Hunter Strategies LLC logo

Microsoft News Tracker

What's more interesting than observing Microsoft?

July 21, 2008

Yahoo settles with Icahn

Posted by David Hunter at 9:26 AM ET.

Yahoo Logo After all of the mudslinging of recent weeks, the Yahoo board of directors and corporate raider Carl Icahn have reached a compromise and are now the best of pals:

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, eight members of Yahoo!’s current Board of Directors will stand for re-election at the 2008 annual meeting: Roy Bostock, Ronald Burkle, Eric Hippeau, Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern, Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Gary Wilson and Jerry Yang. In view of the settlement agreement with Mr. Icahn, and the termination of the proxy contest, Robert Kotick has decided not to stand for re-election to the Board at the 2008 annual meeting.

Following the 2008 annual meeting, the Yahoo! Board will be expanded to 11 members. Carl Icahn will be appointed to the Board and the remaining two seats will be filled by the Board upon the recommendation of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee from a list of nine candidates recommended by Mr. Icahn, which includes the eight remaining members of the Icahn slate of nominees and Jonathan Miller, currently a partner in Velocity Interactive Group and former Chairman and CEO of AOL.

As part of the settlement agreement, Mr. Icahn, who owns an aggregate of 68,786,320 shares, or 4.98% of Yahoo! common stock, has agreed to withdraw his nominees for consideration at the annual meeting and to vote his Yahoo! shares in support of the Board’s nominees.

But what about a sale of part or all of Yahoo to Microsoft?

Mr. Icahn said, “I am very pleased that this settlement will allow me to work in partnership with Yahoo!’s Board and management team to help the Company achieve its full potential. While I continue to believe that the sale of the whole Company or the sale of its Search business in the right transaction must be given full consideration, I share the view that Yahoo!’s valuable collection of assets positions it well to continue expanding its online leadership and enhancing returns to stockholders. I believe this is a good outcome and that we will have a strong working relationship going forward. Additionally, I am happy that the board has agreed in the settlement agreement that any meaningful transaction, including the strategy in dealing with that transaction, will be fully discussed with the entire board before any final decision is made.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I expect that Mr. Icahn decided that his slate was going down to defeat in the proxy battle and settled for part of the loaf, while the board merely placed an insurance bet. Click through to the full statement for Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s warm welcome to the "new colleagues" if you appreciate the ironic.



Filed under Acquisitions, Coopetition, Microsoft, Yahoo

Related posts:

 

One Response to “Yahoo settles with Icahn”

  1. Kevin Johnson out as Microsoft rearranges the online deck chairs | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] One problem could have been Vista’s lackluster reputation, but Microsoft is still printing money with Windows so a more likely cause is the continuing disappointment from Microsoft’s online efforts. I’m sure it also didn’t help that Johnson was the point man on Microsoft’s attempt to buy Yahoo (or pieces thereof) which appears to have finally come to naught. [...]

News Search:

Recent Posts:

Daily Digest Email:

Enter your Email


Powered by FeedBlitz

Categories:

Full category list

Archives:

Archive List

RSS Feed:



HunterStrat Links:

Other:

  • Powered by WordPress.

Advertisements:


 

Related:


Misc: