Verizon Considers Selling Yahoo!, AOL

Verizon Communications is reportedly considering selling its media division which includes brands such as Yahoo! and AOL, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg reports that Verizon Communications is considering selling its media division, according to people familiar with the matter. Verizon is reportedly attempting to offload once-mighty brands such as Yahoo! and AOL. Verizon Media could be worth as much as $5 billion, according to sources.

The company is reportedly in talks with Apollo Global Management about a deal but details on how a deal would be structured or if other suitors are involved were not clear. No final decision has been made and Verizon could opt to hold on to the unit.

The move comes as Verizon divests tertiary media assets while ramping up its focus on its wireless division and the expansion of its 5G services. Last year the company agreed to sell the HuffPost online news service to BuzzFeed and it sold the blogging platform Tumblr in 2019.

The divestiture could be a sign of Verizon’s final retreat from its foray into online advertising, a business division that was never particularly profitable for the company. Vierzon purchased Yahoo!’s internet properties in 2017 for around $4.5 billion and it acquired AOL in 2015 for about $4.4 billion.