|Uber reports surging revenue as drivers return, but posts massive loss on investments
PUBLISHED WED, MAY 4 20227:04 AM EDT
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Jessica Bursztynsky @JBURSZ
-- Uber on Wednesday reported surging revenue during the first quarter as the rideshare company recovers from its coronavirus lows.
-- Mobility revenues have finally surpassed delivery revenues.
-- The company reported a net loss of $5.9 billion for the first quarter, which it said was primarily due to its equity investments in Grab, Aurora and Didi.
Uber on Wednesday reported surging revenue during the first quarter as the rideshare company said it’s recovering from its coronavirus lows and wouldn’t have to put up “significant” investments to keep drivers on the platform.
The company appears to be on track to surpass pre-pandemic levels as travel accelerates. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement that April mobility gross bookings exceeded 2019 levels across all regions and use cases.
Uber also reported a massive loss due to its investments during the period. Shares seesawed in premarket trading after the report.
Here are the key numbers:
Loss per share: $3.04 (GAAP), not comparable to analyst estimates
Revenue: $6.85 billion vs. $6.13 billion estimated, according to a Refinitiv survey of analysts.
For the second quarter, Uber anticipates gross bookings of between $28.5 billion and $29.5 billion. In addition, it expects adjusted EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, of between $240 million and $270 million.
Uber said it expects to generate “meaningful positive cash flows” for the full year 2022.
The company reported a net loss of $5.9 billion for the first quarter, which it said was primarily due to its equity investments in Southeast Asian mobility and delivery company Grab, autonomous vehicle start-up Aurora and Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi. Uber CFO Nelson Chai said in prepared remarks the company has the liquidity to maintain its positions and wait for a better time to sell.
Its adjusted EBITDA was $168 million. That’s up $527 million from the same quarter a year ago.
Uber’s revenue was up 136% year over year to $6.9 billion.
Here’s how Uber’s largest business segments performed in the first quarter of 2022:
Mobility (gross bookings): $10.7 billion, up 58% year over year
Delivery (gross bookings): $13.9 billion, up 12% year over year
Uber was reliant on its delivery business, which includes Uber Eats, throughout the pandemic. However, mobility revenues have finally surpassed delivery revenues. Its mobility segment reported $2.52 billion in revenue, compared with delivery’s $2.51 billion. Revenue strips out additional taxes, tolls and fees from gross bookings.
Uber reported 1.71 billion trips on the platform during the quarter, which is up 18% from the same quarter a year ago. Monthly active platform consumers reached 115 million, up 17% year over year. Drivers and couriers earned an aggregate $9 billion in the quarter, which is slightly less than the fourth quarter.
Uber said its driver base is at a post-pandemic high. The company expects that to continue without “significant incremental incentive investments,” Khosrowshahi said in prepared remarks.
Rideshare companies have struggled with supply and demand since the Covid-19 pandemic lead drivers off the road. Companies, including Uber, had to heavily rely on driver incentives to bring drivers back, which ate into its financials.
That seemed to be stabilizing in recent months, but the war in Ukraine caused significant hikes in fuel prices. Analysts feared companies would have to pour millions into keeping drivers around. Uber is likely to add more color on driver incentives during its earnings call that is scheduled for 8 a.m. ET.
Driver incentives, along with light guidance, caused shares of rival Lyft to plunge in extended trading Tuesday. Lyft said during its analyst call it will be investing more in driver subsidies in the coming quarter, though it believes that will help “pay off in a healthier marketplace.”
Read Uber’s earnings release here.
Uber Q1 2022 earnings (cnbc.com)