Rakuten expects big gain from Lyft stake

Lyft's Ready For Pickup But Guggenheim Waits For Another Ride

Lyft's Ready For Pickup But Guggenheim Waits For Another Ride

Rakuten is Lyft's biggest shareholder.

Lyft went public at a price of $72 per share (far higher than its initial range), and share prices rose as high as $87/share before ending the day at $78/share. The offering was 20 times oversubscribed, similar to other high-profile IPOs. Fast forward to August after its March debut the company had lost 50 percent of its value.

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"Falling below its IPO price is a gut punch for investors and Lyft", Wedbush's managing director, Dan Ives, told CNBC.

"It traded really aggressively out of the gate", McCarthy said, noting that Allianz had traded out of Lyft because its shares were valued at above $72.

Aggarwal also said the firm's co-founders and top executives worked in recent weeks to make investors comfortable with Lyft's dual-class share structure, which has faced criticism from some investors and corporate governance advocates.

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That makes the firm the biggest U.S. tech IPO since Snap in 2017, which was valued at $28bn after rising 44 per cent on its first day of trading.

Our revenue was $343.3 million, $1.1 billion and $2.2 billion in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, representing year-over-year growth of 209% from 2016 to 2017 and 103% from 2017 to 2018.

Many have been waiting to see just how Lyft would perform once open to the public for trading, as the ride-hailing app-maker has struggled to ever turn a profit.

Brokerage Guggenheim Securities started coverage on Lyft with a "neutral" rating, saying there is a lack of visibility on the path to profitability.

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