PayPal to invest $500 million in Uber


Online payment giant, PayPal Holdings Inc., said it plans to invest $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc.

According to Refinitiv IFR, the payment giant is looking at targeting the investment towards the initial public offering, IPO, of Uber.

PayPal is reported to be planning to invest in Uber through a concurrent private placement at the IPO price, IFR reported on Thursday, citing sources.

A financial services component is important to Uber as it works to expand into a “superapp” of logistics and transportation services.

Superapps are applications where customers go for a range of services, such as transportation, shopping and payments. Such companies can be much more lucrative than those that offer just one core business or service.

Uber is expected to tell investors it will seek to be valued at between $80 billion and $90 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

The valuation sought is less than the $120 billion valuation that investment bankers told Uber last year it could fetch, and closer to the $76 billion valuation it attained in its last private fundraising round last year.

Uber and PayPal were not immediately available to comment on the IFR report.


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