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Uber Ex-CEO Travis Kalanick Said to Be Planning Sale of 29 Percent of Stake

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Uber Ex-CEO Travis Kalanick Said to Be Planning Sale of 29 Percent of Stake
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  • Kalanick said to be selling his stake for about $1.4 billion
  • The sale is said to be part of a deal with SoftBank
  • SoftBank last week secured agreements from shareholders

Uber Technologies co-founder Travis Kalanick, who was ousted as chief executive in June, will sell nearly a third of his shares in the ride-services company for about $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 8,800 crores), a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Kalanick's sale is part of a deal with a group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp, which is taking a 17.5 percent stake in Uber, mostly by buying shares from early investors and employees. SoftBank last week secured agreements from shareholders who were willing to sell, and the deal will close early this year, Uber said.

Kalanick had offered to sell half of his total shares, but because there was a limit on how much SoftBank will buy, he will sell just 29 percent, according to the source. Other investors also did not get to unload as many shares as they had hoped because of such widespread interest to sell.

A spokesman for Kalanick declined to comment. SoftBank could not be reached for comment.

Kalanick's share sale will earn him about $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 8,800 crores), the source added. The former Uber CEO is still on the board of directors.

The SoftBank deal values Uber at $48 billion (roughly Rs. 3 lakh crores), about a 30 percent discount from its most recent valuation of $68 billion (roughly Rs. 4.3 lakh crores). However, the investor consortium is also making a $1.25 billion (roughly Rs. 7,900 crores) investment of fresh funding at the older, higher valuation.

Bloomberg first reported Kalanick's plans to sell part of his stake.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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