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Author: Emmanuel Ekwomadu Updated: July 31, 2022

Lyft is a transportation-as-a-service company that operates a peer-to-peer community for on-demand ridesharing in the United States and Canada. The company provides a variety of transportation solutions, including an online ridesharing marketplace where drivers can meet riders, and car rental services to drivers for short and long-distance trips, and a network of shared bikes and scooters in various cities for short trips.

Additionally, Lyft integrates third-party public transit data into the Lyft app to provide its customers with information about nearby public transit routes, as well as supplement public transit by providing rides for the first and last leg of commute trips. The company is also developing autonomous self-driving vehicles.

This guide shows you how to buy Lyft stock and why it’s a good idea, as well as the various fundamental analysis factors to consider before investing.

How to Buy LYFT Stocks in 5 Easy Steps

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    Click 'Deposit', choose your favourite payment method and follow the instructions to fund your account.
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    Search for your favourite stock and see the main stats. Once you're ready to invest, click on 'Trade'.
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    Enter the amount you want to invest and configure your trade to buy the stock.

Everything You Need To Know About Lyft

Now, let’s take a more detailed look at Lyft as a company, exploring its history, business strategy, how it generates revenue, and its financial performance in the last few years.

Lyft History

Lyft started as a service of Zimride, a company founded in 2007 that offers long-distance intercity carpooling service that matches inter-city drivers and passengers through social networking platforms. Lyft was launched in May 2012 to offer intra-city rides. While Zimride focused on university campuses, Lyft was launched as a ridesharing service for shorter trips within cities.

The Lyft app grew rapidly and became the focus of the company. In May 2013, it officially changed its name from Zimride to Lyft. In July 2013, Lyft sold the Zimride service to Enterprise Holdings so as to focus exclusively on the growth of its intra-city short trips.

In August 2014, Lyft introduced the shared-ride concept to make fares cheaper. Lyft expanded into Canada in December 2017, offering its services in Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa. In March 2019, Lyft held its IPO, becoming the first ride-sharing company to do so. The IPO raised $2.34 billion, and the company was valued at $24.3 billion.

What Is Lyft’s Strategy?

Lyft’s business strategy has expanded from providing an online platform that connects intra-city drivers to riders to offering a multimodal platform that gives a wide array of transportation solutions, as well as experimenting with autonomous driving and robotaxis.

Some of its solutions include Express Drive, which offers a car rentals program for drivers; Lyft Rentals, which offers vehicle rental service for long-distance trips; Lyft Pass, which enables organisations to create custom transportation programs; enterprise programs, such as monthly ride credits for daily commutes and providing rides for the first and last leg of commute trips to supplement public transportation; and a network of shared bikes and scooters for short intra-city trips.

How Does Lyft Make Money? 

Lyft generates revenues primarily from the money collected by the drivers for completing rides on the platform. Every time a user gets a ride via the Lyft app, the company gets 20% of the fare for the ride, while the rest go to the driver. Another key source of revenue for Lyft is subscription fees and single-use ride fees riders pay to gain access to the company’s network of shared bikes and scooters.

With more than 10 million weekly active riders, Lyft has been the main competitor to Uber in the North American ride-sharing market, taking over 39% of the market as of September 2021. Since the company only operates in the U.S. and Canada, it still has substantial growth potential if it chooses to expand to other countries.

How Has Lyft Performed in Recent Years?

Lyft went public in March 2019. Since then, the stock has had a mixed performance at best. The stock was offered at $72 per share but steadily fell below $21 in March 2020, following the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the stock has recovered to a great extent, getting up to $68 per share in March 2021 before making a two-legged pullback to the $45 level. As of September 2021, the stock is emerging from the second leg of the pullback.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

While Lyft’s stock performance has not been impressive since its IPO, the stock, just like the rest of the market, is recovering from the pandemic that disrupted the economy and was particularly devastating to the transportation industry.

Lyft Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is a way to evaluate a stock by studying the company’s business to know its real value and project how it might perform in the future. This method of analysis is used by long-term investors, unlike traders who mostly use technical analysis.

