"Investors braced for the worst," said Jeffrey Lindsay, analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. "... these results are poor, but relative to what people were expecting, they're not so bad."
Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said Yahoo was not changing its financial view for 2008, even though a difficult economic environment is weighing on online advertising. "We are pretty pleased (with results), relative to both the distractions and the economy," he said in an interview.
Yahoo executives made no secret that the quarter included unusual headaches, particularly the back-and-forth with Microsoft. Chief Executive Jerry Yang referred to the battle as "extraordinary," and President Sue Decker called it a "swirl."
In spite of the distraction caused by Icahn and Microsoft , Yang said on a conference call his company intended to keep looking at possible transactions.
"We have looked at just about every alternative you could imagine as far as looking at how do we best position the company to go forward either through transactions and/or financial options," he said.
Second-quarter net income fell to $131 million, or 9 cents per diluted share, from $161 million, or 11 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, Yahoo earned $139 million, or 10 cents per share, down from $163 million, or 12 cents per share, a year ago.