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Yahoo Rallies, Calls Alibaba Return To Shareholders 'Historic'

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Yahoo! Inc.'s (NASDAQ: YHOO) spin-off plan for its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) stake will result in a total of nearly $50 billion returned to shareholders from the investment, the company said Tuesday.

To date Yahoo has completed about $9.7 billion in buybacks related to the investment.

Yahoo on Tuesday resolved long-standing questions about the stake, announcing plans for a tax-free spinoff of its $40 billion in Alibaba holdings into a separately traded company that will be owned by Yahoo shareholders.

The company rallied more than 7 percent on the news, plus a fourth-quarter earnings beat, changing hands recently in the extended session at $51.64.

"This level of capital return is historic, especially for a company of our size," Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in a statement.

The deal is subject to regulatory and board approval and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

The composition of the spin-off company's board and management, as well as the distribution ratio, will be announced prior to the closing, Yahoo said.

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