Back in 2012, we published a blog post about Facebook being a Delaware company and what this meant for its “upcoming” IPO. As you may know, many viewed the IPO in hindsight as a bit of a flop, or at least somewhat disappointing. Regardless, shareholders who jumped in right away are certainly reaping benefits today.
Much has changed in the social media landscape since 2012 and will surely continue to do so year after year. For now, however, Facebook is as big as ever.
To recap Facebook’s historical value:
Over the years, Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has consistently rebuffed mouth-watering buyout offers, including those from Google and Yahoo!, both Delaware Corporations as well.
“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services,” Zuckerberg wrote in his letter to prospective shareholders in 2012. “And we think this a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits.”
When it came time for Facebook’s IPO, many wondered what that would mean for Zuckerberg’s majority shareholder position, since stock would now be sold to the public. Facebook decided to create two classes of Common Stock: class A and class B. Both classes had a .000006 par value at that time. Class A stock would be publicly traded, while class B would be much more exclusive (for company insiders, including Zuckerberg) and would carry 10 times the voting weight of class A stock. So, even though Zuckerberg offered 30.2 million Facebook shares, he was still the majority stockholder in the company.
Learn more about the flexibility that Delaware corporate law provides when it comes to authorizing different classes of stock.
And if you’d like to go back and look at some articles about Facebook’s IPO and stock prices over time, here are a few we enjoy:
And finally, you can see Facebook's SEC listing, including recent Trademark and Patent filings at https://sec.report/CIK/0001326801.
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There are 2 comments left for Facebook is a Delaware CorporationMarvin Conrad Walker said: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
seeking facebook 's registered agentHBS Staff replied: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
We are not the Delaware registered agent for Facebook. You can find up to date public information on Facebook by using the Delaware Secretary of State website: https://icis.corp.delaware.gov/ecorp/entitysearch/namesearch.aspxDr. Terry L LaFleur said: Friday, September 11, 2020
What state is Facebook Incporated in for service of process purposes and who is your designated Person to receive service of process. Alternatively, do you have an agent in SD?HBS Staff replied: Monday, September 14, 2020
Facebook is a Delaware corporation and service of process is done through their Delaware Registered Agent. We are not the registered agent for Facebook; however, you can search the company and identify their registered agent via the Delaware Secretary of State website. Harvard Business Services offers registered agent service in South Dakota, but we cannot assist with service of process for Facebok.