Lyft says it's on the path to profitability, despite Wall Street woes
Lyft has experienced a rough first few months on Wall Street. But the company's co-founders still seem optimistic. Lyft CEO Logan Green said Tuesday that Lyft plans to reach profitability one year earlier than analysts had previously forecast.
"We've never laid out our path for profitability and we know that's a question on a lot of investors minds," Green said at the Wall Street Journal's annual Tech Live conference in Laguna Beach, California. "We're going to hit this target [of profitability] in Q4 for 2021."
Even though that's still two years off, both Lyft's and Uber's shares jumped after the announcement. Lyft's shares rose by as much as 6.6% to $43.56 and Uber's climbed 3.1% to $32.37. Lyft's forecast for probability is on an adjusted EBITDA basis.
Lyft debuted on Wall Street on March 29 with a strong first day of trading and its share price rising nearly 9%. But it's struggled ever since. Shares have faltered, two sets of shareholders sued the company for misrepresenting the strength of its business and its chief operating officer stepped down. Uber has experienced an equally hard time on Wall Street since its debut in May.
As Uber and Lyft have struggled as public companies, some analysts have questioned whether ride-hailing is a viable business model. But Green said on Tuesday the issue is more about going from being a venture-backed private company to a publicly traded company on Wall Street.
"There's been a major shift from investors valuing growth to going to value stocks," Green said. "That shift has had very broad implications that I think has impacted us."
Lyft shares are trading higher after the company said it expects to reach profitability on an adjusted Ebitda basis by the fourth quarter of 2021, a year ahead of current Wall Street expectations.
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