FILE PHOTO: The logo of Line Corp is seen at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Sources told Reuters the previous day a deal could see SoftBank Corp (9434.T), which controls Z Holdings, and Line’s parent Naver Corp (035420.KS) form a 50/50 venture. The venture would control Z Holdings, which would in turn operate Line and Yahoo, the sources said.
Z Holdings said in a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange that discussions were underway but nothing had been decided.
Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Chris Reese