Lyft's IPO offer plan firms up, company close to hiring advisor: Sources

Lyft Inc is close to hiring an initial public offering (IPO) advisory firm, in the first concrete step by the second biggest US ride service company to become publicly listed, according to people familiar with the matter. Lyft's IPO preparations come as its larger competitor, Uber Technologies Inc, is attempting to recover from a range of scandals.

In August, Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi set a new tentative timeline for Uber's IPO of between 18 and 36 months. An IPO would offer Lyft access to capital beyond.

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