The board of Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) is weighing a sale of its core Internet business when it meets this week, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The board’s meeting comes amid a broader debate about the future of the company and that of high-profile Chief Executive Marissa Mayer.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the possible sale of the Internet business late on Tuesday. People familiar with the matter told the newspaper the board was expected to also discuss during meetings from Wednesday through Friday whether to proceed with a plan to spin off more than $30 billion in shares of Alibaba Holding Group Ltd (BABA.N). The company could also pursue both options, the paper said.
The company’s shares were up more than 7 percent in extended trading.
Yahoo’s core business, which includes popular services like Yahoo Mail and its news and sports sites, could attract private equity firms, media and telecom companies or firms like Softbank Group Corp (9984.T), analysts have said in the past.
Yahoo declined to comment on the report.
The news comes as Mayer faces growing pressure over the company’s performance. Mayer came to Yahoo after a long stint at Google.
Her arrival kicked off heightened expectations of a quick turnaround at Yahoo, which had struggled to grow its advertising business to compete with market leaders Google and Facebook.
Hopes of a comeback crumbled as Yahoo’s plan to push mobile, video, native and social media ads – a strategy Mayer introduced in 2014 under the acronym Mavens – failed…