Amazon Investment in Deliveroo Highlights Strategic Interest in Online Food Delivery
Just Eat Board Should Act to Drive Shareholder Value Through Strategic Alternatives
Cat Rock Capital Management LP (together with its affiliates, "Cat Rock Capital" or "Cat Rock"), a long-term oriented investment firm and beneficial owner of approximately 14.6 million shares of the common stock of Just Eat plc ("Just Eat" or the "Company") (LSE: JE), representing circa 2% of Just Eat's outstanding shares, today issues the following statement regarding Amazon's announced investment in Deliveroo:
The news today that Amazon is investing in Deliveroo only underscores the significant strategic interest in the online food delivery space and highlights the opportunity for Just Eat's Board to create value for all shareholders by participating in global consolidation.
Amazon has built a fantastic business by offering consumers broad selection and low prices. Just Eat has much broader selection and much lower prices than Deliveroo. Moreover, Just Eat has a bigger brand in the UK and a customer base that is multiple times the size of Deliveroo. Finally, Just Eat offers consumers this superior proposition while earning a meaningful profit, as Deliveroo continues to burn through the capital it has raised.
Just Eat also owns the SkipTheDishes logistics business in Canada, which, unlike Deliveroo, is a market leader that is growing revenue over 100% per year without significant cash burn. SkipTheDishes is unique among logistics businesses globally in both the scale of its market leadership and the efficiency of its growth.
We and other shareholders remain actively engaged with the Just Eat Board, and we strongly support any actions the Board takes to secure favorable outcomes for shareholders through strategic actions.
Alex Captain, Founder and Managing Partner of Cat Rock Capital Management LP, commented:
"Amazon's investment in Deliveroo highlights the significant strategic interest in online food delivery. Just Eat possesses very strong positions in its core markets, and we believe that the Company's strategic value is clear."
"While we are surprised that Amazon chose to back one of Just Eat's small and cash-burning competitors, we are confident that Just Eat's significant strategic value will be unlocked if the Board engages with the many potential strategic partners available to the Company."
Cat Rock's previously released open letters to the Just Eat Board can be downloaded and read in full at JustEatMustDeliver.com.
Sidley Austin LLP is serving as legal advisor to Cat Rock Capital Management LP.
About Cat Rock Capital Management LP Cat Rock Capital Management LP is a long-term focused investment firm that manages capital on behalf of pension funds, endowments, foundations, and other institutional investors. It seeks to invest in a select number of high-quality companies, with a long-term approach that emphasizes deep fundamental research. Cat Rock Capital is based in Connecticut, USA and was founded in 2015 by Alex Captain, a former Partner at Tiger Global Management.
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