Uber to acquire Postmates for $2.65B in all-stock transaction
Uber and Postmates announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Uber will acquire Postmates for approximately $2.65B in an all-stock transaction.
This transaction brings together Uber’s global Rides and Eats platform with Postmates’ delivery business in the U.S.
Additionally, Postmates has been an early pioneer of “delivery-as-a-service,” which complements Uber’s efforts in the delivery of groceries, essentials and other goods.
For restaurants and merchants, Postmates and Uber Eats will together offer more tools and technology to connect with a bigger consumer base.
Following the closing of the transaction, Uber intends to keep the consumer-facing Postmates app running separately.
Uber currently estimates that it will issue approximately 84M shares of common stock for 100% of the fully diluted equity of Postmates.
The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, and stockholders representing a majority of Postmates’ outstanding shares have committed to support the transaction.
The transaction is subject to the approval of Postmates stockholders, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q1 2021.
Like other travel- and transportation-related businesses, Uber’s ride-hailing segment has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to shelter-in-place orders throughout the United States.
On-demand delivery, however, has grown, with people relying on services like Uber Eats to get food without leaving their homes. According to its last earnings report, Uber’s ride-hailing gross bookings dropped, but its food delivery service saw gross sales growth of 54% during its first fiscal quarter.
UBER closed at $30.68.
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