. Prices will increase from $9.92 to $10.91. Verisign’s contract renewal with ICANN allows it to increase prices by up to 10% per year.

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