Imagine what they could do with $17 billion if they weren't bound by a uber-noncompete agreement. For instance, they could likely acquire or develop some useful search technology . .
|I assume this would include their online directories (superpages.com) as well. |
|It will be interesting to see who the players are in this. |
I would look to the other major directory publishers before the SE's. There are more synergies given that the large majority of the revenue associated with the deal still stems from the print side as well as the operational efficiencies leveraged by having similar organizations.
This is a lot of money and its an old school unionized (i think) sales force. I don't see that being an easy mesh with a company like G. If I were to put on my prediction hat, I would suggest that if an SE were to make a large move into the sales force space they would not spend 10X over earning to the tune of 17 billion to do it. There are cheaper ways. But who knows...
|Imagine this sales force hawking Google or Yahoo! local PPC |
They do. Kind of.. [clickz.com]
|Imagine what they could do with $17 billion if they weren't bound by a uber-noncompete agreement. For instance, they could likely acquire or develop some useful search technology... |
Look at A9 from Amazon - they are sure not short of money but instead of developing their own tech, they chosen to license Google's data/code. Strange world, is not it?
Most analysts are predicting that privite equity will buy VIS- most likely Carlye Group and Bain. IPO is a second likely outcome, being bought by the likes of G, Y, or MSN is a distant third.
Yeah, I think the private equity sale would make the most sense. They don't have to worry about a zero-growth business driving down their share price...but they may struggle putting together a group that can come up with the $15B.
I still think it will be interesting to see how much G/Y/MSN kick the tires on this one...if at all.
G and MSN are more focused on getting AOL right now. Wonder how effective would VIS be if they lose the Verizon brand name but I suspect any acquirer would want the usage of the name as part of the deal.
I would be very surprised if the buyer were able to retain the Verizon name. I suspect it would just be the Superpages brand.
In terms of the potential buyers, this article [news.yahoo.com] hints as some interesting items.
|But lately the industry has been prime territory for buyout firms -- Apax Partners and the Carlyle Group among them -- that are attracted to its traditionally strong cash flows, which can help pay down debt used to finance the deals. |
In another directories deal, R.H. Donnelley Corp. agreed in October to buy Dex Media Inc., whose majority shareholders are Carlyle and fellow buyout firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
Their sales force stinks on understanding the web business...but understanding it is not a prereq. for effectively selling it.
|but understanding it is not a prereq. for effectively selling it. |
Indeed - high commission with low basic salary makes wonders.