Monday, July 25, 2016

Verizon Goes for the Core in Yahoo Purchase - transforming itself in the process

Verizon Communications has purchased Yahoo's operating business for 4.83 billion in cash.Yahoo Japan and Yahoo's stake in Alibaba Group Holding are excluded from the deal.Verizon had agreed to raise its bid last week.Believed to be strongly behind the move was Verizon AOL CEO and Chairman Tim Armstrong,who has long sought Yahoo for its digital advertising business-even before the Verizon offer came along.Verizon had made a major transformative move when it purchased AOL last year for 4.4 billion.*
By purchasing the assets,Verizon gains access to Yahoo's advertising technology tools,BrightRoll and Flurry,as well as its email,search and messenger platforms;and content such as Yahoo News and Yahoo Sports.Verizon is looking to enhance its mobile video and advertising portfolios so as to make up for the slowing wireless business now at a saturation point.They also want Yahoo's scale,which will then drive the company's audience from millions to billions.*
The remainder Yahoo will become a publicly traded holding company with a different name.It will keep its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 15% stake and 35% of Yahoo Japan,plus its convertible notes and some minority investments.The new Yahoo will be permanently structured to hold these legacy assets.Yahoo had been pressured by activist investor Starboard Value LP to jettison the core business.*
On Verizon's side,its head of product innovation and new business,Marni Walden,will become CEO of the combined firm.*
Verizon Communications Inc (VZ),Yahoo Inc (YHOO)

Shop Talk:Vacation Time Once More

Dear Readers,
Now it's peak vacation season,and maybe you've headed out with the kids in the back seat asking if you're there yet;but at this blog,the labouring never stops.The news and videos just keep pouring through the symbolic letter slot in the door,and it has to be digested and put into the proper form for the readers.*
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Have a safe and successful rest of the summer.
Andrew Taylor
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Merger of Middle East Banking Powerhouses

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi is set on merging with FGB (First Gulf Bank) to create a 175 billion dollar institution.It will be the biggest bank in the Middle East and North Africa.The combined bank will be larger than Germany's Deutsche Bank.*
Both banks are substantial holdings of the royal families of the UAE.The deal is the first big merger since Abu Dhabi made an effort to diversify away from oil and its declining value.The merger,involving a share swap,could result in a cost savings of about 30%.The mammoth transaction,resulting in the most sizeable lender in the Middle East,could spur more financial mergers and acquisitions in the region.*
Wisdom Tree Middle East Dividend Fund (GULF)