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Tucows Announces $20 Million Stock Buyback Program

TORONTO, March 4, 2014 – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program to repurchase from time to time up to $20 million of its common stock in the open market. Purchases will be made exclusively through the facilities of the NASDAQ Capital Market. The stock buyback program will commence immediately and will terminate on March 3, 2015.

All shares purchased by Tucows under the stock buyback program will be retired and returned to treasury.

The timing and exact number of common shares purchased will be at Tucows’ discretion and will depend on available cash and market conditions. Tucows may suspend or discontinue the repurchases at any time, including in the event Tucows would be deemed to be making an acquisition of its own shares under Rule 13e-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Subject to applicable securities laws and stock exchange rules, all purchases will occur through the open market and may be in large block purchases. Tucows does not intend to purchase its shares from its management team or other insiders.

The purchase will be funded from available working capital and existing credit facilities. As of March 4, 2014, Tucows had 11,068,759 common shares outstanding.

During Tucows’ previous stock buyback program, which ended on February 28, 2014, Tucows repurchased and retired 35,769 common shares taking into account the one-for-four reverse stock split effective as of December 30, 2013.

NO STOCK EXCHANGE, SECURITIES COMMISSION OR OTHER REGULATORY AUTHORITY HAS APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.

About Tucows

Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. Ting (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to US mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns and operates premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

This news release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements related to the proposed stock buyback program, including the timing and, total number of shares to be purchased under the proposed stock buyback program. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Information about potential factors that could affect Tucows’ business, results of operations and financial condition is included in the Risk Factors sections of Tucows’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to Tucows as of the date of this document, and except to the extent Tucows may be required to update such information under any applicable securities laws, Tucows assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements.

TUCOWS is a registered trademark of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

Contact:

Lawrence Chamberlain
TMX Equicom
(416) 815-0700 ext. 257
lchamberlain@tmxequicom.com

Tucows Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2013

– Ting Continues Strong Momentum in Customer Growth –

TORONTO, February 12, 2014 – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a global provider of domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

Summary Financial Results
(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2013 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2012 (unaudited) 12 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2013 (unaudited) 12 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2012 (unaudited)
Net revenue 33,139 29,791 129,935 114,727
Income before provision for income taxes and change in fair value of forward exchange contracts 1,532 789 6,476 5,745
Net income 923 429 4,180 4,424
Net earnings per common share¹ $0.08 $0.04 $0.40 $0.39
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,651 2,022 8,703 6,343

¹ Net earnings per common share reflects the 1-for-4 reverse split of common shares that became effective December 31, 2013. As a result of the reverse split, 10,900,842 shares and 11,064,045 shares were used in computing net earnings per common share for the 3 months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and 10,468,250 shares and 11,458,216 shares were used in computing net earnings per common share for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Summary of Revenues and Cost of Revenues
(In Thousands of US Dollars)

Revenue Cost of Revenue
3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2013 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2012 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2013 (unaudited) 3 Months Ended Dec. 31, 2012 (unaudited)
Wholesale
Domain Services 21,595 22,391 17,949 18,893
Value-Added Services 2,417 2,705 548 456
Total Wholesale 24,012 25,096 18,497 19,349
 
Retail 8,027 3,628 4,966 2,454
Portfolio ¹ 1,100 1,067 143 201
 
Network, other costs - - 1,120 1,296
Network, depreciation and amortization costs - - 175 187
Total revenue/cost of revenue 33,139 29,791 24,901 23,487

“Our financial results for the fourth quarter once again underscore not only the consistency and reliability in our business but also our continued ability to generate sustainable growth,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “In the domains component of our business, we continue to see solid performance from both our Wholesale and Portfolio services, while our retail channel, Hover, delivered another quarter of 20%-plus year-over-year top-line growth.”

“For the seventh straight quarter, Ting set new records for net adds, adding more than 12,000 accounts and 18,000 devices. We ended the year with over 48,000 accounts and 74,000 devices and, in January, surpassed the 50,000 accounts and 80,000 devices milestone. Ting continues to be on track to positively contribute to EBITDA for 2014, although our priority will continue to be aggressive investment in customer acquisition and customer satisfaction to ultimately drive even greater long-term value for shareholders.”

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 11% to $33.1 million from $29.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $0.9 million, or $0.08 per share (based on the number of shares post-reverse split), compared with $0.4 million, or $0.04 per share (based on the number of shares post-reverse split), for the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 included a loss on foreign exchange contracts of $0.3 million compared with a loss on foreign exchange contracts of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 also included the incremental investment of approximately $1.3 million for the acquisition and support of Ting customers as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Deferred revenue at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 was $70.0 million, a decrease of 1% from $71.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 3% from $72.0 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $12.4 million compared with $11.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and $6.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 million when compared to the third quarter of 2013 resulted from the generation of $1.7 million in cash flow from operations, which was partially offset by the use of $0.6 million for principal repayments under the Company’s credit facility and investment of $0.2 million in equipment purchases.

Conference Call

Tucows management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2013 results. Participants can access the conference call via the Internet at http://tucows.com/investors.

For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be archived for replay both by telephone and via the Internet beginning approximately one hour following completion of the call. To access the archived conference call by telephone, dial 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056 and enter the pass code 46588159 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at midnight. To access the archived conference call as an MP3 via the Internet, go to http://tucows.com/investors.

About Tucows

Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. Ting (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to US mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns and operates premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

This release includes forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements regarding our expectations regarding our future financial results and, in particular, our expectations for Ting and its impact on our financial performance. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the acceptance of Ting in the market. Information about other potential factors that could affect Tucows’ business, results of operations and financial condition is included in the Risk Factors sections of Tucows’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Tucows as of the date they are made. Tucows assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

TUCOWS is a registered trademark of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

Contact:

Lawrence Chamberlain
TMX Equicom
(416) 815-0700 ext. 257
lchamberlain@tmxequicom.com