GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cat Rock Capital Management LP (together with its affiliates, “Cat Rock Capital”), a long-term oriented investment firm and beneficial owner of approximately 17.7 million shares of the common stock of Just Eat plc (“Just Eat” or the “Company”) (LSE: JE), representing circa 3% of Just Eat’s outstanding shares,(1) today issued the following statement regarding the proposed offers for Just Eat from Prosus N.V. (“Prosus”) and Takeaway.com N.V. (“Takeaway.com”).
Alex Captain, Founder and Managing Partner, Cat Rock Capital Management LP, commented:
“Prosus continues to dramatically undervalue Just Eat with its revised 740p per share offer. This revised Prosus offer is wholly inadequate and shows Just Eat shareholders that Prosus cannot muster a credible bid.
“We think a Prosus cash bid needs to be at least 5.0x 2020 consensus revenue, or 925p per share, in order to compete with a Takeaway.com merger that we believe could comfortably be worth 1,200p per share by the end of 2020 (>50% return from current Just Eat trading levels).
“Now that Prosus has shown its hand, we urge shareholders to accept the Takeaway.com offer that has been unanimously recommended by the Just Eat Board.
“Prosus is struggling to pay a fair price for Just Eat because it lacks a credible plan for winning in the UK. Throwing money at the market under existing management is not a credible plan. Prosus continues to present highly misleading information to Just Eat shareholders in attempting to convince them to accept its low-ball bid. As just one example, Prosus claims that ‘Low Competition’ markets represent 65% of Takeaway.com’s first-half 2019 orders even though Takeaway.com’s first half results only include Delivery Hero’s German business for one of the two quarters.
“Prosus claims that the Takeaway.com offer carries ‘significant risks’ for Just Eat shareholders because of Takeaway.com’s valuation at Friday’s closing price of €86.50 per share. We strongly disagree with Prosus’s view and believe Takeaway.com equity is attractively valued at these levels with or without a Just Eat merger. Takeaway.com earns ~80% of its pro-forma revenue from Germany and the Netherlands, where we believe the market structure supports strong growth with high levels of profitability. At €86.50 per share, Takeaway.com trades at just 28x 2020e normalized free cash flow assuming a 45% normalized margin. We believe this price represents good value for a company that grew revenue +37% organically in the first half of 2019 with significant additional runway for growth.
“Prosus continues to compare Just Eat and Takeaway.com to online food delivery players in other markets, like GrubHub and Delivery Hero. We think these comparisons are highly misleading because Just Eat and Takeaway.com have market-leading positions in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands where they are multiple times the size of their next largest competitor and where a significant share of restaurants offer their own delivery. GrubHub and Delivery Hero derive some or all of their revenue from markets where they are not market leaders or have a modest market-share advantage and where a smaller share of restaurants offer their own delivery. We believe these characteristics radically change the outlook for future profitability at GrubHub and Delivery Hero.
“Comparing Takeaway.com to supposed ‘peers’ such as GrubHub and Delivery Hero is like comparing Booking.com to supposed ‘peers’ such as Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia. Market structure matters.
“Prosus has a strong incentive to convince Just Eat shareholders that Just Eat’s problems are deep, structural, and expensive to fix. As described before in our letters available at JustEatMustDeliver.com, we think these arguments are simply wrong.
“As long-term shareholders at Just Eat, it is clear to us that Just Eat is a high-quality business that has suffered from the absence of an experienced CEO over the past two and a half years. We think the Takeaway.com merger solves this problem by combining forces with perhaps the most well-run online food delivery company in the world.
“We urge other Just Eat shareholders to join us in accepting the Takeaway.com offer that the Just Eat Board has unanimously recommended.”
Cat Rock’s previously released open letters to the Just Eat Board can be downloaded and read in full at JustEatMustDeliver.com.
Sidley Austin LLP and White & Case LLP are serving as legal advisors to Cat Rock Capital Management LP.
About Cat Rock Capital Management LP
Cat Rock Capital Management LP is a long-term focused investment firm that manages capital on behalf of pension funds, endowments, foundations, and other institutional investors. It seeks to invest in a select number of high-quality companies, with a long-term approach that emphasizes deep fundamental research. Cat Rock Capital is based in Connecticut, USA and was founded in 2015 by Alex Captain, a former Partner at Tiger Global Management.
(1) Cat Rock also owns approximately 3.6 million shares of Takeaway.com.
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