Facebook appear on Wednesday afternoon that it accomplished an acceding to shop for accepted adaptable messaging startup WhatsApp for an upfront absolute of $16 billion, including $4 billion in banknote and about $12 billion in Facebook shares
Cofounder and CEO Jan Koum will accompany Facebook’s Board of Directors, but WhatsApp will abide to accomplish apart aural Facebook, abundant like Instagram. The acquirement amount rises to as abundant as $19 billion already you agency in an added $3 billion in belted banal units that will be accepted to WhatsApp’s founders and advisers vesting over the abutting four years.
The acquirement amount is crazily aerial for a startup with alone 55 employees, and abounding multiples of Facebook’s appear $3 billion bid for Snapchat aftermost year. The $19 billion appraisal agency Facebook believes WhatsApp is account over $42 per user. Major companies that accept bazaar caps beneath $19 billion include: United Continental, American Airlines, Ralph Lauren, Marriot International, Campbell Soup, Coach, and Tyson Foods.
However, amid Silicon Valley internet startups, it’s notable that WhatsApp is absolutely assisting — but not through the accustomed monetizing avenues. WhatsApp doesn’t appearance ads and clashing added ample messaging casework it hasn’t congenital out a belvedere on which users can comedy amateur or acquirement agenda goods. Instead, it accuse a $1 anniversary cable afterwards one chargeless year.
The accretion additionally shoots Koum and his adolescent WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton into the billionaire ranks. FORBES estimates that Koum captivated about a 45% pale in the company, while Acton’s pale was over 20%.
In accident the alliance fails to access authoritative approval, Facebook has agreed to pay a breakdown fee to WhatsApp of $1 billion in banknote and affair to WhatsApp shares of Facebook Class A accepted banal according to addition $1 billion.
“WhatsApp is on a aisle to affix 1 billion people. The casework that ability that anniversary are all abundantly valuable,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “I’ve accepted Jan for a continued time and I’m aflame to accomplice with him and his aggregation to accomplish the apple added accessible and connected.” In an broker call, Zuckerberg acclaimed that WhatsApp’s user advance in its aboriginal bristles years far exceeds the ante accomplished by Facebook, Twitter or added acclaimed social-media companies.
“WhatsApp’s acutely aerial user assurance and accelerated advance are apprenticed by the simple, able and direct messaging capabilities we provide. We’re aflame and accustomed to accomplice with Mark and Facebook as we abide to accompany our artefact to added bodies about the world,” Koum said.
WhatsApp has over 450 actor account users, 70% of whom are alive on a accustomed day. They are abacus added than 1 actor fresh registered users per day. As allotment of the deal, its address will abide in Mountain View, CA and WhatsApp’s aggregation will not mix with those alive on Facebook’s absolute Messenger app.