- Uber has announced it has sold a $500 million stake in its Uber Freight logistics business to New York-based private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group.
- Uber will retain majority ownership of Uber Freight.
- The investment values the logistics arm of the company at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis.
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(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday New York-based private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group would invest $500 million in its logistics arm, Uber Freight, valuing the unit at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis.
The ride-hailing firm said it would maintain majority ownership of Uber Freight, and use the funds to scale its logistics platform and increase product innovation.
Unlike Uber’s ride-hailing app or its food-delivery service, Uber Freight operates as a middle man in the fragmented long-haul trucking business, connecting truckers with shippers.
Michael Weiss and Jill Raker, managing partners of Greenbriar, will join Uber Freight’s board, the companies said in a statement.
(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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Uber Technologies (UBER) – Get Report said it received a $500 million preferred-stock investment in Uber Freight from a group led by Greenbriar Equity, a deal that values the unit at $3.3 billion.
Uber Freight was launched in 2017 as the shipping arm of Uber Technologies, the parent of the ride-hailing and food-delivery companies.
The freight service enables trucking companies and drivers to book loads just as they would book Uber rides, a company statement says.
Greenbriar is the Rye, N.Y., private-equity firm focused on logistics, transport, manufacturing and more.
Uber Freight said it planned to use the funds to build out its logistics platform and speed new products to market.
As part of the investment, Greenbriar Managing Partners Michael Weiss and Jill Raker will join the Uber Freight board. Uber will retain majority control of the freight unit.
Greenbriar is “a partner with deep expertise and a shared passion for simplifying logistics,” said Uber Freight head Lior Ron.
The transaction is expected to close this month, subject to customary conditions. The statement didn’t specify them.
Greenbriar’s people have “decades-long involvement in the logistics sector,” Weiss said in the statement.
Ron said Uber Freight’s technology has “[transformed] dated and analog processes to ensure that both shippers and carriers are equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.”
Uber Freight’s funding deal with Greenbriar follows other recent moves the company has made, including forming new integration partnerships with large cloud-service providers, and expanding its enterprise-software offering with the launch of Uber Freight Enterprise and Uber Freight Link.
On a day when the broad market is indicated lower, Uber shares at last check were off 3% at $36.04.
Series A investment by Greenbriar will accelerate Uber Freight’s broad market adoption and expand reach
Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (Greenbriar), a New York-based investment firm and one of the leading investors in the logistics space, announced today that an investor group led by Greenbriar has committed to invest $500 million in a Series A preferred stock financing for Uber Freight, the logistics arm of Uber, valuing the unit at $3.3 billion on a post-money basis. Uber will maintain majority ownership in Uber Freight and will use the funds to continue to scale its logistics platform and accelerate product innovation to equip shippers with technology to power their supply chains.
In connection with the investment, Michael Weiss and Jill Raker, Managing Partners of Greenbriar, will join the Uber Freight Board of Directors. With a combination of more than 40 years of investing experience in logistics, Mr. Weiss and Ms. Raker have been actively involved in many successful investments across the space, and will additionally draw on the counsel of the firm’s investment team and highly regarded network of operating partners in support of management’s vision for growth.
Uber Freight launched in 2017 with a mission to simplify the movement of goods to help communities thrive. Since then, the company has built one of the world’s largest digitally enabled carrier networks and transformed logistics management for thousands of shippers. Uber Freight’s driver-first carrier tools enable trucking companies and their drivers to book loads as seamlessly as they would book an Uber ride, while the company’s suite of on-demand logistics solutions, APIs, and software integrations provide shippers with the ability to seamlessly plan, budget, tender, and track their freight, no matter their procurement needs. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber Freight was able to