Ride-hail firm Lyft has reported quarterly results that show a significant improvement on the previous quarter - though still well down on 2019.

"Lyft's third quarter results reflect our focused execution and business resilience," said Logan Green, co-founder and chief executive officer of Lyft. "We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in ridesharing and the performance improvements we saw across bikes, scooters and fleet. We remain confident that demand will continue to return as we progress through the recovery."

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Lyft reported Q3 revenue of $499.7 million versus $955.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of 48 percent year-over-year, but an increase of 47 percent from $339.3 million in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Net loss for Q3 2020 was $459.5 million versus a net loss of $463.5 million in the same period of 2019. Net loss for Q3 includes $170.7 million of stock-based compensation and related payroll tax expenses and $0.7 million related to changes to the liabilities for insurance required by regulatory agencies attributable to historical periods. Net loss margin for Q3 was 92.0 percent compared to 48.5 percent in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Adjusted net loss for Q3 2020 was $280.4 million versus an adjusted net loss of $121.6 million in the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted net loss is adjusted for amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, payroll tax expense related to stock-based compensation, and changes to the liabilities for insurance required by regulatory agencies attributable to historical periods, as well as, if applicable, restructuring charges, costs related to acquisitions and costs related to the transfer of certain legacy auto insurance liabilities. 
  • Lyft reported Contribution for Q3 2020 of $248.8 million versus $479.2 million in the third quarter of 2019, down 48 percent year-over-year. Contribution Margin for Q3 2020 was 49.8 percent, which was relatively flat year-over-year and up 15 absolute percentage points versus the second quarter of 2020. Contribution Margin for Q3 2020 exceeded the Company's most recent outlook of 45 percent1.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss for Q3 2020 was $239.7 million, an increase of $111.6 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA loss of $128.1 million in the third quarter of 2019. The Adjusted EBITDA loss for Q3 2020 was approximately $25 million better than the Company's most recent outlook for Adjusted EBITDA loss2. Adjusted EBITDA loss Margin for Q3 2020 was 48.0 percent versus 13.4 percent in the third quarter of 2019. 
  • Lyft reported $2.5 billion of unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at September 30, 2020.

"Our Q3 revenue grew by 47% quarter-over-quarter driven by a meaningful recovery in Active Riders, and we successfully limited our Adjusted EBITDA loss, outperforming our most recent outlook by $25 million. These results reflect the ongoing recovery as well as our progress towards reducing costs and improving our underlying unit economics," said Brian Roberts, chief financial officer of Lyft. "We remain focused on achieving Adjusted EBITDA profitability by the fourth quarter of next year, even with a slower recovery."

"As we look to the future, the win on Proposition 22 in California was a landmark achievement and a major victory for drivers, our industry and the broader Lyft community," said John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft. "The campaign was successful because it ultimately reflected the desires and priorities of drivers. More than 120,000 drivers signed up to be part of the effort to pass Prop 22 - they rallied, they volunteered, they shared their stories. Voters saw that and stood in solidarity with them. We look forward to continuing our conversations with policymakers across the country."

See also: Uber Q3 revenue down 18% to US$3.1bn