Facebook buys Whatsapp. Mark Zuckerberg
This Wednesday has reached a “definitive agreement” to Facebook buys WhatsApp per 19,000 millions (over 17000 million of dollars). The buy consists of two payments : the first payment of $16,000 million (13,700 millions), of which 4,000 million will be in cash and the remaining $14,000 million in shares of the popular social network.
But in addition, the company plans to make a second payment of 3,000 million dollars in stock, in this case actions RSU ( Restricted Stock Units), similar to stock options of future issuance, for the founders and employees WhatsApp.
These latter units are delivered over a period of four years following the closing of the transaction, which still must receive permission from the authorities.
Facebook acquires Whatsapp
Brian Acton and Jan Koum
Facebook, with this acquisition, ups the ante and expects to increase its presence on mobile devices, which aims to sustain your business. The creators of the courier service are Brian Acton and Jan Koum, two former employees of Yahoo!. WhatsApp has over 450 million users.
Although its headquarters are Silicon Valley ( California), has, however, its greatest success in Europe because Americans prefer other classical services like Skype or (curiously ) Facebook, the new owner.
This Buying by Facebook is a new example of the efforts the social network founded 10 years ago by Mark Zuckerberg ( Creator of facebook), to keep up and sort the predictions of analysts, who warn of the possible bursting of the company, which has over 1,200 million a year ago users. Since a loss of interest of the younger is detected, hence the purchase of services that engage them more, like Instagram, two years ago, and now the king of the mobile apps: WhatsApp.
The co-founder of Facebook, Mr Mark Zuckerberg in the image:
Zuckerberg ‘s company, has a market value of 172.886 million dollars ( 125.895 million euros) in 2013 and its profit soared above 1,000 millions.
Even so, analysts look very closely each of their balance sheets, and wonder if the social network will be able to generate sustainable income. Given this constant scrutiny, is not the first time that Facebook uses competition to grow : In 2012 and bought another star app, Instagram, by 1.000 million.
Payment is the highest of the latest technological acquisitions. Facebook has paid $ 42 each subscriber WhatsApp, while Instagram if payment was $ 33 per user. Recently, the Japanese Rakuten paid for three U.S. dollars per Viber user.