Facebook Raises $1.5 BillionBy Facebook, PRNE
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Facebook Receives $1 Billion from Goldman Sachs Overseas Offering; Digital Sky Technologies and Goldman Sachs Also Recently Made $500 Million Direct Investment
PALO ALTO, California, January 21, 2011 - Facebook today announced it has raised U.S.$1.5 billion at a valuation of
approximately $50 billion.
The transaction consisted of two parts. Today, Goldman Sachs completed an
oversubscribed offering to its non-U.S. clients in a fund that invested $1
billion in Facebook Class A common stock. In December, Digital Sky
Technologies (DST), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and funds managed by
Goldman Sachs invested $500 million in Facebook Class A common stock at the
"Our business continues to perform well, and we are pleased to be able to
bolster our cash position with this new financing," said David Ebersman,
Facebook's chief financial officer. "With this investment completed, we now
have greater financial flexibility to explore whatever opportunities lie
The investment generated a significant number of questions from
interested parties and Facebook has addressed the most common ones below.
Why did Facebook raise this money?
DST and Goldman Sachs approached Facebook to express their interest in
making an investment, and Facebook decided it was an attractive opportunity
to bolster its cash reserves and increase its financial flexibility with
limited dilution to existing shareholders.
Why did Facebook choose to raise $1 billion in the overseas offering?
Under the transaction's terms, Facebook had the option to accept between
$375 million and $1.5 billion from the Goldman Sachs overseas offering, at
the discretion of Facebook. While the offering was oversubscribed, Facebook
made a business decision to limit the offering to $1 billion.
What are Facebook's plans for the proceeds of this transaction?
There are no immediate plans for these funds. Facebook will continue
investing to build and expand its operations.
Does this investment mean that Facebook will have more than 500
Even before the investment from Goldman Sachs, Facebook had expected to
pass 500 shareholders at some point in 2011, and therefore expects to start
filing public financial reports no later than April 30, 2012.
Founded in February 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power
to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for
Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment.
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