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Facebook IPO facts and figures: the house that 100 petabytes built

Facebook IPO facts and figures: the house that 100 petabytes built


We've pulled out interesting facts and figures from Facebook's $5 billion IPO filing today.

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Facebook's historic IPO filing has unveiled an entire side of the company that most have never seen — the business side, something that the company's bean counters will need to get accustomed to reporting every quarter. Here's some of the most interesting (and, in many cases, staggering) data we've seen so far.

  • It has $1.5 billion in cash and "cash equivalents" presently at its disposal, along with $2.3 billion in marketable securities. Total assets on hand amount to $6.6 billion against total liabilities of $1.4 billion, so the company is in the black.
  • It counts over 800 million monthly active users, 483 million daily active users, and — in December of last year — it reports it had 360 million users active in six out of seven days, "providing perspective on the number of people for whom Facebook is essentially an everyday activity."
  • Facebook made $1 billion in 2011 on total revenue of $3.7 billion. In 2010, it made $606 million.
  • Some 12 percent of Facebook's 2011 revenue came from Zynga alone.
  • 44 percent of 2011 revenue came from outside the US. It's an upward trend: that figure was 38 percent in 2010 and 33 percent in 2009.
  • Mark Zuckerberg made $1.5 million in total compensation last year on salary of $500,000, while COO Sheryl Sandberg made $30 million on a base salary of $300,000.
  • Zuckerberg holds 28.4 percent of the company, which puts his net worth close to $30 billion assuming a commonly-asserted valuation of $100 billion.
  • Part of his 2011 compensation was $692,679 in chartered jet services as part of his "comprehensive security program."
  • As of the end of 2011, the company had 56 issued patents and 503 patent applications related to social networking in the US; in other countries, it had 33 issued and 146 applications.
  • More than 250 million photos are uploaded each day to the site. It stores more than 100 petabytes of photos and video in total.
  • Last year, it spent $388 million on research and development. That's up from $144 million in 2010 and $87 million in 2009.