Verizon plans bid for Yahoo and its Yahoo Japan stake: Bloomberg

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By Deborah M. Todd

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote) is ready to make a bid for Yahoo's web business, and hopes to make a merger more successful by also making an offer for a stake in Yahoo's Japan subsidiary, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter.

The telecom giant is planning to make a first-round bid for Yahoo's web business next week, the news organization said.

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O: Quote) Google unit is also mulling a bid for Yahoo's core business, Bloomberg reported, citing a source.

However, Bloomberg said many companies that had been seen as likely investors in Yahoo were not planning a bid, including AT&T Inc T.N, Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote).

Shares of Yahoo fell just over 1 percent to $36.17.

Verizon, Yahoo and Google declined to comment for this story. AT&T, Comcast and Microsoft could not be reached immediately for comments.

Verizon showed interest in Yahoo's core business as early as December, when Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said the company would "see if there is a strategic fit" for its holdings, which include mail, news, sports and advertising technology.

Yahoo launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N: Quote).   Continued...

 
A website of Yahoo Japan Corp is seen on a computer screen in Tokyo August 19, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer