Yahoo’s $12.2B buyout of AOL will be in jeopardy after Verizon gets in the way
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Yahoo has purchased AOL, bringing its online video service to the $12 billion valuation that it achieved when it purchased the news and entertainment company for $2.8 billion in 2011.
Yahoo is also expected to make more acquisitions as it looks to make the most of its $50 billion in cash.
Yahoo’s acquisition of AOL comes after Verizon acquired the cable and technology conglomerate in a deal that valued it at $6.4 billion.
That $6 billion transaction was part of Verizon’s larger $40 billion acquisition of DirecTV in 2012.
In an announcement this week, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam called the AOL deal “a critical part of our strategy to build a new future for our business, our customers and our communities.”
Verizon said that it will continue to sell its existing cable and Internet businesses in the US.
“This transaction, which is a direct result of Verizon acquiring AOL, aligns our strategy with our goal of building a world-class, global media and telecommunications company,” Verizon CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement.
“We believe this transaction provides our investors and the broader American public with a greater certainty about the future of our business and of our customers.”
Yahoo’s purchase of AOL, which will be announced in the coming days, was one of the largest deals in internet history.
Verizon has been trying to get more control of the video streaming market, which it owns the largest chunk of.
In 2015, it spent $40 million to buy YouTube, a leading video service owned by Google.
Yahoo has purchased AOL, bringing its online video service to the $12 billion valuation that it achieved when it purchased…