Microsoft may need first-ever loan in order to buy Yahoo

“As Yahoo waits in vain for other bidders or deal alternatives to emerge, the dissatisfaction of Microsoft investors with the Yahoo bid has reduced the value of Microsoft’s offer to $29.50 a share,” Henry Blodget reports for Silicon Alley Insider.

“Unless Yahoo shareholders are willing to accept a reduced offer, in other words, Microsoft could soon find itself in a sticky situation: The more Microsoft’s stock drops, the more expensive the deal gets–because the company will have to reset the exchange rate to get the take-out value back to $31 a share. In so doing, it will increase dilution, leaving its existing shareholders holding a smaller percent of the combined company,” Blodget reports.

“Microsoft shareholders are already unhappy with the proposal–and they’re only going to get more unhappy as the deal gets more expensive. The more unhappy they get, the more the stock will drop, and the more the stock drops, the more expensive the deal will get, and so on,” Blodget reports.

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Electronista reports, “Despite its large cash reserves, the company’s Chief Finance Officer Chris Liddell acknowledged that the $44.6 billion proposed deal might require that the firm borrow money and accumulate debt. While the $21 billion in reserves owned by the Windows developer would cover nearly all the cash portion of the proposed deal, a loan would help Microsoft avoid wiping out these reserves and leaving itself without options if it needs more cash in the near future, according to the executive.”

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John C. Dvorak writes for PC Magazine, “I don’t think this merger would be a wise move for either company. First of all, their product lines are not very complementary. Moreover, the rationale of joining together to better compete with Google looks lame-brained, since neither company seems to have the wherewithal to do anything interesting as of yet. How do two companiesthat do not complement each other and have not shown the ability to be creative in competing with Google expect anything to change? As far as I can tell, this buyout is just throwing away the shareholders’ money, and, to make matters worse, will potentially ruin both companies in the process.”

MacDailyNews Take: Dvorak on his meds?

Dvorak writes, “If Yahoo! accepts this deal, it’s the same as giving up and deciding to take the money and run. The principals of the company have plenty of capital and should reevaluate why they started Yahoo! in the first place. I’m certain that it wasn’t so they could be bought by Microsoft and destroyed in the process. Then again, I’m sure there are a few less-moneyed individuals in the company (and on the board) who are looking to cash out rather than work for a living. It’s a pathetic situation, plain and simple.”

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  1. Microsoft has run out of ideas. The Windows cash cow is in decline, and the Office cash cow will decline along with Windows. Their only success of late has been XBox – and that required an enormous investment and has been beset by product reliability problems (and one assumes enormous warranty costs)…

    Forcing people to buy your product might work for a while – but it builds resentment. Microsoft is not well-liked in most corporates – they have been too arrogant, provided terrible service, and charged too much for far too long…

    This deal is enough to bring the empire crashing down. If it goes ahead it may fail spectacularly – and if that happens, the Microsoft empire will be broken up and sold off.

    Perhaps in as little as 12 months after the deal goes through we could see Microsoft selling “non core assets” to get their costs down. Years of high profits have led to great inefficiencies – watch this space…

  2. @ byronic: Huh? How is the Xbox in any way, shape, or form a success? The division within Microsoft that parents the Xbox has lost over $5bn! An additional $1-2 bn was set aside to cover repairs of the Xbox 360 over the current fiscal year. Without those massive Xbox related losses Microsoft wouldn’t be looking at taking out a loan in order to cover the Yahoo acquisition.

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