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Uber Haggling With Grubhub Over Acquisition Price

 |  May 13, 2020

Uber’s attempt to gobble up rival food delivery startup Grubhub isn’t a done deal just yet, as the two sides are reportedly still squabbling over the price.

News of the acquisition talks sent shares of Grubhub up nearly 30% Tuesday, May 12, but they slipped slightly by 3.7% Wednesday as details of firm numbers remained scarce.

Uber and Grubhub are still haggling over the deal’s stock exchange ratio, and there is no certainty that they will reach an agreement, sources told Reuters.

The ride-hail giant’s market cap sat just shy of US$56 billion at Tuesday’s close, while Grubhub is valued at about US$5.4 billion.

Uber “can wait a bit longer and probably get them cheaper. But it could be that you have a lot of cats circling the same bowl,” Jesse Reyes, chief executive of J-Curve Advisors, who advises venture capital and private equity funds, told Reuters.

A merger would see Uber take control of 55% percent of the food delivery market by buying market strength in cities like New York and Chicago, according to a Wedbush analyst note.

Full Content: Reuters

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