VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, Inc.

Overview
Date Founded

1995

Headquarters

12061 BLUEMONT WAY, RESTON, VA, 20190

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

872

Industries

Internet Software & Services
IT Consulting & Services
Computer Software

Company Description

VeriSign, Inc. provides domain name registry services and Internet infrastructure, which enables Internet navigation for many of the world's most recognized domain names. It enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key Internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global Internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. The company was founded by D. James Bidzos on April 12, 1995 and is headquartered in Reston, VA.

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Founder

President & Chief Operating Officer

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Secretary, Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Naming Services

Executive Vice President of Product, Sales, Marketing & Operations

Professional

Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Channel Management

Co-Founder

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Recent Transactions
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Golden Gate Private Equity, Inc., Neustar, Inc., GIC Special Investments Pte Ltd. purchase Verisign, Inc. /Security Services Bus from VeriSign, Inc.

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Accenture Plc purchases Verisign, Inc. /Idefense Security Intelligence Services Bus from VeriSign, Inc.

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NortonLifeLock purchases VeriSign, Inc. /Identity & Authentication Business from VeriSign, Inc.

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Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
$23.2B
Total Enterprise Value
$23.5B
Earnings Per Share
$5.15
Revenue
$1.23B
Net Profit
$612M
EBITDA
$852M
EBITDAMargin
69.21%
Total Debt
$1.8B
Total Equity
$-1.49B
Enterprise Value / Sales
19.08x
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
27.56x
TEVNet Income
38.38x
Debt TEV
0.08x
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
2.55%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
$25K - $50K
2018
$25K - $50K
2017
Political Donations
$1,000
2011
$1,000
2011
$2,500
2011
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