Mithras Capital, a small Yahoo institutional shareholder, is suggesting that Microsoft take another look at Yahoo and buy the company for $22 per share. That’s $9 less than Microsoft’s original bid for Yahoo during the takeover saga earlier this year. Yahoo shares are now trading near their 52 week low.
As of the stock market’s close yesterday Yahoo shares were trading at $12.65. Microsoft’s final bid for Yahoo was $33 per share before Redmond formally pulled its offer in May. Yahoo’s 52 week high was just over $34 per share. At the time of the original Microsoft offer in February, Yahoo shares were trading at about $19.
The worsening economy is a wild card for everyone here. Microsoft may be newly enticed to revisit acquisition talks by Yahoo’s declining share price, while Yahoo may be compelled to close a deal with AOL or, potentially, come back to the bargaining table with Microsoft if the latter puts forth a serious bid.
None of these options are entirely palatable to Yahoo I’m sure. And Microsoft has to be wary of any renewed public offer for the California company. But times have dramatically changed in the last several months and shareholders are both more nervous and less greedy than they were six months ago.