This excerpt taken from the VRSN 10-K filed Mar 13, 2006.
Note 4. Sale of Network Solutions
Network Solutions Domain Name Registrar Business
On November 25, 2003, VeriSign, Inc. completed the sale of its Network Solutions domain name registrar business to Pivotal Private Equity. VeriSign received $97.6 million of consideration, consisting of $57.6 million in cash and a $40 million senior subordinated note that bears interest at 7% per annum for the first three years and 9% per annum thereafter and matures five years from the date of closing. The principal and interest are due upon maturity. This note is subordinated to a term loan made by ABLECO Finance to the Network Solutions business in the principal amount of approximately $40 million as of the closing date. VeriSign recorded the present value of the note using a 10% market interest rate. VeriSign retained a 15% equity stake in the Network Solutions business. During 2005, VeriSign received a payment from Network Solutions in the amount of $20.0 million, which included $14.0 million to reduce the principal balance of the note receivable, $3.8 million of interest income related to the note receivable and a dividend payment of $2.2 million recorded in other income. The present value of the note at December 31, 2005 was approximately $26.4 million using a 10% market interest rate.
The Network Solutions business provides domain name registrations, and value added services such as business email, websites, hosting and other web presence services. Approximately 580 former VeriSign employees became employed by the Network Solutions business as a result of the transaction. In connection with the sale, VeriSign assigned the lease for its facility located in Drums, Pennsylvania to the purchaser and subleased certain facilities located in Herndon, Virginia to the purchaser.
The following table summarizes the proceeds received, the assets and liabilities divested and the gain recorded by VeriSign on the closing date of the Network Solutions sale:
The gain on the sale of the Network Solutions business of $2.9 million was included in general and administrative expenses on the consolidated statement of operations.
VERISIGN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS(Continued)
DECEMBER 31, 2005, 2004 AND 2003