Before I go any further I want to give some kudos to Facebook. More than half the people in the United States use the social network. I think the number something is like 900 million worldwide. Facebook is an important consideration for any marketer. And you have to give it to Zuck. Despite donning a hoodie at inappropriate times he has matured as a business leader. He is completely in control of Facebook. And a billionaire before 30.
So great job to all the good folks that work at Facebook, their investors, and the founders. At 11:00am today Facebook is going to go public and their life will change forever. Congratulations.
With that said, Facebook is going public at $38 a share. That $38 puts the company's market cap at $104 billon. That is the biggest IPO valuation ever by an American company. It will make Facebook the 23rd largest US company by market cap (larger than Amazon) while being beyond the 900 mark in terms of annual revenue.
Last year Facebook had $3.7 billion in revenue and generated an even $1 billion in earnings. The valuation is 28x revenue and 104x income. The P/E is 106 compared to Google's 18. The stock may pop today in a frenzy, driving these multiples and ratios even higher. Seems a little rich.
Facebook, my friends, is overvalued.