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Google Sells Back Its Stake in AOL. There Goes $700 Million.

Public feed posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 by Clark Dent

Google finally sold back its 5 percent stake in AOL to Time Warner. Originally valued at $1 billion in 2005, Google ended up getting back only $283 million, including some cash distributions. There goes roughly $700 million, but Google already took a writedown on the investment back in the fourth quarter when the whole world was going to pot and nobody really noticed.

Time Warner took back the shares in preparation for the eventual public spinoff of AOL. When Google initially bought the shares, it valued AOL at $20 billion. Based on the price Time Warner paid for the repurchase of the shares, AOL is now worth $5.7 billion. I’m sure by the time it actually goes public, new CEO Time Armstrong and AOL’s bankers are going to be arguing that it is worth a lot more.

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