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Facebook files for $5 billion IPO under predictable ticker symbol

Facebook’s IPO

As suspected, Facebook today filed their Form S-1 Registration Statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, targeting a $5 billion initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker “FB” as most guessed it would be. Expectations for their IPO was for $10 billion which would have made it the fourth largest IPO in American history, with only Visa, General Motors, and AT&T Wireless launching with bigger IPOs.

In any IPO filing, companies are required to list risk factors that would have an impact on their stock prices – Facebook lists innovations from Google, Microsoft, and Twitter as their top risk factors.

This marks Silicon Valley’s largest IPO in history and remains the largest social network with 845 million users at the close of 2011. In the company’s preliminary filing, they say their net income rose to $1 billion in 2011, hitting the $3.71 billion revenue mark last year. Annual revenue grew 154 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 88 percent from 2010 to 2011.

Facebook currently has $3.9 billion cash on hand, and because of a 42 percent increase in ads delivered in 2011 and an 18 percent rise in ad prices for the year, ad revenue rose from $1.9 billion in 2010 to $3.2 billion in 2011. Revenue in 2009 was 100 percent advertising, in 2010 was 95 percent advertising and in 2011 was 85 percent advertising, with Zynga now representing 12 percent of Facebook’s business.

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The Facebook mobile app is most downloaded app on all smartphones, announcing 425 million mobile users in December. When the SEC approves the IPO filing, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg will own 28.4 percent of the company, co-founder Dustin Moskovitz will own 7 percent, and while Sheryl Sandberg will own 0.1 percent of the company with 2 million shares, she has another 4.7 million shares she has not excercised yet. Peter Thiel’s stake is worth $2.2 billion and Jim Breyer’s stake is worth roughly $10 billion.

Facebook has now entered the traditional “silence period” as the company awaits their approval for IPO from the SEC. During this time, Facebook will not make any drastic announcements that would make an impact on their potential stocks, so expect the company to be quiet in coming weeks.

Form S-1 Registration Statement

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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