- Byju’s to buy 2U at $1B.
- The bid values the firm at $2B.
- Byju’s delays payment for Aakash Educational services acquisition.
2U Inc. (TWOU) has its stock gaining 20% after Byju’s, an Indian online-leaning firm, offered to purchase it. The cash deal values the U.S edtech company at above $1 billion. That is according to reports from a source informed about the matter.
Bid Values the U.S 2U at $2B
Reports from a source that preferred anonymity since the bid is yet to go public show Byju offered the 2U board approximately $15 per share over the previous week. The bid values the Maryland-based company at around $2B, or a 61% premium to the $9.3 2U’s closing price on Tuesday.
Byju is one of the most lucrative startups globally, propelling its expansion and growth through acquisition with backing from Tiger Global Management and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Meanwhile, May’s Bloomberg story expected Byju’s to execute an offer for Chegg Inc. or 2U. Nevertheless, the individuals suggested that discussions with the California-based Chegg haven’t advanced.
Negotiation with 2U might still fall if the board disregards the offer, halting the deal. 2U’s market value stands at $717 million, but the firm’s debt and other liabilities exceed $1 billion.
Nevertheless, the anonymous source suggests Byju’s boasts more than $2.4 billion in funding to ensure any buy it finally chooses to complete in efforts to bolster its global expansion and developments.
Though the debt funding remained pricier than three months ago, transactions remained attractive, and assets ae somewhat less expensive (according to the source). Meanwhile, 2U shares have lost more than 80% since hitting the $55.55 peak early in 2021.
Byju’s Delayed Payment for Aakash Educational Services Acquisition
An individual familiar with the developments confirmed Byju’s delaying payments to acquire Aakash for $1 billion. The sources suggested Byju’s called for payment postponement until late August because authorities were yet to approve the transaction.
Meanwhile, CB Insights suggest Byju’s boasts a $22B valuation. Therefore, the highest valued startup in India. Nearly 7M of the 115M pupils that use edtech’s e-learning services makes yearly membership fees.
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