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Uber China to merge with Didi Chuxing

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After suffering huge losses in China, Uber China is finally surrendering its operations to its homegrown rival, Didi Chuxing. The deal, which will create a merged company worth around $35 billion, will end one of the ride-hailing industry’s biggest rivalries. According to sources, the terms of the deal includes Didi acquiring Uber’s brand, business and data in China, whilst Uber investors will reportedly hold a 20% stake of the combined company. Didi will also invest $1 billion in Uber’s global company as part of the deal. According to analysts, this deal allows Uber to focus on other regions that it operates in, new product development such as UberEats and a possible IPO down the track.

Poly Group invests $400 million in Didi Chuxing 

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Competition in the ride-hailing industry heats up as Didi Chuxing, Uber’s main rival in China, raised $400 million from Poly Group. Poly Group is one of China’s state-owned trading and real-estate conglomerates. This latest fundraising leaves Didi with a valuation of around $27.6 billion. Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, dominates the Chinese ride-hailing market at more than 14 million rides per day. In addition to the equity fundraising, China Merchants Bank recently led a syndicated loan of $2.5 billion and China Life Insurance lent $300 million in long-term debt to Didi Chuxing. The company now has more than $10 billion in disposable funds which it intends to use to ramp up its competition with Uber. 

Didi Chuxing nabs $600 million

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Following its $1 billion raise from Apple, Didi Chuxing, Uber’s main rival in China, has secured yet another investment. State-owned China Life Insurance has infused $600 million into the company. The investment includes a private equity of $300 million at a $24.7 billion valuation and a long-term debt financing of $305 million. The funding comes at a time when Uber continues to ramp up its resources, recently taking $3.5 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. While Uber has more money and well known financiers, Didi Chuxing has the home-grown advantage with 300 million users. It also has the financial backing of Apple, as well as, Chinese corporations like Tencent, Alibaba, China Investment Corporation, and China Merchants Bank.

The future of mobility

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The recent partnership between Apple and Didi Chuxing underscores the changing market dynamics in today’s auto industry. Consumers have started to shift from traditional car ownership to ride sharing, while tech companies are investing heavily in autonomous driving technologies in the hopes to make the roads safer and traveling more convenient. It’s a combination of these trends that has created a market conducive for partnerships and investments. In addition to Apple’s investment in Didi, other companies have recently partnered up, either to take on Uber or to explore the possibilities of autonomous cars. General Motors invested in Lyft, who has teamed up with Didi, Ola and Grab. Google has partnered with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Chinese rivals Alibaba and Tencent have both invested in Didi. In short, this market consists of many alliances and these partnerships will surely unlock new transportation experiences for consumers.