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Yahoo sells half the shares it owns in Alibaba, rakes in $7.1 billion

Alibaba to buy back shares from Yahoo, to the tune of $7.1 billion worth

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: May 22, 2012 2:50 am

Yahoo have been having a hard time lately, with increased competition from Google and others, and have just announced today that they have reached a deal to sell part of their stake in China's biggest internet company, Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.

 

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The deal will have Alibaba buying back half of Yahoo's 40-percent stake in the group for a nice $7.1 billion. Alibaba will wave $6.3 billion in cash in front of Yahoo, as well as $800 million in Alibaba preferred stock. Alibaba are also required to buy back a quarter of the remaining shares at the price of a future IPO, or alternatively, allow Yahoo to sell them in the expected public offering in the near future.

 

This deal now pits Alibaba Group's worth at around $35 billion. Alibaba CEO Jack Ma said in a statement to Bloomberg:

 

The transaction will establish a balanced ownership structure that enables Alibaba to take our business to the next level as a public company in the future.

 

Alibaba is doing extremely well, with rumors that Alibaba's CEO owns a 7.4-percent share in the group, and is readying an initial public offering. Industry insiders are predicting that the Chinese online shopping industry will grow by 42-percent this year alone.

NEWS SOURCES:Techspot.com

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