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Lyft-ing Off as a Public Company

Lyft-ing Off as a Public Company

But it was still able to manage to profit in terms of revenue up to a total of $2.2 billion, some of the highest ever of any company before going public.

Lyft's shares began trading around 11:55 a.m. ET, opening at $87.24 a share, or 21% above its offering price of $72 a share, according to Nasdaq. Its ticker symbol is LYFT.

Instead of celebrating the first day of trading at the Nasdaq in New York, Lyft opted to mark the occasion at a defunct auto dealership in downtown Los Angeles. Others tech companies such as Airbnb, Slack, Pinterest, Postmates, and more are also readying to go public.

"We have barely scratched the surface of helping shift the world from a vehicle ownership model to a transportation-as-a-service model", Lyft's CEO Logan Green, who is also a co-founder, told Reuters.

It remains to be seen whether or not this strike (which is relatively small in scale) will finally lead to Lyft giving drivers those benefits, but so far, it doesn't seem to have had much of an impact.

Logan Green: 684,591 class A shares and class B shares worth $655.5 million at IPO prices.

"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".




But luckily for Lyft, Uber has been plagued with controversy over the last few years. Now that both Lyft and Uber have made it easy to summon a ride on a mobile app, more people are already starting to wonder if owning their own cars will make sense in the future.

Up next: Lyft rival Uber is expected to file IPO documents in the coming weeks. They also had the privilege of investing their incetives as stock ahead of the IPO until last Thursday.

Although it is common among highly valued tech companies, public market investors still balk at this structure, which gives founders more votes per share and outsized control of the company, long after it is startup-sized. It posted a loss of $911 million in 2018 versus $688 million in 2017. Lyft also increased the size of the offering from the 30.8 million shares it had planned to sell.

Despite Lyft's recent inroad, there is still no guarantee the company will become profitable - a risk flagged in its own regulatory filings leading up to the IPO.

Lyft lost $911 million previous year.

"This is a company that has negative cash flow, and but it's spending to juice revenue".

"We didn't used to be able to take companies like this public", market experts Carol Roth said during an interview on "After The Bell" Friday. The investments will include free or discounted rides for medical patients and low-income seniors and developing infrastructure for bikes, scooters and transit.

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