Yahoo Selling Alibaba & Yahoo Japan Shares?

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According to numerous sources, Yahoo is heavily considering the sale of its interests in Alibaba (the Chinese B2B Search Marketplace conglomerate) and Yahoo Japan (which is led autonomously but still part of Yahoo).

Sean Ludwig of VentureBeat says that the sale could result in $17 Billion in revenue for Yahoo as it scrambles to figure out its future in the US market :

Yahoo’s board is considering selling its holdings of Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to the majority owners, a move that would score the company around $17 billion as it tries to find solid footing in troublesome year.

The rumors apparently have led to an increase in Yahoo stock value, which is ironic because over the past 4 years it has always seemed that its Asian and Arabic interests would be the future foundation of Yahoo in these emerging markets. Then again, Yahoo had originally invested $1 billion in Alibaba in 2005 (then reinvested during its IPO) and with Yahoo Japan serving Google Search results — maybe now is a good time for Yahoo to simplify focus on what it does best … Fantasy Football!

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • I do not see why Alibaba wants to buy yahoo right now… not sure what benefit they could get… especially knowing the fact that it’s going downhill when competing with google.