Uber's lifeline to Lime includes capital and its Jump subsidiary

May 08, 2020
The Future of Mobility
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by Chad Goldberg
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While Jump's estimated $60 million per quarter losses were in part due to continuous investment activity, the move supports the expectation of consolidation in an industry hard-hit by COVID-19. However, the key takeaway is that Uber will retain its presence in the space, even if in a nonoperational capacity, as Lime scooters can now be booked via the Uber app, an integration that lends to the company's intent to facilitate multi-modal transportation. While the full extent of the partnership is not clear, the capital injection and transfer of Jump's business operations enable Uber to offload liabilities yet remain active, with an increased equity stake, in an industry that they see promise in and that complements existing services.

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