(Reuters) - Online food order and delivery company GrubHub Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as more diners used its services to place orders.
The company, which has a delivery network spread across 1,100 U.S. cities as well as London, also forecast revenue of $136 million-$138 million for the current quarter, largely above analysts' average estimate of $136.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The number of active diners rose 19.5 percent to 7.7 million, the company said on Wednesday.
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GrubHub has been fending off competition from the increasingly crowded food delivery industry from Yelp Inc, Postmates, Square Inc's Caviar, Amazon.com Inc's Prime service, Uber's [UBER.UL] UberEATS and the most recent entrant, Facebook Inc.
Net income attributable to shareholders rose to $13.2 million, or 15 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $6.9 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items, GrubHub earned 23 cents per share. Revenue rose 44.1 percent to $123.5 million.
Analysts were expecting revenue of $118.45 on earnings of 19 cents per share.
(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee and Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)