Why Facebook Buys WhatsApp?
Some experts argued that WhatsApp posed a threat to Facebook's Business. Also Zuckerberg also announced that:
"The growth rate they have today and the monetization that's early but promising and in place, we see a clear trajectory ahead and are excited to work together on this."
According to Mashable, the deal was by far Facebook's LARGEST acquisition to date in late 2012.
In the Nasdaq sec-filing report, Facebook will pay $12 Billion in stock based on the average closing price, $4 billion in cash to existing WhatsApp security holders, and $3 billion in restricted stock units to WhatsApp employees. (Total deal price is $19 billion).