Gett Inc., a ride-hailing mobile app that is currently valued at around $1 billion and backed by Volkswagen, is currently searching for buyers in hopes of beginning to go against other, larger rival companies.
The Israeli tech company has approached potential bidders including other car-hire firms, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions were private. Gett may sell its entire business or offload regional operations outside of its home market, said two of the people. The company may also weigh a listing, partnership or sale of a minority stake to raise capital, another person said.
Deliberations are preliminary and there’s no guarantee Gett will go ahead with a sale or initial public offering, the people said. “As Gett is on a clear path towards profitability globally, including the U.S.,” in the first half of 2019 “it should not be surprising that Gett may receive inbound inquiries from strategic partners,” a spokesman for Gett said.
Gett had a promising start, attracting more than $300 million from Volkswagen in 2016 as the carmaker looked for a viable challenger to Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. This year Gett has raised $80 million from investors including Swedish fund manager Vostok New Ventures Ltd. For news on Volkswagen’s plans to add $50 billion in tech spending, click here.
However, the business has been struggling in the face of growing competition. Vostok cut the value of its stake by 14 percent so far this year, according to its third-quarter report. That puts its 4 percent holding at $55.5 million, giving Gett a value of about $1.39 billion. Volkswagen has also decided to funnel resources into a home-grown ride-sharing unit called Moia.
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