Uber China, Çinli Rakibi Didi ile 35 Milyar $’lık Birleşme Gerçekleştiriyor

Uber’in Çin’deki iştiraki Çin’deki büyük ve zorlu rakibi Didi Chuxing ile birleşiyor.

Uber CEO’su Travis Kalanic konu ile ilgili bir blog yazısı paylaştı… Bu yazının altında bu yazıyı bulabilirsiniz.

Anlaşma çerçevesinde; Didi, Uber’e 68 milyar $’lık değerleme üzerinden 1 milyar $ yatırım yapacak. Uber China’nın yatırımcıları ise birleşme sonrası 35 milyar $’lık değerleme sonrası Çinli şirketin %20’sine sahip olacak.

Uber China, Uber’in çoğunluk hissesine sahip olduğu, Baidu ve diğer yatırımcılarla kurduğu ortak bir girişimdi (joint venture).

Aslında bu birleşme Uber’in Çin’de havlu attığı anlamına geliyor. Bu birleşmede iki şirkette yatırımları olan özel sermaye şirketlerinin (private equity) payı da büyük olsa gerek. Şimdiye kadar milyarlarca dolar para harcayan ve Çin’de kar elde etmeyen iki şirketi ateşkese zorlamış olmaları şaşırtıcı değil.

Business Insider’ın aktardığına göre konu ile ilgili Uber’den henüz bir açıklama gelmemiş. Özellikle Çin sosyal medyasında dolaşan Uber CEO’su Travis Kalanic’in yazısı ise aşağıdaki gibi:

“Today we’re announcing our intention to merge Uber China with Didi Chuxing.

Three years ago I traveled to China with a small group of people to see if we might be able to launch Uber there. It was an ambitious idea, given that we were a relatively small start-up and no one there had ever heard of the company. Most of the people we asked for advice thought we were naive, crazy, or both.

I came away with a different view. First, China is an amazing country and if you aspire to make “transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere for everyone,” you can’t ignore a fifth of the world’s population. And second, as an entrepreneur, if you have the opportunity to build both Amazon and Alibaba at the same time, you’d be crazy not to try.

Fast forward to today and Uber China — in just two years — has exceeded even my wildest dreams. We’ve grown super fast and are now doing more than 150 million trips a month. This is no small feat given that most U.S. technology companies struggle to crack the code there. That’s why I’m so proud of what our amazing China team has accomplished.

However, as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart. Uber and Didi Chuxing are investing billions of dollars in China and both companies have yet to turn a profit there. Getting to profitability is the only way to build a sustainable business that can best serve Chinese riders, drivers and cities over the long term.

I have no doubt that Uber China and Didi Chuxing will be stronger together. That’s why I’m so excited about our future, both in China — a country which has been incredibly open to innovation in our industry — and the rest of the world, where ridesharing is increasingly becoming a credible alternative to car ownership.

Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber.”

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