Uber Pricing: What Does It Mean?
April 26, 2019 | Blog

Uber Pricing: What Does It Mean?

After months of rumored expectations surrounding Uber Technologies, the global ridesharing giant, has finally provided potential investors a preliminary pricing range for its upcoming IPO. While the range provided suggests the company is tempering earlier expectations, the magnitude of this offering cannot be understated – this will be the largest tech IPO of the past five years and the third largest in history – behind Alibaba and Facebook. The new filing provides a number of signals:

  • Uber’s preliminary range (subject and likely to change) suggests the company will raise up to $10 billion at an implied valuation between $74 and $84 billion. The company’s last primary financing round valued Uber at approximately $72 billion. The preliminary pricing represents a nearly 17% increase over its last private financing. That figure falls short of the $120 billion repeatedly quoted over the last few months, but it is still a healthy pop for current private investors.
  • Even at this range, Uber’s IPO will be the second-largest U.S. tech IPO in history and a boon for those who invested early. In March 2011, Uber’s Series B valuation was just $346 million. Over the next four rounds to Series F, Uber’s valuation soared nearly 15 times to $51 billion. The Uber windfall should have very positive implications for the entire venture ecosystem, including the list of blue-chip venture firms, institutional investors and corporate players who will now have more capital to direct to emerging companies.
  • Uber appears to be following the same IPO strategy as the three major tech IPOs this year – Lyft, Pinterest, and Zoom. Ultimately, all three priced their IPOs above their first filing range. We expect Uber to do the same. At the high end of the current range, Uber’s IPO will command a 7.4x TTM revenue multiple. As of this morning, Lyft was trading at a 7.5x TTM revenue multiple. Any subsequent increase in price range will drive up the resulting multiples for Uber. The final delta between Uber’s and Lyft’s multiples will serve as a telling and illuminating marker about how much investors value Uber’s diversification in services and scope vs. Lyft’s pure-play ridesharing. Lyft’s performance on the public markets is clearly influencing Uber’s expected IPO valuation.
  • PayPal’s $500 million private placement purchase is certainly of interest. Beyond financial motivations, this investment and continued partnership shows the importance for Uber of providing seamless in-app payments to accompany its suite of services, and PayPal’s determination to be the “platform partner of choice’, per PayPal CEO, Dan Schulman.

We will be eagerly following the company as it proceeds through its roadshow for what should be a truly historic IPO.

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Alejandro Ortiz

Alejandro Ortiz

Alejandro is a Research Analyst, Private Investment Research for SharesPost Research LLC. Prior to joining SharesPost, he was a Valuation Analyst at Duff & Phelps with a focus on TMT industries.

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