Facebook filed for IPO

Social network Facebook Wednesday, February 1, has applied for an initial public offering (IPO), reports Agence France-Presse. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, it is expected that the IPO will take place this spring.

During the initial public offering, according to the documents sent to the Commission on Securities and Exchange Commission (US Securities and Exchange Commission), the company intends to raise $ 5 billion. If Facebook is able to achieve this goal, it will be the largest IPO in the history of Internet companies.

In the application for IPO guide Facebook reports that in 2011 the social network a profit of $ 668 million, and its revenue was $ 3.7 billion. 85 percent of the proceeds received by the Facebook advertising. At the beginning of January 2012, in the social network was 845 million active users.

The shares Facebook is one of the most anticipated in the market after the IPO, conducted by Google in 2004. Talk about leaving Facebook on the stock exchange were made in the past few years, but the leadership of the social network, including its creator – Mark Zuckerberg, – the exact date of IPO is not called.

In autumn 2011, the media, citing unnamed sources in the leadership Facebook reported that the company plans to hold an initial public between April and July 2012 and to attract $ 10 billion, which would be the fourth largest IPO in U.S. history.

In December 2011, Mark Zuckerberg said that after going public social network he created in 2004, will seek to enter in the number of “blue chip”. By “blue chip” stocks include the largest, liquid and reliable companies with stable income received and dividends paid.

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