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Facebook Expected To Go Public Next Week 192

First time accepted submitter foozie writes "Many credible sources, including Forbes and CBS, say that Facebook will finally IPO next week, raising about $10 billion and valuating at $75 billion, almost three times the valuation of Google at the point of their IPO in 2004. This shift raises questions about how the new ownership will affect the company's ability to innovate and remain on the forefront of social media."
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Facebook Expected To Go Public Next Week

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  • RTFA (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29, 2012 @09:25AM (#38856711)

    It won't IPO next week. It might *file* for it. Sigh.

  • Timothy You Dolt (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29, 2012 @09:28AM (#38856731)

    This headline and summary are totally incorrect. The story is that Facebook is going to FILE for an IPO, which is a big difference from actually going public. It will be months before that actually happens. For any gullible readers, you won't be able to buy or sell FB shares next week.

    Once again, come to slashdot to see news stories mangled up beyond recognition by incompetent editors.

  • by decora ( 1710862 ) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @09:49AM (#38856853) Journal

    and who will be the 'bookrunner' for this IPO? who will suck up untold millions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of joe blow investors get screwed by the IPO process? who are the favored few hedge funders and well-connected who get to make a lifetime's savings in a few seconds simply for knowing the right people?

    is it Goldman Sachs, is it Merrill Lynch? Morgan Stanley?

    Well, there is one thing we know for sure: the Bookrunner would not exist, unless you, your tax dollars, bailed them out in 2008. Because god knows, without these hard working wall street guys and hedge fund managers skimming tens of millions off of the process of an IPO, there is no way that we could ever have innovation or progress.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 29, 2012 @12:02PM (#38857607)
    They aren't sitting on a mountain of earned money, if thats what you are thinking. They simply do not have the profits or revenue to justify their valuation. It will be very interesting to see their IPO prospectus to see if they can even imagineer a credible plan to acheive revenue/profits. Tech IPOs are a suckers game. They are structured to gives VCs, founders, early investors, and well connected investors their 10-100x investment bang and perhaps another round or two get a few % gain out of the suckers. That is all.
  • by oldlurker ( 2502506 ) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @01:01PM (#38858025)

    ...I'd like to know how much ad revenue have they generated in the past year, which would be a small fraction of it's valuation....

    To extend on those remarks, two years ago the entire online advertising market was about $25B annually, with about half that going to GOOG for search placement. Old timers like myself will be surprised that only about a third of the online ad market is banner ads. I suppose adblocker-type technology will eventually completely kill off that market segment, or at least I hope it does. Anyway, FB can only be a small fraction of $10B ad revenue.

    In normal market conditions companies used to sell for P.E. ratios in the single digit-ish range, but for a couple decades ultra high PE ratios have taken over. Once the baby boomers cash in their 401Ks that'll drop back to normal. Anyway it would not be all that out of line for a couple billion in revenue to account for a couple dozen billion in valuation.

    Also the data they have is useful for spam services that are not online. Expect it to be mandatory to link your postal spam mail address and your social security number to your FB account, supposedly to cut down on griefers and spammers, but more likely to make the data they have on you more valuable.

    Facebook has become a giant in web advertising. Their revenue was estimated at $3.8 billion in 2011 (slightly lower than their own prediction of $4b), and to reach $7b next year (2013). Similar numbers have been reported many places, but one source: []

    Total online ad market is at $31b, so Facebook has 12% market share of the global online ad market. source: [] . Their market share of users and time is even higher than that - 16% -- source: []

  • Re:Innovate? (Score:4, Informative)

    by kyrio ( 1091003 ) on Sunday January 29, 2012 @01:16PM (#38858141) Homepage
    GeoCities had many very high traffic user sites on it. Just because your world revolves around Facebook, it doesn't mean every other person's Internet use is that shallow.

    Also, if I want to catch up with old friends, I'll call them.

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