Facebook IPO: Is It Worth It?

Facebook Financial Summary:

Jan. 2011 – Sept. 2011

Assets: $5.6 billion
Cash/cash equivalents: $3.5 billion
Debt: $0
Shareholder equity: $4.5 billion

Operating cash flow: $1 billion
Revenue: $2.5 billion
Operating income: $1.2 billion
Net income: $714 million


  • Employees 30%
  • Mark Zuckerberg 24%
  • Digital Sky Technologies 10%
  • Accel Partners 8% (had 10% but sold 2%)
  • Dustin Moskowitz 6%
  • Eduardo Saverin 5%
  • Sean Parker 4%
  • Goldman Sachs clients 3%
  • Microsoft 1.3%
  • Peter Thiel and/or Clarium Capital 3%
  • Greylock Partners 1.4%
  • Meritech Capital Partners 1.6%
  • Chris Hughes 1 %
  • Li Ka-shing .75%
  • Interpublic Group .50%
  • Goldman Sachs .8%

[Source: All figures via a source with knowledge of Facebook’s finances.]

Facebook’s been raising money like crazy over the past few years, so the fact that it’s got $3.5 billion in cash is no surprise. But Facebook was supposed to generate about $4 billion in revenue this year and make $2 billion in EBITDA.

Other Internet Companies Cash:

  • In terms of total assets, IBM and HP make the other companies look small.
  • Microsoft has twice the assets of Google.
  • Google has twice the assets of eBay and more than twice the assets of Yahoo.
  • Google’s and Apple’s war chests are almost exactly the same size, just under 25 billion USD. However, these numbers are from the end of 2009, before Google went on its recent shopping spree.
  • The only company of the 15 we included with a bigger war chest than Microsoft is Cisco, the networking giant.
  • Comparing AMD and Intel is like comparing David and Goliat, at least in terms of assets. Intel has almost six times the assets of AMD.
  • OracleApple and Intel have almost exactly the same amount of total assets, just over 53 billion USD.
  • Companies that can quickly convert more than half of their total assets to cash: CiscoGoogle, and Novell.

You know you’re looking at big players when the smallest company on the list “only” has $1.8 billion in assets.

The Facebook IPO is going to be a very highly anticipated stock in 2012.


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