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  • benjamingrahamiii benjamingrahamiii Jun 13, 2014 2:58 PM Flag

    Zillow is too expensive to get bought out

     

    Look how Priceline is down because the market thinks they overpaid for Opentable. Opentable was cheap compared to Zillow and it was still a high flying momentum stock. Zillow is off the table as an acquisition target.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    • There is SOOOO MUCH money sitting on the books of tech companies that buyouts are not off the table. I'm not predicting it but I also wouldn't be surprised. Google could swallow them up without a second thought. They would be a perfect match for the realtors advertising dollars. I got burned shorting WebEx when they got bought out so I am very careful about letting a short get away from me.

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      • Google is not interested in business related companies. All Google cares about is technology. They invest their money in companies with cutting edge technologies. Google is not going to spend over $5B on a company that has nothing to do with technology.

        Sentiment: Strong Sell

      • I did not see the Opentable news prior to my above post. Priceline paid $103/Share. If anything, that makes Zillow look reasonable, if not undervalued to a buyer looking to gain access to a segment of the market (home buyers) with deep pockets. I will have to research Opentable to see how they compare. Just off the cuff, I can't imagine a company that only books restaurant reservations being worth anything near what a research tool like Zillow is worth. My sister is a realtor who advertises on Zillow and Trulia. It gives her a nationwide reach to people looking to move into her market from anywhere in the country. That's something she never got thru newspaper and flyers.

        I may just have to jump back in for the long term. Companies with huge cash hoards can afford to buy growth thru acquisitions. Companies like Zillow and Trulia will be targets.

 
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