9-12-13 7:21 PM EDT | Email Article

By Benjamin Pimentel and Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch


SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Twitter is planning to go public.


The San Francisco-based social-media network said Thursday it has filed papers as part of a plan for an initial public offering. The announcement was made via the company's own official Twitter account on Thursday.


"We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO," the post said. "This tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale."


The confidential nature of the filing appears to be based on the law passed last year, called Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which allows companies with less than $1 billion in annual revenue to make its first IPO filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission without those papers becoming public.


Under the JOBS act, the company's financial data will become public either 21 days before it begins a road show for prospective investors, or 21 days before pricing the IPO.


The filing suggests Twitter has less than $1 billion in annual revenue. By comparison, fellow social-media giant Facebook Inc. (FB) had about $3.7 billion in annual revenue when it made its first S-1 filing in February of last year.


Twitter was reportedly valued around $10.5 billion by GSV Capital -- one of its top investors -- last month.


Bloomberg reported Thursday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) would be the lead underwriter of the IPO.


Twitter chief executive officer Dick Costolo has been quiet about the company's IPO plans. At an appearance at the D11 Conference in May, he said his focus was on building the business and remarked that questions about an IPO made him feel like a football player at a key point in the game, with someone on the sidelines saying: "Hey, what are you doing after the game?"


Earlier this week, Costolo delivered a brief speech on management at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, but he left the stage without taking questions -- raising some speculation that an IPO was in the works.


Twitter's IPO is expected to be a landmark event in the steadily growing social-media market. The filing comes as investors have become far more positive on Facebook, which held its own IPO in May of last year that was widely seen as a big flop.


Facebook's shares have surged more than 68% since the company's last earnings report on July 24, which showed strong growth in its mobile-advertising business. The stock closed at an all-time high of $45.04 on Wednesday.


On Thursday, J.P. Morgan and RBC Capital each raised their price targets for Facebook to more than $50, citing the company's strong momentum in the online advertising market.

-Benjamin Pimentel; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com


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