Lyft earnings Q1 2021


Ride-hailing firm Lyft confirmed continued indicators of pandemic restoration in its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday. The firm beat on the highest and backside strains and exceeded Wall Street’s rider expectations for the quarter.

Shares of Lyft had been up 7% in after-hours buying and selling following the report.

Here are the important thing numbers Lyft reported:

  • Loss per share: 35 cents vs. 53 cents per share anticipated in a Refinitiv survey of analysts
  • Revenue: $609 million vs. $558.7 million anticipated by Refinitiv
  • Active riders: 13.49 million vs. 12.8 million anticipated in a FactSet survey
  • Revenue per energetic rider: $45.13 vs. $44.50 anticipated per FactSet

It’s troublesome for traders to match year-over-year numbers from the corporate, because the Covid-19 pandemic started to take maintain a 12 months in the past and severely restricted journey. For instance, income is down 36% 12 months over 12 months however elevated 7% from the fourth quarter.

Transit corporations are starting to rebound from their pandemic lows as Covid vaccines roll out and state restrictions are lifted, and other people really feel extra snug returning to work or touring. The firm mentioned in mid-March that it anticipated to publish optimistic weekly ride-hailing progress on a year-over-year foundation and each subsequent week by means of the tip of the 12 months, barring a major worsening of coronavirus situations.

“We continue to believe there is still significant pent-up demand for mobility that will take time to play out,” CEO Logan Green mentioned on a name with traders.

The firm reaffirmed its expectation that it’s going to attain profitability on an adjusted EBITDA foundation by the third quarter of the 12 months. Lyft had initially set a purpose of reaching the benchmark by the tip of the 12 months. EBITDA refers to earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Lyft reported a internet lack of $427.3 million for the quarter, up from a internet lack of $398.1 million in the identical quarter a 12 months in the past. The firm mentioned its internet loss contains $180.7 million of stock-based compensation and associated payroll tax bills. Lyft mentioned its internet loss margin was 70.2% in contrast with 41.7% a 12 months in the past.

Its adjusted EBITDA loss was $73 million, which was about $62 million higher than the corporate’s most up-to-date outlook. Adjusted EBITDA loss margin for the quarter was 12%, in contrast with 8.9% within the first quarter of 2020 and 26.3% within the fourth quarter of 2020.

Lyft additionally issued steering for its second quarter, telling traders it expects income between $680 million and $700 million. That’s a 12% to fifteen% enhance quarter over quarter and would signify progress between 100% and 106% 12 months over 12 months. It additionally expects to restrict adjusted EBITDA loss to between $35 million and $45 million within the quarter. 

With a resurgence in customers, the corporate is dealing with a rising want for extra drivers.

Executives mentioned on the corporate’s earnings name Tuesday that it expects points round provide and demand to proceed within the second quarter and ease within the third. Lyft will use its reduce from elevated pricing to fund investments to carry again extra drivers. Competitor Uber, for instance, mentioned final month it will spend $250 million on a one-time stimulus aimed toward getting drivers again on the street.

Lyft reported $2.2 billion in unrestricted money, money equivalents and short-term investments, down barely from the prior quarter.

Lyft final week sold off its self-driving car unit to Woven Planet, a subsidiary of Toyota, for $550 million in money, one other method to advance its profitability timeline. The firm expects the deal will take away $100 million of annualized non-GAAP working bills on a internet foundation, in response to the discharge.

“With the pending sale of our Level 5 self-driving division, Lyft is set up to win the transition to autonomous through our hybrid network of human drivers and AVs, advanced marketplace tech, and leading fleet management capabilities,” John Zimmer, Lyft co-founder and president, mentioned within the earnings launch.

Green added that the promote was “strategically the right move at the right time.”

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