Zynga to price 100 million shares at $10 in IPO

Nathan Pensky · December 15, 2011 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/22bb

Zynga offers shares at the lower than initially rumored $10, due to nervous market

The world has been waiting attentively for the IPO of Zynga, the social gaming company that created such hits as "FarmVille," "CityVille," and "Mafia Wars," and Friday December 16 will finally see it happen. But the share price of $10 for Zynga IPO has already leaked to several news sources.

Zynga is expected to sell 100 million shares, raising $1 billion and putting the company at a $7 billion valuation. The company had initially targeted higher prices, which would have put the company at a valuation between $10 and $15 million. But it lowered them, due to nervousness surrounding Groupon's recent shaky offering, as well as lingering concerns over the European market.

At $10 per share, Zynga's IPO would be the largest since Google's 2004 IPO, which raised $1.9 billion. 

One of Zynga's major investors Kleiner, Perkin, Caulfield, & Byers actually bought 1.8 million shares of Zynga at the price of $14, during its $485 million investment, which is considerably higher than the $10 asking price now. However, the investment firm had also bought 24.7 million Zynga shares in 2008 at the price of $0.42.

Zynga experienced a mixed bag in terms of its Q3 report in early November. Revenue was up 80% from Q3 2010 to $306.8 million. However Net income was down 50% from the same time in 2010, with revenue growing only 10% from Q2 2011, as opposed to the 15% from Q1 to Q2 2011.

The IPO share price values Zynga at 6.8 times its revenue through September 30 2011, which one report claims is three times the price relative to sales of the company's gaming competitor Electronic Arts.

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