You are here: Home » International » News » Companies
Business Standard

Uber Technologies eyes Postmates in $2.6-billion deal, plans expansion

Postmates is alternatively exploring various paths to go public

Topics
Uber Technologies | online food delivery

Reuters 

postmates, online food delivery US
Founded in 2011, Postmates was one of the first to let customers in the US order meal delivery using a smartphone app.

is in talks to purchase Postmates, said a person familiar with the discussions, seeking to expand food delivery services in the US and capitalise on a surge in orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

Postmates is alternatively exploring various paths to go public, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. One option it’s considering would involve merging with a special purpose acquisition company, the person said.

In the talks with Uber, a deal could value Postmates at $2.6 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Representatives for Uber and Postmates declined to comment. The New York Times reported earlier Monday that Uber had made an offer to acquire Postmates.

Founded in 2011, Postmates was one of the first to let customers in the US order meal delivery using a smartphone app. However, competition has grown intense in recent years, and Postmates is now a distant fourth. The company said in February 2019 that it had filed paperwork confidentially for an initial public offering but never went public. It raised a private investment later that year valuing the business at $2.4 billion.

The effects of the virus have boosted food delivery, though it hasn’t resulted in profits. The market is highly competitive, and the margins are slim. The pandemic has also decimated Uber’s main business of ride hailing. In recent months, Uber has cut about a quarter of its staff and shed side businesses. Food delivery has been a bright spot for the company as more customers have ordered in, facing widespread restaurant closures.

First Published: Wed, July 01 2020. 01:01 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU