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Zynga IPO….The Aftermath

Now that Zynga has gone public, what is in store for the world of social gaming? Analysts across the world weigh in on the industry and the impact of the IPO. Here’s a sampling:

Hugffington Post provides an excellent article discussing why Zynga’s IPO is a major victory for the Facebook social networking platform.

” Zynga and other app developers can tap into Facebook’s population of more than 800 million users, as well as the social network’s payment system, marketing opportunities and viral potential. “

Boston Herald takes the Zynga IPO behind the proverbial woodshed.

” The disappointing debut on the public markets may put a dent in the amount companies can raise in the future. Facebook, for example, has been rumored to be planning a $10 billion IPO in 2012, valuing the company at $100 billion. ”

Los Angeles Times “John Schappert, Zynga’s chief operating officer, said his company is on track to grow beyond Facebook. “

Fox News “Zynga, which makes popular games such as Farmville and Words With Friends, opened up 10% at $11, but closed down 5.8%.  “


Video: YouTube Description: Dec. 15 – GreenCrest Capital’s Anupam Palit says Zynga’s growth trajectory and its ability to turn a profit will provide additional upside for its stock once it starts trading

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VIDEO – Maha Ibrahim discusses the Zynga IPO

YouTube Description: Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Maha Ibrahim, partner at Canaan Partners, talks about the outlook for Zynga Inc.’s initial public offering and the social gaming industry. She speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Zynga Levels Up

Social gaming gargantuan Zynga sets it’s IPO date for mid-December. Is this a historical “inflection point” representing the peak for the social gaming industry? Or is it just another step by Zynga towards world online gaming domination? Articles and analysis by:

Reuters Canada ” The IPO is expected to value the fast growing social gaming company at around $10bn, below some earlier estimates of as much as $20bn.”

New York Times ” In the first nine months of the year, the company notched $828.9 million in revenue, more than double the period a year earlier. It’s also profitable, earning $121 million since the start of 2010.”

Games.com “Zynga will reportedly ask between $8 and $10 a share on the Nasdaq under the ticker ZNGA–a fairly noticeable one, no?”

UPDATE: TechCrunch provides a short article regarding Zynga’s valuation and another with Zynga’s slides  here  Also, VentureBeat lists several reasons why Zynga’s street valuation tumbled pre-IPO.

MSNBC asks the question, “Is Zynga worth 9 $billion?”

NPR ” The big picture here is that Zynga is a rare instance of success in the social media landscape. That is to say, it’s actually making money”

memeburn ” The company’s games on Facebook have more than 200-million active users. In fact, four out of the top five games on Facebook are from the Zynga stable. ”

UPDATE: Dean Takahashi from VentureBeat takes an in-depth look at Zynga and CEO Mark Pincus .

TechCrunch discusses how Zynga got a fast start on the Facebook platform in 2009 and never looked back

Reuters provides an insightful look into the company as it prepares to go public.

TechCrunch writes that going into their IPO, Zynga has locked down the top 5 gaming rankings on Facebook.

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Zynga IPO: The Countdown Begins

Social gaming titan Zynga’s recent filing for an IPO later this year has captured the imagination of Wall Street. It’s success or failure in it’s debut and as a public company will have a far reaching impact on the entire industry. The following articles examine Zynga’s postion within the marketplace.

The Los Angeles Times  ” While Zynga has not yet priced shares for the public market, some investors are speculating that shares could be as high as $20 or more, which would give Zynga a market valuation of roughly $16 billion. “

Wall St. Cheat Sheet  ” Zynga CEO and Harvard Business School Alum Mark Pincus is demonstrating a very cunning business acumen, also accumulating $1 billion in cash reserves v. $234 million in liabilities. Other impressive stats for the company are its 2,000 employees, 148 million users (across 166 countries), and the fact that none of its senior management is under 40 years old (contrary to the usual fare for tech startups). “

The Huffington Post   ” Zynga sees its market opportunity in the context of: a) the growth of social networking; b) a culture of the “app economy” whereby developers have access to social network platforms; and c) A “free-to-play” gaming culture that allows users to play games for free, thereby attracting a broader set of users and a richer ecosystem for social interaction within the gaming environment. “

CNNMoney  ” The big remaining question for Zynga is how underwriters and investors value the its IPO. Initial reports valued the company at $10 billion. It would be very considerate of Zynga to list at that price and leave money on the table, but it’s not going to happen. Remember that LinkedIn, which is expected to make $420 million this fiscal year, was worth $9 billion on its first day of trading. By that measure, Zynga could debut and see its value rise above $20 billion. “

Forbes  ” Zynga’s valuation is high relative to its peers. While Zynga has yet to set an offering price, Zynga is valued at $15.4 billion on the SharesPost secondary exchange — more than Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (ERTS) — worth  $13.5 billion and $8 billion, respectively, according to Bloomberg. “

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ZYNGA IPO: A Closer Look at The Financials

Zynga’s filing to go public has allowed for a complete view of the company’s business model and various revenue generation channels. Articles and analysis from:

GigaOM ” Zynga completed seven acquisitions in 2010, according to the IPO filing. Together, the purchase prices of all those deals totaled $101.6 million; $35.2 million of that was in stock, and $66.4 million was in cash.  “

The Wall Street Journal ” Though only a small percentage of players make up “nearly all” of Zynga’s revenue, the amount spent on its virtual goods is soaring. Revenue for the first quarter this year jumped 133% to $235.4 million from under $101 million in the year-ago period. “

CNET ” For one, Zynga reported that it has 232 million monthly active users and 60 million daily active users from 166 countries around the world. Every second, 38,000 virtual items are created in its wildly popular worlds. Each day, 2 billion minutes are logged in Zynga’s titles. “

The Wall Street Journal ” Also impressive is that Zynga isn’t paying lots to attract users. Unlike Groupon, for instance, which spends heavily on marketing, Zynga says it “acquires most of its players through unpaid channels.”

The New York Times  ” By far, the founder of Zynga has the largest stake in the company. Mr. Pincus and his related entities own 91,385,846 class B shares — about 16 percent of the pool. He also owns all of the available Class C shares (20,517,472 shares). “

 

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BubbleVille?

Social gaming gargantuan Zynga will file their S-1 for a future IPO today and will be looking to raise a whopping $1 Billion. What will the disclosures reveal? With massive revenues being generated by only 3% of their userbase, what will occur if they devise a plan to capture 6%? Articles and analysis from:

The Washington Post – includes excellent video interview with Nitsan Hargil of GreenCrest Capital Management.

All Things Digital – An excellent analysis from Kara Swisher.

The Wall Street Journal ” The SEC’s approval appears to open the door for Zynga to offer RSUs to more employees, directors and consultants in advance of the company’s IPO without regard to the 500-shareholder limit. It also appears to indicate that revealing in its S-1 filing that it had granted more than 500 RSUs would no longer be an issue for the SEC. “

Video – Ari Levy of Bloomberg discusses the precarious relationship with Facebook

Video – Bob Rice, General Managing Partner at Tangent Capital discusses the reasoning behind Zynga’s rush to IPO.

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Playdom prepping for IPO?

Playdom hires Wall Street analyst Christa Quales to be CFO. Will she guide Playdom to going public? Articles and analysis by:

The Business Insider

Sys-Con Media

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