Glovo makes multiple acquisitions in Eastern Europe

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Glovo, a multi-category delivery company, has confirmed a series of separate acquisition deals with Delivery Hero, a global local delivery platform, to acquire some of its group companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Glovo will acquire the foodpanda brand in Romania and Bulgaria, Donesi in Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pauza in Croatia in deals worth a total value of €170m (US$207m).

Oscar Pierre, CEO and co-founder of Glovo, commented, “It’s always been central to our long-term strategy to focus on markets where we see clear opportunities to lead and where we can build a sustainable business. Central and Eastern Europe is a very important part of that plan. The region has really embraced on-demand delivery platforms and we’re very excited to be strengthening our presence and increasing our footprint in countries that continue to show enormous potential for growth.”

The transactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia are expected to close within the next few weeks, subject to fulfillment of the conditions precedent and relevant regulatory approvals, while Romania will be completed following approval from the competition authority.

Glovo recently announced that it has also reached a separate agreement to acquire Ehrana, a local delivery company in Slovenia, for an undisclosed fee. The transaction is expected to close in the next few months and the company is now working closely with Ehrana to define the transition strategy for users, partners and couriers.

Niklas Östberg, CEO and Co-Founder of Delivery Hero, concluded, “Delivery Hero has built a clear leading business in the Balkan region in the last couple of years. However, with a lot of operational priorities on our plate, we believe Glovo would be better positioned to continue building an amazing experience for our customers in this region.”

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