Uber to acquire Careem for 3.1 billion dollars
The conversations surrounding the acquisition of Careem by Uber are close to reaching a conclusion as Bloomberg reports that the acquisition is expected to be made official early next week. The agreed amount of acquisition is 3.1 billion dollars out of which $1.4 billion will be paid in cash and $1.7 billion will be in the form of a convertible note.
Neither Careem nor Uber has made any official announcements yet and also haven’t responded to any media requests to comment on the matter. According to the term sheet privately leaked to Bloomberg, the notes will be convertible into Uber shares at a price equal to $55 per share,
Back in 2016, Careem crossed its 1 billion dollar valuation and the speculations regarding its acquisition by Uber has made rounds several times in 2018.
Uber, the ride-sharing platform, is going for an IPO later this year which is expected to be the New York Stock Exchange’s biggest listing ever. Careem, on the other hand, has fared well in the MENAPAK region with over 1 million drivers in 90 cities of 15 countries. Careem is also working on additional services; a payment service CareemPay to help reduce payment friction, delivery services and other hyperlocal programs to keep its users engaged.