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  • split29_2005 split29_2005 Jan 9, 2009 5:25 PM Flag

    Watch closely this weekend!

    Again, Ballmer can want whatever he wants. He needs to get Yahoo executives to sign a deal. Why would Yahoo management want to make the deal prior to the new CEO coming on board?

    Ballmer's prime motivation is probably time-based rather than cost-based. Whatever deal he signs with Yahoo will be compared with $33 per share and should appear financially favorable to MicroSoft shareholders. Ballmer's problem is that a new Yahoo CEO will need to get up to speed on the deal, then enter negotiations, and MSFT may have Verizon (or other) deliverables that don't support this type of timeline. We already know that market decay alone has to be a prime motivating factor.

    However, to a Yahoo exec, Ballmer's time issue wouldn't necessarily be a priority. Whatever deal is made is going to happen anyway, so why hurry? As a Yahoo exec, there would appear to be a pretty limited downside to holding off signing a deal until the CEO is onboard, and quite a bit of risk to signing prior to that time. (Personal and professional, at least)

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