SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 — Uber Technologies Inc is set to offer over US$3 billion (RM12.2 billion) to buy Dubai-based rival Careem Networks FZ, two sources familiar with the deal told Reuters.
Uber’s offer could be unveiled during the early part of this week, a third source added.
Uber will pay US$1.4 billion in cash and US$1.7 billion in convertible notes, which will be convertible into Uber shares at a price equal to US$55 per share, Bloomberg had earlier reported, citing a term-sheet.
Careem declined comment while Uber did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters to comment.
Uber has been preparing for an initial public offering, and its bankers have indicated that it could be valued at as much as US$120 billion.
The US-based global logistics and transportation company has been seeking new avenues of growth even as it faces severe competition in its core business of ride hailing from rivals like Lyft Inc.
The IPOs of Lyft and Uber represent a watershed for Silicon Valley’s technology unicorns, which for years have snubbed the stock market in favour of raising capital privately, with investors happy to back their frothy valuations. — Reuters
Source: The Malay Mail Online