RBC media holding has completed a deal with RU-WEB.Investments for the sale of 100% of the domain registration service RU-Center Group (operates under the brands Ru-center, R01 Registrar and SpaceWeb).
As a result of the agreement, RBC received 25% in RU-WEB.Investments, another 75% went to a consortium of investors (the leader is the investment company Proxima Capital Group). RBC also received cash from the sale of Ru-center, with the exact amount not disclosed.
The CEO of RBC Nikolay Molibog noted the investment attractiveness of RU-Center Group. “We view RU-Center Group as an investment case: we not only keep the asset within RBC holding, but also get new partners and resources for its full-fledged development”.
The new company is expected to build a digital ecosystem of services for small and medium-sized businesses and increase business capitalization not through domains and hosting, but through services, Molibog said.
Nikolay Molibog, the CEO of RBC
RBC became the owner of the main asset of RU-Center Group in 2012, having bought out the stake for $12.6 million (920 million rubles). At the end of 2020, the revenue of the Digital Infrastructure segment, which included RU-Center, amounted to $36.3 million (2.64 billion rubles). Earlier the company announced that the sale plan was approved back in April. Around that time, the search for a potential buyer began.