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    Oath CEO Armstrong considers buying out Verizon: report


    There is talks at play but it has not been confirmed yet by Verizon Directly. Also This talk is reportedly Oath's way to respond to AT&T's take over of Warner Media division.

    Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is reportedly considering buying out Verizon and spinning out Oath, the combined company of AOL and Yahoo, as a standalone company.

    According to The Information, talks between Armstrong and Verizon arenít currently underway, but interest in separating Verizon and Oath is still present. While Armstrong reportedly wants Oath to be a standalone company, other investors are pushing for a private equity funded buyout where Verizon stays on as a shareholder.

    In either case, buying Oath from Verizon would reportedly cost around $10 billion. Verizon paid approximately $9 billion combined for AOL (which it bought in 2015) and Yahoo (which it bought last year).

    Any discussions of splitting off Oath are reportedly stemming from Verizonís upcoming CEO transition. Current CEO Lowell McAdam is retiring at the end of the year and Hans Vestberg is taking his place. As the report points out, McAdam helped spearhead Verizonís push into media through the AOL and Yahoo deals, while Vestberg (a former CEO for network company Ericsson) is expected to shift Verizonís resources toward 5G networks.

    The report also said that Oath has been somewhat frustrated by the difficulty in gaining access to Verizonís customer data. The process has been hamstrung by Verizonís privacy rules, which allow subscribers to opt into data collection programs, meaning customer data is often either not available or there are delays in gaining access to it.

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    Verizon stock is up, near a 52 week high, while AT&T is down, near a 52 week low.

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