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Destruction of YHOO Shareholder Value Impressively Well Realized

Published on July 1, 2008
by John Paczkowski

Yahoo’s attempts to rally shareholders in advance of its annual meeting on Aug. 1 are going about as well as its attempts to rally its business. Which is to say, not well at all.

In a regulatory filing urging shareholders to vote for its incumbent board of directors at the upcoming annual meeting, Yahoo (YHOO)
characterized Microsoft’s (MSFT) position throughout the two companies’ acquisition talks as “unresponsive and inconsistent.”

Which is ironic, because the same can be said of Yahoo’s turnaround strategy and its share price as well. Yahoo’s shares were trading at $19.18 the day before Microsoft announced its $31-per-share bid for the company. Six months later they’re trading at $19.65, not 50 cents from where they started.

“We know what Yahoo’s worth,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said back in April. “$44 billion is a lot of money. If Yahoo’s shareholders like it, that’s great. We are prepared to go forward without a merger with Yahoo. … Time is money.”

It certainly is.

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