Who Will Get Rich With The Lyft IPO?

By on March 22, 2019 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Lyft is planning to make its initial public offering in late March. The company is expected to rake in about $2 billion during its IPO and its major shareholders are set to make a mint. The company is planning to sell about 30 million class A shares valued between $62 and $68, each. This gives the ride sharing firm a valuation of about $19.3 billion, based on the outstanding share count of about 284 million Class A and Class B shares. The Class B shares carry more voting power and will be held only by Logan Green and John Zimmer. Lyft's co-founders own about 7% of the company's stock. However, they have close to majority control of the company due to the dual-class stock structure that gives them 20 votes for every one vote other investors hold. Other major shareholders include General Motors, Rakuten, Fidelity, and Google parent company Alphabet.

Lyft's IPO is expected to be one of the biggest of the year among San Francisco tech startups. Uber, Airbnb, and Slack are all also planning IPO's in 2019. Lyft's shareholders will collectively hold stakes worth billions when the company makes its IPO. Lyft's IPO filing has laid bare the company's financials and its planned bonus structure. It has also pitted it against its competitor Uber, which plans to go public in the first half of 2019.

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Lyft reported a net loss of nearly $1 billion last year. That means it lost about $1.47 for every ride it gave in 2018. Lyft is reporting that their U.S. market share is nearing 40%, which is up from 35% in early 2018. The company has been aggressively expanding into mid-sized and smaller cities and currently serves more than 600 American and Canadian cities – which is three times more than two years ago.

Lyft's IPO filing reveals that it lost $911 million on revenue of $2.2 billion last year. In 2017, Lyft lost $688.3 million on revenue of $1.1 billion. Overall growth slowed in 2018 when compared to 2017.

Lyft's IPO plans include a pretty cool perk for its most loyal drivers: an option to buy stock during the IPO. Drivers who've given at least 10,000 rides will get a $1,000 bonus with the option to use it to buy shares of Lyft at its IPO price. Drivers with at least 20,000 rides will get a $10,000 bonus and the same option. While that option for loyal drivers is nice, it doesn't cover up the fact that Lyft is deeply, deeply in the red, and it has almost no prospect of becoming profitable any time soon, if ever.

Following are the major shareholders, the total number of shares owned, and what their post IPO holdings will be worth assuming $65 per share.

Alphabet

Shares Owned: 12,828,964

Percent of Class A owned after IPO: 4.7%

Value of stake: $833,882,660

Andreessen Horowitz

Shares Owned: 15,040,924

Percent of Class A owned after IPO: 5.5%

Value of stake: $977,660,060

Fidelity

Shares Owned: 18,544,716

Percent of Class A owned after IPO: 6.8%

Value of stake: $1,205,406,540

General Motors

Shares Owned: 18,664,446

Percent of Class A owned after IPO: 6.9%

Value of stake: $1,213,188,990

John Zimmer

Shares Owned: 5,775,118

Percent of Class B owned after IPO: 39.83%

Value of stake: $375,382,670

Logan Green

Shares Owned: 8,373,773

Percent of Class B owned after IPO: 60.17%

Value of stake: $544,295,245

Rakuten

Shares Owned: 31,395,679

Percent of Class A owned after IPO: 11.6%

Value of stake: $2,040,719,135

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