Lyft (LYFT -2.30%) was a rideshare star on the stock market Wednesday, following the previous day's after-market release of its latest business update.
In that document, the company said its number of rides in May increased by 26% over the April figure. It also revised its adjusted EBITDA guidance for the current Q2; the company now believes the loss in that line item will not exceed $325 million, if average daily ridership for June matches May's level. Previously, Lyft guided for a maximum loss of $360 million.
It nearly goes without saying that the improvements are due to the relaxation of "stay in place" measures stemming from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. Although the monthly ridership numbers improved significantly on a month-over-month basis, they were still down considerably from the pre-outbreak days -- compared to May 2019, the number of rides cratered by 70%.
Lyft said, unsurprisingly, that the most robust growth in May ridership occurred in cities where coronavirus-related limits on personal movement had been lifted. Monthly growth was particularly high in Austin (73% higher than April's result), Nashville (64%), Miami (59%), and Las Vegas (54%).
Much of this growth can be attributed to people getting back to work and doing more shopping.
"Since mid-March... the actions instituted by government authorities to limit the spread of COVID-19 have impacted the relative distribution of intra-week rides," the company wrote. "Riders are taking relatively more rides on weekdays versus weekends, including commute trips by essential workers as well as trips to stores selling essential goods."
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