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Internet Oldies AOL And Yahoo Sold ... Again

Yahoo and AOL, two of the Internet's oldest and best-known brands, will have a new owner. Again.

Verizon announced it is spinning off the properties, which it acquired in separate transactions in 2015 and 2017, to the private equity firm Apollo, in a deal valued at $5 billion.

In buying AOL and Yahoo, Verizon was hoping to partake of some of the big advertising dollars that large tech companies like Facebook and Google were raking in.

However, that bet didn't quite pay off as it had hoped, and Verizon ended up writing down sizable losses. Since then, its rivals' grip on Internet advertising has strengthened further, and Verizon has been spinning off other sites it acquired. Last year, it sold HuffPost to BuzzFeed.

Today, Apollo sees value in Yahoo's name and audience, which is sizable and skews young. It has also grown by double digits in the last two quarters.

In a statement announcing the deal, Verizon and Apollo note Yahoo has "nearly 900 million monthly active users worldwide." The transaction is expected to be finalized later this year, and CEO Guru Gowrappan will continue to be in charge.

Under the terms of the deal, Verizon will hold onto a small stake in the company.

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