Hammer time at Yahoo under Bartz

Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings will be announced on a conference call Tuesday, and it'll most likely be ugly.

Yahoo's fourth-quarter earnings will be announced on a conference call Tuesday, and it'll most likely be ugly. New CEO Carol Bartz, who two weeks ago began by demanding that everyone give the company "some friggin' breathing room," won't get any breathing room from investors. Instead, she gets to present the results of her predecessor Jerry Yang's final months of underachievement. The only ray of hope most investors have is that Bartz will be more blunt than Yang ever was.

Analysts mostly expect Bartz to announce that ad revenues have dropped off steeply, that more layoffs are coming, and that Yahoo's perpetual negotiations with Microsoft to buy the company are still on -- a promise some analysts say has kept Yahoo share prices from falling even lower than today's US$11 range.

Yang, the co-founder who came back as CEO in mid-2007, never seemed able to speak candidly or appear decisive. In his own debut call back then, he promised to map out a new long-term strategy in 100 days, and to make "any necessary changes" to turn Yahoo into "a company that powers and delights all of its communities by creating indispensable experiences."

Instead, Yang's biggest changes were the start of awkward, demoralizing layoffs and the shutdown of not-so-hot products, such as the paid subscription Yahoo Music Unlimited service. In his final earnings call in October, Yang vaguely talked up "progress" that mostly sounded like shutdowns and layoffs. Yang himself was ousted a month later.

Bartz has taken the opposite approach, refusing to make 100-day promises while, as one anonymous tipster put it, "cutting through the BS like a knife" behind the scenes. Let's hope she does that on the call.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags YahooCarol Bartz

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Boutin

The Industry Standard
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?