Ride-hailing company Lyft rises in Wall Street premier

Lyft valued at $34.3b in first ride-hailing IPO

"While ride-share executives continue to receive vast remuneration packages, and internal employees look forward to an IPO windfall at both Uber and Lyft [.] drivers are squeezed in order to shore up initial offerings to investors". Lyft share began trading on Friday morning at $87.24 on the Nasdaq, but later shaved off some of the gains to close at $78.29. At that price, the IPO gives Lyft a market value of about $20.6 billion, based on the shares that were to be outstanding after the IPO, according to earlier filings.

Lyft investors got a 21 percent pop when trading opened over the offer price of $72.

Apart from transportation services, Uber has significant investments in food delivery namely UberEats and truck service, Uber Freights.

The company has for years been an underdog in the fast-growing ride-hailing business and has been famous for the hot pink fuzzy mustaches drivers have been attaching on their cars' bumpers besides the friendly fist-bumps drivers were asked to greet riders.

In a sign of how ride-hailing giant Lyft has changed the way we think of transportation, Lyft executives celebrated the company's stock market debut from the inside of a former vehicle dealership they plan to convert into a center for their company's drivers.

"In those early days we were told we were insane to think people would ride in each others' personal vehicles", said Green, who is also the CEO. Last week, Levi Strauss & Co returned to the public markets by pricing shares a dollar above its marketed price range to raise $623 million. The company has filed the paperwork, joining Pinterest, Slack, and other tech companies looking to go public.

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The success of the IPO came despite Lyft's steep loses, criticism of its dual-class share structure, and some concerns over its strategy for autonomous driving and new laws aimed at increasing driver pay.

Based in San Francisco, Lyft had 1.9 million drivers and 30.7 million riders in 2018, operating in 300 markets in the USA and Canada.

Lyft is a startup "unicorn" that has Wall Street gushing with excitement, but don't jump on the Lyft IPO bandwagon just yet.

"Sticking with that playbook of owning this market (North America) and expanding in this market is how we get to deliver to our public shareholders and the long-term expectations that we set", Aggarwal said on the sidelines of Lyft's IPO celebration on March 29.

"Lyft has a more focused geographical footprint and product portfolio than its largest competitor, but appears to be several years away from profitability", Tom White, an analyst at D.A. Davidson told clients this week in publishing his ignition with a buy rating. Its co-founder, Ben Horowitz, sits on Lyft's board. With its current rate, Uber is valued at around $70 billion on the private market, making it the most highly valued U.S. startup in the world.

"Lyft has been successful against big odds because we have always prioritized the long term sustainable growth of both our community and our company", Zimmer said at the event.

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