Concluding a long-drawn bidding process that began in April this year, Verizon Communications Inc, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the US, on July 25 announced it was buying out Yahoo Inc. for $4.83 billion in an all-cash deal. Much has been said about the fall of Yahoo from the pole position it occupied before the coming in of rival Google. Launched in March 1995 in Santa Clara, California, Yahoo was considered an internet pioneer and was valued at $100 billion before the dot-com bust of 2000.
Many an analyst has pointed that the deal with Verizon undervalues Yahoo as in 2005, Microsoft had offered to buy the company at $44.6 billion. Some also said that even LinkedIn, online networking platform and a much junior player in the internet space, got sold for $26.2 billion.
Here are some facts about the Yahoo-Verizon deal that, however, explain that it isn’t such a fall for the once revered internet company.
- Verizon is buying only the web assets of Yahoo for $4.83 billion, and not the entire company and all its assets.
- The sale doesn’t include Yahoo’s 15% stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group, its 35.5% shares in Yahoo Japan and the cash sitting on its books, its non-convertible notes and a few other small investments. It also doesn’t include Yahoo’s non-core patents housed under Excalibur portfolio.
- Of the non-web assets mentioned above, Yahoo’s investment in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan alone is valued at more than $40 billion.
- Japanese telecom and internet conglomerate Softbank Group owns a significant stake in Alibaba and is a majority shareholder in Yahoo Japan. So Yahoo’s sale may not be over yet and Verizon may have been sold only a part of its business.
- Yahoo is likely to spin off close to 3,000 patents it has and sell them separately. The value of these patents is estimated to be around $1billion.
You wouldn’t call it a bad deal for Yahoo after this or would you?
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