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Expect Minimal Impact on Meta From Sandberg’s Resignation; Maintaining $384 FVE

Ali Mogharabi Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Ali Mogharabi |

On June 1 Meta Platforms announced that Sheryl Sandberg, the firm’s current chief operating officer, will resign but will maintain her seat on the company’s board. Her exact resignation date was not disclosed. She will be replaced by Javier Olivan, who has been with the firm since 2007 and is Meta’s chief growth officer and vice president of cross-Meta products and infrastructure. While Sandberg is considered the backbone of Meta’s successful advertising business, she has also surrounded herself with talented colleagues over the years, as the firm’s co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, stated to the firm’s employees. For this reason along with the firm’s network effect moat source that continues to attract advertisers to its various platforms, this announcement does not change our $384 fair value estimate of Meta or our exemplary rating of the firm’s capital allocation.

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Meta Platforms Inc Class A's Company Profile

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Meta is the world’s largest online social network, with over 3.6 billion monthly active users. Users engage with each other in different ways, exchanging messages and sharing news events, photos, and videos. On the video side, the firm is in the process of building a library of premium content and monetizing it via ads or subscription revenue. Meta refers to this as Facebook Watch. The firm’s ecosystem consists mainly of the Facebook app, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and many features surrounding these products. Users can access Facebook on mobile devices and desktops. Advertising revenue represents more than 90% of the firm’s total revenue, with 50% coming from the U.S. and Canada and 25% from Europe. With gross margins above 80%, Meta operates at a 30%-plus margin.

1601 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
T +1 650 543-4800
Sector Communication Services
Industry Internet Content & Information
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Stock Type Aggressive Growth
Employees 77,805

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