Uber Buys Postmates

07-JUL-20

A modest number of Vestact clients own Uber shares in New York portfolios. I have liked the prospects for the company for many years, and got very excited when they listed on the New York Stock Exchange in May 2019. I rounded up a few risk tolerant customers and we were ready with our money on listing day. The opening price on day one when we jumped in was $42 per share.


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Uber Looks to Buy Grubhub

13-MAY-20

Uber is looking to buy the meal-delivery company Grubhub, at a time where there's been a massive surge in demand for their services. Apparently Uber Eats approached Grubhub in February with an all-share takeover offer and the two companies have been in talks since.


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Uber Q1 - Rides Recovering After Lockdown

11-MAY-20

Last week Uber released their Q1 results. For very obvious reasons, this is a company heavily impacted by a pandemic. Bookings for the quarter came in at $15.8bn, ahead of expectations of $15.7bn. This was because of a massive increase in Uber Eats (up 54%) while rides declined 3%. Here is the breakdown of their quarter.


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Uber Writes Down Investments

17-APR-20

Uber has been one of the companies that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The ride-hailing giant announced that it will be writing down about $2 billion of their investments and withdrew their 2020 guidance as operations stall due to a global shutdown, implemented by almost all of their operating countries.


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Uber Goes to Vancouver

24-JAN-20

Uber listed on the new York Stock Exchange back in May last year. It traded at around $42 on its first day as a public company, and we bought them at that level for a group of risk-tolerant clients.


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Uber has License Problem in London

26-NOV-19

You may have noticed headlines yesterday that London did not renew Uber's licence to operate in the city. This is not good news, London is Uber's biggest European market. The problem, according to Transport for London, is that over 14 000 rides took place whereby Uber drivers let someone else drive the car. Basically unlicensed drivers were taking citizens on illegal trips.


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Uber - New Uber Works Service

19-NOV-19

Uber likes to connect people who need a service. It started as a ride hailing app but has moved into food delivery in a big way. The company has recently announced a new service called Uber Works, which aims at connecting casual workers such as cleaners and bar staff with jobs.


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Uber Q3 - Profits Miss As Growth Continues

05-NOV-19

When Uber listed in May 2019 I got stuck in, and encouraged a group of 58 risk-tolerant clients to do so too. It has not gone well so far. Our entry prices range from a high of $46.93 to a low of $33.44. The current share price is $31.02 so everyone is underwater. Uber results were out last night, and I was keen to see how they would do. I had to stay awake until well after 11 pm.


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Uber Q2 - Disappoints

13-AUG-19

Last week Uber reported its second quarter numbers, which disappointed traders. The stock is down around 14% since reporting after the market closed on Thursday. The drop is mostly driven by slower revenue growth than expected and losses being bigger than expected. For the quarter the company posted a loss of $5.2 billion, of which $3.9 billion came from stock options. Wow, that is a big number! Stock options might not be a cash expense for the company, but it does mean that you, as a shareholder, have been diluted. On the revenue side, Uber showed growth of 14% to poste $3.2 billion for the quarter.


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Uber's Goal

02-JUL-19

It's been at least two weeks since I wrote about Uber, so here goes, again! As you know, we have been accumulating Uber shares for Vestact customers since their rather muted listing on the 10th of May. The share price has been idling at around $44 per share.


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Why to Buy Uber

30-MAY-19

I am now heavily invested in Uber. After its rather muted listing earlier this month, there was plenty of opportunity to load up on stock at around the $40 per share. It's now the third most valuable holding in my portfolio, which should tell you something considering how long I have been an equity investor.


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Uber to list today

10-MAY-19

When it comes to public markets, growth sells. Uber lists on the New York Stock Exchange later today, and we will buy the shares in the full knowledge that they will lose lots of money this year, and next year too. The focus is on the top line. They sell a service which has changed the way that we live.


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Uber Buys Dubai-based rival Careem

26-MAR-19

Regular readers of our Vestact newsletter will know that I am eagerly awaiting the listing of ride hailing giant Uber on the New York Stock Exchange. We are told that the initial public offering (IPO) might be slated for the next few months.


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Uber Q4 Numbers

18-FEB-19

We've been writing about Uber a lot lately because of their imminent listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange. On Friday, news emerged that Uber generated $14.2 billion in bookings of which $3 billion was revenues for the quarter ended on the 31st of December. Bookings include ride hailing, UberEats orders, and other ad hoc Uber services.


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Uber files for IPO

14-DEC-18

To my great delight, Uber has finally filed to go public in early 2019. Its common stock will be available to buy and sell on the NYSE or the Nasdaq, so we can all choose to add a holding in Uber to our portfolios. Uber was able to stay private for so long because it raised billions of dollars from investors at public-company-like valuations from private sources. Companies like these are called unicorns.


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