FarmVille maker to offer the farm one more time to avoid selloff [Report]

Zynga Nasdaq
Zynga Nasdaq

Zynga raised a whopping $1 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) late last year, but it might not be out of the woods yet. Bloomberg reports that, since its debut on Nasdaq, Zynga's initial investors could sell off their stock once the IPO lock-up period is over. To avoid that, nameless sources tell Bloomberg that the social game giant is planning a second offering of additional shares.

The secondary offering would allow some investors to sell of some stock, while roping large shareholders into a longer lock-up period, preventing them from unloading all of their stock and thus leave Zynga high and dry. According to Bloomberg, the company won't issue new shares.

Sources told Bloomberg that the company looks to avoid the fate of companies like LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, which had its stock price plummet after its lock-up period ended in November. If Zynga were to make a secondary offering, it could keep everyone from selling shares all at once until possibly this June.

However, this report assumes that Zynga's current stock price of $13 and some change will continue to drop or stagnate, inspiring shareholders to ditch while they can still profit. Perhaps a move like this would give the developer a chance to show what it can do with its new platform. Zynga declined to comment.

[Via VentureBeat]

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