Skype Founders Rumored to be Trying to Buy Back Company From Ebay

April 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former Skype owners Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, have approached several private equity firms and are pooling their own substantial resources to make a bid for the Internet calling service, according to several sources.  The founders of Skype, sold their internet telephony company to eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion, plus bonus payouts that increased the final price to $3.1 billion.  But the deal has yet to pay off for the online auctioneer who may be looking to sell Skype back looking for at least $1.7 billion, the New York Times reports
Skype made $145 million in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008, and boasts 405 million users, up sharply from the 53 million registered users at the time of its sale. Recently Skype launched an application for the Apple iPhone, allowing iPhone users to take advantage of the service. Despite those positive steps, EBay has admitted, that Skype has few synergies with its core e-commerce and payments businesses.


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