Should Lyft and DoorDash Merge To Better Compete With Uber? Analyst Pierre Ferragu Thinks So

  • New Street analyst Pierre Ferragu thinks a merger between Lyft Inc LYFT and DoorDash Inc DASH would drive a 30% upside to the combined company's long-term EBITDA.
  • Ferragu says combining the businesses would keep drivers busier, allowing them to make more money while also reducing the cost of finding new customers. 
  • The combination of food delivery and ride-sharing paid off for Uber Technologies Inc UBER and Grab Holdings Inc GRAB. He saw the same hold good for DoorDash and Lyft combo.
  • Ferragu sees the merger as a substantial competitive advantage to attract drivers in a supply-constrained environment. 
  • The timing of demand for mobility and delivery is complimentary, with ride demand highest during commuting hours but food delivery heaviest at lunch and dinnertime.
  • He also sees consumers increasingly take rides and order food from the same platform with increasing loyalty.
  • Ferragu notes that Uber acquired twice as many delivery users from its rides app than its paid channels at 25% of the cost.
  • According to him, multi-platform companies are becoming more profitable and defending market shares better.
  • Price Action: UBER shares traded lower by 4.76% at $33.30 on the last check Wednesday.
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