April 26, 2019 / 5:05 AM / 6 months ago

PayPal to invest $500 million in Uber: Refinitiv IFR

FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian walks past the PayPal logo at an office building in Berlin, Germany, March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

(Reuters) - Online payments company PayPal Holdings Inc plans to invest $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc as the ride-hailing firm readies to unveil terms for its initial public offering on Friday, Refinitiv IFR reported.

PayPal will 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.

Reporting by Ishita Chigilli Palli in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Heather Somerville in San Francisco; editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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