Uber Blowout Earnings Smash Expectations, Stock Barely Budges
In the past four years, Uber generated over $48BN in revenue by burning $10BN in cash. It has never been profitable, and this is not the quarter it will change that.
One day after its its biggest competitor Lyft reported impressive numbers only to see its stock tumble today, moments ago the world’s biggest ridesharing company reported Q1 earnings which beat on the top and bottom line yet which will likely lead to more selling now that even solid beats are punished by the market.
For Q1, Uber reported the following results:
Revenue revenue Ex-UK Accrual $3.50B beating exp. of $3.28BN (net revenue was $2.90 billion)
Adjusted EBITDA loss $359 million, beating the exp. loss $450.4 million
Of note, the company reported that it has hit positive EBITDA margins in its “profitable” markets in Q1 (hardly a shock as the name implied). It is the “investment markets” that remain challenging
Loss per share of 6c, beating the exp loss/share 60c; the net loss benefited from a USD 1.6bln gain from divestiture of ATG, partly offset by a $600MM UK accrual made for the resolution of historical claims in the UK relating to the classification of drivers. Said accrual also reduced Uber Revenues and Mobility Revenues by $600 million.
CFO Nelson Chai said that “Uber is very well positioned to drive long-term value, with improving EBITDA performance, significant liquidity, and increasingly valuable minority investments,” and judging by the following summary, he may be right, especially now that the world is exiting covid lockdowns:
How did the company get these results? Here are some more details:
Gross Bookings 19.54b, beating exp. 18.07bln)
Delivery Bookings 12.46bln, beating exp. 11.09bln.
Mobility Bookings 6.77bln, beating exp. 6.74bln)
The one miss for the quarter, was the number of Monthly Active Platform Consumers which at 98MM missed exp. of 100.2MM.
Some other details: cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $5.7 billion at the end of the first quarter, giving Uber a solid cash buffer, excluding its $12.9BN in equity stakes in companies like Didi, Grab and Aurora.
Despite the blowout earnings, Uber stock was barely changed after hours, having slumped earlier following the news that Biden would end the Trump-era gig worker rule which made life for Uber and Lyft so much easier.
Wed, 05/05/2021 – 16:35