Uber in talks to buy food delivery firm Deliveroo: Bloomberg

Uber in talks to buy food delivery firm Deliveroo: Bloomberg

A Deliveroo worker makes a delivery London
A Deliveroo worker makes a delivery in London, Britain August 15, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/Neil Hall)

Ride-hailing company Uber is in early talks to buy food delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The value of the deal is not known, Bloomberg reported, adding that the offer would need to be considerably above Deliveroo's latest valuation.

London-based Deliveroo was last year valued at more than US$2 billion after raising US$98 million from private investors.

According to the Bloomberg report, the talks could fall apart because Deliveroo and its investors have been reluctant to relinquish independence.

The food delivery company said in July that an initial public offering is not off the cards but was not in a hurry.

Since it started its services in London in 2013, Deliveroo has expanded into 11 other countries, with new markets due soon.

Both Uber and Deliveroo were not immediately available for comment.

Source: Reuters

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