Facebook COO frees up US$7.44 million in shares

MASTER PLAN::According to Facebook, the company CEO has 20 million shares available for trading and the share sales were part of a trading plan adopted in July


Sun, Nov 04, 2012 - Page 13

Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg sold US$7.44 million in shares as the company frees up more stock for trading following its initial public offering (IPO) in May.

Sandberg sold 339,512 shares at about US$21.10 apiece on Wednesday, the first trading day after the latest round of lock-up restrictions ended, a regulatory filing showed yesterday. She also sold 13,392 shares at US$20.79 apiece, the document showed.

The operator of the world’s largest social networking service unlocked 229 million shares for trading this past week, the second of five insider sale restrictions scheduled during Facebook’s first year as a public company. Current and former employees have seen the value of their equity compensation decline as the stock fell 44 percent from the IPO price of US$38.

Shares in Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, were little changed on Friday at US$21.18.

Two lockups will expire for an additional 960 million shares by the end of the year, followed by one for 47.3 million in May next year.

Sandberg’s share sales were part of a trading plan adopted in July. She has about 20 million shares available for trading, part of her total holdings, Facebook said yesterday.

Facebook’s general counsel, Theodore Ullyot, also sold 149,075 shares, raising US$3.13 million.