Holy rotation Batman!
After reaching $102/share last night - conferring a fully diluted valuation of roughly $41BN, more than twice its most recent private valuation of $16BN - and with a flurry of pre-debut reports projecting that it could surge as high as $200 in the opening minutes of trade, DoorDash opened at $182 Wednesday at roughly 1245ET.
DOORDASH OPENS AT $182, IPO AT $102— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 9, 2020
The company raised at least $3.4BN in its debut, which relied on an advanced system of taking bids from investors in a manner similar to a Dutch Auction. The deal kicks off a slew of debuts slated for December, including offerings from Airbnb and ContextLogic, the parent of Wish. As DoorDash soared, the momo trade sputtered.
"We agreed to increase your allowance so you could buy Tesla, but we won't do it again so you can buy DoorDash. Maybe take some profits and diversify?" pic.twitter.com/koGlouMzVl— Hipster (@Hipster_Trader) December 9, 2020
Nothing to see here just another massive gap up.
Just as DoorDash's first trades hit the tape, the rest of the market seemed to turn lower, with all the big momo names leading the way.
Tesla slumped in a sign that all the Robinhood muppets might be moving on to the next hot stock....
...as did Peloton and other momentum names (many of which are included in the iShares momo ETF).
Despite the fresh memories of Uber and Lyft's immediate post-IPO struggles, and DoorDash's own admission that it might never become profitable, the company's debut, which immediately preceeds Airbnb's IPO by a day, is one of the highlights of the busiest weeks for deals of the year.
Though DoorDash isn't the first food-delivery company to debut on US markets (Uber's Uber Eats is the standard), the company has roughyl 50% market share in the US. Still, questions about the viability of the business model remain, as WSJ reported in a deep-dive series on the prospects of third-party delivery that the economics of the industry present a difficult conundrum for delivery drivers, restaurants and even customers.
As one NYT reporter reminds us, SoftBank was once criticized for overpaying for DoorDash (Though DoorDash is hardly the only company for which SoftBank overpaid).
this is almost double their opening price— rat king (@MikeIsaac) December 9, 2020
im old enough to remember when the chatter was "how is doordash going to live up to it's sky-high valuation b/c of the Softbank investment"
COVID really did change everything https://t.co/kisId4DC6s
Another Twitter analysts reminded us that DoorDash is hardly the only food delivery competitor. In fact, it's a pretty crowded space, where valuations seem wholly disconnected from reality.
Just a reminder on competition and crowded spaces:— Yuri Sagalov (@yuris) December 9, 2020
By the time DoorDash was founded, GrubHub, Caviar, Postmates, and OrderAhead all existed and were venture funded.
Didn’t matter. Today, DoorDash is going public at 4x of those competitors combined validation.
According to DD's S-1, DoorDash reported its first quarterly profit ever earlier this year. And like Uber and Lyft before it, some analysts have warned that DD, once it achieves enough market share, will squeeze both restaurants and its drivers as it grows increasingly desperate to produce profits.
With DoorDash posting its first profitable quarter for a food delivery company leading up to its IPO, I'll repeat something I've said before:— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde) December 9, 2020
Order directly from restaurants whenever possible
1/ Here's why
2/ DoorDash currently has 50% of the food delivery market, and 58% in the suburbs— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde) December 9, 2020
In May, I wrote that whichever delivery giant gained the majority of the market would have two choices to make the sector profitable...
3/ First choice: Redirect the money it’s spending on SUMMER25 promo codes toward improving order quality and buttressing restaurants’ bottom lines— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde) December 9, 2020
Second choice: Take advantage of their position by focusing on their $$$, not restaurants'/delivery drivers'
4/ Considering DoorDash is still charging restaurants commissions as high as 30% per order, I'd warrant they went with the second option— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde) December 9, 2020
That 30% makes it hard, if not outright impossible (depending on the order), for restaurants to net any profit
5/ My take: While I don't think there's a problem with paying for a middle man to courier coffee, restaurants need a better deal— Jamie Wilde ☕ (@jamiekaywilde) December 9, 2020
P.S. If you order directly from a restaurant, don't click on their Yelp phone # (oftentimes, that'll give a cut to Yelp)
With the company's long-term profitability still in doubt, and labor activists (and, presumably, their Democratic allies) already circling, if ever there was a signal that idiot fast money is chasing sh*t, this is it.