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Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $19 Billion 2014.02.20

Menlo Park, Calif., USA - February 19, 2014 - Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately USD16 billion, including USD4 billion in cash and approximately USD12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The agreement also provides for an additional USD3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp's founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

Facebook's Growth In The Past Year.
Courtesy of Facebook
 

Menlo Park, Calif., USA – February 19, 2014


• Acquisition accelerates Facebook’s ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world

• Leading mobile messaging company will continue to operate independently and retain its brand

• WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum to join Facebook Board of Directors



Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire WhatsApp, a rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company, for a total of approximately $16 billion, including $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.

The agreement also provides for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing.

WhatsApp Android Market
Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
WhatsApp
has built a leading and rapidly growing real-time mobile messaging service, with:

• Over 450 million people using the service each month;

• 70% of those people active on a given day;

• Messaging volume approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume; and

• Continued strong growth, currently adding more than 1 million new registered users per day.

Android - Single chat
Courtesy of
WhatsApp
 
The acquisition supports Facebook and WhatsApp's shared mission to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably.

The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Courtesy of Facebook
 
"WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,"
said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
"I've known Jan for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."

Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO.
Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO
, said,

“WhatsApp's extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We're excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.”

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
Facebook fosters an environment where independent-minded entrepreneurs can build companies, set their own direction and focus on growth while also benefiting from Facebook’s expertise, resources and scale.

This approach is working well with Instagram, and WhatsApp will operate in this manner.

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
WhatsApp’s brand will be maintained; its headquarters will remain in Mountain View, CA; Jan Koum will join Facebook’s Board of Directors; and WhatsApp’s core messaging product and Facebook’s existing Messenger app will continue to operate as standalone applications.

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
Upon closing of the deal, all outstanding shares of WhatsApp capital stock and options to purchase WhatsApp capital stock will be cancelled in exchange for $4 billion in cash and 183,865,778 shares of Facebook Class A common stock
(worth $12 billion based on the average closing price of the six trading days preceding February 18, 2014 of $65.2650 per share).

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
In addition, upon closing, Facebook will grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units to WhatsApp employees
(worth $3 billion based on the average closing price of the six trading days preceding February 18, 2014 of $65.2650 per share).

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
As of February 17, 2014, Facebook had 2,551,654,996 Class A and B shares outstanding plus approximately 139 million dilutive securities primarily consisting of unvested RSUs.

The Class A common stock and RSUs issued to WhatsApp shareholders and employees upon closing will represent 7.9% of Facebook shares based on current shares and RSUs outstanding.

Courtesy of WhatsApp
 
In the event of termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances principally related to a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals, the Merger Agreement provides for Facebook to pay WhatsApp a fee of $1 billion in cash and to issue to WhatsApp a number of shares of Facebook’s Class A common stock equal to $1 billion based on the average closing price of the ten trading days preceding such termination date.

Facebook was advised by Allen & Company LLC and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and WhatsApp was advised by Morgan Stanley and Fenwick & West, LLP.


About Facebook

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

 
 
People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.



About WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a personal real-time messaging network allowing millions of people around the world to stay connected with their friends and family.

 
 

Facebook Contacts

Investors:
Deborah Crawford

investor@fb.com  / investor.fb.com  

Press:
Tucker Bounds
press@fb.com  / newsroom.fb.com


WhatsApp Contact:
press@whatsapp.com  


Source: Facebook

http://newsroom.fb.com/  



ASTROMAN Magazine - 2012.01.02

Facebook to Open Engineering Office in New York City in 2012

http://www.astroman.com.pl/index.php?mod=magazine&a=read&id=1137  



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