Amazon takes stake in Just Eat’s Grubhub to give Prime members access
Amazon has agreed to take a 2% stake in Just Eat Takeaway.com’s struggling U.S. meal delivery business Grubhub and will offer its Prime members access to the service for one year.
The deal is a major relief for Just Eat, whose shares have fallen 70% this year as shareholders demanded it sell or find a partner for Grubhub, which it bought just last year for $5.8 billion in shares.
Shares in Just Eat rose 16% in early trade.
Under the deal announced Wednesday, Amazon will receive warrants representing 2% of Grubhub’s shares, and an additional 13% conditional on the deal bringing Grubhub enough customers. “The agreement is expected to expand membership to Grubhub+, while having a neutral impact on Grubhub’s 2022 earnings and cash flow, and be earnings and cash flow accretive for Grubhub from 2023 onwards,” Just Eat Takeaway said in a statement.
The company said that Grubhub’s gross assets were worth 6.5 billion euros ($6.67 billion) at the end of 2021, and it made a pretax loss of 403 million euros in that year.
($1 = 0.9746 euros) (Reporting by Elena Vardon and Toby Sterling, Editing by Louise Heavens)