Food And Just Eat Agree Merger Terms

By Dave Simpson And Just Eat Agree Merger Terms and Just Eat have finalised the terms of the former company's deal to purchase the latter.

The new group, which will be called Just Eat, will be a market leader in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

The companies said that they had backed the deal as outlined on July 29, with Just Eat shareholders receiving 0.09744 new shares for each of their shares.

The terms value Just Eat at approximately £4.7 billion, based on Takeaway's price at market close on August 2.

"The Scale To Address The Huge Opportunities In The Delivery Market"

"The board believes that this is a compelling offer for Just Eat shareholders which will create a global leader in a dynamic and rapidly growing sector," the British firm's chairman, Mike Evans, said.


"Together we will have the scale to address the huge opportunities in the delivery market, as ordering food moves to becoming an everyday convenience", he told reporters.

Scale is all-important in the fast-growing $100 billion market as global rivals such as Amazon-backed Deliveroo and Uber Eats scramble to offer consumers the biggest choice.

"There is unprecedented competition in this global market, with lots of new parties", Takeaway CEO Jitse Groen, who will lead the merged company, said. "Bringing these two together means we can pool the profits from both, to allocate capital efficiently to 23 countries."

The companies said THAT their merger was expected to lead to €20 million in cost savings after four years, with around half of that amount expected in the first year.

The deal is set to close by the end of 2019, after which Just Eat shares will be listed in London, while Takeaway's current listing in Amsterdam will disappear after a year.

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