Lyft Revenues Rise in the 1st Half of 2017

By Jimmy Rodela

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U.S. ride-hailing service Lyft enjoyed a surge in revenue in the first six months of the year, according to an Information report, citing financial statements of the company.

Lyft is Uber’s chief rival in the ride-hailing market.

Lyft’s revenue for January to June reached $438 million. Lyft earned about $150 million in the same period last year.

The good news from Lyft is in sharp contrast to reports about Uber, which suffered a system hack last year. The company concealed the cyberattack from the public.

Uber is also embroiled in legal battles in some countries where it operates.

Hacking Incident

Uber revealed last month that hackers managed to access the personal information (names, email addresses, and contact numbers) of 50 million customers worldwide and of seven million drivers in October last year.

The company fired two executives as a result of the data breach and reportedly paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the personal information and keep mum on the hack.

While Uber assured that the hackers did not use the personal information in any way, riders have reportedly moved over to Lyft.

Reduced Net Loss

The Information revealed that Lyft’s net loss dropped from $283 million in the first half of 2016 to $203 million in the same timeframe this year.

Lyft, however, has refused to comment on the article, Reuters said.

Meanwhile, a TechCrunch report said Lyft was losing about $4 per ride last year. Now its loss per trip has dropped to $1.20.

The improvement in Lyft’s finances augurs well for the company as it is poised to grab a third of the ride-hailing market in the United States this year.

Uber, on the other hand, recently reported that its losses rose to $1.5 billion in the third quarter.

What’s Next?

The ride-hailing industry has seen contrasting situations involving two major companies.

While Uber is reeling from problems left and right, causing a dent in its finances, Lyft has come out with good news with regard its revenue.

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