CNN maakt bekend dat VeriSign, fabrikant van e-commerce security software, voor 21 miljard dollar eigenaar wordt van domeinenboer Network Solutions:
NEW YORK (CNNfn) - VeriSign Inc. agreed to acquire Network Solutions Inc. for $21 billion in stock Tuesday, creating an online powerhouse that could shepherd companies onto the Internet and then help establish and maintain their e-commerce identity.
The surprise deal unites the world's leading provider of Internet domain name registrations, Network Solutions, with the leading provider of e-commerce and e-mail security, creating a company that will begin with more than 12 million worldwide subscribers.
"It's a surprise deal but a phenomenal deal," said Paul Merenbloom, an analyst with Prudential Securities Inc. "This is ying and yang coming together for e-business solutions.
"You've got the leading provider of domain names and the leading provider of Internet security. If you can put those together in a fenceable business -- by that I mean the ability to create a seamless link of operations -- what's not to like?"
[...] VeriSign intends to operate Network Solutions as an independent subsidiary run by its current CEO, Jim Rutt. The companies hope to complete the deal during the third quarter. Christopher Clough, a Network Solutions spokesman, said the Herndon, Va.-based company will continue to operate primarily as a domain registration firm, but will work with VeriSign to leverage other aspects of their business as well.