David is a Partner and Co-Head of private equity at Apollo Global Management, a public alternative asset manager that invests across yield, hybrid, and equity strategies with 680 investment professionals overseeing $550 billion in assets.
Yahoo is a global media and tech company that connects people to their passions. Its origins date back to 1995 as one of the pioneers of the early internet era. It is well known for its web portal, mail, finance, and sports verticals, and houses a series of other businesses including the legacy of AOL.
Our conversation covers the modern Yahoo, its recent corporate history, and Apollo’s carveout of the business from Verizon. We discuss the deal dynamic, ownership plan across growth opportunities of core assets and divestment of non-core assets, new management team, tuck-in acquisitions on the come, and growth drivers going forward.
03:49 Apollo’s history and style
05:51 Current state of Yahoo
06:52 Economics behind the brand
08:36 Yahoo’s ownership history
13:57 Internal opportunities
18:30 Other business segments
21:05 Structure of the deal
24:21 Developing O&O assets
25:51 Building excitement around Yahoo
28:07 Opportunity for tuck-in acquisitions
30:35 Generating further growth
34:50 Formulating an exit strategy
36:33 Competition amongst large peers
38:36 Lessons learned from the deal