Uber reports third-quarter results that miss analysts’ expectations


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Q3 earnings, inflation impact and freight business

Uber reported third-quarter results Tuesday that missed analysts’ expectations on the top and bottom lines but showed strength in other areas, like gross bookings, which exceeded the company’s guidance from the second quarter.

Here’s how the company did:

  • Earnings per share: 10 cents vs. 12 cents expected by LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $9.29 billion vs. $9.52 billion expected by LSEG.

Uber’s revenue for the quarter was up 11% from the same quarter last year. In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said revenue growth would have been 8% higher, but the company reclassified certain incentive spends for Uber Eats as contra revenue instead of marketing expenses this quarter.

The company reported net income of $221 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $1.2 billion, or 61 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. That includes a $96 million headwind from revaluations of Uber’s equity investments.

Shares of Uber were down less than 1% in premarket trading Tuesday.

CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, speaks onstage during GE The Lean Mindset: The Pursuit Of Progress Event at Chelsea Industrial on September 06, 2023 in New York City.

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In a prepared statement, Khosrowshahi said Uber’s third quarter was “very strong” and he saw accelerations in the company’s gross bookings, trips and monthly active platform consumers. He added that the platform is seeing the continued benefits of consumers shifting spending from retail to services.

“These results demonstrate that Uber continues to drive profitable growth at scale—and why we believe we’re well positioned for the journey ahead, in good or bad macro environments,” he said.

Khosrowshahi told CNBC that Uber does not do business in Israel or Gaza, so the company has not been directly impacted by the ongoing conflict. He said the Middle East represents around 2% of Uber’s gross bookings.

Uber reported adjusted EBITDA of $1.09 billion, up $576 million year over year and above the $1.02 billion expected by analysts polled by StreetAccount. Gross bookings for the quarter came in at $35.3 billion, up 21% year over year and above the company’s guidance last quarter.

For the fourth quarter of 2023, Uber said it expects to report gross bookings between $36.5 billion and $37.5 billion, compared with StreetAccount estimates of $36.5 billion, and adjusted EBITDA of $1.18 billion to $1.24 billion.

Here’s how Uber’s largest business segments performed:

Mobility (gross bookings): $17.90 billion, up 31% year over year

Delivery (gross bookings): $16.09 billion, up 18% year over year

Uber’s mobility segment reported $5.07 billion in revenue, compared with delivery’s $2.93 billion. Its freight business booked $1.28 billion in sales for the quarter, a 27% decline year over year. The figure is also in line with the $1.28 billion Uber reported last quarter when Khosrowshahi told CNBC freight has remained a challenging spot for the company in the wake of the pandemic.

“In tough times, larger companies, smarter companies with the best technology can stand out. And I do think this is a time when Uber freight can stand out,” he reiterated Tuesday.

The number of Uber’s monthly active platform consumers reached 142 million in the second quarter, up 15% year over year. There were 2.44 billion trips completed on the platform during the period, up 25% year over year.