(Reuters) – Online used car seller Vroom Inc filed for a U.S. initial public offering on Monday, at a time when the coronavirus-led restrictions are shifting consumer spending to online platforms.
The company said it saw a huge surge in its e-commerce business, with the unit’s revenue rising 160% in the first quarter of 2020.
Auto retailers have been slow to embrace e-commerce, but the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing dealers to turn to digital tools to close deals without a handshake and arrange for vehicles to be picked up or delivered without requiring customers to visit stores.
Vroom’s rival Carvana Co <CVNA.N>, which went public in 2017 at $15, plunged nearly 80% from a record closing high of $110.09 on Feb. 21 to a March low of $22.19 amid a broader market selloff, before recovering. The stock is up 7% so far this year at $98.6.
Net loss attributable to Vroom’s common stockholders narrowed to nearly $41.1 million in the first quarter ended March 31, compared with $45.1 million a year earlier. First quarter revenue jumped nearly 60%, it said in a regulatory filing.
In 2019, total revenue rose to $1.19 billion (976 million pounds) from $855.4 million in 2018.
The company plans to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “VRM”.
Goldman Sachs, BofA Securities, Allen & Co and Wells Fargo Securities are among the lead underwriters of the offering.
(Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)