Investors consider certain financial factors, including corporate management and goodwill which are not measurable, when conducting fundamental analysis of a stock. However, in this guide, we will focus on measurable financial metrics, such as the company’s revenue, earnings-per-share, P/E ratio, dividend yield, and cash flow.

Lyft’s Revenue

The revenue of a company is the amount of money it makes from the sales of its products or services before subtracting the costs of sales and other expenses. Revenues are typically reported at the top of the income statement, so it’s often referred to as the top line.

Year-on-year revenue growth is good for any company. Expectedly (due to the pandemic that disrupted movement), Lyft’s revenue for the 2020 fiscal year declined by 34.6% (from $3.62 billion in 2019 to $2.36 billion in 2020) compared to the 2019 fiscal year.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Lyft’s Earnings-per-Share

Earnings are the remaining profits after all costs of doing business have been deducted from the revenue for the accounting period. But, you should be more interested in earnings per share (EPS) because you can find out how much earnings you get depending on how many shares you own.

EPS is calculated by dividing the company’s total earnings by the total number of outstanding shares of its common stock, but you don’t need to calculate it yourself. You can get it from your stockbrokers’ websites or any of the major financial websites. Lyft’s EPS for the 2020 fiscal year was -$0.58; that is, the company made a loss.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Lyft’s P/E Ratio

A company’s price-earnings (P/E) ratio compares its share price to the earnings-per-share. It is calculated by dividing the current share price by the EPS.

Lyft made a loss in the 2020 fiscal year and has not made any profit in 2021. Thus, while we know the share price, we cannot calculate the P/E ratio because it would give a negative value that is not useful in analysis.

But on a general note, a very high P/E ratio may mean that the stock is overvalued, while a low ratio may indicate that the stock is undervalued.

Lyft’s Dividend Yield

Dividends are a portion of a company’s earnings distributed to its shareholders. Some companies that pay dividends may do so quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Generally, a company’s share price rises when it declares dividends, but after the ex-dividend date, the stock declines.

A company’s dividend yield is its total annual dividends expressed as a percentage of its share price. For example, if a company pays out a total of $5 in dividends for the year and its share price is $100, its dividend yield would be 5%. When you compare the yield with the interest rate, it tells you whether it makes more sense to keep your money in the bank than invest it in that stock.

You can see the dividend yield on your stockbroker’s website or any of the major financial websites. As of September 2021, Lyft has not declared or paid a cash dividend, and it may not be doing so in the foreseeable future as it intends to retain any future earnings.

Lyft’s Cash Flow

A company’s cash flow statement records how cash and cash equivalents flow in and out of the business. You will see the cash flow statement beside the other financial statements in the financials section of the company’s information on a website like Yahoo Finance or even on your broker’s website.

When analysing the cash flow statement, your interest should be on the free cash flow figure, which is the amount of cash or its equivalents left for the company after taking care of major expenses necessary for running its business, such as the mortgage, equipment, and other bills. The company can use its free cash to fund expansion, pay dividends, or pay down debts.

Lyft’s cash flow statement for the 2020 fiscal year can be seen below:

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Why Buy Lyft Stocks?

Although Lyft has not made any profits in more than two years since its IPO, the stock still has long-term growth potential. The poor performance can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, which wreaked havoc on the ride-hailing industry. Demand was too low because restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues were closed.

Lyft has made some improvements in its cost structure and launched complimentary services to nurture growth. As economic activity picks up, the company’s business is likely to soar, and here’s why:

  • With the availability of the vaccines, restrictions on dining and leisure activities are already being lifted, providing a conducive environment for the company’s business.
  • Lyft’s cash-free ride-hailing service is now available in more than 600 U.S. cities and Canada, and the Lyft app is resonating with millennials.
  • Lyft now offers a fleet of bikes and scooters for short-distance travel in various cities, and this can be a game-changer for the company’s growth.

