Zipcar Inc., the car-sharing company, has not turned a profit since its founding in 2000. Its net loss climbed to $14.1 million in 2010, up from a $4.7 million loss in 2009. Yesterday it filed for an IPO in which it is offering 8.33 million shares for $14 to $16 each. It expects to use the proceeds to pay off debt, oh yeah, and for “business expansion.” Hmmm, a company with a history of 11 consecutive years of losses expecting to raise as much as $133 million from an IPO–when have we seen that before? Maybe Ben should put aside his obsession with the Great Depression for a moment and investigate the late 1990s.
Sound Vaguely Familiar, Ben?
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