A Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker in Pittsburgh. Photo: AP.

INTERNATIONAL – Ride-hailing company Lyft on Thursday filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, ending months of speculation about the timing of its much-awaited market debut.

The company, which was last valued at about $15 billion (R 211 bn), did not specify the number of shares it was selling or the price range for the offering in a confidential filing with the SEC.

The IPO is slated for the first half of 2019, sources have told Reuters. Bigger rival Uber Technologies is also expected to pursue an IPO next year that could value it at about $120 billion.

Lyft's IPO is expected to commence after the SEC completes its review process, it said here in a press release on Thursday.

Reuters reported in October that the company had chosen JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Jefferies as underwriters for its IPO.

Lyft was set up in 2012 by technology entrepreneurs John Zimmer and Logan Green, three years after Travis Kalanick co-founded Uber.