Ride-hailing Giant Uber Files for IPO, Says 'May Never Make Profits'

Uber narrows losses growth slows on the road to IPO

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Investment bankers had earlier told Uber it could be worth about $120 billion. This increased 33.8 percent from 2017, but growth dropped from 51 percent a year earlier.

The business operates in 65 countries and has finished 10 billion excursions worldwide. Its rival Lyft went public on March 29th at $72 a share; its share price has since fallen 11 percent to $61.01 at the close of trading today.

The IPO has been a long time coming, and the company's filing with the SEC is expected to be heavily scrutinized in the days to come.

Uber's revenue grew 42 percent past year to $11.2 billion but it continued to lose money from its operations.

From December 2016 to December 2017, Uber's user base grew from 45 million to 68 million, up ~51%, while it rose ~34% between December 2017 and December 2018.

Uber's initial public offering, which could value the firm at up to $US100 billion, is expected to come as early as next week.

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Uber is offering a look for its anticipated debut in the stock market in the lead-up.

The company is also in the midst of lawsuits surrounding working conditions for Uber drivers, who are considered contractors and not employees. However, Uber didn't forget to highlight its huge losses in its IPO prospectus, saying it had "incurred significant losses since inception". Additional regulation of our pricing model could increase our operating costs and adversely affect our business.

The company has listed driver dissatisfaction as a likely reason for decline in the number of platform users.

Uber fears that drivers engaging criminal activities would have a serious impact on their business.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, owns 5% of Uber, even as it competes with Uber on self-driving technology. "While we have had unparalleled growth at scale, we are just getting started". That's a small amount to pay for Uber, which has reportedly made billions from exiting out of China, Russia and Southeast Asia alone.

Uber have fallen behind slightly in the race to create self-driving cars.

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In the filing, the company struck a cautious note about its autonomous future.

In its S-1 Uber said it was cash flow positive in 2018.

Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities noted that the ride-hailing firms will face competition from other autonomous driving firms including the former Google auto unit Waymo.

A key question facing Uber now is if it wants to keep pouring funds into its unprofitable ride-hailing business or redirect the tons of cash from its IPO into more profitable ventures such as Uber Eats food delivery startup.

It also says that there are "a number of inquiries, investigations and requests for information" from agencies within the United States, such as the department of justice, as well as other countries. "It is possible that we may not be able to obtain a sufficient supply of dockless e-bikes and e-scooters in a timely manner, or at all". The setbacks have contained allegations and uncontrolled inner sexual harassment it destroys automobile technology. Most recently, Hyundai invested $300 million in Ola.

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.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi acknowledged the self-inflicted wounds that damaged the ride-hailing service's reputation while trying to make the case that the company has rehabilitated itself since he took over 18 months ago.

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