Lyft decided to suspend its rideshare service in California after being ordered to account for drivers as employees. Uber may be next. It is unlikely that Uber or Lyft could ever operate profitably were they both forced to account for all drivers as employees. In equity and fixed income analysis we have the "consolidation" principle … Continue reading Lyft Tapped Out In California. Uber May Be Next.
Rideshare as a long-term investment? Right up there with owning an airline. Heck, even if the rideshare companies were operating at scale - running on autonomous vehicle fleets - would you really want to own that business? Depreciating assets, multiple competitors (it will be more than Lyft and Uber), and thin profit margins (we are … Continue reading Rideshare as an Investment? Don’t Be Spun by the VCs
Magna International (tkr: MGA), got its start as a machine tool shop. Today, Magna is automotive supplier to major Auto OEMs, Tier I suppliers, Heavy Equipment manufacturers and Rideshare companies such as Lyft. Humble Beginnings Magna counts BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Tata, Tesla, Toyota, a number of the China-based Auto OEMs as well as a … Continue reading Competition Comes from Below: Part II
Cadillac's "BookbyCadillac" premium automobile subscription service (we refer to as AaaS), sits comfortably between the traditional car ownership model and the pure rideshare model (Uber, Lyft, Waymo). Priced at $1,500/month (plus $500 initiation fee), we don't believe that Cadillac's bundled subscription service is a good value - flexibility and convenience come at a price. Listen … Continue reading Automobiles as a Service (AaaS); Uber Completes Tender Offer
A bit of Simulation Theory, 1984, Minority Report and The Matrix. While autonomous vehicle technology is real - don't believe the hype: Ep. 88: Autonomous Vehicles - Real Technology with A Dash of Hype: