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Lyft’s latest financial joyride is akin to a rollercoaster of good news, leaving investors grinning from ear to ear. The company, notorious for getting you from point A to B faster than you can say “ride-hailing,” just announced higher-than-expected gross bookings and core profit projections for the current quarter. It seems their services are as in demand as ever, with users and drivers alike reaping the benefits of new features.

But wait, there’s more! Their first-quarter revenue and profit soared above expectations, causing their shares to take flight by 5% in after-hours trading. It appears Lyft is not just driving, but thriving in the fast lane of profitability.

Under CEO David Risher’s guidance, Lyft has been on a mission to streamline operations faster than a race car hitting the final lap. They’ve trimmed costs, cut jobs, and managed to keep fare increases in check—all while narrowing their net loss by a staggering 78% last year. Talk about a financial facelift!

Risher proudly boasts of Lyft’s improved pickup times, claiming they’re now smoother than a jazz sax solo. With a smirk, he noted that their estimated gross bookings for the quarter are poised to hit $4.0 to $4.1 billion, surpassing earlier expectations. And as for adjusted earnings before all the alphabet soup of financial jargon? Lyft is flexing with a forecast between $95 million and $100 million, leaving analysts’ predictions in the dust.

Meanwhile, over at Uber, the plot thickens as they gear up to reveal their own quarterly earnings. Will they match Lyft’s success, or will they find themselves playing catch-up in this high-speed race for ride-hailing dominance? Stay tuned for the next episode of “The Ride-Hailing Wars.”