New gTLDs Registry Minds+Machines Reports Loss, Hopes for Profit 2016

1-year stock chart on MMX
Above: 1-year stock chart on MMX, note Sep 26, 2014 price of 12.00 pence=US$0.19 (source: google.com)
In a release today, new gTLDs registry operator Minds + Machines Group Limited (domain name: mindsandmachines.com), which trades on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MMX  (LON: MMX), reported a H1 2015 loss of (US$3,695,000) for the 6 month period ending June 30, 2015, compared with a profit of $USD4.9 million for the same period in 2014, primarily due to lower profit from participating in new gTLD (generic top-level domain) auctions. Shares closed today at 8.62 pence which equals USD $0.13. Stockholders have lost money as MMX shares declined over the past year--e.g., see in chart above 12.00 pence (US$0.19) high in Sept 2014.

Among other highlights reported:
  • Headcount has been reduced from 58 to 44 even as the sales and marketing teams grew from 2 to 12;
  • Board committed to achieving its stated goal of crossing over into profitability in 2016;
  • 217,200 domains were under management, representing 3.43% of new gTLD market;
  • Cash reserves at period end up 2% at $46.9 million from 31 December 2014 reflecting private auctions taking place in period;
  • Company authorised to purchase up to £15 million of shares in the open market during the next 12 months;
  • A copy of the unaudited interim accounts is available at www.mindsandmachines.com. 
According to the company, Minds + Machines operates three distinct business lines: the registry, through which it is a major owner of generic top-level domains ("gTLDs"); the registry service provider, whose technology powers the top-level domains of MMX and its clients; the registrar, which provides an additional distribution channel through which the Company can target specific vertical markets.


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