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Will Yahoo's Sale Process Get Halted Following Its New Agreement With Starboard Value? Bloomberg Has The Answer

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By Wednesday afternoon, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO)'s agreement with activist investor and major shareholder Starboard Value has been well digested by the investment community.

However, the question remains: Will the latest agreement impact Yahoo's ongoing search for a buyer to acquire its internet properties?

Bloomberg's Jeff McCracken said that it has been widely assumed for some time that Yahoo will reach a settlement with Starboard Value. He added that an ongoing concern was that the sale process would indeed become interrupted, or even halted because Starboard has been "skeptical of the process."

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McCracken continued that Yahoo has received bids for its assets from a wide variety of buyers, including Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Yellow Pages and private equity firms.

"I thought for a while that Verizon is going to end up owning [Yahoo's internet properties]," McCracken said. "Whether it is in this process or a new process that begins with Jeff Smith on board with a little more oversight, I think Verizon wants to own this and pair it with AOL, which is why they bought it a year or so ago."

Finally, McCracken pointed out that if Verizon were to acquire Yahoo's internet assets, it will be in good hands and managed by Tim Armstrong.

 

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