Verizon could look to buy Yahoo's Internet business, says CFO
08 Dec 2015
  • Verizon Communications Inc's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said the US wireless carrier could look at buying Yahoo Inc's core business, which includes Mail, its news and sports sites and advertising technology, if it is a good fit.
  • "If we see there is a strategic fit and it makes sense for our shareholders and we can return value, I mean we'll look at it, but at this point it's way too premature to talk about that one," Reuters quoted Shammo as saying.
  • Verizon's Shammo was speaking at the UBS annual global media and communications conference in New York.
  • Yahoo's "board and investors have not decided what they're going to do with that asset," Shammo said. "I think right now they are trying to figure out exactly what they are going to do."
  • Earlier this year, Verizon bought AOL in a $4.4 billion deal to push into targeted advertising and mobile video. In October, it launched an ad-supported mobile video streaming service go90 targeted at millennials to tap new revenue.
  • Yahoo's board met on Friday in the third and final day of meetings to consider various options for the company, including selling its struggling Internet business, the Reuters report said.
  • The company's search and display ad businesses, which account for the lion's share of its total revenue, have been struggling, and Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's efforts to revive the businesses have yielded little results.



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