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Investor TCS Capital calls on Yelp to explore sale or merger with Angi


(Reuters) – Activist investor TCS Capital Management on Tuesday urged Yelp Inc to either explore a sale or a merger with online-services company Angi Inc, sending shares of the service-recommendation site 10% higher in premarket trading.

TCS Capital, which is one of Yelp’s top shareholders with a stake of more than 4%, said the company was “shockingly undervalued.”

“As a former board member and longtime investor in ANGI, I believe that a Yelp and ANGI combination would yield enormous revenue synergies and cost savings that could ultimately double the value of Yelp’s shares,” said Eric Semler, TCS Capital’s founder wrote in a letter.

Alternatively, Semler suggested that Yelp could be sold for at least $70 per share, or more than double the current stock price.

Shares of Yelp were up at $36.03 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

A Yelp spokesperson said the company “maintains an active dialogue with our shareholders and values constructive feedback on our business and ways to create value.”

Angi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Samrhitha Arunasalam in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Shinjini Ganguli)

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