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Uber to acquire alcohol-delivery startup Drizly for $1.1 billion

Drizly’s marketplace will eventually be integrated with the Uber Eats app, while also maintaining a separate Drizly app, as it happened with the Latin American grocery delivery firm Cornershop

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  • The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions;
  • The deal is expected to close within the first half of 2021.

Uber announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire the US-based alcohol delivery marketplace Drizly for approximately $1.1 billion in stock and cash.

The startup Drizly is the leading on-demand alcohol e-commerce in the United States. The firm works with thousands of local US merchants.

After the completion of the transaction, Drizly will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber. Drizly’s marketplace will eventually be integrated with the Uber Eats app, while also maintaining a separate Drizly app, as it happened with the Latin American grocery delivery firm Cornershop.

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“Wherever you want to go and whatever you need to get, our goal at Uber is to make people’s lives a little bit easier. That’s why we’ve been branching into new categories like groceries, prescriptions and, now, alcohol. Cory and his amazing team have built Drizly into an incredible success story, profitably growing gross bookings more than 300 percent year-over-year. By bringing Drizly into the Uber family, we can accelerate that trajectory by exposing Drizly to the Uber audience and expanding its geographic presence into our global footprint in the years ahead,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in a press statement.

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“Drizly has spent the last 8 years building the infrastructure, technology, and partnerships to bring the consumer a shopping experience they deserve. It’s a proud day for the Drizly team as we recognize what we’ve accomplished to date but also with the humility that much remains to be done to fulfill our vision. With this in mind, we are thrilled to join a world-class Uber team whose platform will accelerate Drizly on its mission to be there when it matters—committed to life’s moments and the people who create them,” said Drizly co-founder and CEO Cory Rellas.

Uber currently anticipates that more than 90% of the consideration to be paid to the Drizly stockholders in the transaction will consist of shares of Uber common stock, with the balance to be paid in cash. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close within the first half of 2021.

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