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Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Is Undervalued Based on the Sum of Parts Analysis

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) shares have risen following moves by new management to restore growth. In a previous article, I had discussed the changes at Yahoo! with a particular focus on its renewed push into mobile. There is still more upside to the shares with most of the company’s value actually coming from its ownership interests in Yahoo! Japan and the Alibaba Group. Based on a sum of the parts analysis, investors are valuing Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s core business at just $4.00-$4.50 per share.

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Alibaba Group accounts for $9.50 – $11.50 of Yahoo!’s value per share

Yahoo! has a 24% ownership interest in Alibaba Group currently. Half of its interest was converted last year to cash and preferred notes. Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has $831 million in Alibaba preferred notes.

Alibaba Group has internet-based businesses that focus on making it simple for small businesses to buy and sell online from anywhere in the world. It has developed consumer e-commerce, online payment, and business to business markets. It reaches users in 240 counties., one of its 25 business units, is the global e-commerce platform. It facilitates cross border trade to help small businesses become global. At the end of 2012, it had 36.7 million users with 2.8 million storefronts.

The China portion of the business is of high interest and accounts for a significant portion of Alibaba’s value in TaoBao and Tmall. Consumers in China rapidly adopted online shopping versus bricks and mortar. Alibaba’s operations benefit from the ongoing shift to buying online, the increasing purchasing power of the consumer, and the size of the Chinese market. China has 77.7 million users and 8.5 million storefronts. It also has the Taobao Marketplace, the most popular consumer-to-consumer Chinese marketplace, with 800 million listings and 500 million users. It is one of the world’s 20 most visited websites.

Alibaba Group reported an increase in revenue of 80% in 4Q12 to $1.84 billion y/y. Operating income rose 172% y/y to $753 million and a margin of 41%. The results were better than expected by analysts and have driven the shares of Yahoo! higher. Following the results, some pushed their valuation of Alibaba up by 25%.

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