Iris Capital invests €6M Euros in DI SA Raising the Domain Name Company Capital to €18M

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Iris Capital development fund invested 6 million Euros into the successful domain names company DI SA (formerly Domain Invest SA).

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DI SA portfolio includes more than 100,000 domains, each of them attracting a huge number of visitors every month

Media development fund Iris Capital has raised its investment to the domain names acquisition company DI SA, by 6 million Euros, in order to strengthen its highly successful business model. Iris Capital, as well as two private investors decided to increase their investment by respectively 6 million Euros, and another 182,000 Euros, in a move to show their continuing support to DI SA. They will join the existing investors BIP Investment Partners, Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement, the company’s management team as well as individual investors, as some of the biggest funding entities to DI SA.

Iris Capital spokesperson reported “We are very excited to be backing a European leader in this field. Domain names are inherently profitable assets whose market value is consistently rising. Under the care of this very experienced and motivated management team, we are confident the company will continue along its very successful path.”

DI SA, one of the world leaders in domain names investment, now holds a capital of about 18 million Euros, enabling the forward thinking company to freely pursue its domains acquisition policy.
DI SA invests in high value domain names, establishing a presence in several key sectors by owning coveted Internet real estate. Its portfolio includes more than 100,000 domains, each of them attracting a huge number of visitors every month and generating high income by advertising and affiliation. As most of the traffic is highly qualified, advertisers are willing to pay higher amounts to secure space over DI SA extensive database; therefore DI SA does develop some websites by monetizing potential domain names with targeted websites and advertising pages.
The company owns high performing domains such as http://www.whiskey.com, http://www.credito.it or even http://www.werken.nl, extremely high value names attracting thousands of visitors every month organically and generating large advertising revenues.
“We are thrilled to welcome Iris Capital on board. Besides funding further growth of the company we believe that Iris Capital will contribute immensely valuable input to the management, given their background and expertise in working with IT and Media companies”: explained Markus Schnermann, Co-Managing Director of DI SA.

DI SA was founded 2 years ago by Xavier Buck, the actual Executive Chairman, as well as Managing Directors Markus Schnermann and Frederick Schiwek, to be one of the biggest players in domain names. These Internet pioneers have already managed to position DI SA at the forefront of the domain names investment market both in Europe and globally, and with this last capital increase, the company will certainly continue on its highly successful path.

  •     About Iris Capital

Iris Capital is a pan-European development capital fund specialising in media, communication and IT. Since its inception in 1986, the Iris Capital team has invested more than €800 million in over 200 companies. Iris Capital targets opportunities in technology and service companies seeking growth capital in order to realise their strategy. Iris provides active support to its portfolio companies on the basis of its strong sector specialisation and experience. Based in Paris, the Iris Capital team has invested to date in 18 European countries.
For more information on Iris Capital: http://www.iriscapital.com
Contact: Curt Gunsenheimer or Alexander Wiedmer, Partners

  •     About BIP Investment Partners S.A. (BIP)

BIP is a Luxembourg Investment Company listed on the Luxembourg stock exchange. As an institutional investor, BIP holds stakes in major businesses in the Luxembourg economy and neighbouring regions. The company is active in the private equity sector. As a part of its mission, BIP seeks to encourage entrepreneurship by supporting innovative, high-potential projects. BIP is a component stock of the LuxX, the index of the Luxembourg Bourse.
For more information on SNCI: http://www.bip.lu

  •     About Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement Luxembourg (SNCI)

SNCI is a bank specializing in medium and long term financing of investments made by Luxembourg based companies. SNCI’s financing instruments are investments in fixed assets, innovations and exports. SNCI also grants start-up loans to newly incorporated SME’s. It may also finance investments of Luxembourg companies abroad.
For more information on SCNI: http://www.snci.lu/en/index.php

  •     About Domain Invest

Domain Invest (DI SA) is among the largest companies in Europe specialized in internet domain name monetization. Domain Invest acquires existing Internet Domain Names which already generate revenues and have a higher potential. The company monetizes traffic by dynamically generating websites presenting advertisements contextually related to their domain name. The aim is to offer more value and to attract large audiences. Founded in December 2007, Domain Invest is based in Luxembourg and already well-known in the Domain name world.
For more information on Domain Invest: http://www.domaininvest.lu
Contact: Xavier Buck, Executive Chairman

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