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Uber is offering 180 million shares for $44 and $50 and that will value the company at about $84 billion

The stock market is declining while the IPO market is hotter than ever this week. At least 15 IPO deals are expected to be priced this week and this is the biggest week since 2015. What most investors are focusing on now is Uber which is the biggest U.S company deal since Facebook in 2012.

Uber is finish with its roadshow in London, Boston and San Francisco, and the company is expected to price the sale on Thursday this week. The demand for the stock is strong and investors have put in orders for at least three times the amount of stock on offer.

Uber can raise as much as $9 billion and if that happen it will be the largest this year. It`s not clear what the price for stock will be but I think that the turmoil in the market at the moment will have an impact of the price range.

Uber is offering 180 million shares for $44 and $50 and that will value the company at about $84 billion. They have $11 billion in revenue and about $50 billion in gross bookings. Like Lyft, they have big operating losses.

Last year, Uber lost $3,03 billion in the 12 months through March. This is the largest loss ever for a U.S startup in the year before an IPO, and they have a lot of challenges.

More than 82% of the revenue comes from ridesharing while 13% comes from food delivery. Uber has a deal with McDonalds and used to get a 20% commission on deliveries. McDonalds renegotiatied the deal, and now Uber gets a 15% commission.

Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is trying to sell Wall Street his vision that Uber will become the dominant force in all forms of transportation. But the competition is intense in many places around the globe.

China have its own Didi Chuxing while India has Zomato and Swiggy for food delivery. Didi is also in Latin America where they compete with Doordash, and all of them in the food delivery business.

Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a strike from 7 am to 9 am on Wednesday to protest their wages, their treatment as independent contractors rather than employees, and the lack of regulation governing the new sector.

Drivers have challenged the ride-sharing companies many times for refusing to deem them employees, which means they are responsible for maintenance of their own vehicles as well as gas and insurance, which greatly reduces the amount they can earn per hour.

Their competitor Lyft went public in April this year and entered the market with its IPO price of $72 per share. The stock soared on their debut but it came down again as IPO`s usually does, and now the stock is trading about 16 percent below its IPO price.

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Google will deliver milk to your door

Google are expanding and  have a new strategy to make a huge impact into customers daily life. They want to deliver milk on your door. Yes, milk and other perishable goods like meat, tomatoes, bread and eggs, and the first delivery starts next Wednesday.

Google have become the worlds most valuable company, and earn money on ads, internet-connected thermostats and high-speed service. They have the worlds best search engine and almost everybody in the world can use the site, but what about the grocery delivery?

That`s not so easy as a search engine and of course it will be impossible to deliver to the whole world, so they will start in Los Angeles and parts of San Francisco. This delivery service is part of Google Express, which partners with retailers in some U.S cities.

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We know that Wal-Mart will expand their e-commerce business and Amazon Fresh is already in the same business and have taken a great stake in the market. Other competitors are Fresh Direct, Safeway and Instacart Express, but this business is complicated and not so easy.

Many of the companies are struggling to earn money because the margins are too small with about 2% on grocery sales. In addition to low profit margin you have high delivery costs and sometimes more expensive food.

Google said they will take advantage of holding inventory in costly warehouses and keep the cost down by making deliveries from there. Amazon deliver from their own. Online grocery shopping is a $11 billion business with 9,6% annual expected growth, but the margins are low.

Annual membership for Google Express will cost $95 and fresh-food deliveries will cost $2,99 per order. Non-Express members will pay $4,99 an order.  They also have bold goal which is to deliver within two hours.

Google will collaborate with Costco Wholesale Corp, Whole Foods Market and Smart & Final Stores in San Francisco. Furthermore, they will deliver from Smart & Final, Costco and upscale grocer Vincente Foods in Los Angeles.

A good friend of mine started a similar project 18 years ago. He is innovative and smart, but the concept was short-lived and he lost millions. It`s not because the concept was bad, but I think he was way to early in the market.

The same happened with Webvan Group. They went bankruptcy in 2001 and lost nearly one billion. Timing is important, so Google are launching Google Express in right time I think. So is it with my friend. He started with the same project last year.

Google Express has been around for a while, and this is a coming competitor to Amazon. You can order from many stores on Google Express, like Staples, Toys R Us, Target and Barnes & Noble to name a few. They deliver in Manhattan, Chicago, San Jose, Boston and Washington DC.

Google Express is a pilot project and if it works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, they will expand to other cities near you.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Shiny bull. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Shiny bull nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in precious metal products, commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Shiny bull and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

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