Online food-ordering platform Grubhub (GRUB) reported earnings and revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 topping Wall Street consensus. The stock surge today was also buoyed by the company’s upbeat outlook for the third quarter and fiscal year 2018 as well as its acquisition of Boston-based mobile ordering payments platform LevelUp.
Net income doubled to $30.1 million or $0.33 per share, compared to $14.8 million or $0.17 per share in the prior-year quarter while revenue swelled 51% to $159 million. The company’s top and bottom line results benefited from the hike in first-time diners trying Grubhub. The Chicago-Illinois based company has been expanding its delivery capabilities in several cities in the US. Last week, the company added dozens of additional markets across 17 states in the US.
Looking ahead, revenue is expected to be in the range of $232-240 million for the quarter ending September 30, 2018, and $966-983 million for fiscal 2018.
Grubhub also reported that it would acquire the seven-year old start-up firm LevelUp for $390 million. This deal will help Grubhub provide more channels to attract and engage diners and increase volume from existing diners.
“By becoming a part of Grubhub, we take our biggest and most exciting step in achieving that mission. Together, we will provide restaurants with everything they need to grow profitably as more and more diners opt for the convenience, transparency and control of ordering online,” said Seth Priestbatsch, LevelUp’s CEO.
In early May, Grubhub announced a partnership with Jack in the Box (JACK) to provide delivery at hundreds of locations in over 20 markets across the US. The company plans to further expand its partnership with Jack in the Box in 2018.
Shares of Grubhub jumped over 25% today in the morning trading session and achieved a new all-time. The stock ended in red during yesterday’s trading session and closed at $109.06. The company had a dream run both in the year-to-date period as well as in the past one year period surging 87% and 195%, respectively.
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