Alibaba Group and Softbank are trying to woo investors to help them acquire Yahoo outright, a new report claims.
Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported today that the companies are looking for investment firms that haven't signed . Terms of the nondisclosure agreement ban companies that have signed it from talking with other firms about entering into strategic partnerships to acquire the online giant.
However, as Bloomberg reported, according to its sources, Yahoo "prefers to sell a smaller stake, rather than cede complete control," so Alibaba and Softbank's efforts might come up empty.
Talk of Yahoo being acquired has continued since the company fired then-CEO Carol Bartz earlier this year.have reportedly shown interest in acquiring all or part of Yahoo, but so far, the company hasn't fielded any bids.
Alibaba Group. Earlier this year, the company's chairman, Jack Ma, said that he's "very interested" in buying the online giant. But as with other potential suitors, Alibaba needs the help of other firms to make a deal happen, and it appears it's trying to find those companies now.
Yahoo currently holds a 40 percent stake in Alibaba. The company is also a major stockholder in Softbank.