There's speculation that Instacart may be going public soon. The company raised $200 million in October 2020, fueling IPO rumors. And with the passing of Proposition 22 in California, Instacart will be allowed to classify their workers as contractors instead of employees, which removes a major blocker for the company.
Reports have suggested that the company's stock could be publicly traded this year, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Monday, March 8: Instacart reportedly raised $265 million in a private funding round, bringing its valuation to $39 billion. Friday, March 5: Instacart may be going public via a direct listing. Sources close to the deal have suggested a direct listing is on the horizon. The company has not confirmed this rumor, however. Thursday, November 12: Instacart taps Goldman Sachs to lead its IPO.
Thursday, November 5: Proposition 22 in California is passed, allowing gig economy companies — Instacart included — to classify their workers as contractors instead of employees.
What we know about the Instacart IPO
Instacart plans to go public with a $30 billion valuation and Goldman Sachs helming the deal, according to Reuters. But Instacart has yet to file a viewable Form S-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, so little more is known about the grocery delivery service's pending IPO.
There's no news yet about how much the stock will cost when it goes public. It's expected to launch in 2021. We'll update this page with information as it becomes available.
What we know about Instacart’s balance sheet
Instacart’s valuation of $30 billion in October 2020 followed a series of milestones for the company. It first became profitable in April after having lost $300 million in 2019. CEO Apoorva Mehta noted that feat cleared it past its 2022 goals.
The surge was partly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic which triggered lockdowns and forced people to stay home. Customers bought $700 million worth of goods through Instacart in each of the first two weeks of April, marking a 450% increase from December 2019. And other companies heard the noise. Since March, Instacart has extended pick-up services to more than 1,500 stores. It provides pickup services for more than 60 major grocers like Aldi, Sprouts Farmers Market and The Fresh Market. It has also set its sights beyond groceries and supermarkets by working with companies like Sephora and 7-Eleven.
San Francisco-based Instacart currently serves more than 7.5 million customers. Instacart has not released its earnings for 2020. But amid the optimism, it sought to reel in $35 billion in grocery sales.
Still, it’s unclear whether the online grocery delivery service will keep speeding forward. It still faces stiff competition from the likes of Uber and DoorDash, which recently went public.
It’s also important to note that Instacart saw a surge in demand in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some areas are beginning to ease lockdown restrictions as vaccines are rolled out. If the pandemic is quashed soon, it’s unclear whether customers would remain loyal to Instacart or return to the traditional way of shopping for everyday needs.
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