Join us at TNW Conference 2022 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on April 18, 2012

The Instagram/Facebook deal: 30% cash, 70% stock at 75+ billion valuation

The Instagram/Facebook deal: 30% cash, 70% stock at 75+ billion valuation
Alex Wilhelm
Story by

Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected] Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected]

Hot of the presses from the New York Times, the numbers that we have all been waiting for: According to the paper, the terms of the Instagram/Facebook deal were as follows:

  • 30% cash
  • 70% stock
  • Stock valued at ‘north’ of $75 billion
  • That puts Facebook’s stock at around $30 a share

Here’s the kicker: The private market last valued Facebook at $104 billion, meaning that the stock that Instagram now holds could be worth about 1/3rd more than what Facebook valued it at, essentially implying that Instagram could make out big in the IPO.

Put another way, Facebook might have effectively paid more than $1,000,000,000 for Instagram. There’s only one remaining question: did Facebook issue more stock to cover the massive purchase? When the company files an amended S-1, we’ll know, but for now, it seems all but certain that Facebook put down $300,000,000 in hard currency for the photo-sharing firm.

That’s big money.