Verizon Communications (VZ) - NYSE
  • Mon, Jul. 25, 7:22 AM
    • The deal is expected to close in Q1, and while the sale includes Yahoo's (NASDAQ:YHOO) core Internet assets and real estate, it does not include Yahoo's stake in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, or its cash. There assets will continue to be held by Yahoo, which will change its name upon the deal's closing, and continue to be a publicly traded company. Said cash is expected to be returned to shareholders.
    • Yahoo will hold a dial-in conference call to discuss at 8:30 ET. Verizon (NYSE:VZ) will discuss when it holds its earnings call tomorrow at 8:30 ET.
    • VZ +0.35% premarket; YHOO halted
    • Previously: Reports: Verizon to announce $4.8B deal for Yahoo before open (July 24)
    | Mon, Jul. 25, 7:22 AM | 57 Comments
  • Sun, Jul. 24, 2:53 PM
    • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is set to pay $4.8B to acquire Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) in a deal that is likely to be announced before the market opens Monday, according to Bloomberg.
    • As reported in the past few days, the deal will include core Internet assets as well as Yahoo's real estate, though some intellectual property will be sold separately.
    • After those sales, Yahoo would hold its stakes in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group (combined value of about $40B).
    • Verizon's expected to keep its new purchase relatively intact in a bid to combine it with AOL and compete with Google and Facebook in digital ads "by tapping into users on sites like Yahoo Finance," Bloomberg notes.
    • Previously: Verizon's Yahoo interest includes real estate, not IP; Munster: 'Great outcome' (Jul. 22 2016)
    • Previously: Verizon reported to be close to landing Yahoo (Jul. 22 2016)
    | Sun, Jul. 24, 2:53 PM | 140 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 22, 12:44 PM
    • Leaks that Verizon (VZ +1%) continues to be the front-runner to close a deal for core Yahoo (YHOO +1%) have the telecom spending about $5B on the deal, vs. an earlier $3.75B-$4B.
    • While earlier Verizon interest excluded Yahoo's patent portfolio and real estate, the current talks do reportedly include the real estate.
    • Yahoo had set aside about 3,000 patents into a subsidiary called Excalibur for separate auction by Black Stone IP, though other bidders like AT&T (T +1.5%) or a group with Quicken Loans' Dan Gilbert (still reportedly talking with Yahoo) or an aggressive TPG might yet want to buy the IP along with core assets.
    • The deal would be a "great outcome," Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says, with time of the essence since "the real value here is unlocking Yahoo Japan and Alibaba (BABA +0.1%) in a cash-free transaction. And they really need to get that done before the election."
    • The $5B figure is still a bit low, Munster says, as he expects the deal to be around $6B. "If you look at the tax benefit for Yahoo Japan and Alibaba, that's about a $10B or $11B tax benefit, so a billion dollars here and there doesn't make much difference; there's still upside to Yahoo shares."
    | Fri, Jul. 22, 12:44 PM | 35 Comments
  • Fri, Jul. 22, 8:48 AM
    • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is close to landing a deal to acquire Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), according to a Bloomberg headline.
    • An announcement on a deal is anticipated within a few days.
    • Shares of Yahoo are up 1.21% premarket to $39.32. VZ -0.36% to $55.17.
    | Fri, Jul. 22, 8:48 AM | 60 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 14, 2:21 PM
    • Following second-round bids, AT&T (T +0.3%), Verizon (VZ +0.4%), P-E firm TPG, and a group led by Quicken Loans founder/Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remain in the running to buy Yahoo's (YHOO +2.2%) core assets, a source tells Fortune's Dan Primack. A joint bid from P-E firms Bain and Vista Equity reportedly didn't make the cut.
    • "Price talk" is said to be in the $4B-$5B range. "I think AT&T is just trying to drive the price up on Verizon," Primack also reports hearing from a source.
    • Bloomberg reported last week AT&T and Gilbert each bid ~$5B for Yahoo's core business, patents, and real estate. Re/code reported Verizon bid ~$3B-$3.5B for just the core business.
    • Yahoo is trading higher, but that's the result of Alibaba (up 3.1%) rallying after providing a strong sales forecast.
    | Tue, Jun. 14, 2:21 PM | 46 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 10, 4:08 PM
    • Bloomberg reports AT&T (T +0.6%) and a group led by Quicken Loans founder/Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (backed by Warren Buffett) each submitted a ~$5B second-round bid for Yahoo's (YHOO -1.4%) core business, patents, and real estate.
