Published On: Fri, Nov 16th, 2018

Uber’s Loss-Making Ride-Sharing Business

Ride-Sharing Uber

Ahead of what is shaping up to be one of the largest tech IPOs in 2019, ride-sharing company Uber continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace, while losing money at an incredible rate. According to results shared with Bloomberg and other media outlets, Uber’s gross bookings, i.e. total fares charged to Uber users before drivers get their cut, grew by 34 percent year-over-year to $12.7 billion in the third quarter of 2018. As our chart illustrates, Uber’s take is much lower than that though, with actual net revenue ($2.95 billion) amounting to roughly a quarter of gross bookings after drivers have taken their sizeable cut.

What may be worrying to Uber’s shareholders and potential IPO investors is the rate at which the company continues to lose money. In the past seven quarters, the market leader in the U.S. ride-hailing sector lost nearly $7 billion, not accounting for a one-time gain of $2.9 billion from selling/merging its Southeast Asia and Russian businesses in Q1 2018.

Infographic: Uber's Loss-Making Ride-Hailing Business | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

 

UNICORNS: Who’s Next in Line for an IPO

With Dropbox, Spotify and Xiaomi, 2018 has already seen several prominent unicorns take the plunge and go public. And while Sonos never really made it into the Unicorn Club before last week’s IPO, the maker of wireless multiroom speakers is the latest example of a well-known private company deciding to become a publicly traded one, with all its pros and cons.

Looking at CB Insights‘ current ranking of the most valuable startups in the world, several names catch the eye that could soon follow suit. Uber, its Chinese rival Didi Chuxing, Airbnb and SpaceX have all been linked with IPO rumors in the past, but none has announced any definitive plans as of yet.

Infographic: Who's Next in Line for an IPO? | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

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