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Yahoo sells $191 mn in Google stock

Yahoo sold $191 mn in Google stock in the latter's IPO, cashing out some of the 2.7 mn shares it got to settle two disputes.

| Updated on: Aug 28 2004, 11:29 IST

Yahoo Inc said on Friday it sold $191 million in Google Inc stock in the latter's initial public offering, cashing out some of the 2.7 million shares Google gave Yahoo this month to settle two disputes.

Yahoo sold 2.3 million of the Class A shares last week at $82.62 apiece. Google shares began trading on August 19, following its IPO. Yahoo spokesman Ruben Osorio wasn't willing to immediately comment on the stock sale. Google spokesman David Krane declined to comment.

In exchange for giving Yahoo 2.7 million shares on August 9, Google got a perpetual license to Yahoo's patent on matching online advertisements to Web-search results.

Yahoo, of Sunnyvale, California, also agreed to drop another dispute over warrants to purchase shares that Google granted it under a partnership signed in 2000. The stock of the Mountain View, California-based Internet search engine finished at $106.15 Friday, down $1.76, or 1.6 per cent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Yahoo also converted 1.1 million Class B common shares into a like amount of Class A stock, leaving Yahoo with 1.48 million Class A shares. Yahoo holds Class B stock, which has greater voting power, because it was an early investor in Google.

Yahoo disclosed the information in a filing on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Initially, Yahoo incorrectly reported that Michael J Callahan, its general counsel, sold 2.3 million Yahoo shares. It later corrected the filing.

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First Published Date: 28 Aug, 11:29 IST