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The rise of restaurant booking services

Commentary
In a move to attract more users and monetise its services, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel review website, has been consuming restaurant booking startups since 2014. Last May, the company acquired LaFourchette, one of the leading Internet and mobile restaurant reservation systems in France with over 12,000 participating restaurants. Recently, two popular Italian online restaurant booking sites, Restopolis and Mytable.it, were acquired as well. The resulting website is called TheFork, which merges the networks of Restopolis and Mytable.it into one platform. With the acquisitions, TripAdvisor will be looking to strengthen its position in Europe’s restaurant market. It has LaFourchette in France, Belgium and Switzerland, Eltendor in Spain, and TheFork in Italy as well as other European countries. TripAdvisor now competes with Priceline that recently acquired OpenTable, North America’s leading restaurant reservation service with over 24,000 restaurants in its network. All these acquisitions suggest that there’s tremendous growth potential in the online table reservation category and there could be increased M&A activity in the sector this year.

Top 20 Transactions Deals for November 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
2 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
3 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $1,000,000,000 Ebates Rakuten Transactions Acquisition
5 $523,500,000 Jobstreet Seek Transactions Acquisition
6 $475,000,000 Airbnb Consortium Transactions Investment
7 $350,000,000 Delivery Hero Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $260,000,000 Ticket Monster Groupon Transactions Acquisition
9 $250,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
10 $210,000,000 Olacabs SoftBank Transactions Investment
11 $200,000,000 LegalZoom Permira Transactions Acquisition
12 $200,000,000 LY.com Ctrip Transactions Investment
13 $200,000,000 Viator TripAdvisor Transactions Acquisition
14 $195,000,000 China South City Holdings Tencent Transactions Investment
15 $165,000,000 Houzz Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $150,000,000 Houzz Undisclosed Transactions Investment
17 $140,000,000 Kobalt Music Group Consortium Transactions Investment
18 $135,000,000 Pluralsight Consortium Transactions Investment
19 $128,756,800 Momondo Group Great Hill Partners Transactions Investment
20 $125,136,000 Klarna Consortium Transactions Acquisition

More information

  1. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  2. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  3. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  4. Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion (TechCrunch)
  5. Australia’s Seek to Buy Jobstreet in $524 Million Deal (Wall Street Journal)
  6. Airbnb closes $475 million funding round (Fortune)
  7. Delivery Hero, Hungry For Growth, Orders Up Another $350M In Funding (TechCrunch)
  8. Groupon’s $260M Acquisition Of Ticket Monster From LivingSocial Has Closed (TechCrunch)
  9. Lyft Raises $250 Million Series D To Fight The Car Wars (Forbes.com)
  10. Olacabs raises $210 million from Japan’s SoftBank Corp; enters $1b Club (Economic Times)
  11. The $425M LegalZoom deal is a win for VCs, but less exciting for the company or LA (PandoDaily)
  12. China’s Ctrip invests over $200 million in an online ticketing site (Tech In Asia)
  13. Travel Site TripAdvisor To Acquire Viator For Approximately $200M (Forbes)
  14. Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba (TechCrunch)
  15. Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion (TechCrunch)
  16. Home Deco Site Houzz Raises $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation (TechCrunch)
  17. Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business (TechCrunch)
  18. Pluralsight Closes $135M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Momondo Group raises £80 million from Great Hill Partners (TNOOZ)
  20. Klarna Raised €90M to Acquire SOFORT (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Transactions Deals for September 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
2 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
3 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $1,000,000,000 Ebates Rakuten Transactions Acquisition
5 $658,969,500 Wotif Expedia Transactions Acquisition
6 $523,500,000 Jobstreet Seek Transactions Acquisition
7 $475,000,000 Airbnb Consortium Transactions Investment
8 $350,000,000 Delivery Hero Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $260,000,000 Ticket Monster Groupon Transactions Acquisition
10 $250,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
11 $200,000,000 LegalZoom Permira Transactions Acquisition
12 $200,000,000 LY.com Ctrip Transactions Investment
13 $200,000,000 Viator TripAdvisor Transactions Acquisition
14 $195,000,000 China South City Holdings Tencent Transactions Investment
15 $150,000,000 Houzz Undisclosed Transactions Investment
16 $140,000,000 Kobalt Music Group Consortium Transactions Investment
17 $135,000,000 Pluralsight Consortium Transactions Investment
18 $125,136,000 Klarna Consortium Transactions Acquisition
19 $120,000,000 Bright LinkedIn Transactions Acquisition
20 $112,000,000 Borro Victory Park Capital Transactions Investment

