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Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr 142

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TechCrunch reports that Yahoo's string of acquisitions may soon include Tumblr: "The Wall Street Journal is now reporting via Twitter that the rumored $1.1 billion cash acquisition deal for social blogging site Tumblr has been approved by Yahoo’s board of directors. The Tumblr acquisition was rumored last week, with a price tag reportedly north of $1 billion, which appears to be accurate if the WSJ’s sources are correct." The article notes, too, that "Yahoo had only $1.2 billion cash on hand as of its most recent quarterly earnings, which makes an all-cash offer for Tumblr a lot more of a stretch than it would be for someone like Apple, or even Facebook, which acquired Instagram for $1 billion in a mix of both cash and stock."
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Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

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  • Let's see (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @01:35PM (#43768579)

    From wiki: Tumblr made $13 million in revenue in 2012 and hopes to make $100 million in 2013. So far, Tumblr has taken $125 million in funding from its backers. Tumblr reportedly spent $25 million to fund operations last year.

    So it's making a loss of $12 million a year and yahoo is willing to fork over $1.1 billion on the hope that it might actually make $100 million this year?

    Interesting!

  • by randomErr (172078) <ervin.koschNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Sunday May 19, 2013 @02:16PM (#43768809) Homepage Journal

    A company that has $13 million [wikipedia.org] in revenue in 2012 and hopes to only make $100 million in 2013 is purchased for 1.1 billion? This smells of a multi-level pump and dump scheme.

    I will bet what will happen in the next 18 months is: Yahoo buy's out Tumblr. Tumblr's CEO sells all his stock Monday morning and get insanely rich. The new tYahoo company goes bankrupt by the end of the year. Microsoft or Bill Gates himself will swoop in and FINALLY by buy Yahoo making the current CEO insanely rich. If gates himself buys it sells Yahoo back to MS and adds to his insane fortune. Microsoft and integrates all of tYahoo's tech into MS and starts a second round of war against Google search and Google products.

  • Dangerous Games (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Whatchamacallit (21721) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @03:17PM (#43769069) Homepage

    Tumblr is worth exactly squat if Yahoo screws with it too much. A social platform is only as good as it's users. If the users abandon the platform in protest to Yahoo's new direction it will spell the doom of Yahoo! Instagram's transition was initially painful and they lost a good deal of users. Yahoo has to be very careful, best to keep things the same for a long time and then slowly introduce improvements that will excite and encourage the customer base and not annoy them. A major misstep and it can all come crashing down very quickly... Social media is a high stakes game. To pay that much for Tumblr is an extreme gamble.

  • Re: So what? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:42PM (#43770951)

    so basically geocities was what tumblr is today.

  • Re:Strange (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rtb61 (674572) on Monday May 20, 2013 @04:12AM (#43771949) Homepage

    I really hope you don't think management should take credit for a price rise following a price drop and a failed buyout and no perceived future, no, surely you wouldn't do that. Neither would you take credit for any revenue increases that were simply inflationary or even worse bought in. That would be really really be blonde dumb. Better POE ratios and improvements in the value of assets but please not "I'VE GOT PUPPIES, LOTS AND LOTS OF PUPPIES". You might impress the non-investor but those with a bit more nous are going to look on you as the fool. That puppies thing, nobody said much at the time because it was just so, so, ???!!! seriously that was a business plan, puppies.

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