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Verizon Knocks $350M off the Price of Yahoo

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NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today announced that they have amended the existing terms of their agreement for the purchase of Yahoo’s operating business.

Under the amended terms, Verizon and Yahoo have agreed to reduce the price Verizon will pay to acquire Yahoo’s operating business by $350 million. In addition, Verizon and Yahoo will share certain legal and regulatory liabilities arising from certain data breaches incurred by Yahoo.

Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of Product Innovation and New Businesses, said: “We have always believed this acquisition makes strategic sense. We look forward to moving ahead expeditiously so that we can quickly welcome Yahoo’s tremendous talent and assets into our expanding portfolio in the digital advertising space.”

Walden added, “The amended terms of the agreement provide a fair and favorable outcome for shareholders. It provides protections for both sides and delivers a clear path to close the transaction in the second quarter.”

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, said: “We continue to be very excited to join forces with Verizon and AOL. This transaction will accelerate Yahoo's operating business especially on mobile, while effectively separating our Asian asset equity stakes. It is an important step to unlock shareholder value for Yahoo, and we can now move forward with confidence and certainty. We have a terrific, loyal, experienced team at Yahoo. I'm incredibly proud of our team’s strong product and financial execution in 2016, setting the stage for a successful integration.”

Under the amended terms, Yahoo will be responsible for 50 percent of any cash liabilities incurred following the closing related to non-SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) government investigations and third-party litigation related to the breaches. Liabilities arising from shareholder lawsuits and SEC investigations will continue to be the responsibility of Yahoo.

Also under the amended terms, the data breaches or losses arising from them will not be taken into account in determining whether a “Business Material Adverse Effect” has occurred or whether certain closing conditions have been satisfied.

Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo – now valued at approximately $4.48 billion in cash, subject to closing adjustments – is expected to close in second-quarter 2017.

On July 23, 2016, Verizon and Yahoo entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement under which Verizon would acquire Yahoo’s operating business and global audience of more than 1 billion users, including more than 600 million mobile users.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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4/5/2018 | 8:57:08 AM
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8/11/2017 | 10:50:54 AM
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2/22/2017 | 8:28:00 PM
VZ desperately wants to be a Silicon Valley player. This is the only way they can get their foot in the door, by buying up something nobody wants.  They tried it themselves with Go90 (San Jose) and we saw how well that turned out... They fired everyone. Buying Yahoo is a short sighted move. I even heard they are converting their HQ in Basking Ridge to the "open seating" style like Google, Facebook, etc and are hopeing this will encourage innovation and collaboration. I think this will backfire because you can't force a culture on old school bell heads. They are not doing this for "execs" though, who will still have their huge closed offices which just creates silos and leaves communication gaps and strengthens the top down culture and lack of awareness at the leadership level. And the "we are better than you mentality". Look at the basic gaps in culture. You can't get a free cup of coffee at HQ, but they have free food and free shuttle buses in the Valley!
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