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A historic turning point? Uber is profitable for the first time

Uber Technologies Inc., has achieved its first-ever profits in its history, marking a significant milestone that highlights the company's resilience, innovation, and commitment to sustainable growth.
Uber Technologies Inc., has achieved its first-ever profits in its history, marking a significant milestone that highlights the company's resilience, innovation, and commitment to sustainable growth.

In a monumental turn of events, Uber Technologies Inc., has achieved its first-ever profits in its history, marking a significant milestone that highlights the company’s resilience, innovation, and commitment to sustainable growth. 

The financial results for the second quarter of 2023 have brought forth a new era for the ride-hailing giant, demonstrating its ability to steer its operations into the green while maintaining impressive growth.

More rides = more money

Uber’s financial performance for Q2 2023 showcases a series of achievements that have paved the way for its profitability. Gross Bookings, a key indicator of the company’s overall business activity, surged by 16% year-over-year to reach a total of $33.6 billion. 

The Mobility and Delivery segments both played pivotal roles in this growth, with Mobility Gross Bookings increasing by 25% year-over-year, totaling an impressive $16.7 billion. Meanwhile, Delivery Gross Bookings reached $15.6 billion, reflecting a 12% year-over-year increase. The total number of trips during the quarter soared by 22% year-over-year, an equivalent of approximately 25 million trips per day on average.

Uber’s revenues increased by 14% year-over-year to $9.2 billion, which translated into an increase in income from operations of $326 million. 

Uber’s future outlook

Uber’s financial achievements extended beyond profitability, demonstrating its ability to generate strong cash flows and maintain a solid financial foundation. Operating cash flow surged to $1.2 billion, while the company reported a record-breaking quarterly free cash flow of $1.1 billion. The importance of these figures cannot be understated, as they signify the company’s ability to reinvest in its operations, drive innovation, and reward shareholders.

Looking forward, Uber’s leadership remains optimistic about the company’s trajectory. The outlook for Q3 2023 forecasts Gross Bookings in the range of $34.0 billion to $35.0 billion.

Leadership weighs in

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, expressed his excitement about the company’s unprecedented achievement, stating, “Robust demand, new growth initiatives, and continued cost discipline resulted in an excellent quarter, with trips up 22% and a GAAP operating profit, for the first time in Uber’s history.” Khosrowshahi emphasized the strong correlation between robust financial performance and driver and courier engagement, as the company continues to empower its vast network of drivers and couriers.

Nelson Chai, Uber’s CFO, shared his pride in the progress the company has made, highlighting the “unique power of the Uber platform and the team’s relentless focus on profitable growth.” He expressed confidence in Uber’s ability to generate substantial value for shareholders in the years to come.

How did they turn things around?

Zoom2u Technologies (ASX:Z2U) CFO, Michael Gayst believes the historic turnaround for the tech company is thanks to two prominent factors: increased revenue from markets outside of the US, and increase in Take Rate. 

“The way they’ve managed to turn things around, is by increasing their revenue in other markets like Latin America, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific. They all experienced an increase of over 30% in revenue,” Gayst details.

According to Gayst, the Take Rate is another noteworthy figure. According to its Q2’23 financial results, Uber managed to increase the Take Rate for both its Mobility and Delivery segments during this period. Mobility increased from 26.6% (Q1) to 29.3% (Q2) which accounts for roughly $450 million profit alone. 

As the dust settles on the Q2 2023 financial results, Uber stands at a historic crossroads. The achievement of profitability after 14 years of operations is a testament to the company’s ability to compete in a saturated marketplace, and stay resilient over the course of more than a decade. 

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