Facebook IPO Expected in Second Quarter 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on Monday that Facebook is set for its long-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) somewhere between April and June 2012.

The WSJ report is based on the claims made by sources close to the matter saying that Facebook is expecting to raise $10 billion in its first IPO that could help the social networking giant to value over $100 billion. Some similar sort of reports surfaced back in June as well that also suggest similar expected figures from Facebook.

If we have a closer look, the valuation will make Facebook’s IPO one of the world’s largest – four times larger than Google’s $23 billion IPO in 2004. It is also expected that Facebook’s IPO will possibly be one of the 10 largest IPOs of all time.

Some early rumors suggested that the social networking giant will go public in first quarter of 2012. However, some recent reports had claimed that Facebook had pushed the public offering back to September or later.

Citing the sources, Wall Street Journal states that Facebook has not yet finalized the dates in its internal discussions about the entire matter. Also, the market conditions should have played a vital role in determining how much money the company requests and eventually the overall valuation of the social networking giant.

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