Uber’s stock currently trades about 35% below its initial public offering (IPO) price of $45. The bulls retreated as the pandemic temporarily disrupted its ride-hailing business, while formidable competitors like DoorDash challenged its Uber Eats food delivery segment. Its lack of profits also made it an unappealing investment as interest rates rose.
However, Uber divested its Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Indian subsidiaries and its money-losing advanced technologies group (ATG) over the past few years to narrow its losses. Its ride-hailing business also stabilized last year as the lockdowns ended, and it acquired Postmates to strengthen Uber Eats’ position against DoorDash.
As a result, Uber’s revenues are now rising, its net losses are narrowing, and its adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) has remained positive over the past four quarters. Uber’s revenue rose 57% to $17.46 billion in 2021, while its adjusted EBITDA loss narrowed from $2.53 billion to $774 million. This year, analysts expect its revenue to grow another 79% to $31.2 billion as it generates a positive adjusted EBITDA of $1.55 billion.
Those growth rates are impressive, yet Uber’s stock still trades at less than two times this year’s sales. But once investors start to fully appreciate Uber’s changes, its stock could easily return to its IPO price and continue climbing.
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