On Friday, 10 May, the world's most anticipated initial public offering (IPO) is set to hit the American stock market. Ride-hailing giant, Uber, will be offering 180 million shares to the public in between the $44 and $50 price range. If demand reaches the top of that range, it will value Uber at almost $84 billion.
Will it prove to be the best investment of the year? Or the worst? Only time will tell. However, some big-name investors have already announced they plan to invest. PayPal Holdings has agreed to invest $500 million while a newly formed entity for Uber's autonomous driving efforts from the Softbank Vision Fund, Toyota Motor Corp and Denso Corp, plans to invest $1 billion.
Let's take a look at the Uber IPO in more detail, the company's financials and how you could possibly take advantage in the biggest IPO for years.
Who is Uber?
Uber is a ride-hailing company that was launched back in 2009. While most people know Uber to be the equivalent of an on-demand taxi they can order from their smartphone, the company has a sprawling business empire which also includes:
- New Mobility - a bike, scooter and water taxi service already operating in several different countries
- Uber Eats - a food delivery business which competes with Grubhub and Deliveroo
- Uber Freight - a new venture to provide on-demand freight services to the shipping industry
Of course, most investors will want to know just how healthy Uber's books are, so let's take a look.
What are Uber's financials like?
Investors have their hands full when looking at Uber's financials. The company produced an IPO prospectus that was over 290 pages long, filled with commentary and information before the financial section even begins!
As Uber has so many different business areas, the financial results may seem scattered. For example, its 'core platform adjusted net revenue' consists of the revenue from just ride-sharing and Uber Eats which is only a handful of their overall business.
Having said that, Uber offered some financials which highlighted that overall revenue rose to $11.3 billion in 2018 from $7.9 billion a year earlier. A 43% increase will certainly satisfy most investors. However, while revenues are up on a year by year basis, quarterly revenue is falling and there are signs of decelerating growth.
How to Invest in the Uber IPO
Investing in an IPO is certainly a very interesting prospect. After all, it could be the chance to invest in high-growth companies like Facebook, Netflix or Tesla. In most cases, investors look a the future prospects of a company rather than the current financials. How else can you explain the 2,000% share price growth of Tesla since its IPO in 2010 and the fact it still does not make a profit!
While some other IPOs have gone well this year, investors will be looking at the most recent Lyft IPO, which is considered to be Uber's little brother. While shares in Lyft surged more than 21% on the day of the IPO, it is now trading down around 16% from where it first opened. Of course, there are some major differences in the two companies as Uber has a much bigger global presence.
Taking a long term view, as other institutional investors are, is essential when deciding whether or not to invest in the Uber IPO. Through Invest.MT5, you will shortly be able to invest in Uber shares after the IPO volatility has settled, as well as:
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