NEW YORK: Technology giant Microsoft Corp said on Friday that it had offered to acquire Internet media company Yahoo Inc for USD 44.6 billion in cash and stock.
Microsoft said it had offered to buy Yahoo for USD 31 per share, which it said represented a 62 per cent premium above the company’s closing stock price on Nasdaq on Thursday.
“We have great respect for Yahoo, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market,” Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement.
Yahoo was not immediately available for comment. Microsoft said it had identified four areas that would generate at least USD 1 billion in annual synergies for the combined entity.
Yahoo shares rose 56 per cent to $29.95 in pre-market trading on Friday following the announcement. US stock index futures also jumped after the news was released.
1 Feb 2008, 1734 hrs IST,REUTERS
Times of India