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Deliveroo shares are trading down as much as 30 per cent as the company made its long-awaited stock market debut on the London Stock Exchange
Deliveroo shares are trading down as much as 30 per cent as the company made its long-awaited stock market debut on the London Stock Exchange.
The delivery firm’s shares dropped to below 300 pence per share from the offer price of 390 pence per share, wiping more than £2bn off the valuation.
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The offer price is at the bottom end of Deliveroo’s pricing range after a string of fund managers said they would not take part in the deal because of concerns over the firm’s economics.
Additionally, concerns over working conditions for its riders have been cited as one of the reasons investors gave Deliveroo the cold shoulder.
Even with the revised valuation of £7.6bn, London’s biggest IPO since Glencore’s 2011 float, there had been worries the firm, which has not yet made a profit, is still overvalued.
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“It reflects the fact that even pricing the IPO at the bottom of the range, Deliveroo was demanding too high a price tag for a loss-making delivery platform in a very competitive space with a questionable path to profitability. The books were covered, it was just plain mis-priced,” Neil Wilson, chief markets analyst at Markets.com said.
Deliveroo sold shares worth £1.5bn in its IPO, raising gross proceeds of £1bn which it said it would use to further growth notably its Editions delivery kitchens.
Rival Just Eat is trading down 2.6 per cent.
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The food delivery app saw its share price tumble from 390p to 280p after the stock began conditional trading on the London Stock Exchange for the first time
Loss-making app tumbles after much-anticipated initial public offering
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Deliveroo’s shares plunged 30 per cent when trading began on Wednesday, wiping £2.3bn off the company’s valuation within minutes.
The food delivery app saw its share price tumble from 390p to 280p after the stock began conditional trading on the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
Deliveroo had already cut its top-end valuation by £1.2bn before the shares went on sale in the most anticipated initial public offering in London for a decade.
It came after a string of large fund managers shunned the company, citing concerns over workers’ rights.
Investors had also raised concerns about a dual-class share structure that would allow founder Will Shu to keep control over the company.
Analysts questioned whether Deliveroo would be able to serve up consistent profits if it had to grant more rights to riders.
“Deliveroo’s price isn’t quite as tasty as it was hoping for, coming in at the lowest end of an already narrowed range,” Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.
“The biggest concern is regulation around worker rights.
The flexible employee model of Deliveroo’s riders is a huge pillar of the group’s plans for success.
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“If forced to offer more traditional employee benefits, like company pension contributions, Deliveroo’s already thin margins would struggle to climb, and the road to profitability would look very tough indeed.”
Hundreds of riders are planning strike action next week when the shares go on unconditional sale to the public, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has said.
Deliveroo blamed “market volatility” when it priced the shares at the bottom of its offer range on Tuesday.
The company pointed to falling share prices for rivals in the food delivery market.
Before trading began, Will Shu said: “I am very proud that Deliveroo is going public in London – our home.
“As we reach this milestone I want to thank everyone who has helped to build Deliveroo into the company it is today – in particular our restaurants and grocers, riders and customers.
“In this next phase of our journey as a public company we will continue to invest in the innovations that help restaurants and grocers to grow their businesses, to bring customers more choice than ever before, and to provide riders with more work.
Our aim is to build the definitive online food company and we’re very excited about the future ahead.”
The spotlight has shone on Deliveroo’s employment practices after research by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) found that a third of riders earned less than the adult minimum wage of £8.72 per hour.
The lowest paid rider received just £2 an hour, according to TBIJ’s review of pay documentation.
Deliveroo disputed the claims which it said were “unverified”.
Riders earn £13 per hour, on average, Deliveroo said.
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– March 31, 2021
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