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Old 08-18-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Arrow Google plans a 4 billion dollar stock offering

The new offering would be for up to 14.16 million shares of class A common stock.

Google plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies or other assets.

Google could do a lot with an additional 4 billion dollars.

This article has the details http://today.reuters.com/news/NewsAr...-GOOGLE-DC.XML

Here is a longer article with more details http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news...fer=news_index

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Old 08-18-2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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Yikes!

I can understand their rationale. The stock's overpriced and yet the investment community is still hungry for Google. Also, it was investors, not Google, who made the greatest cash gains from the stock's meteoric rise as a result of the IPO price being set at such a conservative rate. The company has a unique opportunity right now to cash in on an incredible wave of positive publicity and investor confidence.

Nevertheless, this move will almost certainly continue to place downward pressure on the stock price, which may upset the critical band of mom-and-pop investors who hold a handful of Google shares. The big institutions and underwriters won't be as concerned if the stock price dips, since they're cashing in on the new issue also, but Google does risk alienating smaller investors, which could further dent their image as a safe stock.

Any ideas as to what they might be looking to do with all this new cash?
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Old 08-19-2005, 02:24 AM   #3
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Most, or at least some, people know that pi isn't exact and is rounded to whatever position of decimals a person wants. Often it is stated as 3.14 when it is to 4 decimal places it 3.1416 and to eight decimal places it 3.14159265

I mentioned that because Google is offering 14.159265 million shares and obviously that number is on purpose with pi in mind, as some have noted.

Google plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital, capital expenditures and acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies or other assets.

That really isn't specific and makes people very curious. I certainly don't know what their plans are and can only guess.

I would think that they want several more desktop applications.

They probably want to expand more in some foreign countries and might buy search engines that are established in those countries.

They might want to buy some companies. The ones I've heard the most often are Red Hat, Baidu, WebEx, TiVO, Adobe, InfoSpace and Skype.

It might end up being none of those companies, but I would think they are going to buy some companies.

Google has a way of doing the unexpected. As a result they might come up with some surprises.

Google needs to stay ahead of Yahoo and make sure that Microsoft doesn't take any big steps that hurts them.

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Old 08-22-2005, 05:38 PM   #4
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Default Where to spend four billion dollars

Here is another look and guess at how Google could spend some of the four billion dollars. They range all the way from an alternative to rocket boosters to smart phones with a lot in between.

This article goes into detail on some of the speculation http://news.com.com/Where+will+Googl...l?tag=nefd.top
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:18 AM   #5
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The VoIP market is begging for a giant player to step in and extend its takeup. I'm confident that whatever route Google chooses to take with these funds (whether related to wireless devices, an instant messenger or a desktop-based communications platform), voice over IP will play a part.

That would sure be a safer use of the funds than the elevator/rocket project, which would likely just make Wall Street cringe.
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:09 PM   #6
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Default Google stock offering at $295 per share

The follow-up stock offering is at $295 per share, which is a small discount off the market value.

The follow-up sale will raise at least $4.18 billion.

Now here is the interesting part. After the sale Google will have over seven billion dollars in cash! While they are saying they have no specific plans, a lot can be done with 7 billion dollars, and Google is expected to do something and it might be something very big or even several big things.

http://inhome.rediff.com/money/2005/sep/15google.htm
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