Verizon Communications Inc said on Monday it has agreed to sell its media unit, that includes Yahoo and AOL, to Apollo Global Management Inc for $5 billion, as it looks to offload its digital media business.
Verizon has struggled to grow its media business, declaring them nearly worthless with a $4.6 billion write-down in 2018. Bigger players such as Facebook and Google have sweeped the digital advertising market.
Verizon will get $4.25 billion in cash, preferred interests of $750 million and retain a 10% stake in Verizon Media, as part of the deal terms.
Verizon Media’s portfolio includes online brands such as TechCrunch, Makers, Ryot and Flurry, according to its website. It reported revenue of $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2021.
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