The giant social network Facebook closed today, October 6, the acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp for a final price of USD 21 800 million, nearly 3000 million above the amount agreed when the deal was announced in February .
This increase is mainly due to the revaluation of Facebook shares so far this year, the market value has risen 42% since January, as the network created by Mark Zuckerberg paid more than half the amount WhatsApp for purchasing shares.
Facebook confirmed the closing of the transaction in a document delivered today to the Securities and Exchange Commission of USA (SEC).
In this detailed that the sale was closed because of 177,760,669 shares of Facebook and USD 4 590 million in cash, plus the delivery of 45,941,775 shares of "restricted" employees WhatsApp.
For its part, the co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, went to join the board of Facebook.
The closing of the transaction, announced in February, comes after last Friday that received the endorsement of the European Commission (EC), which determined that, despite the acquisition, citizens have alternatives to communicate Used other applications and therefore not a situation contrary to competition in the sector will be created.
"The commission concluded that American Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are not close competitors and that consumers continue to have a wide variety of applications of alternative communications after the transaction," the institution said in a statement.
Both Facebook through Facebook Messenger service like WhatsApp, allow smartphone users who install your applications communicate by sending text messages, photos, voice and video.
Meanwhile, the operation had already received the approval of the competition authorities of the United States in April.
Founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton and headquartered in Mountain View (California, USA) Company WhatsApp Inc. owns the mobile messaging service most used in the world, with 600 million users is positioned WeChat before the Chinese and Japanese LINE.
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