Saturday 22 October 2016

Uber raises $1.15bn leveraged loan

Published 08/07/2016 | 07:53

Uber Photo: Reuters
Uber Photo: Reuters

Uber Technologies has secured a $1.15bn leveraged loan, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, the latest capital infusion for the well-financed ride-hailing company.

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Turning to the leveraged loan market, which was previously exclusive to more established companies, allows Uber to take advantage of historically low interest rates while keeping venture capital backers happy by not further diluting their equity.

In leveraged loans, investment banks arrange and syndicate among institutional investors a loan to a company with significant existing debt.

The leveraged loan market saw volume of $783.3bn in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data, more than 13 times venture capital investments last year.

The money will be used to support Uber's global expansion and operations and invest in research and development and engineering, the person said.

Reuters reported last month that Uber had hired four banks to arrange a leveraged loan of at least $1bn.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the amount of the loan on Thursday. The newspaper said Uber will pay a yield of about 5pc on the leveraged loan.

The loan comes a month after the company closed a $3.5bn funding raise from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, part of the single-largest investment into a venture-backed company, at a $62.5bn valuation.


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