- Uber is “not a growth company,” billionaire Mark Cuban tells CNBC.
- Cuban, who invested $1 million in Uber’s competitor Lyft, says both companies waited too long before they went public.
- He says Uber’s IPO reflects poorly on Silicon Valley’s venture capital investors, saying it “suggests they’re not very good at valuing companies.”
Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, told CNBC on Tuesday that Uber’s UBER disappointing initial public offering last week was “not a surprise” because the ride-hailing company waited too long to go public, losing the momentum early companies typically have.
“It’s not a growth company,” Cuban said in a phone interview with Scott Wapner on “Halftime Report.”
“They just waited too long. There’s nothing exciting about it,” Cuban added. “I don’t think you could have expected anything different … the reality is you’re nine years in and you’re still having to buy your revenue. That’s not a good sign.”
Cuban said four years ago he invested $1 million in Uber’s competitor Lyft LYFT , which had its own disappointing IPO in March. He believes Lyft, like Uber, waited too long. In Uber’s case, he blamed its investors. Even the underwriters of Uber’s offering became worried that the IPO was in trouble, resorting just days before to an unusual tactic called a “naked short” to support the company’s stock.
“I just think we’re seeing a reflection of the Silicon Valley ethos in the public market. The whole attitude was wait, wait, wait, wait, wait,” Cuban said.
Cuban said Uber reflects poorly on the California region’s venture capital investors, saying it “suggests they’re not very good at valuing companies and it’s not a very efficient market when it comes to late-stage companies in evaluating IPOs.” In reaction, he said, a shift in choosing investors will come from CEOs and employees of private companies, who Cuban said “are going to be smarter.”
“I think it will impact their hiring abilities first for a lot of unicorns, and that will have the greatest impact — more so than how or when they go public,” Cuban said.
He said his two largest equity positions are Netflix NFLX and Amazon AMZN , noting that they have been his top investments “for years.”