    • Separately, a day after CNBC reported Verizon (VZ +1.4%) made a ~$3.5B second-round bid, Re/code reports Big Red made an offer valued between $3B and $3.5B, depending on "how employee compensation commitments are treated." However, Verizon's bid excludes Yahoo's patents and real estate.
    • When adjusted for the absence of patents/real estate, Verizon's bid might be competitive with the others. Re/code observes Yahoo respectively values its patents and real estate at $3B and $1B, while adding others assign much lower values to each (~$1B for the patents).
    • Yahoo slipped today amid a 2.1% drop for Alibaba, and a 1.3% drop for the Nasdaq.
    | Fri, Jun. 10, 4:08 PM | 36 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 9, 9:48 AM
    • CNBC's David Faber reports Yahoo (YHOO +1.1%) as having received multiple bids above $5B for its core business. That would place Verizon (VZ flat) - which is reported to have offered in the area of $3.5B - among the lower end of bidders.
    | Thu, Jun. 9, 9:48 AM | 66 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 7, 2:23 AM
    • According to a new report in the WSJ, Verizon (NYSE:VZ) on Monday planned to submit a second-round offer of about $3B for Yahoo's (NASDAQ:YHOO) core internet business.
    • Private-equity firm TPG was also expected to submit another bid for the assets before yesterday's deadline.
    • Yahoo is projected to hold at least one more cycle of bidding, and the offers could change by the final round.
    | Tue, Jun. 7, 2:23 AM | 43 Comments
  • Thu, Jun. 2, 10:17 PM
    • Adding to the more colorful side of the stories about potential Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) bidders: Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) met with a management team led by Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer weeks ago to discuss a possible merger, the New York Post reports tonight.
    • But though the teams talked for several hours, it looks to have been just an informational tire-kicking, as Twitter reportedly got out of the bidding process afterward.
    • Indeed, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey didn't show up for the confab, and that company has enough on its plate, a source said: “They’re very scared their shareholders would be outraged ... which is not, quite frankly, an unfounded fear.”
    • Bids are coming in for the second round in Yahoo's auction of core assets, with Verizon (NYSE:VZ) still widely believed to be a front-runner.
    • Previously: SunTrust's Peck: Three pricing scenarios for Yahoo bids (Jun. 01 2016)
    | Thu, Jun. 2, 10:17 PM | 55 Comments
  • Thu, May 26, 8:33 PM
    • Verizon (VZ +0.6%) is getting a leg up on competing bidders for the core assets of Yahoo (YHOO +3.3%) -- by hiring an investment bank who was one of Yahoo's top advisers last year, Reuters reports.
    • The telecom has reportedly added Bank of America to its team -- which would offer not only intimate knowledge of Yahoo, but also a big balance sheet in case of financing help. Yahoo's other investment banks (Guggenheim, LionTree, Allen & Co.) are boutiques with limited ability to fund the deal.
    • BofA was lead adviser last year when Yahoo explored spinning off its stake in Alibaba, a plan it later abandoned.
    • While Verizon's prepared to buy all the core assets, sources said, it's mainly (and unsurprisingly) interested in the ad-tech tools, and perhaps things that can be combined with corresponding businesses at AOL.
    | Thu, May 26, 8:33 PM | 21 Comments
  • Wed, May 25, 11:12 AM
    • In a surprise revelation, AT&T (NYSE:T) made a bid for Yahoo (YHOO -2.1%) and is still in the running for the core Internet business, Bloomberg reports.
    • They were out of the offing according to earlier reports. But they kept involved in the process through a stake in YP Holdings -- which was involved in the early round in April -- and while YP isn't pursuing the transaction any longer, AT&T is still around.
    • The interest from the telecom giant would present a formidable challenge for presumed frontrunner Verizon (NYSE:VZ). But Verizon didn't submit one of the highest first-round bids, a pair of the sources said.
    • The process has another week or likely more time to play out.
    | Wed, May 25, 11:12 AM | 65 Comments
  • Fri, May 20, 9:57 AM
    • Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) is down 2.4% (better than the 6% decline it was tracking premarket) after last night's report that bids for the Internet pioneer's core business are coming in lighter than expected, at $2B-$3B.
    • CNBC's David Faber says sources are calling that report "completely wrong," noting that such a bid would be lower than the lowest of the bids seen in the first round of bidding. "Nobody has seen numbers of that type" in what has been a "fairly robust auction" at this point, Faber says.
    • "Could it be perhaps that Verizon (NYSE:VZ) would love to have it out there, the idea that it's coming in lower so that it conceivably could game the situation?" Faber asks. "I don't know."
