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Changes in Transportation Models a Greater Threat Than Economic Downturn, CPS CFO Says

While a looming economic downturn has prompted auto financiers to find strategies to protect profit margins, Consumer Portfolio Services Chief Financial Officer Jeff Fritz said lenders should be thinking about how the personal transportation model is transforming. “Don’t be so occupied stamping out the ants that you miss the elephants coming over the wall,” Fritz warned […]

Ride-Hailing Services Struggle for Profitability in 1Q

Uber Technologies posted a $1.03 billion loss during the first quarter, more than double the $478 million loss recorded in the prior-year period, according to the company’s first-ever quarterly earnings report. Despite a 20% year-over-year increase in revenue to $3.1 billion, the San Francisco-based mobility company has struggled to maintain profitability. Since its inception, Uber […]

How Lenders Stand to Benefit From Uber’s Platform

Despite profitability concerns outlined in Uber Technologies’ S-1 filing, lenders could benefit from partnering with the mobility company, Grayson Brulte, president of Brulte & Co., told Auto Finance News. For instance, lenders might allow Uber drivers to rent their off-lease inventory. “Uber is not a ride-sharing company or an autonomous vehicle company or a food […]

Uber Makes IPO Case That It’s About the Platform, Not the Losses

Uber Technologies Inc., the current era’s archetypal startup, moved toward becoming a public company Thursday, revealing that it racked up a $3 billion operating loss last year and hoping potential investors will look beyond that. Less than two years after being tapped to take Uber to its initial public offering destination, Chief Executive Officer Dara […]

Lyft Stock Starts Trading on Nasdaq

Rideshare giant Lyft began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market today, raising $2.3 billion in its initial public offering. Lyft sold 32.5 million shares at $72 per share. The stock is trading under the ticker "LYFT." As of 12:15 p.m. Eastern Time, the stock was trading at $84.25 per share, up 17% from the […]

Will Ride-Hailing Replace Personally-Owned Cars? Execs Weigh In

LAS VEGAS —  The disruptive impact that ride-hailing companies are having on auto finance is evident with the success of Uber and Lyft. While both companies are not profitable, Uber 's revenue surged 43% to $11.3 billion in 2018 and Lyft's revenue doubled to $2.2 billion. However, the question confronting auto finance is whether ride-hailing […]

Lyft’s Losses, Dependence on Autonomous Overshadow IPO Filing

Rideshare giant Lyft filed its IPO prospectus on Friday. The company’s net losses and heavy reliance on autonomous vehicles is likely the biggest concern for investors, said Brian Allan, senior director of strategic partnerships at HyreCar. Lyft's net loss climbed to $911.3 million in 2018 from $688.3 million a year earlier, according to the filing. Lyft […]

HyreCar Scouts Insurance Options Amid Profit Growth

HyreCar is leveraging its 2018 growth to either reprice or onboard a new insurance provider this year, Chief Executive Joe Furnari, told Auto Finance News. The startup's growth in earnings, operations, and geographic expansion allows more room for negotiations as its insurance renewal date approaches in early April. “We’re coming up on that renewal date,” […]
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