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Amazon-backed Deliveroo reveals it lost $309 million in 2020 ahead of IPO

Deliveroo CEO Require Shu.

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LONDON —Deliveroo, the Amazon-backed food delivery service, has revealed that it recorded a destruction of £223.7 million ($309 million) last year in plans to float on the London Stock Exchange that were publicized Monday.

Deliveroo’s losses are substantially less than they were in 2019, when the London-headquartered firm recorded a breakdown of £317 million. While the eight-year-old company is still in the red, its revenues climbed to £4.1 billion in 2020, up from £2.5 billion in 2019.

A era for Deliveroo’s initial public offering has not been officially announced but it is likely to be in the next few weeks. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Cazenove possess been appointed as the joint global coordinators.

Deliveroo could be valued at around $10 billion in the stock demand listing, according to reports. It recently raised $180 million in fresh funding giving it a $7 billion valuation. Alongside Amazon, Deliveroo is also backed by Substantial Capital Partners, Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, General Catalyst, Index Ventures and Accel.

In the company’s “Expected Intent To Float” filing published on Monday, Deliveroo CEO Will Shu said that he “never set out to be a founder or a CEO” and that he “didn’t conclude from TechCrunch.”

“I’m not one of those Silicon Valley types with a million ideas,” said the former Morgan Stanley analyst in a epistle included in the filing. “I had one idea. One idea born out of personal frustration. An idea that I was fanatically obsessed with: I appetite to get great food delivered from amazing London restaurants.”

Fight for survival

Deliveroo went from lean towards failure in 2020 amid a competition review into Amazon’s minority investment, to operating profitability toward the end of the year thanks to the coronavirus lockdown-driven bulge in demand for online takeout services.

Today Deliveroo claims to have over 115,000 food merchants and 100,000 restaurants and millions of consumers across 12 outbacks. The filing shows that six million orders are made on Deliveroo every month.

But Deliveroo is “still getting started,” correspondence to Shu.  

“Our ambitions have increased as we start to truly understand and execute on the opportunity in front of us in online food,” he said.

More power for Shu

The walk includes details on Deliveroo’s dual-class share structure, which will see Shu get 20 votes per share, while all other shareholders drive only be entitled to one vote per share.

This structure, which will give Shu enhanced voting rights and multifarious control over the direction of the company, will be in place for three years.

It comes after a government-backed review commanded for reforms to London’s listing regime, including the ability to list dual-class shares which were pioneered by Google and Facebook.

Deliveroo is organizing to reserve £50 million worth of shares for customers across the U.K..

“We are proud to be enabling our customers to participate in a future pull off and have the chance to buy shares,” said Shu. “Your loyalty and custom has helped build our business. I want you to have a take place to share in our future.”

Deliveroo said it will use the proceeds from the IPO to enhance its app, expand its Amazon’s Deliveroo bet

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