[GTLD-WG] [CPWG] [registration-issues-wg] Fwd: ISOC sells PIR

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Nov 14 06:37:01 UTC 2019


In rough numbers, PIR's gross income is about $100m with net revenue (ie "profit") of about $50-60m.

In a blog post, Andrew Sullivan said "Today?s news has tremendous benefits for both the Internet Society and PIR.  The transaction will help the Internet Society to secure its future through more stable, diversified and sustainable financial resources than it has at present, allowing the organization to plan for the long term and advance its vision of an Internet for everyone on an even broader scale.'

I see the key words as STABLE, SUSTAINABLE and BROADER. In the 2018 Annual Report, PIR reported contributions ranging from $30m to about $75m over the last 4 years and they predict about $55m for this year.

The announcement implies that the sale price will be sufficient to yield them comparable amounts in annual revenue from the sale proceeds. One could calculate what that implies about the sale price and to what extent Ethos has hopes of increasing profitability. Presumably at some point, ISOC will have to reveal what they got for it.

Alan




At 13/11/2019 11:36 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond wrote:
Hello all,

I must admit I do not know what this means for the long term financial stability of ISOC, if ISOC has sold its only source of income.
I need to read more about the details of the deal before forming an opinion.
Kindest regards,

Olivier


Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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From: Justine Chew <justine.chew at gmail.com>
Date: 14/11/2019 08:02 (GMT+05:30)
To: Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>
Cc: CPWG <cpwg at icann.org>, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>
Subject: Re: [CPWG] [registration-issues-wg] Fwd: ISOC sells PIR

It is an outright sale of an asset, the proceeds of which go toward "an endowment fund" for ISOC projects/activities. No revenue sharing is involved.

The announcement indicated that all projects and operations will continue as is under new ownership. With its policy on public/community benefit presumably driven and overseen by Ethos Capital's Stewardship Council - I wonder who they will put on this Council.

PIR under Ethos Capital will lose its non-for-profit status, so there might be financial implication not to ISOC but possibly PIR's existing .org customers/registrants.

We shall see.

Justine
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On Thu, 14 Nov 2019 at 10:21, Maureen Hilyard < maureen.hilyard at gmail.com<mailto:maureen.hilyard at gmail.com>> wrote:

As Eduardo said there are lots of unknowns at present. Who knows?

On Wed, 13 Nov 2019, 3:02 PM Alan Greenberg, <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca<mailto:alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> > wrote:

Why will it have major implications on ISOC Chapters?

Alan

At 13/11/2019 02:52 PM, Maureen Hilyard wrote:
I know for sure that this was not even hinted at during the last PIR Advisory Council meeting.. but it will have major implications for the ISOC chapters. What are they/ISOC thinking?

Maureen

On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 7:59 AM Marita Moll <mmoll at ca.inter.net<mailto:mmoll at ca.inter.net>> wrote:

Had we known this was lurking in the background -- which it most certainly was at the time -- it might have been a different discussion. How much did ISOC know and when did they know it -- a question ISOC chapters might want to ask.

Marita
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Subject: ISOC sells PIR
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:38:29 +0000
From: Stephanie Perrin <stephanie.perrin at MAIL.UTORONTO.CA><mailto:stephanie.perrin at MAIL.UTORONTO.CA>
Reply-To: Stephanie Perrin <stephanie.perrin at MAIL.UTORONTO.CA><mailto:stephanie.perrin at MAIL.UTORONTO.CA>
To: NCSG-DISCUSS at LISTSERV.SYR.EDU<mailto:NCSG-DISCUSS at LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>

 I must say, this casts the decision to drop price caps for .org in a slightly different light.  I will keep you posted as I learn more.


https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191113005661/en/Ethos-Capital-Acquire-Public-Interest-Registry-Internet

Stephanie Perrin
NCSG Chair

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