Yahoo: glad for the greenbacks

Contact: Brenon Daly

Completing its second divestiture in less than a month, Yahoo said Wednesday that it was selling its online help-wanted site HotJobs to Monster Worldwide. Yahoo will get $225m in cash for HotJobs, roughly half the $436m the search engine paid for the job-listing site back in December 2001. The original acquisition called for Yahoo to cover the purchase with half cash and half stock. On the divestiture, we’re pretty sure Yahoo is glad terms called for straight cash.

We understand that at various points during the process, which played out over the past 15 months, Yahoo considered taking a mix of cash and Monster equity or even Monster shares outright for HotJobs. That would have been a kick in the gut to Yahoo, which has had enough problems with its own equity in recent times. The reason? Monster stock dropped 12% on Thursday after the company came up short of Wall Street earnings expectations for the fourth quarter amid a 27% decline in revenue. Had Yahoo taken Monster shares, the $225m deal would be worth just $198m at the end of its first day.