The new company will be called Aabaco Holdings and will be made up of $32 billion in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) shares and a division named Yahoo Small Business. The BABA shares will account for about 95% of Aabaco's total assets. Yahoo has not provided any financial details of the small business division.
The Alibaba spin-off is a way for Yahoo to avoid the huge capital gains tax it would owe by simply selling its shares in Alibaba.
Some investors will also view it as a secondary way to play Alibaba stock at a much lower price. That could lead to a short-term drop in the Alibaba stock price when Aabaco shares hit the market.
Many also believe that Alibaba could end up buying Aabaco shares. The purchase would likely happen at a premium to the Aabaco stock price, thus banking investors a quick gain.
However, there is little incentive for Alibaba to follow through with a purchase. The company just raised $25 billion through its IPO. It's unlikely the company would want to turn around less than a year later and reacquire those shares.
The Yahoo stock price has climbed nearly 2% from Friday's open.
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