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Equity Shot: Lyft files to go public and we’re stoked

Howdy and welcome to an Fairness Shot, a short-form episode of the present the place we dive right into a single breaking information story. Guess what we’re speaking about as we speak?! It’s Lyft. You guessed appropriately.

The Lyft S-1 is the very first main S-1 occasion of 2019. As you may recall, the authorities shutdown gummed the IPO course of by halting the Securities and Trade Fee, an company that performs probably the most energetic function in serving to an organization go public. Now the federal government is open, and Lyft’s previously personal submitting is now a public submitting.

You’ll be able to learn Kate’s deep dive right here or mine right here, however what follows is an outline of what we chatted about on the present. Right here’s the SEC submitting if you wish to observe alongside.

Up high are income and development. Lyft’s income grew from $1.06 billion to almost $2.2 billion from 2017 to 2018. That’s spectacular.

Subsequent is prices. Lyft’s prices rose dramatically throughout 2018, in comparison with the 12 months prior. In reality, Lyft’s whole value profile rose from $1.77 billion in 2017 to a staggering $3.13 billion in 2018. That’s rather a lot, and every determine is much greater than its income.

Which lead us to losses. Certain these income numbers look scorching, however Lyft, on the similar time, misplaced $911 million on 2018 income and $688 million the earlier 12 months. Although, as Alex factors out, that ratio is enhancing, pointing to a optimistic (perhaps even worthwhile???) future for Lyft.

Nonetheless, whereas the S-1 had its ups and downs, two information factors stood out that weren’t GAAP, however did make us admire Lyft’s work a bit extra. As we clarify, Lyft’s share of bookings (whole worth of companies) from its platform is rising as is its revenue-per-rider. These bode nicely for the longer term, too.

We closed the episode with some chatter on Lyft’s plan to reward its drivers. The enterprise helps drivers — the core of its enterprise — earn a chunk of that tasty IPO pie with a $10,000 bonus. TechCrunch’s Megan Rose Dickey has extra on that right here. Plus, we’d have been remiss to not focus on Lyft’s scooter play, which it apparently spent $60 million on final 12 months.

All that and we obtained an S-1 achieved. Let’s have a couple of extra, and rapidly.

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