November 4, 2019 / 9:09 PM / 2 months ago

Uber beats third-quarter revenue estimates

Nov 4 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc on Monday beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter revenue, as more people used its ride-hailing and Uber Eats restaurant delivery service.

Total revenue rose nearly 30% to $3.81 billion, beating analysts' average estimate of $3.69 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Uber's costs jumped about 33% to $4.92 billion in the reported quarter. Gross bookings, a measure of total value of rides before driver costs and other expenses, rose 29.4% from a year earlier to $16.47 billion.

The company and its smaller rival Lyft Inc, which are still making losses, have historically relied on heavy subsidies to attract riders. The companies are also spending to expand into newer areas.

Lyft's results last week soothed some worries as the ride-hailing company posted better-than-expected third-quarter revenue and an improved outlook showed it was well on its way to profitability by the end of 2021.

Revenue from Uber's ride-hailing business rose about 19% to $2.90 billion while sales from its Uber Eats segment rose 64%.

The company said its monthly active platform users rose to 103 million globally in the third quarter, from 82 million a year earlier.

Net loss attributable to the company widened to $1.16 billion, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $986 million, a year earlier.

On a per share basis, net loss attributable to the company's stockholders narrowed to 68 cents per share from $2.21 per share.

Shares of Uber are expected to be under pressure on Wednesday, when a restriction on selling stock lifts. Some analysts expect more than 80% of the company's outstanding shares, will become eligible for sale. (Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru and Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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