    • The core business has more than $600M in EBITDA, including the losing parts, which would make for a very low multiple at $2B-$3B, he notes.
    • Now read Yahoo's Sale Could Still Derail »
    | Fri, May 20, 9:57 AM | 33 Comments
  • Thu, May 19, 11:14 PM
    • With just a couple of weeks before the next round of bids is due for the core assets of Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), offers are expected in the range of $2B-$3B, The Wall Street Journal reports -- lower than a $4B-$8B range that had become conventional wisdom over the past couple of months.
    • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is still considered a front-runner, and it and private-equity rivals are expected to start in the low end of that range, sources told the WSJ.
    • Still unclear, though, is exactly which assets those bids would cover. Bids might vary considerably from each other in structure.
    • Access to a Yahoo "data room" by bidders -- and the more detailed look at Yahoo's struggles that provides -- may be dampening hopes that Yahoo had for higher bids (at one point, for $10B for the core Internet business).
    • Now read Revisiting My Yahoo Investment: A Declining Search Business »
    | Thu, May 19, 11:14 PM | 40 Comments
  • Fri, Apr. 22, 7:14 PM
    • Yahoo (YHOO -0.5%) and advisers are set to spend the weekend narrowing down more than 10 first-round bids for its core business, ranging from $4B-$8B, Bloomberg reports -- with an eye to moving forward as soon as next week.
    • They'll aim for about seven finalists and plan to offer them increased access to internal docs and management.
    • The higher-end bids reportedly came from bidders who haven't spent as much time with Yahoo, which should lead to more scrutiny into the structure of the offers.
    • In addition to the known bidders (that hadn't denied reports) -- Verizon (VZ +1%), YP Holdings, TPG, and Bain/Vista Equity Partners -- one or two other strategic firms were involved.
    • Echoing earlier reports, SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY +3.4%) isn't in the bidding but is likely eager to talk with anyone who also wants the Yahoo Japan stake.
    • Despite the progress, a final decision is likely at least a month away.
    • Now read Yahoo Sale Could Reboot Online Ad Competition »
    | Fri, Apr. 22, 7:14 PM | 71 Comments
  • Tue, Apr. 19, 8:39 PM
    • Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) didn't say anything about its sales process during its Q1 earnings webcast, and swore off giving any updates along the way.
    • But speculation about the shortlist is mostly on the mark, according to the latest from Reuters, which says Verizon's (NYSE:VZ) there (with help from Guggenheim, LionTree, Allen & Co.), along with Yellow Pages owner YP -- which has backing from AT&T (NYSE:T) on the bid, sources said.
    • Japanese online retailer Rakuten (OTCPK:RKUNY) is a new name that's kicking tires as well. Among private equity, Apax Partners, TPG, Bain Capital, Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) and Warburg Pincus are all accounted for, and may be allowed to team up in round 2.
    • No two offers were identical, sources said, so Yahoo now must look at the structures, assets and offers to sort out value -- hopefully in time to wrap up in June.
    • SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY) and Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) aren't taking part -- but they could get involved with the company after the fate of its core assets is settled.
    • YHOO wrapped an after-hours session up 1.1%.
    • Now read Yahoo: Who's Ready To Take On A Legacy Digital-Native Media Turnaround? »
    | Tue, Apr. 19, 8:39 PM | 32 Comments
  • Mon, Apr. 18, 6:33 PM
    • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has confirmed that its joint venture with Hearst, Verizon Hearst Media Partners, is acquiring Complex Media in its entirety.
    • Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, though The Wall Street Journal had reported that the venture was close to investing $250M-$300M in Complex.
    • Complex CEO and co-founder Rich Antoniello will continue to run the operation, which has been profitable since 2010.
    • It's a "continuation of our media strategy, which is focused on disruption that is occurring in digital media and content distribution, and involves building a portfolio of the emerging digital brands of the future for the millennial and Gen-Z audience," says Verizon's Brian Angiolet.
    • Formerly print-heavier Complex has in the past two years taken on a video-first approach, drawing more than 50M unique monthly visitors and 300M monthly views.
    • The two expect the deal to close in the next 60 days.
    • Verizon shares had gained 0.7% today; they're down 0.1% after hours.
    • Now read Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Pays Herself »
    | Mon, Apr. 18, 6:33 PM | 4 Comments
Company Description
Verizon Communications Inc. operates as a holding company, which provides broadband, wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. It operates through Wireless and Wireline segments. The Wireless segment provides communications products... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Telecom Services - Domestic
Country: United States