Deliveroo aims for £8.8 billion listing on London stock exchange

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Deliveroo is aiming for a valuation of up to £8.8 billion when it starts selling its shares on the stock exchange in London.

The food delivery service hopes to sell shares for around 390p to 460p each, in what is expected to be one of the biggest public listings of the year.

The share price puts the value of the entire business at between £7.6 billion and £8.8 billion, Deliveroo said.

The company will create new shares that it will sell to investors, raising about £1 billion in the process. Existing shareholders will also sell off some of their stake.

The comapany's chief exec said he was 'proud' to be listing in London. Credit: PA

Chief executive Will Shu said: "We are proud to be listing in London, the city where Deliveroo started.

"Becoming a public company will enable us to continue to invest in innovation, developing new tech tools to support restaurants and grocers, providing riders with more work, and extending choice for consumers, bringing them the food they love from more restaurants than ever before."

The move follows a bumper start to the year for the company, it revealed that the value of transactions on its platform rose 121% between January and February last year and the same two months in 2021.

Amid lockdowns in the UK and Ireland, the gross transaction value (GTV) – as the company calls the measure – rose 130%.

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In Deliveroo’s other markets, GTV was up 112% in the first two months of the year.

"We have seen a strong start to 2021 and we are only at the start of an exciting journey in a large, fast-growing online food delivery market, with a huge opportunity ahead,” Mr Shu said.

Earlier this month, Deliveroo revealed that GTV grew by 64% in 2020.

The flotation will mark a long-anticipated public listing in the company.

On Sunday, Sky News reported that Mr Shu will look to sell off a stake in the business when it lists.

He is likely to sell less than a tenth of his 6.2% holding in the business, which could be valued at around £550 million after the float.