Microsoft Gives Yahoo Deadline on Offer

Microsoft set the clock ticking for Yahoo to accept its $41 billion buyout offer in a letter to the Internet pioneer’s board Saturday, warning that if a deal wasn’t reached by April 26 the software maker would launch a hostile takeover at a less attractive price.

“If we have not concluded an agreement within the next three weeks, we will be compelled to take our case directly to your shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy contest to elect an alternative slate of directors for the Yahoo board,” wrote Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

“If we are forced to take an offer directly to your shareholders, that action will have an undesirable impact on the value of your company from our perspective which will be reflected in the terms of our proposal,” he wrote.

Yahoo! Finance

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