Facebook is getting ready to for its highly anticipated IPO -- initial public offering -- that should take place during the 2nd quarter of 2012.
The company is aiming at a deal that will place a valuation on Facebook of over $100 billion. The calculates to over $125 for each of the 800 million users.
"Facebook’s $100 billion valuation would be twice as high as it was in January, when the company announced a $1.5 billion investment from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other backers," according to Bloomberg.
Facebook's plan is to raise approximately $10 billion though the stock sale. This would make Facebook's IPO the largetst tech IPO ever and the 4th largest for a US company.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg to-date has expressed his reservations about an IPO however because the company will have greater than 500 shareholders by the end of 2011 it will be required to to publicly disclose financial information by April 2012 regardless of whether it goes public or not.
Facebook's IPO will depend on the economic conditions at the time and the performance of of the stock market which has been rather harsh to tech IPOs recently. Groupon, the daily-deal based company, that recently went public had a first-day surge, earlier this month, yet during the past week its shares have tanked 46%.