Microsoft search engines have a market share in Japan of approximately 1.7%, compared to over 51% for Yahoo! Japan.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) January 30, 2012
As reported in popular financial newsletter Profit Confidential, shares in Yahoo! Inc. moved up on news that founder Jerry Yang had resigned from the Board of Directors and all other positions with the firm. Many long-time investors are wondering if this clears the path for a sale of the company possibly to Microsoft, which did offer to buy the firm in 2008 for $31.00 a share. In a recent article, Profit Confidential addressed this possibility.
“Something has to be done. This is why new management was brought in and I don’t think CEO Scott Thompson will stand and watch the company slide into oblivion without some drastic action,” says Sasha Cekerevac, contributor to Profit Confidential.
Cekerevac’s recent Profit Confidential article looked at the pieces of Yahoo! “Yahoo! has a 40% stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and a 35% stake in Yahoo! Japan. These are very valuable entities,” says Cekerevac. “Some estimates have these pieces valued together in the $18.0-billion range. The current market value of Yahoo! itself is $20.0 billion, which includes these pieces and $2.0 billion in cash on hand, leaving the core business essentially free.”
With 700 hundred million users, Yahoo! has significant market share and Cekerevac thinks that a firm like Microsoft might want to add these pieces to their existing business model. “Microsoft search engines have a market share in Japan of approximately 1.7%, compared to over 51% for Yahoo! Japan.”
“Microsoft has a ton of cash on hand and needs to find growth somewhere,” says Cekerevac. He believes Internet-related stocks are going to have some sort of shake-up within the next year.
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