Mark Zuckerberg Just Lost $2 Billion
Posted on May 21, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune dropped $2 billion Monday as shares of Facebook tumbled to $34.03, 11 percent below their initial public offering price of $38. The loss prompted analysts and buyers to wonder whether the company was overvalued at the $105 billion it gained on the day of its IPO.
To put things in perspective, $2 billion was the amount numerous shareholders lost collectively in a bad bet recently made by JPMorgan. —ARK
DealBook at The New York Times:
On Friday, traders at the company’s lead underwriter, Morgan Stanley, resorted to buying shares to prop up the price at $38, an important psychological barrier. To break the offering price would lead to what traders call a “busted I.P.O.,” an embarrassing moment for the underwriters.
… The sell-off is sure to leave analysts and shareholders wondering whether Facebook was worth the enormous $105 billion market capitalization it gained from its initial public offering. Critics have said the company does not generate nearly enough advertising revenue to justify being priced at 108 times earnings over the last 12 months.
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The financial firm Morgan Stanley buffered the losses Zuckerberg’s company suffered in the first two days of trading.