Yesterday, Facebook shared that an additional 70 million units of its stock would be made available for public trade. Today, the social network revealed the price of that offering.
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The shares will be offered at $55.05, incredibly close Friday’s $55.12 closing price. The offering is expected to be completed on December 26 barring complication. In a statement the company noted that due to the its recent induction into the S&P 500 — effective Friday — the shares will primarily be offered to index funds that track the index.
J.P. Morgan, BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Barclays will serve as co-bookrunners for the offering and BNP PARIBAS, Citigroup, RBC Capital Markets, Credit Suisse, HSBC, RBS, Standard Chartered, Piper Jaffray and Allen & Company are serving as co-managers.
The company itself is offering a little over 27 million shares, certain stakeholders are selling about 43 million shares and founder Mark Zuckerberg is selling about 41.4 million shares. As Maggie McGrath reported yesterday, Facebook did not provide specific details about how it would use proceeds from the sale, saying only. In the SEC filing disclosing the sale the company only shared,
Our principal purpose for selling shares in this offering is to obtain additional capital. We intend to use the net proceeds to us from this offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes; however, we do not currently have any specific uses of the net proceeds planned. Additionally, we may use a portion of the proceeds to us for acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies, or other assets.”
Zuckerberg’s $2.3 billion take away will be used to pay taxes he incurred by exercising a stock option to purchase 60 million shares of Facebook Class B common stock.
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