Uber buys food-delivery app Postmates in US$2.65 bil deal

A Postmates robot delivers food to customers in Los Angeles in March. (AFP pic)

CALIFORNIA: Ride-sharing company Uber Technologies Inc has agreed on a deal to buy food-delivery app Postmates Inc in a US$2.65 billion all-stock agreement, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The deal has been approved by Uber’s board and could be announced as soon as Monday, Bloomberg reported, adding that Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, head of Uber’s food delivery business, Uber Eats, is expected to continue to run the combined delivery business.

Uber and Postmates did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Last week, Reuters reported that Postmates had revived plans for an initial public offering following dealmaking in the US online food delivery service sector that sparked acquisition interest in the company.

Postmates was last valued at US$2.4 billion, when it raised US$225 million in a private fundraising round last September.

Founded in 2011, San Francisco-based Postmates accounted for 8% of the US meal delivery market in May, according to analytics firm Second Measure.

Uber had plans to also acquire Grubhub Inc through its Uber Eats business, but walked away from the deal as Just Eat Takeaway.com NV eventually reached a US$7.3 billion agreement last month to buy the US online food delivery company.