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Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo--again

In the world of Internet search there are three main players: Microsoft, Yahoo and Google. While Google excels, the other two members of the big three are seeing their market share drop and Yahoo is having serious financial woes.

According to MSNBC, Microsoft sees this as the perfect chance to buy the floundering Yahoo property and gain some ground on the 600-pound search gorilla Google. Microsoft made an offer to purchase Yahoo for $44.6 billion and according to some the purchase could be a boon for the entire technology market. The Microsoft offer raised Yahoo stock prices by 54%.

The Microsoft offer places a 62% premium on the Yahoo stock closing price from Tuesday and the 52 week high for Yahoo stock was $34.08 in October. MSNBC reports that Microsoft offered to buy Yahoo last year and CEO Ballmer sent a letter to the Yahoo board. The Yahoo board at the time declined the offer. Ballmer told MSNBC, “According to that letter, the principal reason for this view was the Yahoo board's confidence in the "potential upside" if management successfully executed on a reformulated strategy based on certain operational initiatives, such as Project Panama, and a significant organizational realignment.”

According to sources, shareholders of Yahoo could choose cash or stock in the form of Microsoft common shares. The total purchase of Yahoo would be made with 50% cash and 50% stock. Microsoft is reported to expect a $1 billion cost savings from the merger and says it will offer significant retention packages to key Yahoo employees, engineers and managers.

Yahoo is in the process of restructuring its online business and announced earlier this month that it would be making big changes to gain market share. Part of the big changes Yahoo made was to cut jobs in an effort to cut expenses.

DailyTech reported that rumors were circulating that Yahoo could potentially lay off as many as 2,000 workers -- a figure an insider denied saying the actual number of jobs likely to be lost was more in the hundreds. A few days after the company insider said job cuts in the hundreds, Yahoo cut 1,000 jobs and announced its profits had fell by 23%.

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RE: Merge
By stburke on 2/1/2008 10:29:41 AM , Rating: 2
I like the idea of a Microsoft! More than likely this is just the start, I wouldn't be surprised to see them hit ~70% premium per share. MS will make this happen, the fed better let this one go.

RE: Merge
By jtesoro on 2/1/2008 10:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone has an idea what's behind the comment that "the purchase could be a boon for the entire technology market"?

RE: Merge
By JustTom on 2/1/2008 11:22:10 AM , Rating: 4
Lazy reporting? I really don't know, however the whole 'some say' journalistic gambit is like fingers on a blackboard to me. It is a way to introduce something, give it an imprimatur without the need to provide either sources or the reasoning behind the statement. This is really prevalent in political reporting where it allows an interviewer to ask the most outrageous questions as long as he prefaces it with 'some say'.

RE: Merge
By Ringold on 2/1/2008 11:32:43 AM , Rating: 2
They're refering to share prices being boosted in the sector; they've been under a lot of pressure since Christmas or so. By that I mean the high-fliers of last year, RIMM, EMC, semiconductor stocks, etc. It's not actually refering to the "technology" industry at all -- just the stocks.

Since the Nasdaq is down 2 points right now I'm not sure how well that thesis works though. I just wish I'd sold my Google when it was north of 700, darn it. :P

RE: Merge
By Scware on 2/1/2008 11:29:21 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe the fact that Microsoft has already bought out enough companies. 3 major search engine companies are better than it just being Google vs. Microsoft.

RE: Merge
By Ringold on 2/1/2008 11:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
Amazons A9 is offended that you forgot about it. :)

RE: Merge
By MrPieGuy on 2/1/2008 11:40:04 AM , Rating: 5
And Microsoft is sad you forgot A9 is powered by Windows Live :)

RE: Merge
By Ringold on 2/1/2008 1:23:31 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Merge
By Spivonious on 2/1/2008 1:49:53 PM , Rating: 2
Altavista, Lycos, Dogpile, Webcrawler,, Excite...

Those are just ones off the top of my head.

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