The company noted that as of December 31, 2018, it had 91 million or 9.1 crore monthly active platform users. This increased 33.8 percent from 2017, but growth dropped from 51 percent a year earlier. Last month, Uber Freight announced a rollout across Europe. Uber's operating loss was $3bn past year, while revenue slowed at $11.3bn, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That has likely influenced Uber's IPO, in which the company aims to sell around $10 billion worth of stock.
Uber filed documents Thursday for its much-anticipated public share offering expected to be the largest in the tech sector in years, and a bellwether for other venture-backed startups eyeing Wall Street listing. These bonuses, which were previously reported, are intended for drivers to use to purchase stock in Uber at the IPO price, as companies legally can't provide stock to non-employees.
Uber will follow Lyft in going public.
Lyft conquer Uber into the stock market a month with an IPO that raised $2.3 billion, but its shares have been backsliding after an early run-up. Uber applied to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "UBER".
Its unprofitable history may force Uber to eventually raise its ride-hailing prices unless it can reduce its costs by shifting to driverless cars or expand into other markets and lines of business.
The ride-hailing service revealed that in 2018, gross bookings climbed to $49.8 billion, a 45 percent increase from the $34.4 billion generated a year earlier. The crash was a huge setback for Uber and the entire industry, and has led to growing skepticism about the predictions about self-driving cars.
The expert, installed as part of Uber's settlement with Waymo, has identified on an interim basis certain functions in Uber's autonomous vehicle software that "are problematic and other functions that are not", Uber said. Analysts consider building scale crucial for Uber's business model to become profitable. Now it'll be up Dara Khosrowshahi, to Kalanick's successor, to convince investors who Uber has cleaned up its act and merits a market value higher than Ford Motor and General Motors combined.
Those have included sexual harassment allegations, a massive data breach that was concealed from regulators, use of illicit software to evade authorities and allegations of bribery overseas.
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO who stepped under stress in 2017 in the board, is one of Uber's biggest shareholders, owning nearly 9% of the company's stock.
"Greater competition in markets like India and the United States along with the onboarding of large-volume restaurants at a lower service fee has also resulted in the decline of Uber Eats' take rate to 10 per cent in 2018 from 12 per cent in 2017", the company said.
The business posted a profit of $997 million but that does not mean its ride-hailing service suddenly begun to earn money.
Uber said its market share fell in most regions previous year, although the rate of decline has slowed.