Well this is going to be an interesting one. Microsoft has just made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo! for 44.6 billion in a mixture of cash and stock at $31/share. Yahoo! has issued a press release stating that their board of directors is currently evaluating Microsoft’s proposal.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. Microsoftâ€™s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock. The offer represents a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock on Jan. 31, 2008.
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See Previously: Microsoft Looking to Purchase Yahoo!
UPDATE 1: “Five subtle changes in the event that Microsoft acquires Yahoo!”
UPDATE 2: Here’s Yahoo!’s Media Response regarding the acquisition bid.