• Uber and Lyft will share in the economy’s suffering this 12 months as utilization for both services has been highly correlated with different lockdown orders.
  • But revenue will rebound strongly in 2021—with growth of 70.2% for Uber and 44.1% for Lyft.

In 2020’s pandemic-ravaged financial system, Uber and Lyft will share in the agony:

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Uber and Lyft buyers and income will drop in 2020 before rebounding in 2021.


  • We estimate that the selection of Uber users will fall by 28.three% (15.two million fewer folks this year than in 2019), and Lyft consumers will drop by 32.three% (10.3 million less). 
  • Usage for the two solutions has been extremely correlated with various community and statewide lockdown orders, and even though we anticipate each companies will see improved figures in H2 2020 than they did in H1, neither will get near to their 2019 numbers until subsequent yr.
  • On the profits aspect, we hope Uber’s trip-sharing profits to drop by 39.8% this 12 months to $17.39 billion (down from $28.88 billion in 2019). Lyft’s revenue will drop by 25.% to $eight.97 billion (down from $11.95 billion final year).

Uber’s person base is substantial, Lyft’s end users are loyal—both groups are being household. We hope Lyft to undergo a steeper relative decrease in end users, largely since of Uber’s more widely identified brand name title and the achievements of its meals supply business—which has thrived all through the pandemic and has held the company’s driver provide in a much better posture. On the flip aspect, we hope Lyft’s profits quantities to hold up marginally superior, because Lyft’s share of very engaged end users appears to be higher than that of Uber. 

In 2021, both firms should really rebound strongly, assuming there is a normalized health and fitness environment facilitated by a vaccine or behavioral variations. Public transit riders may possibly also continue to be hesitant extended into the long run, supplying trip-share expert services an further leg up in 2021.

Overall industrywide transportation-sharing economy customers ought to rebound to 71.three million men and women upcoming calendar year, following falling to 51.three million this 12 months. We also forecast an huge 70.2% growth price for Uber’s profits in 2021 and a 44.1% growth price for Lyft’s sales. Notice, having said that, that if Proposition 22 fails in California in November, the two companies will probable see much more modest rebounds for their consumer figures and income.

“Although the effects of Prop 22 on Uber’s and Lyft’s California businesses are unclear, this regulation will probably lessen the quantity of drivers on the street,” stated Eric Haggstrom, eMarketer forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence. “Less motorists usually means longer hold out instances and larger rates for individuals, which in convert would result in many folks to select other options for transportation.”

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