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Facebook: Worth $100 billion after IPO?

Facebook will be in a rich neighborhood after its IPO and potentially be worth more than Cisco, Disney and Amazon.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Facebook is reportedly planning an initial public offering in April or June 2012 with the goal of raising $10 billion.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is in discussions with the Securities and Exchange Commission about an IPO.

If successful, Facebook would raise about $10 billion and be valued at $100 billion. The company also has a prospectus ready to roll at any time.

It has been fairly obvious for a while that Facebook would go public in 2012. The biggest question is whether Facebook missed its window to maximize its funding.

To put Facebook's $100 billion potential valuation in perspective consider the following:

  • Cisco is valued at $96.8 billion as of market close.
  • Intel is worth $119.46 billion.
  • Facebook would be worth about half of Google's market cap of $190 billion. Microsoft's market cap is $209 billion.
  • Disney is worth $61 billion.
  • Amazon is worth $88.3 billion.

In other words, Facebook will be in a rich neighborhood among tech companies.

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