Uber Plunges 6% Premarket Before Anticipated Employee Stock Sell-Off

  • Uber posted a loss of over a billion dollars in the third quarter.
  • The expiry of the employee lock-up period is just hours away fueling fears of an impending stock sell-off.
  • Ride-hailing giant expects to become profitable in 24 months, the CEO says.

Despite beating earnings estimates in its third-quarter results, shares of Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE: UBER) are taking a beating ahead of the opening bell. The plunge also comes a day ahead of the expiry of the employee lock-up period.

After closing Monday’s session at $31.08, the ride-hailing operator’s stock has fallen by nearly 6.27% to hit $29.13.

Uber stock price chart | Source: Yahoo Finance

Since the ride-hailing operator got listed, the stock has now lost over 33% of its value. Uber’s shares are, however, currently just a little over 3% above the record low reached in early October.

Better but still in the red

In the third-quarter results, Uber posted revenues amounting to $3.813 billion. Year-on-year this was an increase of 30% from 2018. This beat estimates of $3.69 billion that analysts had been expecting.

Uber also reported a loss of $1.162 billion. On a per-share basis, this was a loss of $0.68 and better than the $0.81 that analysts had been expecting. The Q3 loss was lower than the second-quarter loss of $5.2 billion. However, it was larger than the loss of $986 million that was reported in a similar quarter last year. For the full year, Uber is expecting a loss of $2.8 billion to $2.9 billion.

Total costs and expenses for the ride-hailing firm on the other hand increase by 33% year-on-year from $3.707 billion to $4.919 billion.

Uber to ride to profitability in two years

During an earnings call with analysts, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi indicated that the mobility giant is expecting to become profitable in 2021. Per Khosrowshahi this will be achieved by running a more efficient enterprise:

“Our current target with a ton of hard work from all of our teams is to get to total company EBITDA profitability for the full year 2021, as we see the benefits of global scale and efficiency and the best tech talent out there.”

Uber employees lock-up period expires November 6th

Besides the loss of over a billion dollars, the stock could face more pain this week. On November 6th, the employee lock-up period will expire allowing them to dispose of some, all or none of their stakes in the company.

If history is any guide, a sell-off can be expected as stock worth over $20 billion could immediately become available. Currently, Uber has a market cap of a little over $50 billion.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.


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