Due to a string of acquisitions and other business distractions, Facebook’s multi-billion dollar initial public offering that was rumored to be set for May 17th may be delayed until early or mid-June, according to CNBC. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has not been preparing for the IPO, but instead has been more focused on running the business and making acquisitions. As a result, the social networking giant’s IPO date will reportedly be pushed back so the company has time to make the appropriate preparations. Facebook filed with the SEC in February, and could raise as much as $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation when it goes public in the coming months. Facebook’s IPO is expected to top Google’s $1.9 billion offering by a wide margin, making it the largest Internet IPO in history. Facebook’s shares will be listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the “FB” ticker symbol. More →
Famed American business magnate Mark Cuban has some sharp words for investors who bought Facebook (FB) shares on their first day of trading and are now crying about the company’s plummeting stock. In a post on his personal Blog Maverick page, Cuban says that investors should have absolutely known what they were getting into when they plunged their money into yet another risky tech IPO and added that it’s wrong to blame Facebook for charging $38 per share when people were willing to pay for it. More →
Pennsylvania-based law firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP on Friday filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook regarding the handling of its initial public offering, which was made on March 18th. On the day of its IPO, the company was hit with a privacy-related class action lawsuit seeking $15 billion in damages. This new complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges Facebook and multiple officers, directors and underwriters with violating the Securities Act of 1933 by failing to disclose or disregarding material adverse facts that were known to them. More →
Facebook made its initial public offering last Friday and while it didn’t go as smoothly as many had hoped, the offering was still the largest of its kind. Facebook stock began trading at $42 on Friday before closing just above $38, the IPO price set by bankers the night before. The stock has since slid further, touching $30 in pre-market trading on Wednesday morning, and media coverage has turned sour as investors continue to balk. All things considered, however, the $16 billion Facebook raised on Friday smashed Google’s earlier record by more than eight times and made Facebook’s offering the biggest in Internet IPO history. To put things in perspective as Facebook’s stock battles to climb back to the $38 mark and beyond, The New York Times released an interactive comparison tool that shows us all of the things Facebook’s $105 billion IPO-day market capitalization is worth more than. One example: The Hershey Company, T. Rowe Price, The Gap, Marriott International, Best Buy, Southwest Airlines, Trip Advisor, Safeway, Netflix, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, Big Lots, Buffalo Wild Wings, TiVo, Papa John’s, Earthlink and Shutterfly… combined. More →
Facebook on Thursday set the share price for its initial public offering at $38. Shares of Facebook will begin trading on the NASDAQ exchange after the opening bell on Friday, and the social networking giant could raise as much as $16 billion. The offering will be the largest ever Internet IPO, besting the $1.4 billion raised by Google in 2004 by a substantial margin. A total of 421,233,615 shares of its common stock will be made available. Facebook’s press release follows below. More →
Just two days before its initial public offering, Facebook has increased the number of shares it will offer by 25%. The social networking giant will now offer 421 million shares to investors, 83.8 million shares more than it had originally planned to make available. Facebook is looking to price its stock between $34 and $38 per share, potentially allowing the company to raise more than $16 billion, making it the largest technology IPO and third-largest of all time behind Visa and GM. Fortune notes that the share increase will not affect Facebook’s valuation, however, as the extra shares are being reallocated out of the company’s existing share count. Facebook will be listed on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol FB. More →
Facebook on Tuesday raised its initial public offering price target range to between $34 and $38 per share in response to strong demand, an increase from $28 to $35, according to a new filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The new price range pushes the social networking company’s valuation to between $93 billion and $104 billion. Facebook will offer a total of 388 million shares, and is looking to raise $14.7 billion. Facebook will make its initial public offering on May 18th and its shares will be listed on the NASDAQ exchange under the “FB” ticker symbol. More →
Facebook will set its share price range between the high-$20s and mid-$30s when it makes its initial public offering later this month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. According to the paper’s unnamed sources, the company is seeking a valuation of between $85 billion and $95 billion. Facebook is expected to make its offering on May 18th following a series of meetings with investors, and it could raise as much as $10 billion according to earlier reports. Facebook’s IPO is expected to be the largest such offering in history by an Internet company, besting Google’s $1.9 billion 2004 offering by a wide margin.
UPDATE: Facebook will offer 337.4 million shares priced between $28 and $35 per share, StreetInsider.com reports. According to CNBC, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will personally sell 30.2 million shares when Facebook makes its public offering, valued at roughly $1 billion. More →
Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly set to make its initial public offering on May 18th, a day later than earlier reports had claimed. Company co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and chief financial officer David Ebersman will take part in a roadshow beginning on Monday that will see the company host a number of meetings to pitch its stock to investors, The Wall Street Journal reports. An offering will then be made on May 18th, the report claims. Facebook’s IPO could raise a much as $10 billion and value the company at as much as $100 billion, making it the largest Internet IPO in history. Google’s 2004 offering currently holds the record at $1.9 billion. Facebook will be listed on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol FB. More →
George Colony, founder and CEO of Forrester Research, keeps a blog that “contains ideas, observations, and analyses to help drive the success of other CEOs.” In a post yesterday, Mr. Colony bluntly stated that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is, to date, “a one-trick pony.” In acknowledging that Facebook is an excellent concept, Mr. Colony also writes that Mr. Zuckerberg has not “morphed” Facebook all that much from its original form. It is still the same idea, and for that reason, the market-research company’s CEO is skeptical.
“We didn’t declare Andy Grove a great CEO based on Intel’s domination of the dynamic random access memory market,” writes Mr. Colony. “But when he survived a close brush with bankruptcy, pivoted the company into microprocessors, and teamed with Microsoft to dominate personal computers, we recognized what a great CEO he had become.” The article also cites Steve Jobs’ ability to turn his creativity into “important products across three generations of customers and four unique generations of computing,” as an example.
“Zuckerberg appears to have the raw material to be a great CEO,” the post continues, “but we won’t know if he is or isn’t until he creates a new popular product or morphs Facebook into a monetary engine that justifies its current irrational valuation.” It seems as though Forrester’s CEO is saying what many — especially those on Wall Street contemplating a Facebook IPO — are thinking.
Now, George Colony may be getting a bit ahead of himself, as both Andy Grove and Steve Jobs have had decades to prove their mettle. But the article does foster great discussion points about Zuck, Facebook, and the privately held company’s $33 billion valuation. So sound off! We want to know what you think about the world’s largest social network, its CEO, and its current price-tag.
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Bloomberg is reporting that social network Facebook will postpone an IPO until 2012. Investors have been speculating that the world’s largest social network — valued at $24.9 billion — would go public sometime in 2011. Bloomberg writes, “Waiting lets Zuckerberg, 26, hone the skills needed to steer a company that issues quarterly results while facing criticism on such matters as user privacy.” Facebook declined to comment, and Zuckerberg himself said his company would offer an IPO, “when it makes sense.” People familiar with the company estimate that the social network would bring in as much as $1.4 billion in sales in 2010 alone. Would any of you jump on the Facebook IPO if given the opportunity? More →