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– EPS Increases 55% Year-Over-Year to a Record $0.45 –

TORONTO, November 7, 2016 – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

Summary Financial Results

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

3 Months Ended September 30 9 Months Ended September 30
2016
(unaudited)
2015
(unaudited)
% Change 2016
(unaudited)
2015
(unaudited)
% Change
Net revenue 49,064 44,268 11% 141,014 126,985 11%
Net income 4,741 3,159 50% 13,250 8,278 60%
Net earnings per common share $0.45 $0.29 55% $1.26 $0.75 68%
Adjusted EBITDA1 8,575 5,800 48% 22,798 15,439 48%
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,001 6,783 -26% 12,727 11,957 6%

1. This Non-GAAP financial measure is described below and reconciled to GAAP net income in the accompanying table. Tucows has revised its definition of Adjusted EBITDA as detailed in the description below and the table reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income.

Summary of Revenues and Gross Margin
(In Thousands of US Dollars)

Revenue Gross Margin
3 Months Ended September 30 3 Months Ended September 30
2016
(unaudited)
2015
(unaudited)
2016
(unaudited)
2015
(unaudited)
Network Access Services:
Mobile Services 18,375 15,359 9,288 6,583
Other Services 878 916 376 542
Total Network Access Services 19,253 16,275 9,664 7,125
Domain Services:
Wholesale
Domain Services 22,956 21,124 4,021 3,642
Value Added Services 2,227 2,400 1,764 1,913
Total Wholesale 25,183 23,524 5,785 5,555
Retail 3,721 3,220 1,993 1,790
Portfolio 907 1,248 776 1,079
Total Domain Services 29,811 27,992 8,554 8,424
Network Expenses:
Network, other costs (1,228) (1,421)
Network, depreciation and amortization costs (292) (336)
Total Network Expenses (1,580) (1,757)
49,064 44,268 16,638 13,792

“Continuing growth in both Ting Mobile and our Domain Services business propelled Tucows to a record quarter for both the top and bottom lines,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “We continue to reap the benefits of the significant operating leverage in the business. Overall revenue was up 11% year-over-year, while net income grew 50% to a record $4.7 million, or $0.45 per share, and adjusted EBITDA1 increased 48% to a record $8.6 million.”

“As Ting Mobile and Domain Services continue to drive our near-term financial performance, Ting Internet takes positive steps every day toward future contribution to our business. In Q2, we expanded our fiber network in Charlottesville, Virginia, began construction in Holly Springs, North Carolina and saw Westminster, Maryland launch the next wave of construction on its municipal fiber network. We also announced that Centennial, Colorado would be our next and largest Ting town to date, with a population over 100,000, and began taking pre-orders there immediately.”

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2016 increased 11% to a record $49.1 million from $44.3 million for the third quarter of 2015.
Net income for the third quarter of 2016 increased to a record $4.7 million, or $0.45 per share, from $3.2 million, or $0.29 per share, for the third quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA1 for the third quarter of 2016 increased to $8.6 million from $5.8 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter of 2016 were $10.5 million compared with $5.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2016 and $11.9 million at the end of the third quarter of 2015. The increase relative to the second quarter of 2016 was primarily the result of cash provided by operating activities of $5.0 million, as well as an increase in the amount outstanding on the bank loan of $1.9 million, which partially offset by a further investment of $2.1 million in property and equipment, primarily for the continued build out of the Ting Internet footprint.

NOTES:

¹ Adjusted EBITDA

Tucows reports all financial information required in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Along with this information, to assist financial statement users in an assessment of our historical performance, the Company typically disclose and discuss a non-GAAP financial measure, adjusted EBITDA, on investor conference calls and related events that exclude certain non-cash and other charges as the Company believes that the non-GAAP information enhances investors’ overall understanding of our financial performance.

The Company believes that the provision of this supplemental non-GAAP measure allows investors to evaluate the operational and financial performance of the Company’s core business using similar evaluation measures to those used by management. The Company uses adjusted EBITDA to measure its performance and prepare its budgets. Since adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial performance measure, the Company’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies; and should not be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or superior to measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because adjusted EBITDA is calculated before recurring cash charges, including interest expense and taxes, and is not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the business, it should not be considered as a liquidity measure. Non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect a comprehensive system of accounting and may differ from non-GAAP financial measures with the same or similar captions that are used by other companies and/or analysts and may differ from period to period. The Company endeavors to compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA to net income based on U.S. GAAP, which should be considered when evaluating the Company’s results. Tucows strongly encourages investors to review its financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.

The Company’s adjusted EBITDA definition excludes depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, income tax provision, interest expense, interest income, stock-based compensation, asset impairment, gains and losses from unrealized foreign currency transactions and infrequently occurring items. Gains and losses from unrealized foreign currency transactions removes the unrealized effect of the change in the mark-to-market values on outstanding unhedged foreign currency contracts, as well as the unrealized effect from the translation of monetary accounts denominated in non-U.S. dollars to U.S. dollars.

