Delivery Hero Faces Potential €400 Million Fine

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Shares of Delivery Hero plummeted 11% in early trade after the business announced a potential penalties surpassing €400 million.
Shares of Delivery Hero plummeted 11% in early trade after the business announced a potential penalties surpassing €400 million.

Shares in Delivery Hero fell 11% in early Monday trading following the company’s announcement of a potential fine exceeding €400 million ($433 million) for antitrust violations.

The news, disclosed on Sunday evening, has caused significant market reaction, reflecting investor concerns.

Details of Alleged Violations:

The fine pertains to alleged anti-competitive agreements, including market-sharing arrangements, exchanges of commercially sensitive information, and no-poach agreements.

Delivery Hero acknowledged these allegations in their statement and indicated their readiness to cooperate fully with the European Commission.

Previous Inspections and Increased Provisions:

The company mentioned its prior cooperation during unannounced inspections by the European Commission in July 2022 and November 2023.

To prepare for the potential fine, Delivery Hero plans to significantly increase its corresponding financial provision, previously set at €186 million.

Analyst’s Perspective on the Impact:

Analysts at Jefferies highlighted that the primary concern is not the size of the fine or the Delivery Hero’s capacity to pay it.

Instead, they emphasize the broader implications of the “fact pattern” that this situation creates, suggesting potential long-term reputational and operational impacts for the company.

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