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LinkedIn increases stock offering to US$1.2 Billion

Following the news on Sept. 3, 2013 that LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD)  would issue US$1 billion worth of new, class A common stock to the public, it has decided to increase the offering to 5,381,166 shares, from 4,165,972, LinkedIn announced yesterday. The company also said it’s priced the public offering at US$223 per share, bringing the total value to approximately US$1.2 billion, according to LinkedIn’s press release.

The stock closed at US$238.93 on Sept. 4, 2013.

Including the additional shares, LinkedIn will have 98,948,071 shares of class A common stock outstanding, along with 18,336,655 of class B shares, according to its Sept. 3, 2013 SEC filing. The underwriters of the offering have a 30-day option to purchase up to 807,174 additional shares, LinkedIn said.

According to the company’s announcement on Sept 3, 2013, proceeds from the stock offering will be used to gain “financial flexibility and to further strengthen its balance sheet.” LinkedIn added it may also use some of the capital raised from the offering for “potential strategic acquisitions of, or investments in, complementary businesses, technologies or other assets.”

The enhanced stock offering is expected to close on Sept. 10, 2013.

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A version of this article, written by Tim Brugger, originally appeared on fool.com.

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