Report: Microsoft won't up its bid for Yahoo

Microsoft isn't planning to raise its initial unsolicited US$44.6bn (£22.5bn) bid to buy Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Microsoft isn't planning to raise its initial unsolicited US$44.6bn (£22.5bn) bid to buy Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Although some have said Microsoft would up the ante for the company, people familiar with the deal told the Journal that it was unlikely to happen. The sources said Microsoft was using the possibility of an increased bid to entice Yahoo to meet to discuss the offer. So far the companies have only met once.

"There's no reason to bid against ourselves," one of these people told the Journal. Microsoft's bid was initially worth $44.6bn (£22.5bn), however a decline in Microsoft's shares means the offer is currently about $42bn (£21bn).

Yahoo declined to comment on the report. Microsoft could not be reached for comment.

Yahoo rejected Microsoft's offer on 10 February, saying it undervalued the company.

According to the Journal's sources, Microsoft believes it can wait because it doubts Yahoo investors were swayed by the company's recent presentation on its three-year financial plan. The sources also said Microsoft doesn't think anything in the presentation would justify a higher price.

Other people told the Journal that Microsoft has no immediate plans to nominate a slate of directors to replace Yahoo's directors.

The Journal also said Yahoo may be amenable to an offer of $40 a share from Microsoft, although others believe it will be in the mid-$30 range.

Although there have been rumours about a deal that would merge Time Warner's AOL internet business into Yahoo, the sources told the Journal that the mostly likely outcome would be an acquisition by Microsoft, in part, because no company wants to take on the leading software company.

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