United Internet continues to drive the internationalization of its webhosting and cloud computing business. United Internet announced it has agreed a deal with the owners of Spanish web host Arsys Internet (private equity companies Carlyle Group and Mercapital as well as original shareholders) concerning the acquisition of a 100% stake in Arsys by United Internet’s subsidiary 1&1 Internet.
Ralph Dommermuth, CEO of United Internet says:
Whereas we proved in the past that we can achieve rapid organic growth on the Spanish market, we are now expanding our presence in a second stage with the acquisition of Arsys, At the same time, we are strengthening ourselves in Spain with the addition of skilled staff, an established brand, and a large client base.
The press release goes on to say that Arsys will continue to be run by the current management team as an independent company with both the 1&1 and Arsys brands 'competing' against each other in the marketplace. Arsys currently has 290 employees, and reports annual sales of around EUR 40 million with a gross profit of EUR 15 million. In the course of the transaction, Arsys has been valued at up to EUR 140 million (cash free / debt free) and the purchase is to be settled in cash. The transaction is expected to be completed over the next few days.
United Internet's other brands include United-Domains, Fasthosts, InterNetX, Sedo and affilinet – in addition to 1&1, GMX and WEB.DE.
The Other United Company
While United Internet isn't exactly shoddy in size, it pales in comparison to it competitor from across the pond, 'United Web'. United Web is more commonly known by it's public trading name, Endurance International Group (EIG). EiG is continually increasing it grip to have a monopolized web hosting industry!
United Web's brands now are said to include:
- A Small Orange
- Apollo Hosting
- Intuit Websites
- Networks Web Hosting
- SEO Hosting
- SuperGreen Hosting
- Webstrike Solutions
The following are other brands of United Web, some of which are not web hosting related. I've included also the web hosting brands that are reported to be EIG brands but are questionable because the web host homepage does not have the typical EIG fare such as an image of a woman with her hands on her face or some dude relaxing with his hands behind his head! (editor's note.. HostGator doesn't have the typical image either)
- Berry Information Systems (web hosting)
- Host With Me Now (web hosting)
- Southeast Web