Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks during a product launch event in San Francisco, California on September 26, 2019.
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Uber reported a third-quarter loss on Tuesday, but beat analysts’ revenue estimates and gave strong guidance for the fourth quarter. Its shares rose about 12% in premarket trading.
Here’s how the company did it:
- Loss per share: 61 cents loss against 22 cents loss expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
- Revenue: $8.34 billion versus $8.12 billion expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
Uber posted a net loss of $1.2 billion for the third quarter, of which $512 million was attributed to revaluations of Uber’s equity investments, according to a company statement. Revenue increased 72% year over year.
In a prepared statement, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Uber had a “strong quarter” and benefited from the travel boom, easing lockdowns and changes in consumer spending. He said October would be the “best month in company history for mobility bookings and overall gross company bookings”. However, he warned that after the past few years, the company has learned not to take anything for granted.
“With continued cost rigor, workforce discipline and a balanced approach to capital allocation, all supported by our industry-leading technical and operational capabilities, we are well positioned to generate growing profitability over the coming quarters,” Khosrowshahi said.
The company reported record adjusted EBITDA of $516 million, beating forecasts of $440 million to $470 million and beating analyst estimates of $457.7 million according to StreetAccount. Gross bookings for the quarter were $29.1 billion, up 26% year-over-year.
For the fourth quarter of 2022, Uber said it expects gross bookings to grow between 23% and 27% year over year at constant currencies, and adjusted EBITDA of 600 to 630 millions of dollars. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected adjusted EBITDA of $568 million for the fourth quarter.
Here’s how Uber’s major business segments fared during the quarter:
Mobility (gross reservations): $13.7 billion, below analyst estimates of $13.83 billion according to StreetAccount.
Delivery (gross reservations): $13.7 billion, below analyst estimates of $14.01 billion according to StreetAccount.
Uber relied heavily on the growth of its Eats delivery business during the Covid pandemic, but its mobility segment outpaced Eats revenue in its first and second quarters as passengers began to do more of travel. This trend continued in the third quarter, with the company’s mobility segment recording revenue of $3.8 billion while delivery brought in $2.8 billion.
Uber’s freight business made $1.75 billion in revenue.
The number of monthly active platform consumers rose to 124 million in the third quarter, up 14% year-over-year. There were 1.95 billion trips made on the platform during the period, up 19% year-over-year.
Khosrowshahi told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday that the company has also recovered 80% in terms of the number of drivers returning to service.
Uber shares are down more than 36% so far this year. The stock fell more than 10% in October after Biden’s labor department released a proposal that could pave the way for regulators and courts to reclassify gig workers as employees. The proposed rule could increase costs for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash that rely on contract workers to take their shifts on their own time.
Companies have argued flextime is attractive to workers, but some labor experts and activists disagree, saying companies are using the contractor model to cut their own costs and deny workers protections. important.
Uber has also struggled with high gas prices and inflation, but Khosrowshahi told CNBC’s “TechCheck” in September that its offering could actually benefit from the inflationary environment.
As expenses rise and people pay more for essentials like groceries, he said they are also signing up to drive for Uber.
“If anything, 72% of drivers in the United States say that one of the considerations for signing up to drive on Uber was actually inflation,” he said.
— CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.
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