Uber to acquire Foodpanda’s Taiwan unit from Delivery Hero for $950M in cash 

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Uber Technologies has made headlines with its announcement of the acquisition of Delivery Hero's Foodpanda Taiwan unit for a staggering $950 million in cash. This strategic move is part of Uber Eats' ambitious plan to fortify its foothold in Asia, with a particular focus on strengthening its position in Taiwan's competitive market.

Uber Technologies has made headlines with its announcement of the acquisition of Delivery Hero’s Foodpanda Taiwan unit for a staggering $950 million in cash. This strategic move is part of Uber Eats’ ambitious plan to fortify its foothold in Asia, with a particular focus on strengthening its position in Taiwan’s competitive market.

Simultaneously, this acquisition highlights Delivery Hero’s strategic decision to withdraw from the Taiwanese market, coinciding with its efforts to divest a package of operations across Southeast Asia.

In addition to the cash transaction, Uber will also obtain a stake in Delivery Hero through a $300 million investment in newly issued ordinary shares of the Germany-based food delivery giant, known for its global operations.

This acquisition, touted as one of the largest cross-border deals involving Taiwan, is slated for completion in the first half of 2025, according to Uber’s official statement. Following the closure, Foodpanda’s local consumers, merchants, and delivery partners will seamlessly transition to the Uber Eats platform.

In Taiwan’s dynamic food delivery landscape, both Uber Eats and Foodpanda have established dominance. Recent data indicates Food Panda leading with a 52% market share, closely followed by Uber Eats at 48%. Other players hold significantly smaller shares, emphasizing the market’s competitive nature.

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s senior vice president of delivery, expressed excitement about the transaction’s potential to enhance convenience and value for consumers in Taiwan’s fiercely competitive market. Uber anticipates geographical synergies resulting from the deal, leveraging its strength in northern Taiwan and major urban centers alongside Foodpanda’s foothold in southern Taiwan and smaller cities.

The online food delivery market in Taiwan is projected to witness substantial growth, reaching approximately $68.5 million by 2029, up from $51.3 million in 2024. This growth underscores the market’s potential and attractiveness to industry players like Uber.

However, the broader food delivery market has experienced significant volatility, with challenges such as unit economics and achieving economies of scale prompting consolidation. Instant grocery delivery, in particular, has witnessed startup failures and acquisitions by larger players.

Despite Delivery Hero’s exit from Taiwan, the company remains committed to focusing its Foodpanda business on other markets. CEO Niklas Östberg emphasized the strength of the Taiwanese business while outlining the company’s strategic shift to markets where it can maximize impact for customers, vendors, and riders.

Delivery Hero’s decision to refocus its efforts comes amid broader efforts to streamline operations in Asia, including the termination of talks regarding the potential sale of Foodpanda in selected Southeast Asian markets. These strategic moves reflect the evolving landscape of the food delivery industry and the ongoing pursuit of growth and efficiency by key players like Uber and Delivery Hero.

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