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The Companies Worth Less Than Facebook

Posted in Technology by larrycheng on January 12, 2011

I was curious about which companies are worth less than Facebook’s purported $50 billion valuation – so I decided to look it up.  Here are some of the blue chip names (and market caps) you can get at a lower valuation than Facebook without paying Goldman Sachs’ exorbitant transaction fees:

  • EMC – $47.2B
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb – $45.1B
  • France Telecom – $42.5B
  • Target – $42.5B
  • BMW – $42.4B
  • Grainger – $42.3B
  • Nike – $41.6B
  • Morgan Stanley – $41.4B
  • Dow Chemical – $39.9B
  • UnitedHealth Group – $39.4B
  • News Corp – $39.2B
  • Colgate-Palmolive – $39.1B
  • Eli Lillly – $38.9B
  • Nokia – $38.0B
  • AIG – $37.3B
  • Halliburton -$36.7B
  • VMWare – $36.6B
  • BlackRock – $36.3B
  • Walgreen – $36.1B

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  2. Daniel said, on January 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Well I do believe that there definitely is value in Facebook over time BUT there is just no way I would buy FB stock at today’s valuation over a company like VMWare.

  3. Jackie said, on January 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    you missed out an important one. $35.1B

  4. XYZ said, on January 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    But none of these companies have the growth rates or growth potential of FB.

  5. Ben Boyter said, on January 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I might be wrong, but im pretty sure that EMC2 owns VMWare. So its value would be much larger then $50 billion.

  6. jquaglia said, on January 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    This is great info and perspective!

    Here is my very rough Facebook valuation I wrote last week:

    But after seeing the stats above, I really think it’s way overvalued!

  7. cak said, on January 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    WTH is Nokia doing there? Who would buy those guys, they have lost the crown, and are on there way down. They were at the top, and let someone else redefine the industry. Even now, in the face of huge competition, they are unwilling to change, and keep on the same path.

    FB, as bad as it is, has 500m users, and huge amounts of data and access to all these people. It is becoming almost as important as Google.

  8. Pat Reilly said, on January 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm


  9. south said, on January 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Online companies with crazy multibillion dollar valuations — now where have I heard that before?

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