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Softbank investment in Uber is contingent on number of share and price

14 November 2017

It's understood that a consortium led by the two firms is set to build an initial stake worth around $1bn (£764m) before buying further shares from existing shareholders and Uber employees that would bring its holding to around 14%.

Over the weekend, Uber had confirmed that it has closed an investment deal with Softbank Group and Dragoneer Investment group. If the new deal is closed, the SoftBank-led consortium will own about 14 percent stake in the ride-sharing pioneer, now valued at around US$68 billion.

The move was unveiled shortly after reports emerged that its former CEO Travis Kalanick and an influential investor had buried the hatchet, paving the ways for the acquisition.

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The statement came after Uber said it had entered an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and investment group Dragoneer on what it termed a "potential investment".

But the Japanese firm voiced caution, saying: "While the SoftBank Group side is considering an investment in Uber, there is no final agreement at this stage".

SoftBank shares were down 0.75 percent on the news with Makoto Sengoku, market analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Centre, saying that investors were underwhelmed with the news.

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Kohli was mostly tasked with building Uber's relations with regulators and government officials in India, a market where the firm has faced several regulatory and reputational hurdles.

"It's good that SoftBank is always positive towards investing in fast-growing companies".

The SoftBank deal is critical for Uber because it will trigger significant governance reforms, which include moving to one vote per share and expanding the board size to 17. "Depending on the price and conditions, it is wholly possible we could shift our investment to the other main company Lyft". Both companies have pumped in millions of dollars towards rider discounts and driver incentives.

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Softbank investment in Uber is contingent on number of share and price