NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Shares of

AOL

(AOL)

shares spiked higher on Friday after a media report that the company has hired

Evercore Partners

(EVR) - Get Report

to find a buyer for its patents and explore other strategic options.

Citing three people with knowledge of the matter,

Bloomberg

reported that AOL had engaged the investment banking advisory firm to find a purchaser for its more than 800 patents.

AOL is seeking a buyer for its patents, according to Bloomberg

The Internet giant's stock surged after the report appeared, closing up 72 cents, or 4.05%, at $18.49 on Friday.

AOL has not yet responded to the

TheStreet's

request for comment on this story. Evercore Partners declined to comment.

Citing its sources,

Bloomberg

also reported that private equity firms, including

Providence Equity Partners

,

TPG Capital

, and

Silver Lake

, have approached AOL about taking the New York-based company private.

Silver Lake, TPG Capital and Providence Equity Partners all declined to comment on this story.

Shares of AOL, which has wrestled with

subscriber losses

, were up 14 cents, or 0.76%, to $18.63 in extended trading on Friday.

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