FILE PHOTO: The app for Just Eat is displayed on a smartphone in this posed picture in London, Britain, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
October 13, 2021
By Toby Sterling
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Weaker than expected third-quarter orders at Just Eat Takeaway.com knocked shares in the online food delivery company on Wednesday, with orders in the United States growing just 3%.
Shares in the company, which completed its $7.3 billion purchase of U.S. peer GrubHub in June, were down 4.4% to 62.11 euros at 0755 GMT, taking losses this year to more than 30%.
Total orders in the quarter rose 25% to 266 million, below the 35% increase expected by analysts at ING bank.
Growth in Britain, the company’s largest market, was 51%, but weakest in the United States, now its second-biggest market.
GrubHub Chief Executive Matt Maloney said last week he intended to leave in December, and Just Eat Takeaway said on Wednesday it had started “an improvement programme re-focusing the company on GrubHub’s strongholds.”
In a statement, group CEO Jitse Groen said: “With most of the world returning to pre-pandemic life, our growth in the third quarter of 2021 has remained strong. Just Eat Takeaway.com is well-positioned for autumn and winter, our traditional growth season.”
In August, GrubHub suffered a setback when New York City, its largest U.S. market, capped the commissions it and rivals can charge restaurants to use their platforms at 15% of food orders for delivery.
Takeaway competes with Uber Eats, and Door Dash, in the United States, and Deliveroo and Delivery Hero in Europe, among others.
The company on Wednesday repeated its full-year forecast for a loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of 1%-1.5% on a gross transaction value of 28-30 billion euros ($32-$35 billion) for 2021, or a loss of 280-380 million euros.
In August, Takeaway reported an EBITDA loss of 190 million euros for the first half, but said it expected that number to improve in the second half.
Third-quarter gross transaction value, a common measure for e-commerce companies, increased by 6.8 billion euros, or 21%, bringing the nine-month total to 20.9 billion euros.
($1 = 0.8657 euros)
(Reporting by Toby Sterling Editing by Kim Coghill and Mark Potter)