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Ride-hailing company Lyft showed continued signs of pandemic recovery in its first-quarter earnings report Tuesday. The company beat on the top and bottom lines and exceeded Wall Street’s rider expectations for the quarter.
Shares of Lyft were up 7% in after-hours trading following the report.
- Loss per share: 35 cents vs. 53 cents per share expected in a Refinitiv survey of analysts
- Revenue: $609 million vs. $558.7 million expected by Refinitiv
- Active riders: 13.49 million vs. 12.8 million expected in a FactSet survey
- Revenue per active rider: $45.13 vs. $44.50 expected per FactSet
It’s difficult for investors to compare year-over-year numbers from the company, as the Covid-19 pandemic began to take hold a year ago and severely restricted travel. For example, revenue is down 36% year over year but increased 7% from the fourth quarter.
Transit companies are beginning to rebound from their pandemic lows as Covid vaccines roll out and state restrictions are lifted, and people feel more comfortable returning to work or traveling. The company said in mid-March that it expected to post positive weekly ride-hailing growth on a year-over-year basis and every subsequent week through the end of the year, barring a significant worsening of coronavirus conditions.
“We continue to believe there is still significant pent-up demand for mobility that will take time to play out,” CEO Logan Green said on a call with investors.
The company reaffirmed its expectation that it will reach profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis by the third quarter of the year. Lyft had originally set a goal of reaching the benchmark by the end of the year. EBITDA refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Its adjusted EBITDA loss was $73 million, which was about $62 million better than the company’s most recent outlook. Adjusted EBITDA loss margin for the quarter was 12%, compared with 8.9% in the first quarter of 2020 and 26.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Lyft also issued guidance for its second quarter, telling investors it expects revenue between $680 million and $700 million. That’s a 12% to 15% increase quarter over quarter and would represent growth between 100% and 106% year over year. It also expects to limit adjusted EBITDA loss to between $35 million and $45 million in the quarter.