Facebook’s proposed purchase of Instagramhas been cleared by the FTC, paving the way for the deal to close nearly five months after the initial announcement. This news comes a little over a week after the UK’s Office of Fair Trading gave similar approval to the deal. The FTC passed the deal unanimously in a five-to-zero vote, saying that “the deal may now proceed as proposed.” As Facebook has gone public since the purchase was first announced, the value of the deal is actually a good bit lower than the original estimated purchase price of $1 billion — the deal is for $300 million in cash, plus 22,999,412 shares of Facebook common stock. As of today, the whole deal is valued at $747.1 million.
Looks like the folks over at Instagram didn’t need that $200 million back-up plan after all. That being said, we still don’t blame them for being extra cautious when the stakes are that high.