DoorDash releases S-1 for IPO

Tony Xu, co-founder and chief executive officer of DoorDash Inc.

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DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the U.S., filed its IPO prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday. The company will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DASH.”

DoorDash reported $1.9 billion in revenue for the nine months ended September 30. That’s up from $587 million during the same period last year. As its revenue grew, DoorDash also narrowed its net loss to $149 million over the same nine month period in 2020. In 2019, DoorDash had a net loss of $533 million over the nine month period.

The company seeks to join competitors GrubHub and Uber on the public market. DoorDash has the lead in U.S. market share among them, with 49% of meal delivery sales in September compared to Uber’s 22% and GrubHub’s 20%, according to analytics firm Second Measure.

DoorDash is one of the most hotly anticipated IPOs of 2020. Though the pandemic threw a wrench in many companies’ plans, Airbnb, Roblox and Wish are all expected to go public by the end of the year, CNBC reported Thursday.

DoorDash will become the latest gig economy company to go public. The business model has raised questions about worker rights in recent years since gig companies often allow workers to pick up tasks without being full-time employees.

Voters in California recently supported a proposition backed by DoorDash and other gig companies that will allow them to maintain their workers as contractors, rather than employees, despite California’s new labor law that aimed to change that. That worker structure helps gig companies like DoorDash and Uber avoid expenses like unemployment insurance and paid time off, though the proposition did provide for some additional protections for workers.

Following the win, CEO Tony Xu indicated DoorDash would look to spread similar proposals across the country.

Food delivery has been a rare bright spot during the pandemic as consumers avoid restaurants and stay at home, sometimes under local restrictions to contain the virus. GrubHub’s stock, for example, has shot up more than 49% year to date, while the S&P 500 has grown about 9.5%.

DoorDash has twice made CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list, which identifies 50 innovative private companies across various sectors.

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