Lyft reaches adjusted profitability milestone despite continuing net losses

Today after the bell, U.S. ride-hailing company Lyft reported its second quarter financial performance. In aggregate the company’s performance was a rebound from the year-ago second quarter, which was heavily impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns in the United States.
Lyft also managed to produce positive adjusted EBITDA in the quarter, a profit metric favored by technology upstarts that have yet to generate net income, a stricter method of calculating profitability. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $23.8 million.
Company executives relished in hitting the milestone during the earnings call Tuesday. “This quarter we crossed a milestone that we’ve had our sights on for quite some time,” said co-founder and CEO Logan Green, who noted that last year at this time the company was facing a “once-in-a-century global pandemic hit that literally halted travel, and at the same time Proposition 22 was playing out in California.”
The company’s adjusted EBITDA reached a nadir in Q2 2020, when it totaled -$280 million. Since then Lyft has posted successive gains to adjusted EBITDA in every quarter. The company’s adjusted EBITDA margin came to 3% in its most recent quarter. After promising investors that adjusted profits would come, Lyft delivered.
Shares of Lyft are up nearly 7% in after-hours trading following the company’s financial report.
Lyft reported revenue of $765 million in the second quarter, more than double the $339.3 million million it brought in during the same period last year. While that is remarkable, remember last year at this time the economy and ride-hailing were getting pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic. In other words, we expected this.
Importantly, Lyft’s Q2 revenue grew 25.6% over last quarter’s of $609 million. That means that despite rising case counts in the United States thanks to the Delta COVID-19 variant, Lyft still managed to grow.
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