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Facebook embarks on largest-ever US tech IPO

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-02-02

Facebook filed for a public offering in the US on Wednesday. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will own 56.9% of the voting shares and have economic control of 28% of shares in a company expected to be worth up to 100 billion dollars.

AFP -  Facebook will set a target of raising $5 billion in papers to be filed on Wednesday for an initial public offering, according to reports on Tuesday.

The New York Times and International Financing Review said $5 billion is only a preliminary target for the IPO by the social networking giant and the final size could be larger.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook would seek to raise $10 billion at a valuation of $75 billion to $100 billion.

The Times noted that other Internet companies have raised their fund-raising targets after gauging investor demand.



Facebook is expected to file a prospectus with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday for an IPO that analysts have said would likely be the biggest financial event for the technology industry this year.

The Times, citing people briefed on the matter, said Facebook plans to file for the IPO on Wednesday but it "could still decide to delay its filing."

Both the Times and IFR said Morgan Stanley had been selected as the lead underwriter for the deal.

With a deal size of $10 billion, Facebook would slip into sixth place on the list of largest US IPOs between AT&T Wireless Group ($10.62 billion) and Kraft Foods ($8.68 billion), according to Renaissance Capital.


Even at $5 billion, it would be the largest IPO ever by a US Internet company, eclipsing that of Google in 2004 which raised $1.9 billion and valued the Web search giant at $23 billion.

Date created : 2012-02-02

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