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Airbnb, DoorDash IPOs Upsized: Investors Cannot Get Enough of New Technology Stocks

09 December 2020  |  TRADING IDEAS

Airbnb and DoorDash both increased the size of their initial public offerings this week as investors continue to pour money into new-economy technology stocks.

ABNB and DASH are looking to raise $6.2 billion — more than double the total for the entire month last year. Including other deals like Roblox and ContextLogic, the IPO market is on pace for the busiest December ever.

They’re the latest in a series of innovative, technology-powered disrupters that have gone public in the last two years. The list includes Uber Technologies (UBER), Lyft (LYFT), Zoom Video Communications (ZM), Nio (NIO), Palantir (PLTR), Pinterest (PINS), Snowflake (SNOW) and Unity Software (U).

Sharply improved market conditions are the other driver. On one hand, political certainty and vaccine news have boosted sentiment in the last month. But at least two other factors are helping the IPOs: a wave of new millennial investors and an accelerated digitization of the economy because of coronavirus.

When Is Airbnb Going to IPO?

Airbnb (ABNB) is expected to price its deal Wednesday, December 9. It will begin trading at some point on Thursday.

The apartment-sharing company is looking to raise as much as $3 billion, up from an earlier goal of $2.5 billion. Strong demand has let investment bankers raise the price range to $56-60 from the earlier $44-50 range. That implies an overall valuation of about $42 billion. (Remember, most of the shares will remain in private hands.)

ABNB’s revenue in the second quarter, which included Memorial day, plunged 72 percent because of the pandemic. It improved to an 18 percent drop the following quarter. Profitability also increased as the company spend less on product development and marketing.

What Is DoorDash’s IPO Date?

DoorDash’s (DASH) IPO is one day earlier. It’s expected to raise a little more than $3 billion this afternoon and begin trading tomorrow. DASH shares have a range of $90-95, up from $75-85 previously.

Unlike ABNB, DASH has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic. It S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reports it controlled half the U.S. delivery market in October. That’s up from just 17 percent in January 2018.

Management says it’s grown by focusing on suburban areas. It also sees the potential for more expansion because less than 6 percent of the U.S. population had used the service as of September.

DASH’s quarterly revenue surged 268 percent last quarter. Its costs rose just 131 percent, narrowing its loss from $152 million to $43 million.

What Other IPOs Are Pricing?

At least three other deals are coming to market this week. They’re heavy on computer-powered virtualization and artificial intelligence (AI):

  • Certara (CERT) provides simulation software for drug developers. It’s looking to raise $500 million and have a market cap of $3.1 billion.
  • C3.ai (AI) provides cloud-based software tools for companies to build AI applications. Bankers increased the price range from $31-34 to $36-38. It will raise about $574 million and have a valuation of about $4.9 billion.
  • Abcellera (ABCL) uses AI to develop antibody therapies. It will raise about 357 million and seek a $4.9 billion market cap.

Two other noteworthy deals later this month include:

  • ContextLogic (WISH) runs e-commerce site Wish.com. It’s looking to issue $1.1 billion of stock and have a market cap of at least $14 billion.
  • Roblox (RBLX) is a fast-growing 3D gaming platform. It’s looking to sell about $1 billion in shares.

In conclusion, 2020 has been a breakout year for technology stocks. It’s now setting up to end on a potentially strong foot as the market embraces a new generation of disruptive, economy-transforming companies.


This article was written by David Russell, TradeStation Securities, Inc., part of the Monex Group Inc, published on 08/12/2020.

David Russell
David Russell is VP of Market Intelligence at TradeStation Group. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.

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