Delivery Hero confirmed talks on a partial sale of its Asia business on Wednesday (Sep 20), adding that the deal’s value is still under negotiation.
The Wirtschaftswoche business magazine first reported the news earlier in the day, saying Singapore’s Grab could pay a little more than €1 billion (US$1.07 billion) for the unit.
The Berlin-based company plans to sell its activities under the foodpanda brand in Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, it said in a statement.
Investors in the online takeaway food company welcomed the news, lifting its shares as much as 13.5 per cent after the report.
In response to CNA’s queries, foodpanda said: “Delivery Hero confirms negotiations with several parties regarding a potential sale of its foodpanda business in selected Southeast Asia markets.
“Any discussions or plans are in their preliminary stages.”
Grab declined to comment, according to Reuters.
Delivery Hero has been focusing on reaching profitability while maintaining growth as investor confidence in the company started to wane after a pandemic-driven boost.
The group has said that it reached an adjusted profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the first six months of the year, although it did not quantify it, after a loss of €323 million in the same period a year earlier.
Last month, Chief Executive Niklas Oestberg said that Asia was the segment where the company saw the most opportunity to invest.
Singapore internet firm Grab posted US$567 million in revenue in the quarter that ended June 30 and expects to break even on an adjusted core earnings basis in the current quarter. Grab makes most of its sales from its food delivery business and has recently seen strong growth in its ride-share business.