Jerry Yang in talks with equity investors about taking Yahoo private

Yahoo co-founder and former chief executive Jerry Yang is talking to private equity firms about taking the internet company private. Talks have so far been informal, but Yahoo's advisors are expected to send financial information this week to interested parties.

Former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang is said to be planning to take the firm private.

Yahoo co-founder and former chief executive Jerry Yang is talking to private equity firms about a deal to take the internet company private, according to US reports.

Such a deal would involve Yang and other Yahoo co-founder David Filo rolling over their stakes in the company of 3.63% and 5.9% respectively, according to sources cited by Reuters.

After removing Carol Bartz as CEO in September, Yahoo's board announced a strategic review. This could include selling the internet firm to one of several interested buyers.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, Microsoft Silver Lake Partners, Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Bain Capital have all expressed interest in Yahoo in recent weeks.

Talks have so far been informal, according to Reuters' various sources, but Yahoo's advisors are expected to send financial information this week to interested parties.

Analysts say Yang might want to take Yahoo private for several reasons, starting with the fact that Yahoo is punished by Wall Street for not being a growth company.

Yahoo's low stock price also prevents shares from being used as currency for acquisitions.

In one scenario, a buyer could sell off Yahoo's international assets to reimburse the capital outlay and focus on the company's remaining US operations.

Observers say Yang may hope his knowledge of Yahoo will be enough to convince a buyer to allow him to stay on and try to restore the company to its former glory without pressure from public investors.

Investors strongly criticised Yang three years ago when, as CEO, he rejected a Microsoft offer for the company of $33 a share. Since then Yahoo's share price has fallen dramatically, closing at $15.47 on Friday.

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