Will Yahoo use Alibaba cash to acquire AOL?



Yahoo is cashing in on portion of its Alibaba stake.

Will it buy AOL with the funds?

There have been rumors about a Yahoo ( YHOO , Tech30 ) and AOL ( AOL , Tech30 ) merger for a long time — fairly a lot given that CNNMoney proprietor Time Warner ( TWC ) spun off AOL as a independent firm in 2009.

But the chatter has improved currently since Yahoo is predicted to produce more than $ 5 billion (soon after taxes) from the sale of portion of its expenditure in Alibaba ( BABA ) , which went public Friday in what turned out to be the greatest IPO in background.

Shares of Alibaba surged about 40% from their offering price.

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Shares of AOL popped more than 3% late Thursday following the derivatives staff at brokerage organization at BGC Associates wrote in a report that “put up the Alibaba IPO, there is a possibility that Yahoo might seek to deploy its funds by pursuing AOL as an acquisition focus on.” The stock gave again most of individuals gains Friday. Yahoo’s stock was decrease as well.

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The Yahoo-AOL merger rumors never genuinely went away. Will a offer finally happen?

Yahoo could clearly pay for AOL, which now has a industry worth of about $ 3.four billion. So Yahoo could theoretically shell out a fifty% top quality for AOL if it desired to use all of its newfound Alibaba income. (That would seem not likely though, given that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has promised buyers she’ll use some of the income to buy back again some Yahoo inventory.)

Nevertheless, the query is why must Yahoo acquire AOL in the 1st place?

Colin Gillis, who addresses Yahoo’s inventory for BCG Partners, states that a offer would make perception. He thinks Yahoo would benefit from AOL’s enlargement in on the internet video.

It is correct that the two organizations could mesh effectively. Yahoo has built up a reliable news outfit (specially its finance and sporting activities units) and AOL owns The Huffington Submit. A merged Yahoo/AOL would have some quality content material … and we all know that content material is king.

It is also possible that Mayer could get alongside well with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Equally of them employed to function for Google ( GOOGL , Tech30 ) .

But it is not distinct that a combined Yahoo and AOL would be capable to do a much better task of stealing on the web advert dollars absent from Google, Fb ( FB , Tech30 ) , Twitter ( TWTR , Tech30 ) and others.

Growth at Yahoo has remained sluggish given that Mayer took over in 2012. A flurry of buzzy acquisitions have aided restore a cool factor to the company. But they’ve done little to improve revenue and income.

Many specialists argue that the sole explanation Yahoo’s stock has carried out as nicely as it has lately (up 37% in the past 12 months) is due to pleasure about its Alibaba stake.

What will Yahoo do with Alibaba cash?  

What will Yahoo do with Alibaba money?

And despite efforts by AOL to get rid of its previous subscription-based mostly business design, that division is not dead nevertheless. It nevertheless accounts for far more than 25% of AOL’s complete product sales and is dragging down progress amounts for the whole firm. Would Yahoo really want to very own that?

Eric Jackson, handling associate of Ironfire Funds, a hedge fund that owns shares of Yahoo, mentioned no.

He thinks the only way a Yahoo-AOL merger could perform would be if there were mass layoffs, especially on the income facet. And Jackson does not imagine Mayer would like to do that considering that she’s been mainly focusing on acquiring startups and bringing on new talent.

Jackson said that if Yahoo is heading to use some of its Alibaba couch cushion income to make a offer, it would be a lot more likely to get an on-line ad company. He said that both Rocket Fuel ( Gasoline ) or The Rubicon Undertaking ( RUBI ) , two just lately community advert tech companies that have fallen sharply from their highs, could be bargains.

A splashier purchase could be AppNexus, a privately held on the internet ad tech company that just raised a new round of funding which values it at $ 1.two billion .

But Jackson stated the very best go could be to sit restricted with the income — and possibly attempt to offer by itself alternatively of searching for other items to purchase. He stated he’d adore it if Japan’s SoftBank ( SFTBY ) , which also owns a huge chunk of Alibaba, created an offer for Yahoo.

“I hope Yahoo isn’t going to get everything. I am a tiny fearful of what Mayer will do with that money,” he stated.

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