Online payments company PayPal Holdings Inc set to invest $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc as the ride-hailing firm readies to unveil terms for its initial public offering recently.
PayPal to 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.