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Uber reveals strong growth, huge losses ahead of IPO

15 April 2019, 01:00 | Vera Richards

In IPO filing, Uber calls out Seattle and warns ‘regulatory risks’ in big cities could impact bottom line

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Outside the US-Canada combine, according to the miles of rides covered, Europe is the largest market (271 million) for Uber followed by Latin America (94 million), Japan/South Korea (79 million), and Middle East & Africa (74 million).

Nonetheless, investors should note that in the early stages of development for a company such as Uber, the consistent maintenance of high business growth is more important than risk factors, which gradually become more important as the company matures.

The company said it lost $10 billion since 2016, underscoring the precarious nature of Uber's business. 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. It also revealed invaluable information about Uber's past operations.

The company is on its way to price its IPO and start trading on the New York Stock Exchange in early May.

In the long run, Uber is broadly expected to be the tech IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant.

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There has been much excitement over the potential of unicorn businesses, those privately owned tech startup companies valued at more than $1 billion.

The company is seeking a valuation of between $90 billion and $100 billion, as was previously reported Reuters.

Uber launched as a vehicle service where customers are able to hail drivers with a couple taps on a smartphone as UberCab, in 2009.

But Uber faces challenges that Lyft doesn't because of a series of damaging revelations that sullied its reputation among consumers.

It's been a tumultuous journey for Uber to get to this point: regulatory fights, accusations of hacking and spying, sexual misconduct by top executives, allegations of harassment and gender discrimination, numerous lawsuits and fines, crimes committed by drivers (including a mass shooting), claims of stolen self-driving technology, and the ousting of the company's co-founder and CEO.

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The blowback from the problems helped Lyft pick up ground in the US - something Uber acknowledged in its filing - and led to the ouster of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick as CEO in 2017. Now it will be up to the successor, Khosrowshahi of Kalanick, to convince investors who Uber has cleaned up its act and values that a market value greater than Ford Motor and General Motors combined.

A subsidiary of Softbank, cayman, is Uber shareholder with 16 percent.

Uber has been investing substantially in self-driving vehicles, which could be critical to reducing driver costs and achieving profitability.

But it suspended testing when one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona past year. Additional regulation of our pricing model could increase our operating costs and adversely affect our business. The company has gradually resumed testing, and is now operating only a handful of vehicles in a small geographic area in Pittsburgh.

In its filing, Uber warned of this competition it faces that front from rivals such as Tesla and Google's Waymo, who it said may introduce than Uber. Alphabet also owns approximately 5% of Lyft's stock.

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