Yahoo investor backs management if Microsoft trims bid
In an interview, portfolio manager Bill Miller of Legg Mason, which is the second biggest Yahoo shareholder with a nearly 7 percent stake, calls Microsoft’s moves to threaten a lowered bid a “blunder.”
“If Microsoft lowers the price I’m not prepared to say that’s better than Yahoo remaining independent,” he said.
Miller adds, “If Microsoft raises the offer, the pressure shifts very quickly to Yahoo to negotiate … To me, bumping the number up a buck [from $31 a share], that would have a big impact psychologically on shareholders.”
But it looks like Miller’s peers within the shareholders group are ready to throw in the towel. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster on Monday said their survey of 20 institutional Yahoo shareholders say most of them favor the current deal to no deal at all.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock tells Bloomberg the company’s growth plans is gaining investor support.
Either shareholders are more willing to divulge their true feelings to Munster or Bostock is delusional. We’re not sure.
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