Jan 22 2008

The ISPs and the Musical Chairs – Mergers and Acquisitions Roundup

Its been a busy time in the ISP/Registrar/Host M&A world, with providers vanishing almost on a daily basis.Some of the more notable M&As included:

2007

December

  • Spanish Registrar Arsys sold to The Carlyle Group and Mercapital private equity~£120,000,000 outright purchase. 550,000 registered domains, 170,000 customers, 250 employees
  • WebHost Automation Ltd (WHA) authors of HELM Windows CP taken over by SW-Soft (now renamed Parallels)No figures quotedbased on their (lack of) performance with other control panels acquired, thats the death-kell for HELM users
  • Chicago Hosts midPhase purchased in a cash deal by UK2 GroupNo official figures quoted, best guestimates £5,000,000. 250,000 hosted websites. 40 staffSeveral original MP staff setup a new brand SingleHop and party hard at HostingCon

2007

November

  • Swedish Managed Hosting pi.se picked up by InterouteNo figures quoted
  • Hostroute and Nameroute merged into UltraspeedShare Exchange between existing client and supplier. 50,000 hosted websites.
  • BuyAVPS acquired by prolific WHT poster AxisHOSTNo figures quoted

2007

September

  • Berkeley Data Systems sell online storage Mozy to EMC Corpororation£40,000,000 outright purchase. 180,000 clients.

2007

August

  • NaviSite goes on acquisition spree, buying Alabanza and Jupiter Hosting£8,000,000 cash

2007

July

  • NamesCo Registrar and Web Host sold out to Italian ISP Dada (Register.it S.p.A)£24,000,000 for the entire company. 265,000 registered domains, 80,000 hosted websites

(reproduced with permission from Host Acquisitions)

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