Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Board Deciding Yahoo! Future
The board's meeting comes amid a broader debate about the future of the company and that of high-profile Chief Executive Marissa Mayer.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the possible sale of the Internet business late on Tuesday. People familiar with the matter told the newspaper the board was expected to also discuss during meetings from Wednesday through Friday whether to proceed with a plan to spin off more than $30 billion in shares of Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. The company could also pursue both options, the paper said.
Yahoo's core business, which includes popular services like Yahoo Mail and its news and sports sites, could attract private equity firms, media and telecom companies or firms like Softbank Group Corp, analysts have said in the past.
The news comes as Mayer faces growing pressure over the company's performance. Mayer came to Yahoo after a long stint at Google.
Her arrival kicked off heightened expectations of a quick turnaround at Yahoo, which had struggled to grow its advertising business to compete with market leaders Google and Facebook.
Hopes of a comeback crumbled as Yahoo's plan to push mobile, video, native and social media ads failed to increase revenues as desktop search ads continued to decline.
A $1.1 billion deal in 2013 to acquire social blogging site Tumblr also hit snags, with investors arguing that Mayer overpaid for an unprofitable product. The deal lifted Yahoo's user base to about 1 billion but did not bring in advertisers.
Posted 4:40:00 AM