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AOL, Others Consider Bidding on Yahoo

Submitted by on 19 January, 2018 – 4:32 am

Global Internet services and media company AOL (www.aol.com) and a handful of private equity firms are considering proposing an offer to buy search engine and other services for the Internet company Yahoo (www.yahoo. com), according to a report in The Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.According to the Wall Street Journal article on Thursday, five private equity firms have expressed interest in partnering with AOL to buy Yahoo, or even pursue its own, if Yahoo develops a formal proposal to purchase. Silver Lake Partners (www.silverlake.com) and Blackstone Group (www.blackstone.com) were among the companies that apparently expressed an interest.Founded by a former general partner of Blackstone Group, Silver Lake recently made a strategic investment in Brazil and web hosting services provider Locaweb cloud computing (www.locaweb.com.br), a pioneer in the delivery of IT services through the Internet in Latin America.Forging a new company to AOL and Yahoo – the two widely-known Internet brands – could, however, be difficult, said the Post article, especially considering the fact that AOL Time Warner recently divorced, has a much lower market value (2.68 billion) that Yahoo’s 20.56 billion U.S. dollars.Late last month, AOL announced agreements to acquire the social software start-up thing Labs (www.thinglabs.com) on TechCrunch (www.techcrunch.com) network of sites, and the largest Web Platform to organize video content, the media 5min (0.5 min.com www.)Some are skeptical, including Shira Ovide, who wrote in a blog Wall Street Journal that Yahoo has been “surrounded by suitors” – especially Microsoft – of recent years, only to reject these offers.In 2008, Yahoo not to negotiate a purchase of 47 billion U.S. dollars to Microsoft, making the value of Yahoo! s market to fall by more than $ 20 billion. Added to the problems s Yahoo was an independent, not AOL, and an advertising revenue sharing agreement of Google (www.google.com), which was dissolved in late 2008 that account in the decision co-founder Jerry Yang to resign as CEO in favor of the tech-savvy executive Carol Bartz.Waking up to the news that an acquisition could be in the works, investors bet on shares of Yahoo, according to CNNMoney.com. ThinkEquity (www.thinkequity.com) analyst Aaron Kessler said in an investment note that the rumors could be a catalyst to drive up the value of Yahoo shares. The merger, said that “pose a clear and operational synergies benefit both on screen and search.” He also, however, is not entirely optimistic, noting that a merger may affect the performance of the company improved the bottom line during 2012, and could cause Yahoo to sell its 40 percent stake in Alibaba China platform online trading (www.alibaba.com), which he calls for Yahoo “the most valuable asset in the long term.”

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