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Just Eat owner confirms talks over mega-merger with US rival Grubhub

The deal would create one of the world’s biggest takeaway giants.

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A view of the Just Eat mobile phone app (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A view of the Just Eat mobile phone app (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A view of the Just Eat mobile phone app (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The company behind takeaway brand Just Eat is close to a deal to merge with food delivery service Grubhub, beating off competition from Uber.

Just Eat Takeaway.com said it is in “advanced discussions” over a deal that would create one of the world’s biggest takeaway giants.

The businesses would combine without any cash changing hands by simply swapping shares, Just Eat Takeaway said.

It promised further information “when appropriate”.

The deal would see the Anglo-Dutch firm beat competition from Uber, the taxi company which also runs food delivery business Uber Eats.

Last month top US Democrat politicians raised worries over the potential tie-up between Uber and Grubhub, saying it would create America’s single largest delivery firm.

Reports had emerged in recent days that Grubhub was also receiving interest from Just Eat Takeaway and Delivery Hero.

Uber’s shares dropped by around 5% in the US following Just Eat’s announcement.

Meanwhile, shares in Just Eat Takeaway.com dropped 16%.

The deal looks set to come just months after Takeaway.com sealed a £6.2 billion deal to buy Just Eat, after a long and bitter takeover battle.

The UK’s competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), gave the move the green light in April.

It said its investigation found there was “not a material likelihood” that Takeaway.com would have re-entered the UK in the future as a result of the deal, dampening potential competition concerns.

In April, a multimillion-pound investment in rival Deliveroo by Amazon was also provisionally cleared by the competition watchdog.

PA