Uber officially files paperwork for IPO, ending months of speculation

Posted April 14, 2019

But other people and companies will be worth a lot of money when Uber goes public. It is planning to seek a valuation between $90 billion and $100 billion, short of the $120 billion investment bankers previously told the company it could be worth in an IPO, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. ride-hailing giant filed with an initial offering amount of $1 billion, typically a placeholder amount used to calculate fees that will change.

"It's not a coincidence that the day before Uber was expected to make a filing that investors are immediately contrasting it to Lyft and Lyft looks less attractive", said Matt Moscardi, analyst at MSCI in Boston.

Uber Technologies Inc may face a cooler reception from investors than expected when it prices its initial public offering next month since smaller U.S. ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc's aggressive stock launch and subsequent fall. Lyft increased the number of shares that were sold and priced them at $72 per share - the top of an elevated range - then watched as they jumped 21 percent at the opening bell. The company, as it has disclosed before, generated more than $11 billion in net revenue last year, a 42 percent growth rate from the year before - although it's noteworthy that the rate slowed to 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 69 percent in the first quarter of the year. Its filings also reveal that it made a profit of $997 million in 2018.

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Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER.

Uber had $11.3 billion in 2018 vs Lyft $2.2 billion.

Uber released its initial public offering Thursday ahead of a public listing that experts say could set records.

Uber said it plans to give bonuses to qualified drivers and is setting aside an undisclosed portion of its stock for drivers to buy. Pinterest declined to comment.

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Stateside, the aforementioned Los Angeles strike had participants who drive for both Lyft and Uber.

"Mr. Kalanick was selected to serve on our board of directors because of his experience as one of the co-founders and early leaders of our company, and as such, his extensive knowledge of our business, and his innovation, technology, and high-growth experience, as well as his consumer and digital experience", Uber said in an S-1 filing declaring its intention to go public.

Uber said in its filing its ridesharing position in the United States and Canada was "significantly impacted by adverse publicity events" and that its position in many markets has been threatened by discounts from other ride-hailing companies.

Since its launch in 2009, Uber has aimed for global dominance of the ride-hailing industry through investor-subsidised fares and new ventures such as food delivery and self-driving vehicles.

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