Feb 15, 2019

Uber business — and losses — grows ahead of IPO

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Uber on Friday released its latest quarterly financials, likely its last before formally filing to go public, showing continued growth and investment in areas like UberEats.

The bottom line: The numbers show continued growth and investment in areas like UberEats, but still no profits.

Top line: Fourth quarter GAAP revenue was $3 billion, up 24% year-over-year and 2% from the prior quarter.

  • Gross bookings for the quarter were $14.2 billion, up 37% year-over-year and 11% from the prior quarter.
  • GAAP revenue of $11.3 billion for 2018, up 43% from 2017. Gross bookings for the year hit $50 billion, up 45% from 2017.

Bottom line: GAAP net losses for the quarter was $865 million, smaller than its $1.07 billion loss in the previous quarter.

  • Uber's adjusted EBITDA losses (its preferred metric) for Q4 grew 60% from the prior quarter to $842 million and 88% from a year ago, amid a push into its food delivery business and in regions like Latin America, where it's facing stiff competition.
  • However, its 2018 adjusted EBITDA losses shrunk 15% to $1.8 billion.

Other: Uber has $6.4 billion in unrestricted cash, up from $4.8 billion in Q3 as it received the funds from its bond offering in late 2018 and equity investment from Toyota.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 716,101 — Total deaths: 33,854 — Total recoveries: 148,900.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 136,880 — Total deaths: 2,409 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: The first federal prisoner to die from coronavirus was reported from a correctional facility in Louisiana on Sunday.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week — Cuomo says Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "panicked" some people into fleeing New York
  6. World updates: Italy on Sunday reports 756 new deaths, bringing its total 10,779. Spain reports almost 840 dead, another new daily record that bring its total to over 6,500.
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Trump touts press briefing "ratings" as U.S. coronavirus case surge

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President Trump sent about a half-dozen tweets on Sunday touting the high television ratings that his coronavirus press briefings have received, selectively citing a New York Times article that compared them to "The Bachelor" and "Monday Night Football."

Why it matters: The president has been holding daily press briefings in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic was declared, but news outlets have struggled with how to cover them live — as Trump has repeatedly been found to spread misinformation and contradict public health officials.

World coronavirus updates: Total cases surge to over 700,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

There are now than more than 700,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The virus has now killed more than 32,000 people — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths.

The big picture: Governments around the world have stepped up public health and economic measures to stop the spread of the virus and soften the financial impact. In the U.S., now the site of the largest outbreak in the world, President Trump said Saturday he would issue a "strong" travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.

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