Meta Platforms Announces Cash Dividend, Boosts Zuckerberg’s Net Worth

Meta Platforms has issued its first-ever cash dividend, causing waves in the financial scene and increasing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth.

Meta First Dividend Stock: A Milestone in Tech History

Meta Platforms, the parent company of social media giants Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, has made history by becoming the first big technology business to pay out cash dividends. 

Meta’s financial report exceeded Wall Street’s forecasts, enabling the company’s shares to rise by around 20%. This unexpected rise lifted Meta’s stock market value by $196 billion, the largest one-day gain in Wall Street history. As a result of this record gain, Zuckerberg’s net worth has increased to $165 billion.

Financial Implications and Zuckerberg’s Soaring Net Worth.

Mark Zuckerberg owns around 350 million Meta Class A and B shares, which resulted in a hefty quarterly payout, bringing his net worth to $28.1 billion.

Meta repurchased about $20 billion of its shares in 2023; the dividend would consume just over $5 billion over the following year if it maintains its current pace.

Loss revenue has grown by 25%. Up from $32.2 billion in the previous quarter, this represents the strongest growth pace since mid-2021. Meanwhile, the company’s expenditures and expenses fell 8% year on year, reaching $23.73 billion.

This was mainly due to the company’s employee strength as of December 31, 2023, which was 67,317, a 22% decrease year on year after considerable cost cutbacks and layoffs in the previous year.

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