Uber Technologies has 91 million users, but growth is slowing and it may never make a profit, the ride-hailing company said in its IPO filing. The document gave the first comprehensive financial picture of the decade-old company which was started after its founders struggled to get a cab on a snowy night and has changed the way much of the world travels.
Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit has raised $1 billion from a consortium of investors including SoftBank Group Corporation, giving the company a much-needed funding boost for its pricey self-driving ambitions on the eve of its public stock offering.
Uber Technologies, the world’s largest ride-hailing company, plans an initial public offering (IPO) that values the company as much as one-third below what the startup’s insiders had hoped for, between $80.5 billion and $91.5 billion. Underscoring the company’s ability to generate revenue but also the scale of its losses,
Uber made its Wall Street debut Friday, starting with an eye-popping $82 billion valuation in a milestone for the ride-hailing industry amid lingering doubts about its business model. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi and an Uber team rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange