Uber boosts bond sale to RM8b as orders swell

By BLOOMBERG

NEW YORK • Uber Technologies Inc increased the size of its debut bond offering as orders for the private placement swelled in a market hungry for deals, according to people with knowledge of the sale.

The ride-hailing firm set final terms for the debt including a US$1.5 billion (RM6.22 billion) portion of eight-year bonds and US$500 million of five-year securities, the people said.

The longer-dated note offering was originally slated to be US$1 billion, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorised to speak publicly.

Uber is wrapping up the deal after Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Group Inc told the firm it could be valued at about US$120 billion in an initial public offering next year, people with knowledge of those discussions told Bloomberg News earlier yesterday.

Uber, long seen as one of the most valuable start-ups in the world, already borrowed in the loan market this year to fuel its global expansion.

Representatives for Uber and Morgan Stanley, the lead placement agent, declined to comment for this story.

Uber had already gathered enough orders for the bond sale last week after a series of calls with investors.

This week more came rolling in, perhaps because companies were broadly not selling much new debt.

In total, Uber received more than US$3 billion of orders, another person familiar said.

The deal was sold privately, a method of financing typically the domain of much smaller firms.

Earlier this year, Uber took a similar approach when it borrowed in the loan market and led the financing itself.

Uber’s five-year notes were priced to yield 7.5%, while the eight-year notes were priced to yield 8%, the people said. The bonds were expected to receive a B3 rating from Moody’s Investors Service and a B- rating from S&P Global Ratings, the people added.