Facebook, the social media giant with more than 900 million monthly active users, plans to launch its initial public offering on May 18. It’s one of the most anticipated IPOs in recent history and — as should be no surprise — there are no other IPOs planned for that week.
The company has priced its shares at a range of $28 to $35, which means the Facebook deal could be worth as much as $96 billion and means Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth could be around $18.7 billion. And even after Facebook goes public, Zuckerberg still will have 57.3% voting control of the company.
Facebook will head into publicly traded life making about 82% of its revenues from advertising, though it also has a thriving business in virtual payments that includes social gamemaker Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) as its biggest partner. The company also is making headway into mobile, including a recent $1 billion for photo sharing site Instagram.
However, Facebook also will head to public markets at a time where its revenues are slowing down and where several other social media companies — including Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), Pandora (NYSE:P) and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) — have faced significant downward pressure.
To keep investors ahead of the game before Facebook goes public, we have put together a comprehensive special section that has everything you need to know about the empire Zuckerberg built, as well as some fun special features, including …
5 Tech CEOs Weigh in on Facebook’s IPO: IPO Playbook’s Tom Taulli talks to five leaders in the tech industry to get their unique perspective on the Facebook IPO.
What Zuckerberg Will Be Like as a Public CEO: Mark Zuckerberg has shown plenty of genius — and plenty of antics. We discuss whether his managerial style can make the transition from startup to publicly traded company.
5 Sobering Thoughts About the Facebook IPO: For all the hype going into Facebook’s initial public offering, there’s some concerns and comparisons — especially concerning is valuation — that are worth considering before buying in.
IPOs That Turned $10,000 Into $1 Million: Many people expect Facebook to be a growth sensation, but a few companies have set an awfully high bar for the potential returns of an IPO.
Follow the Money: From Seed Funding to IPO: A look from start to finish at the funding process most startups have to go through before finally coming public — including Facebook.
3 Ways to Own Facebook Besides the IPO: Feeling impatient? If you don’t want to wait for Facebook’s IPO, there’s three ways you can invest now to get a piece of the social media giant.
4 Companies Facebook Should Buy Next: While Zuckerberg said megadeals won’t be a big part of the picture for Facebook, the $1 billion purchase of Instagram says otherwise. Here’s a look at four other companies that could bolster FB’s business.
Why Buffett Should Buy Into the Facebook IPO: It never hurts to have the Oracle of Omaha in your corner. Does Facebook’s business fall in line with Warren Buffett’s investing principles?
Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPO Playbook, a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He also is the author of “The Complete M&A Handbook”, “All About Short Selling” and “All About Commodities.” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli or reach him via email. As of this writing, he did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities.