Posts filed under “IPOs”

Questions for Facebook IPO Investors

Last year (January 12th, 2011) I posed 5 Questions for Facebook Investors into the then private company Facebook:

1. Facebook (FB) claims 500 million subscribers. How many of these are active users — at least once or twice per week? How many of these are dead accounts, with no activity for 30 days? 90 days or more?

2. What is the average revenue per subscriber? How are you planning to grow this?

3. How much churn does Facebook go through? For every 100 new subscribers, how many subscribers leave?

4. What is the life cycle of the typical Facebook subscriber? How active are they for how long, what sort of arc do they cut across theirFB life cycle?

5. Besides advertising, how will you monetize your user base? Are you selling their data to buyers? What about anonymized data — are you selling this also?

Bonus question: What is the subscriber growth like outside of the US? Where are your fastest growing areas? What area is not seeing big penetration ?

OK, that’s more like 15 question about their users, growth and monetization prospects from a Private Equity/Venture Capital perspective.

Today, on the eve of their Form S-1 SEC filing for an IPO, there are additional questions that are worth asking of a soon to be publicly traded company:

1. What is the IPO offering price going to be? What market capitalization will FB come public at?

2. What are the key pricing metrics? P/E, growth rate, price to book, price to sales?

3. What are FB’s future growth rate? At 800 million users, where do they begin to plateau? Top out?

4. What is FB’s plans for penetrating China?

5. How are the privacy concerns going to be handled? What else might come out of the closer FTC  scrutiny of web companies use of personal data?

6. How long are insiders/VCs going to be locked up? Are they committed holding onto shares for the long haul, or are they cashing out at the IPO or as soon as possible thereafter?

The VC money is often called the smart money, where as the public IPO is often the dumb money.

Remember, Google stunned the world during their road show by revealing monstrous revenues and enormous profits. It stunned the analyst community, who had no idea as to how profitable the search giant actually was.

Will Facebook be able to do the same? Can the social media giant monetize users as effectively as Google — we shall soon find out!

Category: IPOs, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Morgan Stanley to Lead Facebook IPO ?

Category: IPOs, Video

Breaking Down Facebook’s $100 Billion IPO

ADO via Mashable brings us this enormous infographic on Facebook’s IPO:


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Ginormous graphic after the jump

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Category: Digital Media, IPOs

IPO: Go, No-Go?

Interesting chart via the WSJ about IPOS — which often capture the public’s attention, despite their being less than reliable investment: A dollar invested in’s 1997 IPO would today be worth about $140. A dollar invested in Webvan would be worthless. Here’s a look at some of the high-fliers and flame-outs of the Internet…Read More

Category: Investing, IPOs

Ritholtz: Year-End Rally Likely; Groupon IPO Pricey

This was taped yesterday morning at Yahoo’s studios

Macke and Ritholtz Agree: Year-End Rally Likely, Facebook IPO Too Rich
By Aaron Task
Daily Ticker, 11/29/11

Category: IPOs, Media, Trading, Video

Winners and Losers of 2011s IPO Market

From Column Five, we get this awesome 2011 IPO graphic: > click for ginormous graphic Hat tip Column Five

Category: Digital Media, IPOs

Should You Invest in Groupon IPO?

Hilarity courtesy of BetaBeat: > Hat tip Josh

Category: Humor, IPOs

Has Facebook Missed Its IPO Window?

Here is an obvious truth overlooked by too many: Almost all companies die. They have a theoretically infinite lifespan, but eventually, their day in the sun passes, their parts are sold off for scrap, they fade into the dim dusty pages of history.  Sure, Europe has centuries old breweries and specialty foods companies, but they…Read More

Category: IPOs, Venture Capital, Web/Tech