- Uber Technologies has reported second-quarter results, which were largely impacted by the pandemic.
- The ride business was severely impacted, but delivery businesses witnessed strong demand.
- Uber continues to undertake inorganic growth initiatives, and the latest large acquisition agreed is Postmates.
- Management has also reaffirmed that they are targeting adjusted-EBITDA profitability by the end of 2021.
Uber’s latest quarterly numbers reflect the struggle brought in by COVID-19 after the company was seeking to deliver profitability. In the June quarter, its food delivery business came better off the ride services.
It delivered gross bookings of $10.2 billion in the second quarter ended 30 June 2020, marking 37% year-over-year dip. On a constant currency basis, gross bookings in the mobility business were down 73% year-over-year, and gross bookings in the delivery business were up 113% year-over-year.
Likewise, revenue was down 27% to $2.24 billion, with mobility revenue down 67% and delivery revenue up 103%, all over the same period last year. Total Adjusted-net revenue was down 33% at $1.91 billion.
Uber incurred a loss of $1.8 billion during the quarter, including share-based payments and restructuring expenses of $131 million and $382 million, respectively. Unrestricted cash, short term investments and cash equivalents were $7.8 billion.
Mobility segment delivered adjusted-EBITDA of $50 million, down significantly compared to same period last year despite a 73% fall in the gross bookings. Delivery segment adjusted-EBITDA was negative at $232 million, an improvement of $54 million year-over-year.
Besides, COVID response initiatives added $48 million to the net loss incurred by Uber Technologies.
CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi said they have a ‘natural hedge’ across two segments along with a global footprint. He reaffirmed their target to achieve adjusted EBITDA profitability by the end of 2021.
Geographically, its revenue from Asia Pacific increased by 30% to $358 million compared to $276 million in 2Q 2020. US and Canada revenue was down 36% year-over-year at $1.25 billion, Latin America revenue slid 44% to $232 million, and Europe, Middle East and Africa revenue (EMEA) was down 21% at $401 million.
In mobility segment, a partnership with Marin County California was launched with first-on demand public transportation software-as-a-service deployment. It also became an exclusive ride partner with SNCF, France.
Gross bookings in delivery were accelerated amidst the pandemic- induced home delivery demand push. It also helped to improve adjusted-EBITDA to a loss of $232 million. Uber Eats crossed 500k active partnered restaurants in June, up by 50% year-over-year.
Uber also started new verticals in a delivery segment with the introduction of grocery, pharmacy, convenience to accommodate the growing consumer demand. Uber Connect was launched in over 170 cities, allowing to send small packages. It was said that Uber Connect completed around 3 million trips since mid-April.
In freight business, Uber launched in-app bidding feature to enable pricing flexibility and market clearing abilities. With new partnerships, it improved real-time pricing and tendering capabilities through direct API integration with its shippers.
Uber ATG recommenced test track and public road operations for self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh after a period of simulation-only development. The company also extended its strategic alliance with American Express, which offers Uber cash to some of its customers.
It also completed raising $1 billion in senior unsecured notes due in 2025. Uber intends to use the funds for working capital and general purpose, including potential acquisitions.
Recent acquisitions by Uber
Uber Technologies has agreed to acquire Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock transaction, which would complement its mobility and delivery business. It also completed the purchase of Cornershop in all jurisdictions, except Mexico.
Cornershop transaction has allowed the company to offer groceries on Uber and Uber Eats app in some cities in the US, Canada and Latin America. Uber also completed the acquisition of Routematch, which provides software-as-a-service solutions to public transportation bodies in North America and Australia.
It also entered into an agreement to acquire Autocab – a UK-based company providing booking and dispatch software services to private hire operators and taxi. Autocab also match trips via iGo marketplace.
2019 Dark Clouds
2019 may have ended on a bullish note, but the beginnings weren’t so pleasing. While markets became accustomed to reacting on tweets, the signs of a slowing global economy were visible at the backdrop of geopolitical developments like Brexit and China-US trade tensions.
In the first half of 2019, public markets grew uneasy about the near term outlook of the global economy. And, loss-making enterprises with perhaps ‘unproven business models’ were inclined to hit public markets.
WeWork IPO was not able to sale through after investors raised multiple questions in its business model, corporate governance and profitability.
Moreover, investors reiterated that the ultimate exit route of private investors remains public markets. And, if valuations do not complement investor expectations, it is possible that the business may not be well-received.
There is no investor left unperturbed with the ongoing trade conflicts between US-China and the devastating bushfire in Australia.
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