Free Coffee And An App Won’t Help Luckin Beat Starbucks

Free Coffee And An App Won’t Help Luckin Beat Starbucks

Meanwhile, equity analysts are already concerned with Luckin’s valuation. John Zolidis is one of them. “We had a chance to go through the company's F-1 filing (equivalent of an S-1), says Zolidis. “If we are doing the math right, the company is seeking a $3.5-$3.9B valuation with last year's revenues of only $125M and a full-year EBIT loss of $238M,” he said. “We get that LK has super-fast unit growth and it using promos to drive trial, get downloads for its app, and sign-ups for the loyalty program.” That would certainly help the company burn a great deal of cash, but it won’t make it profitable. “Our initial conclusion is that it will difficult for this company to turn the current operating model into a profitable and cash generating business,” adds Zolidis.

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