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VeriSign has a contractual monopoly as the authoritative registry for .com and .net. As of 1Q17, there were 128.4 mn .com and 15.2 mn .net domains, all of which pay fees to VeriSign. Annual fees on .com are fixed at $7.85 through Nov 30, 2024, and .net fees increased from $7.46 to $8.20 effective February 1, 2017. VeriSign operates the authoritative directory for all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domains and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. We estimate .com is ~87% of total revenue. The .com Registry Agreement between VeriSign and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires the written approval of the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), which seeks input from the US Department of Justice. (16 May 2017)

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VEON: Using Wind Tre Proceeds for Tender Offer

HY Note: 15 Nov 2018, 12:00 PM ET - VEON is using ~$2 bn of proceeds from the sale of its 50% stake in Wind-Tre for a tender offer for four tranches of $ bonds. VEON is also soliciting consents to amend certain covenants.
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HY Note: VeriSign - Future .Com Price Hikes?

HY Note: 08 Nov 2018, 12:11 PM ET - VeriSign recently extended and modified its Cooperative Agreement with the NTIA; we discuss the implications and update our views on the bonds. 

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-3Q18 Rel Val Update

Sector Analysis: 30 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - We take a closer look at relative value across the key IG Telecom and Cable credits. Comcast, Charter, and Verizon reported a solid 3Q18 whereas AT&T fell short. Within AT&T’s business segments, WarnerMedia was the outperformer.

US TMT: Digital Advertising-More Than FB and GOOG?

Sector Analysis: 23 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - In this second part of a series on US advertising, we discuss the digital advertising market. 

US TMT: Smartphones – The World is Flat

Sector Analysis: 05 Sep 2018, 5:46 AM ET - We examine the current state of the smartphone market, discuss demand trends in the US and emerging regions, and implications for industry participants across the supply chain.

Technology: Tariffs Recap

Sector Analysis: 06 Aug 2018, 11:26 PM ET - The tech sector has been largely unaffected by tariffs enacted to date, although could be caught in the crossfire as the US contemplates additional tariffs on imports from China. We include company commentaries from calendar 2Q18 calls. 

US IG TMT: A Look at Possible TrouBBBle Spots

Sector Analysis: 06 Aug 2018, 4:56 AM ET - We look at the change in the agency ratings make-up of IG TMT and potential BBB trouble spots, which have ramped-up leveraged late in the cycle.
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VeriSign: Amendment to Cooperative Agreement?

Earnings Note: 30 Jul 2018, 8:01 PM ET - VeriSign and NTIA are engaged in dialogue about amending the Cooperative Agreement, which we think could possibly lead to higher pricing for .com.    

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-Earnings Publishing Recap

Worth Watching: 30 Jul 2018, 12:22 PM ET - US IG Telco/Cable: The week of July 23 brought a heavy earnings schedule, including the three IG telco and cable mega-issuers, Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. Please see the following earnings notes for a summary of each company's 2Q18 earnings: Veriz ..

US IG Telco/Cable: Relative Value Update

Sector Analysis: 27 Jul 2018, 1:18 PM ET - On the heels of early earnings reports, we provide a relative value update on AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter IG.

Satellite C-Band: Let the Waiting Game Begin (2/2)

Sector Analysis: 15 Jul 2018, 9:23 PM ET - The FCC voted 4-0 to approve the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz NPRM and order. Now, we wait for the comments and replies, with a final order expected between 1Q and 2Q19. We assess the potential benefits and revisit relative value of INTEL, SES, ETL.

Tech Primer: Storage – HDDs vs SSDs

Technology Primer: 13 Jul 2018, 4:59 AM ET - In this tech primer, we do a deep dive on HDDs and SSDs and discuss investment implications for Seagate and Western Digital.

5G in Focus: Rome Was Not Wired in a Day

Sector Analysis: 27 Jun 2018, 11:57 PM ET - The noise around 5G builds daily. The next generation of network technology will open the door to new use cases, but the most transformative are still a long way off.

US, China & ZTE: Implications for TMT

Sector Analysis: 16 May 2018, 11:51 PM ET - Given recent tensions between the US and China, we discuss potential implications to sectors and companies within our TMT coverage universe. 
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VeriSign: S&P Upgrades to IG

Worth Watching: 16 May 2018, 10:35 AM ET - VeriSign (Ba2/BBB-) was upgraded by S&P last night from BB+ to BBB- for both its senior unsecured notes and corporate credit rating, with a stable outlook. S&P's upgrade was driven by the convertible settlement. In February, Moody's downgraded ..
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VeriSign 1Q18: Solid and Steady Results

Earnings Note: 03 May 2018, 3:44 PM ET - VeriSign continued to have steady revenue growth and margin expansion in 1Q18, and the company slightly raised its outlook for 2018. 

EUR IG TMT RV: Reverse Yankee Value

Euro TMT RV: 17 Apr 2018, 10:42 PM ET - An overview of the EUR IG TMT sector, comprising recommendation overview, performance update and relative value ideas. In this report, we cover the continued value we see in Reverse Yankee EUR telecom bonds.

USD Relative Value: Euro Telecoms

Sector Analysis: 15 Apr 2018, 11:05 PM ET - European telecom issuers have underperformed the USD telecoms index over the last 3 months. With better value on offer, we update our relative value views.

Semiconductors: M&A and the Regulatory Landscape

Sector Analysis: 20 Mar 2018, 10:32 PM ET - We take a look at the state of the semiconductor industry in terms of market concentration and potential impediments to further M&A from a regulatory perspective.

Tech: EU Plans Tax on Digital Company Revenues

Sector Analysis: 14 Mar 2018, 10:35 PM ET - The EU states are currently negotiating a 2-6% tax on the “aggregated gross revenues” of large digital companies.

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