Zomato acquires Uber Eats food delivery business in India

Zomato on Tuesday said it’s acquired the Indian business of Uber eats in an all-stock deal which can give Uber 9.99 per cent stake in the Indian food delivery and hotel and restaurant discovery platform. Uber eats app in India will discontinue operations and direct restaurants, delivery partners, and users of the Uber eats apps to the Zomato platform, effective Tuesday, Zomato said during a statement.

The deal marks doable consolidation within the extremely competitive and price-sensitive on-line food delivery market where most players are within the red. throughout a regulative filing to the BSE, info Edge (India) – a investor in Zomato – said its holding in Zomato will stand reduced to concerning 22.71 per cent on absolutely converted and diluted basis upon closing of the transaction. The deal comes days after Zomato had raised USD 150 million in funding from existing capitalist financial monetary, an Alibaba affiliate, at a USD 3 billion valuation.

Post cash valuation of Zomato is USD 3.55 billion, sources in know of the matter told PTI, adding that this transaction can increase a complete of over 50 million orders per month on its platform, giving it around 55 per cent market share. “We are proud to possess pioneered hotel and restaurant discovery and to own created a number one food delivery business across over five hundred cities in Asian country. This acquisition considerably strengthens our position within the class,” Zomato Founder and chief operating officer Deepinder Goyal said. Uber Eats, that entered which in 2017, has concerning 26,000 restaurants listed on its platform from forty one cities.

On accessing Uber eats app, users were shown a message saying they’ll still use Uber eats if they are travel outside India. Discussions between Zomato and Uber are on for months. Facing stiff competition from Zomato and Swiggy, Uber eats had been creating losses. Uber had projected an operative loss of Rs 2,197 crore in its food delivery business for the 5 months through December 2019, consistent with a valuation report prepared by KPMG affiliate BSR and was a section of regulative filings.

According to sources, Uber eats India business contributed 3 per cent of the worldwide gross bookings however accounted for over 25 per cent of adjusted EBIDTA losses for the first 3 quarters of 2019. With sale of the food business in India, Uber will currently concentrate on the rides business and driving it towards profitability, one of the sources said. They additionally said that 245 full time workers of Uber eats are about to be affected and some of those individuals may be absorbed in alternative roles in Uber.

“India remains an exceptionally important market to Uber and we will still invest in growing our local rides business, that is already the clear category leader. we’ve been very impressed by Zomato’s ability to grow quickly throughout a capital-efficient manner and we wish them continued  success,” Uber chief operating officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in the statement. Zomato is a restaurant review, restaurant discovery, food delivery and dining out transactions platform, providing in-depth information for over 1.5 million restaurants across twenty four countries.