Expert Tip on Buying Lyft Stock

Things may not be looking great for Lyft stock at the moment (September 2021), both on the stock market and the financial statements. However, Lyft can be considered a growth stock with enormous long-term prospects. Interestingly, the company’s management is shrewdly restructuring costs and expanding into key services that can drive growth. It is a good time for smart growth investors with a long-term outlook to gradually accumulate positions in the stock, especially now that the stock is still in a dip.
- Emmanuel Ekwomadu
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5 Things to Consider Before You Buy Lyft Stock

You must consider these five things before buying Lyft stock:

1. Understand the Company 

As suggested by great investors, like Peter Lynch and Warren Buffett, it is okay to invest in a company you are familiar with (for example, one whose products you regularly use). It could be that you frequently take Lyft rides or even use it to go to work every day. However, you should look beyond that, as it is not enough reason to invest in the stock. Make sure you study the company’s fundamentals to know how the company stands to make money in the future before you invest.

2. Understand the Basics of Investing

It is important to understand the basics of investing before approaching the market. Look for some books about investing or read some financial blogs to understand certain terms and processes so you can make sense out of financial statements or experts’ analyses. More importantly, learn about risk management, money management, and diversification so you know how to protect your capital when investing. Better still, “paper trade” with a demo account for some time before trading with real money, and when you eventually start trading real money, start with a small amount first.

3. Carefully Choose Your Broker

Be sure that the stockbroker you choose is regulated in your country of residence. Using a regulated broker can offer some form of protection: your fund will be insured against brokerage bankruptcy and you may benefit from negative balance protection. You should also consider the broker’s asset offerings, trading commissions, trading platforms (desktop, web, or mobile), payment methods, and customer support service.

4. Decide How Much You Want to Invest

You should know how much to budget for investment and the percentage you want to commit to one stock. For example, determine how much you want to invest in Lyft and how to do it: do you invest all at once or practice dollar-cost averaging? Whichever way you want to invest, do not invest more than you can afford to lose and avoid using borrowed funds, including the leverage offered by your broker, unless you know how to safely use it. While leverage can increase potential profits, it can also amplify losses.

5. Decide on a Goal for Your Investment

You must have an investment goal. Why are you investing, and what do you hope to achieve with the investment? It may be to build your pension fund for retirement or raise money for your kid’s college. Whatever the reason, you should know how long to hold the investment and when to cash out. This could be when the price gets to a particular level, when the fundamentals are weak, or when you need the money. You may also choose to buy and hold indefinitely.

The Bottom Line on Buying Lyft Stocks

Now, let’s take a look at the key points of this guide.

Lyft is a transportation-as-a-service company that provides a variety of transportation solutions, including an online ridesharing marketplace, car rental services for short and long-distance trips, and a network of shared bikes and scooters for short trips within the city. The stock has long-term growth prospects, and you can buy it via a stockbroker with access to the Nasdaq exchange.

Ready to invest right now? Sign up for a stockbroker’s share dealing account, look for Lyft in its list of stocks, and then hit the “buy” button to buy at a quoted price or place a limit order to buy at the maximum price you’re willing to pay.

If you’re not ready to invest right now, read our other guides to learn more about investing. You may “paper trade” using a stockbroker’s demo account to learn more about the market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. This is an investing technique according to which the investor splits their capital into many portions and buys the stocks gradually over regular intervals, irrespective of the price. The idea is to reduce the impact of volatility and avoid making a poorly timed purchase.

  2. Risk management refers to the procedures traders use to keep losses under control and maintain a good risk/reward ratio. For instance, it may be about setting a stop-loss order which gets them out of a trade if the market is going against their position beyond a specified level. Risk management helps traders to avoid losing all their money in one trade.

  3. This is a technique used by traders and investors to protect their trading capital. The idea is to commit a small fraction (often 1-3%) of the capital in one trade so as to limit your losses if one asset goes down.

  4. Diversification is an investing technique in which the investor allocates their capital across different assets and different industries. The aim is to reduce market risk while maximising returns. So, it is one of the methods you can use to manage risks when investing.

  5. Yes, you can trade Lyft stock over the short-term because the stock moves in sizable swings that can be traded and the liquidity is fair. However, the stock has long-term prospects and presents a great opportunity for growth investors who can wait for it.

  6. Technical analysis is a way of evaluating a stock for trading opportunities by using the historical price movement to forecast how the price might move in the future. A technical trader looks for specific price patterns or uses some technical indicators to know when to make a trade. You can use this method if you want to swing trade Lyft stock.