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Uber ties Goldman fundraise to eventual IPO

December 4, 2014, 8:26 PM UTC
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Earlier this week we reported that Uber had hired Goldman Sachs to raise money from the bank’s high-net-worth clients, via a private placement of convertible notes. This was separate from Uber’s institutional fundraise, which today was revealed to be for upwards of $1.8 billion at a $40 billion pre-money valuation (with $1.2 billion already in the bank).

Now we have a bit more information on the Goldman offering, which could end up raising around $1 billion. Sources familiar with the situation say that the securities will not be priced to the $40 billion valuation, but rather at a 30% discount to Uber’s eventual IPO price.

That means Uber would need to be worth around $52 billion at IPO in order for the Goldman investors to receive the same upside as the new institutional buyers. Uber also would need to go public, which likely is more than a year off. No word on what happens to the convertible notes in the highly unlikely case Uber is sold, although my assumption is that the conversion calculation would be similar.

An Uber spokeswoman declined to comment.

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