More information

  1. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  2. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  3. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  4. Rakuten Buys Ebates For $1 Billion (TechCrunch)
  5. Expedia, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Wotif Group (The Wall Street Journal)
  6. Australia’s Seek to Buy Jobstreet in $524 Million Deal (Wall Street Journal)
  7. Airbnb closes $475 million funding round (Fortune)
  8. Delivery Hero, Hungry For Growth, Orders Up Another $350M In Funding (TechCrunch)
  9. Groupon’s $260M Acquisition Of Ticket Monster From LivingSocial Has Closed (TechCrunch)
  10. Lyft Raises $250 Million Series D To Fight The Car Wars (Forbes.com)
  11. The $425M LegalZoom deal is a win for VCs, but less exciting for the company or LA (PandoDaily)
  12. China’s Ctrip invests over $200 million in an online ticketing site (Tech In Asia)
  13. Travel Site TripAdvisor To Acquire Viator For Approximately $200M (Forbes)
  14. Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba (TechCrunch)
  15. Home Deco Site Houzz Raises $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation (TechCrunch)
  16. Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business (TechCrunch)
  17. Pluralsight Closes $135M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Klarna Raised €90M to Acquire SOFORT (FinSMEs)
  19. LinkedIn makes its biggest acquisition by paying $120m for job matching service Bright (The Next Web)
  20. Borro Closes $112M Financing with Victory Park Capital (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Transactions Deals for 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $3,500,000,000 Trulia Zillow Transactions Acquisition
2 $1,650,000,000 Mercury Payment Vantiv Transactions Acquisition
3 $1,200,000,000 Uber Consortium Transactions Investment
4 $658,969,500 Wotif Expedia Transactions Acquisition
5 $523,500,000 Jobstreet Seek Transactions Acquisition
6 $475,000,000 Airbnb Consortium Transactions Investment
7 $260,000,000 Ticket Monster Groupon Transactions Acquisition
8 $250,000,000 Lyft Consortium Transactions Investment
9 $200,000,000 LegalZoom Permira Transactions Acquisition
10 $200,000,000 Viator TripAdvisor Transactions Acquisition
11 $200,000,000 LY.com Ctrip Transactions Investment
12 $195,000,000 China South City Holdings Tencent Transactions Investment
13 $150,000,000 Houzz Undisclosed Transactions Investment
14 $140,000,000 Kobalt Music Group Consortium Transactions Investment
15 $135,000,000 Pluralsight Consortium Transactions Investment
16 $125,136,000 Klarna Consortium Transactions Acquisition
17 $120,000,000 Bright LinkedIn Transactions Acquisition
18 $112,000,000 Borro Victory Park Capital Transactions Investment
19 $100,000,000 BlaBlaCar Consortium Transactions Investment
20 $100,000,000 Tujia.com Consortium Transactions Investment

More information

  1. Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal (TechCrunch)
  2. Vantiv Buys Mercury Payment From Silver Lake for $1.65 Billion (Bloomberg)
  3. Uber Closes $1.2BN Financing Round (FinSMEs)
  4. Expedia, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire Wotif Group (The Wall Street Journal)
  5. Australia’s Seek to Buy Jobstreet in $524 Million Deal (Wall Street Journal)
  6. Airbnb closes $475 million funding round (Fortune)
  7. Groupon’s $260M Acquisition Of Ticket Monster From LivingSocial Has Closed (TechCrunch)
  8. Ride-Sharing Firm Lyft Raises $250 Million, Eyes NYC Expansion (TIME)
  9. The $425M LegalZoom deal is a win for VCs, but less exciting for the company or LA (PandoDaily)
  10. Travel Site TripAdvisor To Acquire Viator For Approximately $200M (Forbes)
  11. China’s Ctrip invests over $200 million in an online ticketing site (Tech In Asia)
  12. Tencent Invests $195M In Logistics Firm China South City To Compete With Alibaba (TechCrunch)
  13. Home Deco Site Houzz Raises $150M At A $2.3B Post-Money Valuation (TechCrunch)
  14. Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business (TechCrunch)
  15. Pluralsight Closes $135M Series B Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Klarna Raised €90M to Acquire SOFORT (FinSMEs)
  17. LinkedIn makes its biggest acquisition by paying $120m for job matching service Bright (The Next Web)
  18. Borro Closes $112M Financing with Victory Park Capital (FinSMEs)
  19. BlaBlaCar Raises $100M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Online Vacation Home Rental Service Tujia Nets US$100M of Series C Funding (TechNode)