UK's Deliveroo raises US$180 million from investors, valued at US$7 billion

UK's Deliveroo raises US$180 million from investors, valued at US$7 billion

A courier for food delivery service Deliveroo rides a bike in central Brussels
FILE PHOTO: A courier for food delivery service Deliveroo rides a bike in central Brussels, Belgium January 16, 2020. Picture taken January 16, 2020. REUTERS/ Yves Herman

LONDON: British food-delivery company Deliveroo said on Sunday (Jan 17) it raised a further US$180 million from existing investors, including minority shareholder Amazon, in a move that values the business at more than US$7 billion.

Deliveroo is set to hold an initial public offering in the coming months, in what would be the biggest new share issue in London for three years.

"This investment will help us to continue to innovate, developing new tech tools to support restaurants, to provide riders with more work and to extend choice for customers," Deliveroo founder and chief executive Will Shu said.

Britain's competition regulator approved Amazon's May 2019 purchase of a 16 per cent stake in Deliveroo in August, overruling objections from local competitors Just Eat Takeaway and Domino's Pizza.

The Internet giant's stake is not expected to increase as a result of its participation in the latest round of fundraising, which was led by US investors Durable Capital Partners and Fidelity Management & Research.

Deliveroo operates across 12 countries, mostly in western Europe but also in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It did not state how much each investor had contributed in the latest funding round.

The company said it would spend the US$180 million on expanding delivery-only kitchen sites, on-demand grocery deliveries and subscription services, as well as allowing more restaurants to take orders from via own websites.

Source: Reuters

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