Bohen Tackles the Postmates IPO

By July 18, 2019Bohens Take, trading
postmates IPO

It seems like every other week there’s word of another hot IPO. This week we’ll discuss the Postmates IPO . 

Sometimes these IPOs fizzle out and don’t fare so well. And sometimes we see those that take off like a rocket ship. That’s one of the reasons that some traders love to focus on IPO plays.

Right now, there are a few big names coming through the IPO pipeline.

Today, I’ll examine an upcoming IPO that has a bit of hype attached to it: Postmates.

People have been writing in and asking me to comment on this one. Let’s dive in.

What Is Postmates?

Postmates is a San Francisco–based tech company in the logistics and deliveries field. They have an app and a network of couriers that allows for the delivery of all kinds of food and goods.

Maybe that sounds a bit like UberEats to you. That’s true, but there’s a big difference in the business models. With Postmates you can order more than food — you can also get things like personal items and groceries.

The fact that you can order more than just food means that Postmates is similar to a high-tech courier service. That’s a massive industry that’s as old as the hills. And it’s an interesting space for a company to be in.

In February, Postmates confidentially filed for an IPO. Then, in April, they announced that they’d expanded into 1,000 new towns and cities. The firm is clearly growing in terms of geography. But we can’t see the sales, profits, and other fundamentals since the company’s IPO filing is confidential.

What we do know is that Postmates ran a round of venture-capital funding last December, and apparently the company was valued at $1.85 billion. 

As I write this, there’s no set IPO date, but it would very likely be in the second half of 2019.

Make sure to keep an eye on upcoming news stories so that you can watch how it trades post listing…

Bohen’s Take on the Postmates IPO

Okay, so that’s Postmates in a nutshell. Here’s what I think regarding what can happen at its IPO.

Now, let me preface what I’m about to write by stating that I’m a super bullish guy. And I’m especially bullish IPOs. It’s just my nature…

But I have to tell you, I’m completely skeptical about Postmates’ ability to expand and conquer the delivery market.

When I travel, I get my ride from the airport with Uber… Then, when I want food delivered, I get UberEats. Uber has a clear brand-name recognition that Postmates simply doesn’t.

You might argue that Uber doesn’t handle non-food deliveries, and that’s an interesting point. But, really, with Uber’s infrastructure and know-how, when they decide it’s time to expand into non-food deliveries, Postmates probably won’t be in for a good time…

That’s my opinion on the company. Now, when it comes to trading IPOs (and any stock in general) it really comes down to the price action.

Look up a few recent successful IPOs — Pinterest, Uber, Beyond Meat.

How did they all trade post listing? They spiked straight out of the gate, pulled back in price, then broke the previous highs…

Uber’s (NASDAQ: UBER) post-IPO trading (Source: StocksToTrade)

Uber’s (NASDAQ: UBER) post-IPO trading (Source: StocksToTrade)


If Postmates can do something similar, we could see a similar run to these IPOs.

On the flipside, it’s important to remember that with IPOs, the hype really does matter. Pinterest, Uber, and Beyond Meat had crazy hype. Postmates really doesn’t have the same level of publicity, so that’s one mark against it.

Either way, I’ll definitely be watching this stock when it starts trading.

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So, there you have it. Postmates doesn’t seem that exciting as a company to a trader like me. Uber and a few other firms seem to have grabbed this space already.

But, it’s important to note that I’m not a research analyst or heavy fundamentals guy. I’m a trader who focuses on stocks that move. If Postmates starts moving heavily after listing, I’ll be watching the chart and ready to trade it. It really doesn’t matter to me if the company’s good or bad.

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Do you have a stock or upcoming IPO that you’d like me to comment on for the blog? Share your suggestion below and I’ll pick an exciting one!

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  • Flora Jean Weiss says:

    There does seem to be a lot of IPOs. Being new to this genre I wouldn’t know what to truly look for to know if it’s interesting.
    I’m sure with all the information you pass along I will know in the near future.
    Thank you.

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