Uber Technologies Inc.

09/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2021 04:31

Regulation FD Disclosure (Form 8-K)

Regulation FD Disclosure

Based on quarter to date trends, which included Uber Technologies, Inc.'s ("Uber" or the "Company") first months of Adjusted EBITDA profitability in the months ended July 2021 and August 2021, Uber is updating its Q3 outlook previously provided on the Q2 2021 earnings call.

The Company now expects for Q3 2021:

Gross Bookings between $22.8 billion and $23.2 billion (from $22 billion to $24 billion)
Adjusted EBITDA between $(25) million and $25 million (from "better than a loss of $100 million") with strong improvements in both Mobility and Delivery Adjusted EBITDA

Additionally, for Q4 2021, Uber now expects to deliver Adjusted EBITDA between $0 and $100 million (compared to previously expected "Adjusted EBITDA profitability"). Note that significant forecasting uncertainty remains a factor, and the Company may provide an updated forecast on the Q3 earnings call if appropriate.

"They say that crisis breeds opportunity and that's certainly been true of Uber during the last 18 months," said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO. "Thanks to the team's tireless work we've not only grown our global leadership across both Mobility and Delivery; we've done so more profitably than ever before. As a result, Uber is reaching an important milestone. We also know we have much left to prove and need to execute flawlessly. We will rise to the occasion."

"With positive Adjusted EBITDA in July and August, we believe Uber is now tracking towards Adjusted EBITDA breakeven in Q3, well ahead of our prior guidance," said Nelson Chai, CFO. "We expect to deliver sequential Adjusted EBITDA improvement in Q4, even as we continue to invest in our growth initiatives."

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Forward-Looking Statements

This Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "contemplate," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "hope," "intend," "may," "might," "objective," "ongoing," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "target," "will," or "would" or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors relate to, among others: the outcome of a tax case before the UK tax authority related to classification as a transportation provider, developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on our business and operations, competition, managing our growth and corporate culture, financial performance, investments in new products or offerings, our ability to attract drivers, consumers and other partners to our platform, our brand and reputation and other legal and regulatory developments, particularly with respect to our relationships with drivers and couriers. For additional information on other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and subsequent quarterly reports and other filings filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. All information provided in this Form 8-K is as of the date of this Form 8-K and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this Form 8-K, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information, which is prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), we use certain non-GAAP financial measures including Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our recurring core business operating results.

We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to our historical performance. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because (1) they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. In light of these limitations, we provide specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures and evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures together with their relevant financial measures in accordance with GAAP.

In regards to forward looking non-GAAP guidance, we are not able to reconcile the forward-looking non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA measure to the closest corresponding GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts because we are unable to predict the ultimate outcome of certain significant items. These items include, but are not limited to, significant legal settlements, unrealized gains and losses on equity investments, tax and regulatory reserve changes, restructuring costs and acquisition and financing related impacts.

Adjusted EBITDA

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), excluding (i) income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, (ii) net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests, net of tax, (iii) provision for (benefit from) income taxes, (iv) income (loss) from equity method investments, (v) interest expense, (vi) other income (expense), net, (vii) depreciation and amortization, (viii) stock-based compensation expense, (ix) certain legal, tax, and regulatory reserve changes and settlements, (x) goodwill and asset impairments/loss on sale of assets, (xi) acquisition and financing related expenses, (xii) restructuring and related charges and (xiii) other items not indicative of our ongoing operating performance, including COVID-19 response initiative related payments for financial assistance to Drivers personally impacted by COVID-19, the cost of personal protective equipment distributed to Drivers, Driver reimbursement for their cost of purchasing personal protective equipment, the costs related to free rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers, seniors, others in need as well as charitable donations.

Preliminary Financial Information

We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. All projected financial information in this Form 8-K is preliminary. These estimates are not a comprehensive statement of our financial position and results of operations. There is no assurance that the Company will achieve its forecasted results within the relevant period or otherwise. Actual results may differ materially from these estimates as a result of actual quarter-end results, the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, including the execution of our internal control over financial reporting, the completion of the preparation and management's review of our financial statements for the relevant period and the subsequent occurrence or identification of events prior to the filing of our financial results for the relevant period with the Securities and Exchange Commission.