Prior year Adjusted EBITDA amounts presented herein have been recast to reflect adjusted EBITDA definitional changes described in the Company’s Form 10-Q Quarterly Report for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

During the financial statement close for the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company identified an immaterial error that affects the classification of certain marketing program costs. Prior to the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded the cost for certain marketing credits as Sales and marketing expense which should have been recorded as a reduction in Net revenue. The discussion presented here correctly reflect these marketing credits as a reduction in Net Revenues for all current and comparative periods. This resulted in a decrease in Net Revenues, and a corresponding decrease in Sales and marketing expenses of $0.3 million and $0.9 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, Net revenues and Sales and marketing expenses reflect a reduction of $1.1 million for the reclassification of credits for the first six months of fiscal 2016.

Conference Call

Tucows management will host a conference call today, Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2016 results. Participants can access the conference call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450 or via the Internet at http://www.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 passcode 3037132 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Monday, November 14, 2016 at midnight. To access the archived conference call as an MP3 via the Internet, go to http://www.tucows.com/investors.

About Tucows

Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages nearly 15 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. 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, including, without limitation, our expectation regarding our ability to manage realized gains/losses from foreign currency contracts. 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. 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
NATIONAL Equicom
(416) 848-1457
lchamberlain@national.ca

TORONTO, October 24, 2016 – Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC) plans to report its third quarter fiscal 2016 financial results via news release on Monday, November 7, 2016 at approximately 4:05 p.m. (ET). Tucows management will host a conference call on the same day at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the results and the outlook for the company.

Participants can join the call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450. Participants can also access the conference call via the Internet at http://www.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 1-855-859-2056 or 416-849-0833 and enter the pass code 3037132 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Monday, November 14, 2016 at midnight. To access the archived conference call as an MP3 via the Internet, go to http://www.tucows.com/investors.

About Tucows

Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages nearly 15 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

Tucows, Ting, OpenSRS and Hover are registered trademarks of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Contact:

Lawrence Chamberlain
NATIONAL Equicom
(416) 848-1457
lchamberlain@national.ca

Demand generation and assessment phase commences immediately. Construction to begin as soon as early 2017.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 – Ting, a division of Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC) is pleased to announce that Centennial, CO will be the next town to get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting.

Ting Internet continues its commitment to bringing dedicated symmetrical gigabit fiber optic Internet infrastructure and the fastest Internet access to smaller towns and cities in the US. Centennial, CO, population 107,201 (2014 Census) will be the largest Ting town by population to date.

With the launch of the ting.com/centennial local page, demand assessment begins immediately. Pre-orders are being accepted in Centennial starting today.

“Centennial has been refreshing to work with”, said Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows. “Centennial’s approach to partnering with Ting has been excellent. They have found a great balance between being business-friendly while deeply serving the needs of their citizens. They understand how these need not be in conflict.”

“Having Centennial as Ting Internet’s first Colorado market is an honor and one that we are very excited about. The critical infrastructure has been in place throughout the City, we just needed the opportunity to partner with an organization such as Ting to provide service to our residents and businesses,” says Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon. “I would like to recognize and thank Council Members Whelan, Piko and Lucas for serving on the fiber steering committee. Their leadership and guidance has led us to see the City’s dark fiber network become a reality.”

“Ting Internet in Centennial will enable faster and more affordable Internet services for both residents and businesses, just as the City’s Fiber Master Plan intended. Technology, and in particular connectivity to the Internet, has become essential to everyday life, so much so that we experience withdrawals when it is not there. Data connectivity needs to be efficient and readily available, and it is at its best when it, ‘just works’ and you don’t have to think even about it. Bringing such a high level of service to Centennial is what makes this collaboration with Ting so exciting,” says Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 Council Member Charles “C.J.” Whelan.

Pending demonstrated demand, network construction will begin in Centennial as soon as early 2017.

To get to the pre-order stage, a town passes a series of checks and balances: availability of a fiber backbone, population, density, local permitting and many other factors are considered before Ting Internet formally expresses its intent to bring crazy fast fiber Internet service to a town. With these boxes checked, Ting takes a gauge of demand on the ground by raising awareness of gigabit fiber Internet and then opening up to accept pre-orders.

“Pre-orders determine not just whether Ting Internet comes to a town, but they also impact where network construction begins,” said Adam Eisner, VP of Networks for Ting Internet.

Ting Internet pursues arrangements with MDUs (multiple dwelling units, buildings that normal people usually call apartments or condos) in Ting towns, including arrangements where Ting crazy fast fiber Internet is an included amenity for residents.

Elliot Noss and other members of the Ting executive team are always available for interviews and for commentary on fiber and Internet industry happenings.

Elliot Noss on why Ting chose Centennial, CO as the next Ting town: https://youtu.be/M3VI-0qymBU

Ting Media Contact
Andrew Moore-Crispin
1-844-275-1773
press@ting.com

Tucows Investor Contact
Lawrence Chamberlain
416-848-1457
lchamberlain@national.ca

Communications Director, City of Centennial
Sheri Chadwick
720-585-5555
schadwick@centennialco.gov

About Tucows

Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services. Ting (https://ting.com) delivers mobile phone service and fixed Internet access with outstanding customer support. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages nearly 15 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com). Tucows, Ting, OpenSRS and Hover are registered trademarks of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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