Verizon to acquire Yahoo’s operating business

California, July 26 : Verizon Communications Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. on Monday announce they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments.

Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also connects advertisers with target audiences through a streamlined advertising technology stack that combines the power of their data, content and technology.

Mayer added, Yahoo and AOL popularized the Internet, email, search and real-time media. Its poetic to be joining forces with AOL and Verizon as we enter our next chapter focused on achieving scale on mobile. We have a terrific, loyal, experienced and quality team, and I couldnt be prouder of our achievements to date, including building our new lines of business to $1.6 billion in GAAP revenue in 2015. Im excited to extend our momentum through this transaction.

Under Armstrong, AOL has invested in and grown global premium brands, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com, and market-leading programmatic platforms -- including ONE by AOL for both advertisers and publishers.

Armstrong added, We have enormous respect for what Yahoo has accomplished: this transaction is about unleashing Yahoos full potential, building upon our collective synergies, and strengthening and accelerating that growth. Combining Verizon, AOL and Yahoo will create a new powerful competitive rival in mobile media, and an open, scaled alternative offering for advertisers and publishers.

The addition of Yahoo to Verizon and AOL will create one of the largest portfolios of owned and partnered global brands with extensive distribution capabilities. Combined, AOL and Yahoo will have more than 25 brands in its portfolio for continued investment and growth. Yahoos key assets include market-leading premium content brands in major categories including finance, news and sports, as well as one of the most popular email services globally with approximately 225 million monthly active user. Additional technology assets in the advertising space include Brightroll, a programmatic demand-side platform; Flurry, an independent mobile apps analytics service; and Gemini, a native and search advertising solution.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, approval by Yahoos shareholders, and regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in Q1 of 2017. Until the closing, Yahoo will continue to operate independently, offering and improving its own products and services for users, advertisers, developers and partners.

Verizon will generally issue cash-settled Verizon RSUs for Yahoo RSUs that are outstanding at the close.

The sale does not include Yahoos cash, its shares in Alibaba Group Holdings, its shares in Yahoo Japan, Yahoos convertible notes, certain minority investments, and Yahoos non-core patents (called the Excalibur portfolio). These assets will continue to be held by Yahoo, which will change its name at closing and become a registered, publicly traded investment company. Yahoo will provide additional information about the investment company at a future date.
Transaction will create a new rival in mobile media technology reaching over 1B users* with an unrivaled roster of the worlds most beloved brands.

Yahoo intends to return substantially all of its net cash to shareholders and will determine and communicate a specific capital return strategy at an appropriate time.

LionTree Advisors, LLC, Allen Company LLC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Guggenheim Securities, LLC are acting as financial advisors to Verizon. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen Katz, Gibson, Dunn Crutcher LLP, Covington Burling LLP and Winston Strawn LLP are acting as legal advisors to Verizon.

Goldman, Sachs Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and PJT Partners are acting as financial advisors to the Yahoo Board and its Strategic Review Committee. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati and Weil Gotshal Manges LLP are acting as legal advisors to Yahoo. Cravath, Swaine Moore LLP is independent legal advisor to Yahoos Strategic Review Committee. IANS

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