Yahoo: Long on Hope, Short on Details
Loeb certainly can't be happy that Yahoo!'s search deal with Microsoft(MSFT) isn't living up to expectations, generating way less revenue than Yahoo! anticipated. CFO Tim Morse described the lack of progress on the revenue per search (RPS) agreement with Microsoft as "concerning," but tried to assuage concerns, saying expectations will be met before the agreement runs out. This seems more like the Yahoo! of old than the new Yahoo!
Additionally, the search war has been lost, and lost badly, to Google(GOOG) .
Other investors were not impressed, and given the lack of detail and months of vague talk, who can blame them? Ironfire Capital co-founder and managing director Eric Jackson told TheStreet that he was underwhelmed by Thompson's comments. "I wasn't really impressed," he said, in an interview. "
Despite showing growth for the first time since 2008, it seems like it is more of the same at Yahoo! Sure, news that talks with Alibaba are "active" about monetizing Yahoo!'s 40% stake in the company are positive. Thompson's attempt, however, to turn core Yahoo! around may fall flat if it's long on hope and short on details. The CEO said more details will be coming in the next 90 days.
It remains to be seen whether investors are willing to wait that long.
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--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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