Lyft's IPO prices at $72 per share, leading stampede of tech unicorns

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Lyft's performance will also serve as a benchmark for a number of other big tech companies eyeing IPOs, including arch-rival Uber, social media company Pinterest and messaging software provider Slack.

But Lyft lost $911 million on $2.2 billion in 2018 revenues.

Union pension fund adviser CtW Investment Group has argued Lyft "faces an all-but-insurmountable barrier" to profitability due to issues with the ride-hailing company's pricing strategy and new regulations driving costs higher. The company's executives made stops in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Kansas and Los Angeles. "They're basically subsidizing the business and that's a concern to investors", she added.

We told you that Lyft had decided on an IPO price of $72 dollars per share.

Ives of Wedbush Securities said Lyft may benefit from the missteps of Uber, but that it may face a rocky road with the emergence of Waymo, the former Google vehicle unit which is launching its autonomous taxi service. Lyft was valued at $15 billion in final private fundraising round in 2018.

The IPO market had a slow start in 2019 due to volatile markets at the end of previous year and the government shutdown in January blocking U.S. regulators from processing new IPO applicants.

Lyft has been gaining ground on Uber in the past two years, which enabled it to double its revenue last year to $2.2 billion - the kind of growth that tends to wow investors. Lyft's IPO was reportedly " oversubscribed " by the second day of its roads how to invest ors. The 7-year-old company claims to have 39 percent market share in the US, up from 22 percent in December 2016.

"Our mission is to improve people lives with the world's best transportation, and today we are taking Lyft public", said Co-founder and Co-CEO John Zimmer. Some, like Amazon, which took several years to turn a profit after its IPO turned into great bets for early investors. A total of 32,500,000 shares of Lyft's Class A common stock are being offered alongside an additional 4,875,000 shares which underwriters have the option to purchase.

Lyft has focused on its mission of getting people to give up their personal cars in favor of ride-hailing, shared bikes and scooters, and has remained in North America.

Uber and Lyft are among the most prominent firms in the sharing economy, which also includes home-sharing platform Airbnb, and highlight a trend away from ownership to services.

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