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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

DoorDash filed Friday for its IPO, which is expected to price in the window between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The state of play: There's a lot more noise than signal because of the pandemic.

  • Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are co-leading the offering, with a total of 12 banks listed. DoorDash plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol DASH.
  • There are no equity grants or purchase programs for Dashers. The company did yesterday announce a $200 million workforce development program that will include around $12 million in cash bonuses.
  • DoorDash had raised nearly $3 billion in VC funding, most recently at a $16 billion post-money valuation. Shareholders include: SoftBank Vision Fund (24.9% pre-IPO stake of Class A shares), Sequoia Capital (20.4%), and GIC (10.5%). CEO Tony Xu holds 41.6% of Class B shares. SoftBank Vision Fund has invested at least $680 million.

By the numbers: DoorDash reports a $149 million net loss on $1.9 billion in revenue for the first nine months of 2020, versus a $533 million net loss on $587 million in revenue for the year-earlier period. It did turn a $23 million profit in Q2 but went back into the red in Q3.

  • For context, rival Uber Eats lost money in Q2 2020.
  • DoorDash's total costs and expenses doubled year over year for the nine-month period, while adjusted EBITDA moved from negative $372 million to positive $95 million.
  • Total orders increased from 181 million to 543 million, while there are over 390,000 merchants and one million "Dashers" on its platform. As Axios' Felix Salmon messaged me via Slack: "Imagine if those people had to be counted as some kind of employees."
  • DoorDash has $1.6 billion of cash on its balance sheet as of Sept. 30.

Yes, but: DoorDash acknowledges that COVID-19 lockdowns played a significant role in its year-over-year growth, and says "we expect the growth rates in revenue, total orders, and [marketplace revenue] to decline in future periods."

What's next: DoorDash isn't the only food delivery economy company planning to go public. Grocery-focused Instacart just picked Goldman Sachs to lead a 2021 IPO at upwards of a $30 billion valuation, per Reuters.

  • And close on Doordash's heels should be filings from Airbnb, Affirm, Roblox and Wish.

The bottom line: The numbers all seem to be moving in the right direction, but we'll need several more quarters before we can see DoorDash clearly through the coronavirus fog.

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Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Jan 29, 2021 - Economy & Business

Varsity Tutors to be valued at $1.7 billion in SPAC deal

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Nerdy, the parent company of online learning platform Varsity Tutors, announced on Friday that it will be acquired by a SPAC called TPG Pace Tech Opportunities at a valuation of $1.7 billion. Axios had previously reported on the deal talks.

Why it matters: This is the first tech SPAC deal affiliated with private equity giant TPG, and comes as more and more legacy investment firms are hopping on the blank check bandwagon.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies — Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
  5. Variant tracker

Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

A teacher prepares a hallway barrier to help students maintain social distancing at John B. Wright Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 14, 2020. Photo: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don't comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don't "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."