CAYMAN ISLANDS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Domain Developers Fund, a public open fund investing in internet domain names only, today announced an annual performance of 16.37 % in the NAV of the fund, compared to a projected target increase of 15% for FY 2011. Sales have increase 240% compared with 2010 and the AUM has doubled during 2011.
During the fiscal year 2011, the Domain Developers Fund made some major transactions including the acquisitions of Swords.com, Exhibitions.com, Holland.net and Belgium.net along with the sale of Howareyou.com, cars.net and many others. The domain industry as a whole saw an increase of 11% in value based on Domainindex.com for .COM domains.
Revenues from parked domains have been stable and sales have been increasing over the year with no signs of a weak economy in the domain industry. The fund manages 5000 valuable domains and many more traffic generating domains, about 200 domains have been build out to projects, such as Holland.net, Belgium.net, species.com and swords.com. The fund operates its own SEO and Programming teams and technology expects the AUM to double again in 2012.
"The performance and the increase in the assets under management show that our plan of introducing Internet domain names as a new asset class is a working concept and that people are interested in the idea of investing in domain names in the same manner they invest in real estate," Marcovici noted.
Barclayhedge, one of the worlds leading alternative investment Database lists the Domain Developers Fund now as the #1 Fund in the miscellaneous Hedge Funds section for 2011, outperforming all other uncorrelated products in this category.
The Domain Developers Fund's management anticipates that next annual earnings will be stronger due to increased efforts in developing high end domains. Domain Developers Fund continues to expect a performance of 15% for 2012´.
Headquartered in Cayman Islands, the Domain Developers Fund is the first and only public open-ended investment fund that invests in domains: the Internet's real estate. The Fund was a managed account by private domainers before it incorporated in August 2010 in the Cayman Islands, the Funds investors are mainly private individuals as well as family offices and few funds. The DDF is administered by JPFund and audited by BDO.
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