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How to buy DoorDash shares

It dominates the market but remains unprofitable.

DoorDash is now available to purchase on the New York Stock Exchange. Here's how you can buy in.

Latest updates

Wednesday, December 9: DoorDash starts trading at $182 per share and closes at $187, 83% above the offering price.

Tuesday, December 8: DoorDash prices its IPO at $102 per share.

Friday, December 4: DoorDash updates its S-1 filing to propose a new projected share price of $90 to $95.

Thursday, December 3: DoorDash is expected to close its initial public offering on December 8 and trade on the New York Stock Exchange on December 9.

Monday, November 30: DoorDash updates its filing to state a projected share price of $75 to $85.

Friday, November 13: DoorDash releases its IPO filing and announces plans to launch on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DASH.

What we know about the DoorDash IPO

DoorDash privately submitted an IPO proposal to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February but delayed its listing in response to the global pandemic.

On November 13, DoorDash made its IPO regulatory filing public. Its filing outlined its plans to go live on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DASH.

DoorDash announced it will offer 33 million shares in the IPO: three classes of stock with different voting shares. Its Class A stock will grant one vote per share, Class B stock will receive 20 votes per share and Class C stock will not carry voting rights.

The projected price per share sat at $90 to $95 prior to its market debut.

DoorDash launched to the public on Wednesday, December 9.

How to buy shares in DoorDash when it goes public

Once DoorDash goes public, you'll need a brokerage account to invest. Consider opening a brokerage account today so you're ready as soon as the stock hits the market.

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for DoorDash. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: DASH.US. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy immediately with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until DoorDash reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of DoorDash, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of DoorDash. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

What we know about DoorDash's balance sheet

After it privately raised $400 million in June, investors valued DoorDash at $16 billion. But despite a 110% increase in sales between January and May, Bloomberg reported that DoorDash remained unprofitable. To be fair, Grubhub and Uber Eats — two of DoorDash's largest competitors — were also unprofitable in the second quarter.

With the release of DoorDash's public listing, we got a better look at its financials. In 2019, DoorDash reported $885 million in revenue. For the nine months ended September 30, 2020, its revenue rose to $1.9 billion — a respectable uptick. In addition to revenue gains, the company also appears to be narrowing its losses, reporting a net loss of $667 million in 2019 followed by a net loss of $149 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Revenue gains and diminishing losses are a promising pattern and may present a lucrative investment opportunity — if DoorDash can maintain its momentum.

DoorDash investment risks

Amid the stay-at-home orders that blanketed much of North America during the early months of the pandemic, food delivery sales skyrocketed. According to a report from Second Measure, meal delivery services are up 150%. And as of October 2020, DoorDash dominates the market with a 50% slice of available sales, edging out Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates, among others. Just two years prior, DoorDash held 17% of the market, marking impressive growth for this gig economy delivery service.

But there are risks to investing in DoorDash — and the industry as a whole.

For a start, DoorDash isn't turning a steady profit. And like other companies in the industry, it seems to prize growth over profits. Another concern is the frequency with which companies in the sharing economy merge. Just last year, DoorDash acquired Caviar for $410 million. DoorDash has also discussed a potential merger with Uber. With the high degree of competition that punctuates the industry, some companies must merge to stay viable.

DoorDash compared

DoorDash is a food delivery platform that serves over 4,000 cities in the US and Canada. It was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Fransisco.

The DoorDash database stands over 300,000 restaurants strong and orders can be made, tracked and paid for through the platform's mobile app. Like other gig economy companies, DoorDash relies on independent contractors it calls "Dashers" to pick up and deliver customer orders.

DoorDash is not an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and receives an F rating for accumulating 2,617 customer complaints and failing to respond to 1,878 of them. Many complaints cite order errors, delays and unpleasant interactions with the DoorDash customer service team.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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