Yahoo! (YHOO) Stock Climbing as Alibaba Stake Spinoff Remains on Track

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) are climbing by 0.87% to $40.82 after CEO Marissa Mayer said that the company's plan for a spinoff of its stake in Alibaba (BABA) is on track as planned, Bloomberg reports.

"We're proceeding with our plan as proposed," Mayer said. "It's based on an understanding of a few key things. I can't presume to speak for the IRS but given our understanding of that fact pattern, we should proceed with the transaction as planned."

When Yahoo said it planned to spin off its Alibaba assets in January, the process was expected to be tax free. The stake was valued at almost $40 billion, Bloomberg reports.

As Alibaba shares will be distributed to Yahoo shareholders, Mayer said she's confident about the plan, Bloomberg noted.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates YAHOO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate YAHOO INC (YHOO) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • YHOO's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Although YHOO's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.44, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, YAHOO INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: YHOO Ratings Report

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