Yahoo spinning off Alibaba stake to ‘Aabaco Holdings’
Abaco Holdings also has total stock ownership of Yahoo Small Business.
SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo is moving forward with the spinoff of its sizable stake in China’s Alibaba Group, and announced a name for it: Aabaco.
After the spinoff, Aabaco will own about 384 million Alibaba shares, representing about a 15% stake in the Chinese electric-commerce giant, and a 100% stake in a new entity that will own Yahoo Small Business. Yahoo expects the spin-off to take effect in the fourth quarter, the company said in a Friday news release. The spinoff is intended to transfer the value of that stock to Yahoo’s shareholders without affecting its capital gains tax of more than $10 billion.
At the end of Alibaba’s initial public offering last September, the Chinese company attained a market at above $230 billion.
Under the spinoff plan, which was introduced early this yr, all excellent shares of Aabaco can be distributed to Yahoo inventory holders, the California-based mostly Internet pioneer stated within the submitting.
Yahoo is scheduled to report its second-quarter results Tuesday.
However, Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) warned in May that the government is thinking of tighter rules that could affect Yahoo’s plan in the future.
The company first announced the spinoff plan in January, and CEO Marissa Mayer insisted recently that it was still happening despite the possibility of a big tax bill. However, the Yahoo chief has sought to appease investors and reassure them that a tax-free spin-off will go along as planned, and Wall Street seems cautiously pleased for now, with Yahoo shares rising 1.98 percent to $39.68 in after-hours trading following the filing.
In its filing on Friday, Yahoo acknowledged the risks and gave itself the option of canceling the deal.