Edwin - 11:49 pm on Aug 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
It's the kind of situation where they can turn profitable any time they like. The content they're producing is "evergreen" much of the time, and they have hundreds of millions of pages of it, so if they switch from "grow" to "maintain" they should suddenly be insanely profitable, since their costs crater to a tiny fraction of what they were, but their revenue should stay up pretty well.
eHow.com alone has nearly 7,000,000 pages indexed, without counting all their other properties. And some of their content is actually pretty-good-to-excellent (it varies, but in general I've found what they produce useful, and sometimes it's a perfect summary of a specific topic/problem and much better than most of the other top results for that query). So it's doubtful they'd get the big boot from the SEs any time soon.