Uber unveils IPO with warning it may never make a profit

Uber narrows losses growth slows on the road to IPO

Uber Admits It May Never Be Profitable JUSTIN SULLIVAN GettyLUCAS NOLAN12 Apr 2019

Uber said it operates on six continents with some 14 million trips per day and has totaled more than 10 billion rides since it was founded in 2010.

"The large filing reveals Uber has already been generating the strong revenue growth that amuses investors, but racked up almost $8 billion in reductions over its 10 years in existence, which mirrors the same trend hard Lyft", Uber's primary competition in the U.S.

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Uber is the largest of the "unicorns" or venture backed firms worth at least $1 billion to list on Wall Street, and is one of the key companies in the "sharing economy" which is based on offering services to replace ownership of cars, homes and other commodities. "In India, for example, our Uber Eats offering competes with Swiggy and Zomato, each of which has substantial market-specific knowledge and established relationships with local restaurants, affording them significant product advantages".

According to reports, Uber will look to raise around US$10bn in fresh capital as part of its listing, which Peel Hunt has speculated it could use to beef up its Uber Eats food delivery arm.

Uber had not revealed the recent user numbers before, and the figure shows the scale of the business.

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Lyft conquer Uber into the stock market a month with an IPO that raised $2.3 billion, but its shares have been backsliding after an early run-up.

"Our continued success will come from stellar execution and the strength of the platform we have worked so hard to build", said CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a letter in the filing. These bonuses, which were previously reported, are intended for drivers to use to purchase stock in Uber at the IPO price, as companies legally can't provide stock to non-employees.

In the end, Uber is widely expected to be the biggest technology IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group went public in 2014. Its fast-growing food delivery business, which spans 500 cities globally, doubled its revenue to $757 million in 2018 from $367 million in 2017.

Travis Kalanick, the former CEO who stepped under stress in 2017 in the board, is one of Uber's biggest shareholders, owning nearly 9% of the company's stock. Now it will be up to Kalanick's successor, Khosrowshahi, to persuade investors that Uber has cleaned up its act and merits a market value higher than Ford Motor and General Motors combined. It established its very first test automobile that was self-driving in 2016 and its own auto division has more than 1,000 employees, and more than 250 cars have been built by it so far. Uber notes that Waymo has already introduced a limited ride-hailing service in Arizona, and concedes that other competitors could launch similar services before Uber can do the same.

Even reporting on these incidents can hurt Uber's brand, the company says, which is why Uber is compiling its own "transparency report" on sexual assault and harassment in an effort to get ahead of the story. Alphabet also owns approximately 5% of Lyft's stock.

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