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February 2012

Facebook: Playing the "IPO pop" game?

February 23, 2012 Comments (0)

In my last post on Facebook, I provided my estimate of value (about $ 70 billion) and concluded that I would not be a buyer of Facebook shares even if the company was valued at close to $ 70 billion. A few of you have taken me to task for leaving what you see as easy profits on the table, noting that if I were able to get Facebook shares at the offering price, that I would be guaranteed (or close to guaranteed) a substantial profit. More generally, there is the perception that investing in...

The IPO of the decade? My valuation of Facebook

February 16, 2012 Comments (0)

The Facebook IPO gets closer and I don’t think I can put off this valuation much longer. While we don’t have an offering price yet, the preliminary estimates are that the company will be valued somewhere between $75 billion and $100 billion. As with my Skype, Linkedin and Groupon valuations, I will present my assumptions and valuation of Facebook, with the admission that I have no crystal ball and know that your estimates will be very different from mine. So, with that disclaimer out of the...

Options and Taxes: Is a "Facebook" tax next?

February 4, 2012 Comments (0)

Facebook is in the news and I will do my usual pre-IPO valuation and posting in a few days on the company but I want to focus in on an interesting story in this morning's New York Times about option exercise and taxation (at both the individual and corporate levels). The story itself focuses on two tax issues. The first is that Mark Zuckerberg is planning to exercise about $ 5 billion of options ahead of the offering, resulting in a tax bill of roughly $ 2 billion for him, about $1.5 billion...