The New York Times is nearing a sale of About.com to Answers.com according to AllThingsD. The New York Times has been looking to sell off About.com for some time now. About.com is known for publishing high-volume and low-cost content. Answers.com is reportedly paying $270 million to acquire About.com according to AllThingsD sources. The letter-of-intent has already been signed.
Private equity companies Summit Partners and TA Associates are currently working on lining up the financing. The New York Times acquired About.com for $410 million in 2005. The Times took a $195 million goodwill write-down on About.com last month. About.com’s traffic relies largely on Google.
The deal has not been finalized and all talks could still be halted.