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Jan Care*

Well, well, well, just look what’s happened!

That overhyped and touted IPO by Lyft is now in the doldrums. There’s this piece here by USA Today:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Need a Lyft? The stock price of ride-hailing company ends lower following last week’s IPO[/perfectpullquote]

According to USA Today on Monday the stock – launched at a mouth-watering $72 was trading down at $69—a fall of $3 from its IPO price, but $19.6 down from its peak of $88.6.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The enthusiasm for Lyft’s new, publicly traded shares faded on Monday. The stock price of the ride-hailing service dropped nearly 12 percent, closing out the day below its initial public offering price of $72 a share last week. [/perfectpullquote]

As we suggested here

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Lyft’s backers have sunk $5.1 billion to date into a venture that—seven years in—is still loss making and making sales of $2.2 billion. One can understand why Lyft’s backers might want to suck in the dumb money via an initial public offering while they bail out. [/perfectpullquote]

After the hype investors are beginning to wake up and see the challenges facing the company. It’s not looking that good for Uber now is it?

It maybe that’ll be a case of uber-stretch.

(OK, you can groan mightily on that one.)


*Slang for America’s medical taxi

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1 year ago

Perhaps it wasn’t an IPO failure from the company’s pre=IPO shareholder’s perspective

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