Facebook's Value Declines Slightly to $98 Billion in Private Market Sale
NEW YORK - Facebook's implied value declined by nearly 5 percent to $98 billion in the latest private market sale of company stock, Bloomberg News reported.
Ahead of the social network giant's IPO, which is expected by mid-year, an auction of shares held by a fund went for 42 apiece, Bloomberg said, citing data from SharesPost, a private-stock marketplace.
Last week, SharesPost handled an auction of 150,000 shares of Facebook’s Class B common stock for $44 each, giving the social network an implied value of $102.6 billion. Observers said that one can't directly deduct a public-market value for a company from private-market stock sales.
Facebook, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, filed for an IPO on Feb. 1. It is expected to value the firm at$75 billion-$100 billion. Facebook's private-market value rose about 73 percent last year to $71.2 billion, according to a report by research firm Nyppex.
A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment, Bloomberg said.