10 things about Lyft’s business we found in its IPO filing

10 things about Lyft’s business we found in its IPO filing
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After an often-tense battle with Uber, Lyft is first of the two ride-hailing giants to publicly file its prospectus to go public. The company is expecting to be valued between $20 billion and $25 billion, according to Reuters. Here are 10 details we found in its S-1 filing:

  • Riders
    30.7 million in 2018
    18.6 million active riders in 2018 (“We define Active Riders as all riders who take at least one ride on our multimodal platform through the Lyft app during a quarter. An Active Rider is identified by a unique phone number. If a rider has two mobile phone numbers or changed their phone number and such rider took rides using both phone numbers during the quarter, that person would count as two Active Riders.”)
  • Rides given
    178.4 million in 2018
  • Revenue
    2016: $343.3 million
    2017: $1.1 billion
    2018: $2.2 billion
  • Net Loss
    2016: $682.8 million
    2017: $688.3 million and
    2018: $911.3 million
  • Revenue per active rider 
    March 2016: $15.88
    December 2018: $36.04
  • Revenue as percent of bookings
    March 2016: 16.8%
    December 2018: 28.7%
  • The #deleteUber campaign boosted revenue per active rider: “The growth rate in Revenue per Active Rider increased significantly in the first and second quarters of 2017 as our brand and values continued to resonate with riders and they increased their usage of Lyft instead of competing offerings.”
  • Lyft believes its opportunity is in capturing a significant chunk of the $1.2 trillion transportation industry. “Our market opportunity today includes transportation spend in the United States and Canada. In the United States alone, consumer expenditures on transportation were approximately $1.2 trillion in 2017.”
  • Profitability may not come: “We may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability in the future,” the prospectus says and costs are likely to increase as the company expands into new product territory (like scooters and bikes).
  • Autonomous ambitions
    Self-driving cars are top of mind for the company, “If we are unable to efficiently develop our own autonomous vehicle technologies or develop partnerships with other companies to offer autonomous vehicle technologies on our platform in a timely manner, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.” But earlier in the prospectus the company notes that the rise of alternative work is part of what makes it relevant–a bit of irony. Since January 2018, Lyft has given 35,000 rides in Aptiv autonomous vehicles.