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Yahoo Japan buys Overture Japan bill msg:3466714 6:39 am on Oct 2, 2007 (gmt 0) [ ...] ir.yahoo.co.jp
(PDF 82K) Notification of Acquisition of Shares in Overture K.K. (Conversion to Subsidiary) (2007/08/31) [ i.yimg.jp]
Following approval by its board of directors and in accordance with a Stock Purchase Agreement entered into today by Yahoo Japan Corporation, Overture Search Services (Asia) Ltd. (an indirect subsidiary of Yahoo! Inc.), and Overture K.K., Yahoo Japan Corporation has purchased 100% of the outstanding shares of Overture K.K. and has converted the company to a subsidiary.
bill msg:3478386 2:09 am on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)
Some interesting questions about this deal are raised:
Questioning Yahoo Japan's Overture "Sale" [ seekingalpha.com] Why did Yahoo! do this deal in the first place? Was Yahoo! at Risk of Losing the Paid Search Business for Yahoo! Japan? Is there a difference between "transferring ownership of the sales operation of Overture Japan KK to Yahoo! Japan" and selling Overture Japan KK to Yahoo! Japan for US$13 million? How does this deal in and of itself create more cash-flow for Yahoo! and Yahoo! Japan in the long-term? How are Revenue and TAC calculated between Yahoo! and Yahoo! Japan?