QUOTE AND NEWS
Forbes  Feb 17  Comment 
A round-up of everything that happened this week in the credit card and transaction industries
NPR  Feb 16  Comment 
The company warned some users that their accounts may have been accessed using forged cookies in connection with a previously disclosed hack in 2014.
New York Times  Feb 16  Comment 
Verizon is poised to buy the fading internet pioneer, but hacking in 2014 and 2013 could shave close to $300 million off the purchase price.
Clusterstock  Feb 16  Comment 
Yahoo is down 0.4% at $45.47 a share on Thursday morning following a report out from CNET that suggests Yahoo is telling some of its users that hackers may have logged into their accounts, using a forged "cookie" which gives access even without a...
TechCrunch  Feb 16  Comment 
Verizon is reportedly getting a $250 million discount on its Yahoo deal, judge rules CRISPR-Cas9 belongs to the Broad Institute and not UC Berkeley, Pixar teaches the art of storytelling on Khan Academy and MakerBot cuts 30% of its workforce. All...
Clusterstock  Feb 15  Comment 
US equity indexes hit record highs while Treasurys tumbled after data on consumer spending and prices came in well above expectations. Stocks finished at all-time highs for a fifth straight day, the longest streak since 1992.  Here's the...
TechCrunch  Feb 15  Comment 
 Yahoo is continuing to issue warnings to users about several security incidents as it moves toward an acquisition by Verizon. Users are receiving notifications today about unauthorized access to their accounts in 2015 and 2016, which occurred...
New York Times  Feb 15  Comment 
After the revelations of huge data breaches, the new terms would cut the price for Yahoo’s core internet business by close to $300 million, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Forbes  Feb 15  Comment 
Yahoo and Verizon deal done?
newratings.com  Feb 15  Comment 
NEW YORK CITY (dpa-AFX) - Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) are closing in on a revised deal that would reduce the price Verizon would pay for the internet company's core business by about $300 million, according to...




 

Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) is a global internet services company that operates the Yahoo! Internet portal. It provides varied products and content, from email and search to media streaming and downloads. Its main revenue sources come from advertising and marketing services. In fiscal year 2010, Yahoo reported revenues of $6.3 billion and net income of $1.2 billion. While Yahoo's main presence is in the United States, its well-established name and solid partnerships in Asia make international expansion a promising opportunity for the company. In response to the fast growing mobile advertising market, Yahoo has been actively pursuing partnerships with carriers and original equipment manufacturers in the mobile industry, as well as tailoring their existing marketing services to mobile users.

Company Overview

Founded as a web directory by two Stanford graduates in 1994, Yahoo! had become a dominant player in the field of Internet services although its competitive position has since become eclipsed by Google and others. The company had experienced healthy growth in top-line revenue year over year for the last four years, but net income has fallen year-over-year due to increased costs of doing business in the increasingly competitive sphere of internet advertising. Specifically, Yahoo!'s year over year cost of revenue is increasing faster than their revenue growth.

Trends and Forces

Increase in Online Advertising

Advertising spending continues to show a disproportionate skew in favor of newspaper, TV and direct mail. However, the Internet channel has grown at approximately 18% per year--faster than any other channel--taking share from stagnant channels such as newspaper, which has been flat over the same time period. Continued growth in quality and availability of Internet access means that the Internet services sector--particularly Internet advertising--will remain lucrative for some time to come. An increasingly pronounced trend of replacing print directories and classifieds with virtual alternatives will also create a push for online search use as well as increase demand for online classifieds.

Online Video Advertising Growth

Video advertising promises to be a particularly lucrative area of rapid growth in the online advertising sector as online video viewership continues to rise. In research released by comScore, data shows that 175 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in October for an average of 15.1 hours per viewer.[1]. In terms of video property and viewership, Yahoo ranked second with 53.8 million viewers, behind Google Sites's 146.3 million unique viewers and ahead of Viacom Digital, VEVO, and Facebook[1].

  • Branded vs. Search Advertising

Branded advertising is often image-based and usually priced on an "impressions" basis--the more times it shows up, the more the advertiser pays. Search advertisements are primarily text-based and usually rely on click-through; the more times a particular link is clicked, the more Yahoo! is paid. Together, the two constitute a good balance of different kinds of online advertising. However, branded advertising tends to depend very heavily on the economic situation of the brands in question.

  • Mobile Advertising

Mobile advertising is in its nascent stages and is currently growing at more than 20% per year, making it a powerful source of potential growth for Yahoo! On its end, the company has been actively pursuing partnerships with carriers and original equipment manufacturers in the mobile industry, as well as tailoring their existing marketing services to mobile users.[2]

Competition

  • Google is Yahoo!'s biggest competitor in search advertising. Google's acquisition of popular video site YouTube put it directly against Yahoo! in media streaming, and the two already have a long-standing rivalry over search-based online advertising. Yahoo! has lost significant search market share to Google. In 2009, Google made headlines by overtaking Yahoo! in unique users per month. However, Yahoo! recently released a next-generation online advertising platform system called Panama. Their system will in theory optimize advertising profits by increasing the average revenue per search click and has returned modestly successful results so far. Yahoo!'s recent acquisitions of RightMedia and BlueLithium further solidifies its position in display advertising. Finally, Yahoo!'s perceived role as a community-based entertainment site may also give it a slight edge over Google in entertainment-based advertising. However, Google's MySpace-YouTube advertising alliance may be poised to challenge the company.
  • Microsoft, with the introduction of Windows Live and adCenter, Microsoft is also a growing threat. Microsoft's acquisition of LiveJournal gives it a significant foothold in the webblog scene, and along with Google, it has been steadily gaining ground against Yahoo! in the European Internet services market. However, by itself Microsoft remains less a threat than Google.
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