Uber expects to begin operating in Vancouver soon, Bloomberg says » 17:5201/2301/23/20
Uber will finally start…
Uber will finally start operating in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bloomberg's Gerrit De Vynck reports. Vancouver was originally one of the ride-hailing giant's first targeted destinations outside of the U.S., but provincial authorities quickly rebuffed them, De Vynck notes. "We received authorization from the passenger transportation board to provide service across Metro Vancouver," Michael van Hemmen, an Uber spokesman, said at a press conference. "We expect to be available in the next few days." Reference Link
Uber to begin data collection in Washington, D.C for self-driving cars » 15:5501/2301/23/20
Uber said it will begin…
Uber said it will begin collecting data to support the development of its fleet of autonomous vehicles in Washington DC.. Uber's Advanced Technologies Group said in a Medium post. "We're on a mission to deliver safe and reliable self-driving technology to Uber users around the world and create positive impact through self-driving cars that drive more than themselves. Uber's Advanced Technologies Group has already started this journey in Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. Today, we're adding another city to that list our nation's capital. Uber first launched in Washington, D.C. in late 2011, the sixth city launched globally. Since then, we've been proud partners in our nation's capital, expanding into new modes like shared POOL rides, wheelchair accessible options, JUMP e-bikes and dockless scooters, and linking Uber users with public transit to help them access the transportation modes that best fit their needs. Starting on January 24, we will begin exploring a new mode of transportation in Washington, D.C. when we bring our self-driving cars to District roads for data collection. Importantly, these cars will be in manual driving mode meaning a Mission Specialist (a specially trained vehicle operator) will maintain control of the vehicle at all times." Reference Link
Uber price target raised to $45 from $40 at Guggenheim » 08:5301/2301/23/20
After Uber announced that…
After Uber announced that it sold its India delivery business to Zomato, Guggenheim analyst Jake Fuller noted that stripping out the associated losses increased his 2020 EBITDA estimate to negative $1.8B from negative $2B and he now projects Uber can turn EBITDA positive in the second quarter of 2021. The analyst, who believes the delivery category appears to be in the early stages of rationalization, keeps a Buy rating on Uber shares and raised his price target on the stock to $45 from $40 given the improving visibility on a path to profitability.
Unusually active option classes on open January 22nd » 09:4001/2201/22/20
CRK, VOD, AAL, SHAK, USO, JNJ, CTL, EBAY, UBER, BYND
Unusual total active…
Unusual total active option classes on open include: Comstock Resources (CRK), Vodafone (VOD), American Airlines (AAL), Shake Shack (SHAK), United States Oil Fund (USO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), CenturyLink (CTL), EBay (EBAY), Uber (UBER), and Beyond Meat (BYND).
Bloomberg to hold a conference » 08:4401/2201/22/20
ABB, ERIC, GOOG, UBER, UL
The Smart Economy will be…
The Smart Economy will be held in Davos, Switzerland on January 22.
Uber CEO says 'better equipped' than rivals to reach profitability, CNBC reports » 07:3701/2201/22/20
Uber (UBER) has a better…
Uber (UBER) has a better shot at turning ride-hailing into a profitable business than its competitors, the company's CEO told CNBC, Ryan Browne reports. Dara Khosrowshahi says Uber is "by far the global leader in ride-sharing," adding that the company is "structurally set up more efficiently and more optimally than anyone else to move to profitability. So actually this environment is perfect for us." Shares of Uber are down nearly 10% since its IPO, while shares of rival Lyft (LYFT) have declined almost 40%. Reference Link
Uber's sale of its India business removes overhang, says JMP Securities » 14:1401/2101/21/20
JMP Securities analyst…
JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey maintained an Outperform rating and $54 price target on Uber (UBER) following the company's announcement it sold Uber Eats India to Zomato, and will hold a 9.99% stake in the company going forward. The analyst said that with this sale completed and the acquisition of Careem closed, along with a more streamlined organization in a more rational rideshare environment, he is "incrementally confident that Uber can achieve its goal of delivering EBITDA profitability in 2021."
Uber financial discipline should bring higher multiples, says Stifel » 11:2801/2101/21/20
The estimated gain on…
The estimated gain on Uber Technologies' divestiture of its food delivery business in India is $143M, net of tax, and the actual net gain on the transaction will be recorded in Uber's Q1 financial statements, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt tells investors in a research note. The analyst views the transaction as "strong evidence" of Uber's commitment to increasing financial discipline and a more prudent capital allocation strategy. This should lead to improving fundamentals and support higher multiples across Uber's businesses, Devitt contends. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $40 price target. The stock in late morning trading is up 5%, or $1.83, to $36.94.
Uber had been in talks to sell Indian food delivery unit for $400M, FT reports » 09:0201/2101/21/20
Uber agreed to sell its…
Uber agreed to sell its Uber Eats business in India to Zomato and take a 9.99% stake in the Indian company. While Uber declined to give specific financial information about the all-stock transaction, the company has been in talks to sell the unit for about $400M, according to people with knowledge of the deal, The Financial Times' Patrick McGee, Mercedes Ruehl and Stephanie Findlay report. Reference Link
Uber's sale of Indian food delivery business 'smart,' says Wedbush » 08:1601/2101/21/20
Wedbush analyst Ygal…
Wedbush analyst Ygal Arounian notes that Uber officially sold its food delivery business in India to Zomato, a well-established local competitor in exchange for 9.99% of the Indian start-up and about $35M in cash for reimbursement by Zomato of goods and services tax. Given Zomato's recent valuation of $3.55B in the private markets, this would value the sale at roughly $355M and ends a dark chapter for Uber Eats in India which has struggled to gain share versus entrenched domestic competitors Zomato and Swiggy, the analyst contends. Arounian views the sale of the Indian food delivery business as smart and says it should help improve the bottom-line structure on Uber Eats. The analyst maintains an Outperform rating and $45 price target on the shares.