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Uber sells food delivery arm Uber Eats to Zomato


An Uber Eats food delivery courier pulls a bicycle in central Kiev, Ukraine. File photo/Reuters

Uber Eats will discontinue operations in India and its users will be directed to Zomato from now on.

The all-stock deal is likely to push Zomato to the top position in India's food delivery market, ahead of Swiggy, which counts China's Tencent Holdings as an investor.

Zomato — valued at around $3 billion after raising money from Alibaba affiliate Ant this month — said Uber Eats in India will direct restaurants, delivery partners and users to the Zomato platform from Tuesday.

"India remains an exceptionally important market to Uber and we will continue to invest in growing our local rides business," said Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's chief executive officer.

Uber Eats in India accounted for 3 per cent of the business' gross bookings globally, but more than a quarter of its adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) loss in the first three quarters of 2019, the US ride-hailing firm said.

Uber Eats, which also pulled out of South Korea earlier this year, said it will continue to operate in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

While this is the first large acquisition in the Indian online food delivery market, deal activity has been heating up globally.

Earlier this month Dutch firm Takeaway.com pipped investment company Prosus to buy Britain's Just Eat for 6.2 billion pounds ($8.1 billion). In December, Germany's Delivery Hero agreed to buy South Korea's top food delivery app owner Woowa Brothers for $4 billion.

Uber Eats users will be redirected to Zomato starting from Tuesday. India is one of Uber's biggest markets for rides.

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