U.S. food delivery company DoorDash Inc. considered a takeover bid for London-based Deliveroo Plc, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.
America’s biggest meal-delivery service mulled a bid to further its plan to expand in Europe and met with Deliveroo over the summer, the Sunday Times reported. A tie up would have created a food-delivery company with 4 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) in sales, the paper said.
DoorDash, instead, bought Finnish food-delivery startup Wolt Enterprises Oy for about $8 billion. That became one of the most notable mergers of the rapidly consolidating food-delivery industry, which skyrocketed in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, though most of the companies are struggling to make a profit.
Deliveroo went public in London in March 2021 but its share price has slumped since the offering. Deliveroo closed at 106.8 pence on Friday, less than a third of the initial sale price of 390 pence.
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