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Yahoo Sells 20% of Alibaba for $7 Billion

     
2:33 am on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo Said in Talks to Sell 20% of Alibaba for $7 Billion [bloomberg.com]

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is in talks to sell about 20 percent of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. for about $7 billion, a deal that would cut by half its stake in China’s largest e- commerce provider, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Alibaba Group, which has been trying to buy back the stake in itself for more than a year, may announce a deal as soon as next week, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Yahoo has come close to selling the stake in the past and failed, and it may not reach an agreement this time either, the person said.
3:15 am on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Interesting. According to Yahoo Finance, Yahoo's market cap is currently $19Billion. If the sale is realised then their total holding would apparently be worth $14B.
3:18 am on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Looks like they closed the deal
Yahoo and Alibaba Officially Shake on $7 Billion Stock Sale Deal [allthingsd.com]

Yahoo and Alibaba Group have finally reached an agreement for the Silicon Valley Internet giant to sell back half its stake in the Chinese Web company in a $7 billion deal.
The taxable share sale agreement, which is now being approved by both boards, is part of a larger and more complex arrangement, which will also include a multibillion-dollar share buyback by Yahoo and an eventual IPO of Alibaba.
 

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