As Microsoft weighs its acquisition options with Yahoo, it’s interesting that its board is pretty much leaving the decision to CEO Steve Ballmer. Could it be that Ballmer’s next move be the one that decides his future at Microsoft?
Ballmer really doesn’t face an easy option when it comes to his company’s takeover bid with Yahoo. There’s not a "no brainer" decision that he can opt for, and walk away with everyone smiling. Consider his choices:
- Offer more for Yahoo. Microsoft has indicated it might increase its bid to $33 a share, but that’s still off from the $35-37 number that Yahoo (and its shareholders) appear to want. Offering more would bring a swift conclusion to the protracted negotiations, but down the road he might find stakeholders questioning whether he overpaid or not.