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DoorDash IPO stuns

Susan Dziubinski  |  10 Dec 2020Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Wednesday belonged to DoorDash (DASH).

The US food delivery service’s stock skyrocketed in its market debut, closing at $189.51 – well ahead of the $102 initial public offering (IPO) price the company had set on Tuesday night.

Clearly, investors continue to pay top dollar for leading tech IPOs – even for companies like DoorDash that aren’t yet profitable.

“In our view, DoorDash’s successful IPO validates venture backing of early-stage mobility startups,” says Asad Hussain, lead mobility analyst at PitchBook, a Morningstar company.

“We expect VC funding toward mobility to increase as investors deploy capital towards sectors with pandemic-induced tailwinds.

"Novel technologies such as delivery platforms, autonomous/electric vehicles, and micromobility have made it clear that startups will play a key role in shepherding in the future of transportation.”

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Hussain also notes that there’s plenty to like about DoorDash.

“DoorDash is growing at a blistering pace of 200 per cent-plus, well ahead of its competitors thanks to its focus on higher-ticket, fast-growing suburban markets, and knocking on the door of sustained profitability with a 10 per cent adjusted EBITDA margin delivered in the third quarter,” he explains.

“We believe there is a long runway of growth ahead for DoorDash and expect consumers to continue to favor food delivery even beyond the pandemic.”

However, given the stock’s remarkable one-day run-up, this story might be best watched from the sidelines for now.

 

is director of content for Morningstar.com.

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