Aug 7, 2019

Lyft stock price up after strong revenue and raised outlook

Lyft listing on the Nasdaq. Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Lyft's share price is up by more than 11% after the company's Q2 earnings beat analyst revenue expectations, but also posted much wider losses than predicted (largely because of IPO-related stock compensation).

The big picture: Lyft also raised its sales outlook for the year to roughly $3.5 billion.

By the numbers:

  • Revenue: $867.3 million, above the $809 million analysts expected, according to FactSet.
  • Net loss: $644.2 million, much wider than the $445 million analysts expected.
  • Active riders: 21.8 million, up 41% from a year ago.
  • Revenue per active rider: $39.77, up 22% from a year ago.

What’s next: Rival Uber is set to post its earnings Thursday after market close.

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Uber stock price drops after missed Q2 expectations

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Uber's stock price dropped by more than 12% after its Q2 revenue and losses missed analyst expectations.

Lyft eases off price war post-IPO

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Since going public in March, Lyft is now easing off its price-cut war with rival Uber, instead competing on “brand and experience."

The bottom line: As part of its Q2 earnings, the company revealed that its sales and marketing expenses for incentives — meaning ride "coupons" — have dropped by 40% from the first quarter. It’s also quietly raising some prices at the end of June to improve its margins.

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WeWork files for long-awaited IPO

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WeWork on Wednesday filed to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering, although the ultimate offering amount is expected to be at least three times larger.

My thought bubble: There is a ton of investor skepticism over WeWork's business model, with expectations that it could receive Tesla-like treatment from public shorts. That's one reason why the company plans to increase its cash cushion by securing a $6 billion credit facility in conjunction with the IPO.

FinancialsArrowUpdated Aug 14, 2019