Alibaba Says They Have “Moved On” From Talks With Yahoo! About Selling Stake

Posted Sep 21, 2010

Alibaba.com Limited (HKG:1688) said that they have “moved on” from talks with Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). Essentially Alibaba wanted to buy back stake in their company that Yahoo! owns. But both parties have failed to reach an agreement this year.

“We have no intention of raising this issue again,” stated Alibaba spokesman John Spelich. Supposedly the talks ended in June. Yahoo! owns 39% in Alibaba and that stake is worth $11 billion according to Susquehanna Financial Group.

Alibaba sent a formal proposal to Yahoo! co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang about 9 months ago. Alibaba sold the stake to Yahoo! in 2005 for $1 billion and ownership of Yahoo!’s Chinese division. Alibaba continues to operate the local Yahoo! portal.

[NYT]