Uber's hungry for even more cash with plans for $2bn leveraged loan

 
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Thought the most highly valued private tech company in the world had enough money to throw around? Apparently, it doesn't.

Uber is rounding up another $2bn (£1.4bn) to its already pretty huge cash mountain in its bid for world domination, but this time it's tapping the cash via a leveraged loan.

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Barclays and Morgan Stanley are underwriting the loan of between $1bn and $2bn, the Wall Street Journal reports, just weeks after landing $3.5bn in equity investment from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the biggest ever single investment in a private company.

The new money would bring total funding in debt and equity for the startup to around $15bn.

A leveraged loan carries a higher risk than other types of funding and is used by firms with higher than usual amounts of debt, but it allows Uber access to cash without giving away equity.

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According to Uber boss Travis Kalanick, the taxi hailing app is losing $1bn a year in China - a huge but competitive market - he revealed earlier this year.

"We have a fierce competitor that's unprofitable in every city they exist in, but they're buying up market share. I wish the world wasn't that way," he said, referring to Didi Chuxing, the homegrown service recently backed by Apple.

Most valuable private companies in the world

Company

Valuation

Total equity funding

Last valuation
Uber

$68bn

$12.9bn

June 2016
Xiaomi

$46bn

$1.4bn

December 2014
Airbnb

$25.5bn

$2.3bn

June 2015
Didi Chuxing

$25bn

$5bn

May 2016
Palantir

$20bn

$1.9bn

October 2015
Meituan-Dianping

$18.3bn

$3.3bn

January 2016
Snapchat

$16bn

$2.4bn

May 2016
WeWork

$16bn

$1.4bn

March 2016
Flipkart

$15bn

$3bn

April 2015
SpaceX

$12bn

$1.1bn

January 2015

WSJ billion dollar startup club

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