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Zipline International Pre-IPO

Zipline is a drone network operator whose aim is to provide blood and medical supplies via drones. By using patented fixed-wing drones, this company helps hospitals and health facilities reach distant communities with lifesaving supplies. A tiny parachute is connected to the package, and then the drone gently releases it above the clinic or hospital. Zipline utilizes an inventory system at its Distribution Center to provide access to delicate or rare medicinal goods without delay. Drones make it possible for Zipline to shorten a five-hour journey to only 30 minutes. 

In addition to providing delivery services for healthcare facilities, the Company also provides services for various government agencies, world-renowned brands, and commercial deliveries.

The business began delivering medical goods to several locations throughout both Ghana and Rwanda as well as to its home country, the US. But, larger ambitions are ahead as they prepare to open distribution centers in India, Nigeria and the Philippines.

At the height of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, Zipline drones ferry medical supplies and personal protective equipment to hospitals in the US. The company was given an emergency exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration and therefore permitted to deploy drones on two specific routes. The first time, the FAA has approved for commercial use of Drones beyond line of sight in the US.

The company also intends to provide residential delivery. In September 2020, Walmart partnered with Zipline to provide a limited number of on-demand drone deliveries in Northwest Arkansas.

Pre-IPO Investment Opportunities in Zipline International

In June 2021, Zipline received £179 million in additional financing. As a result of this new round, the company's value has been raised to £1.9 billion, with which it will continue to expand its logistical networks in Africa and the United States. Zipline plans to utilize the financing to accelerate its aircraft fulfillment systems, and operations of its autonomy platform.

By increasing its capital resources, they also plan to fuel their continued expansion into new industries and geographies, with the goal of turning the whole healthcare and retail systems, as well as other systems, like transportation, into instant logistics.
Earlier in 2021, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo described the business as a logistics supplier rather than a drone manufacturer.

Much of its recent achievements have been linked to its logistics network, which it built up over the course of the last five years. He added that their year in Rwanda was difficult in 2016, but since then they've joined with UPS and the Toyota Group, who have begun working with Nigeria's Kaduna and Cross River States.

Drone Industry Market Opportunities

The drone industry is expected to generate £35 billion in revenue by 2025, with the highest use of drones in the health sector growing at 25% each year. Zipline is a significant participant in the drone industry for medical supplies, with Africa being the most dominant market. This market represents approximately 30% of sales throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Zipline stock price has been steadily increasing over the last two years, with increased investor interest in the sector. The share price in 2018 was  £6.12, whereas in 2019, it was £11.8, and in 2020, it was £23.74. Our expectation is that the introduction of Zipline drones into new countries (including the U.S. and Southeast Asia) this year will boost the demand for their services for years to come. There is a reasonable chance that the next round of financing may value the business at £4 to £5 billion. An estimated ROI of nearly 150%

Zipline International Key Executive Team:

  • Keller Rinaudo (Co-Founder and CEO)
  • Will Hetzler (Co-founder)
  • Keenan Wyrobek (Founder, Head of Product & Engineering)
  • Chris Kenney (Solution Vice President, Healthcare)