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Here’s Why UberEats India Is Weighing Down Uber’s Global Food Delivery Business

Here’s Why UberEats India Is Weighing Down Uber’s Global Food Delivery Business

Uber’s global food delivery business grew by 10.7% in the quarter

Losses for the company also came down to $1.16 Bn from $5.2 Bn

But UberEats India's losses due to intense competition have brought down the overall growth

Ride-hailing major Uber, on Monday, posted its earnings for the third quarter which ended on September 30, 2019. While the company’s revenue rose from $2.8 Bn to $3.81 Bn, a 30% increase from the previous quarter, its losses also came down to $1.16 Bn from $5.2 Bn in the previous quarter.

Even the company’s food delivery arm, UberEats, witnessed a growth of 10.7% in the quarter, but that could have been much higher had it not been for UberEats India. Uber’s India food delivery business saw a decline which is said to have negatively impacted the global numbers.

Further, Uber CFO Nelson Chai, in a meeting with analysts, said that UberEats’ India business dragged down the food delivery arm’s average net revenue. “Without India, the adjusted net revenue (ANR) would have been 11.1%,” he added.

Interestingly, Uber’s regulatory disclosures made in India for its food delivery operations had projected a loss of INR 762.5 Cr ($107.6 Mn) for five months ending in December 2019 from August 2019. Moreover, according to a valuation report by KPMG affiliate BSR, Uber is targetting profitability for UberEats India by 2026.

UberEats Struggles In India

For the same five-month period, Uber also projected higher operating losses valuing to INR 2,197 Cr ($309.6 Mn) for its food delivery business. Notably, the predicted loss for UberEats was higher than the predicted loss for its core cab aggregating service, which stands at INR 1645 Cr ($231.8 Mn).

In India, UberEats competes directly with Zomato and Swiggy, with Amazon looking to join the race. While Zomato and Swiggy have raised funding to compete in the high cash-burn business, Uber’s resources are stretched between its core ride-hailing business and the food delivery operations. UberEats has also not been able to expand as quickly as Swiggy or Zomato, which has impacted its overall growth even as the market matures.

Amid the losses which Uber India is incurring now, the company has decided to shift its entire India business — cab-hailing and food delivery, among others— to operate under one holding Uber India Systems Private Limited (UISPL). A part of the business is currently being run from the Netherlands under Uber BV and due to taxation issues, the company is making the shift.

Uber India received INR 2,539 Cr ($358 Mn) from its parent entity Uber BV for the business and individual user data transfer from the parent company to the Indian unit, UISPL. Uber BV was issued 15,987,615 equity shares at a price of INR 10 per share and a premium of INR 1,578.20 ($22.2) as part of the transaction. Additionally, the BSR filing notes that while Uber’s ride-sharing business has been valued at INR 1,824 Cr ($257.6 Mn), Uber Eats in India has been valued at INR 714 Cr ($100.6 Mn), as of July 2019.

Correction Note:

  • An earlier version of this article was published with typographical and grammatical errors in the summary points. The errors have now been rectified.
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