Facebook's IPO filing reveals growth trends and key hurdles

March 16, 2012  | Subscribers Only

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Social networking giant Facebook filed is prospectus for an IPO, revealing that it made aprofit of $1bn on revenues of $3.7bn in 2011, and had 843m monthly active users at Q4.To consolidate its meteoric rise to become the leading global social network, Facebook will need to respond to multiple challenges posed by growing mobile usage, its approach to monetising usage through advertising and virtual currencies and the fickle nature of consumers and their interaction with social media. We expect Facebook to generate $5.5bn in revenue through full-year 2012, and predict operating income of $2.6bn in the same period.

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  • Global Facebook Monthly Active Users;Quarterly Revenue per Daily Active User;Facebook revenue & operating income;IPO Multiples;Facebook vs Google - key metrics;Facebook quarterly advertising revenue;Facebook payments/other revenues;Facebook portfolio performance for Zynga, 2011;MAUs of top 200 Facebook games;Facebook user activity - ratio of daily active users to monthly active users;comScore - Facebook daily visitors/average minutes per day

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Steve Bailey

Principal Senior Analyst, Games

Steve Bailey is a principal senior analyst for Games at Omdia.

Jack Kent

Director, Media and Advertising

Jack Kent leads IHS Markit’s Media and Advertising research, heading up a team of analysts covering Games, Cinema, TV Channels & Programming, Home Entertainment and Advertising research.

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