Uber, which had already been spending closely to lure again drivers who left early within the pandemic, responded in March by charging riders a small gas charge for every journey, which went to drivers, and mentioned on Wednesday that it had extra drivers on its platform than at any time for the reason that pandemic started.
That confidence — and its rosy outlook for the subsequent quarter — differed starkly from its rival Lyft, which reported monetary outcomes on Tuesday and noticed its inventory plunge 25 p.c in after-hours buying and selling after firm executives mentioned on an earnings name that they have been nonetheless struggling to steer drivers to return to the platform and can be spending extra money to incentivize them to take action.
Uber’s shares fell together with Lyft’s, and Uber mentioned shortly after that it will launch its monetary outcomes hours sooner than initially deliberate on Wednesday, seemingly in an try to differentiate its outcomes from Lyft’s and pre-empt a drop in its inventory when the market opened later that morning. Uber’s inventory, although, was down about 8 p.c in pre-market buying and selling.
On a name with traders Wednesday, Mr. Khosrowshahi acknowledged that Uber additionally wanted to proceed to extend the variety of drivers on its platform. However he painted an optimistic image of the corporate’s enterprise by pointing to areas of potential development, like Uber’s partnerships with taxi corporations and its investments within the freight trade.
“There’s loads of work to do forward of us, however it is a machine that’s rolling,” he mentioned of the provision of drivers, including that Uber was “beginning to present separation towards our rivals.”
Although Lyft mentioned the variety of energetic drivers within the first three months of the 12 months grew 40 p.c in contrast with the quantity from the identical time final 12 months, Logan Inexperienced, the corporate’s chief government, additionally mentioned that drivers had “signed off” throughout Omicron and had but to return within the numbers wanted to fulfill rebounding demand.
Lyft reported better-than-expected income, $876 million, a 44 p.c enhance from the primary quarter of 2021, and $197 million in web loss, a 54 p.c lower from final 12 months. The corporate had 17.8 million energetic riders, up from 13.5 million firstly of final 12 months however down from the practically 19 million it reported towards the tip of 2021.