Uber brought in $4.1 billion in revenue, up 37 per cent from a year ago. Its revenue grew around the world, although the biggest gain was in the US and Canada, where Uber pulled in 41 per cent more than last year.
But its Eats business lost $461 million in the quarter before accounting for interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, down 66 per cent from the same time last year as Uber put money into growing the business in a highly competitive food delivery market.
"2019 was a transformational year for Uber and I'm gratified by our progress, steadily delivering against the commitments we've made to our shareholders on our path to profitability, said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, in a statement. We recognize that the era of growth at all costs is over. In a world where investors increasingly demand not just growth, but profitable growth, we are well-positioned to win through continuous innovation, excellent execution, and the unrivaled scale of our global platform.
In Uber's last earnings call, Khosrowshahi said the company's goal was to turn a full-year profit in 2021.
The fourth quarter was marked by painful disclosures at Uber.
In December, the company released a long-awaited report, in which its riders reported more than 3,000 sexual assaults during 2018.
The same month, Uber agreed to pay $4.4 million to end a federal sexual harassment probe about its internal corporate culture. But those announcements did not take a toll on the stock, which has been inching up over the past two months.
Uber's stock cratered after its IPO, falling 42 per cent to a low of $25.99 in November. But it recovered some ground over the last month, reaching $37 on Thursday, about 18 per cent below its IPO price.
Its losses in the fourth quarter included $243 million in stock-based compensation.
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