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Lyft enjoys higher revenue for the first half of 2017

Lyft revenues have increased while its main rival, Uber, reported more than $1 billion in losses.

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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 The Information, 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.

The data breach that occurred last year affected Uber’s revenues with its customers moving over to Lyft. (Photo by Torre Negra via Flickr. CC BY 2.0)

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. 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.

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

 

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Jimmy Rodela is a Freelance Writer and a Content Marketer. He is the Founder of the Guild of Bloggers. He is a contributor to websites with millions of monthly traffic like Yahoo.com, Business.com, Monster.com, Business2Community and SocialMediaToday.com.

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