Sep 10, 2021 3 min read

What Does The Future Of Just Eat Takeaway Look Like?

Takeaway.com bought British firm Just Eat in 2019. It recently completed a major takeover of US rival GrubHub, and now has shares in New York, Amsterdam and London.
What Does The Future Of Just Eat Takeaway Look Like?
Just Eat Takeaway.com

Just Eat Takeaway.com (LON:JET) (JET) which trades as Just Eat in the UK has recently completed the merger with Grubhub and is one of the largest food delivery companies in the world today. The company’s total orders increased 37% in the second quarter and 47% of those orders came from outside the U.S.

Let’s take a look at the catalyst driving business growth.

Profitable business model

Just Eat Takeaway.com has a business model that works for the future. It forwards orders to restaurants that handle the delivery on their own and this forms the majority of its business. I like the futuristic business model because it works out to be much more profitable than taking orders and delivering them. Competitors in the industry are losing a lot of money on delivery and this is where Just Eat Takeaway is making profits. This model can work wonders for it when the orders grow.

It generated a revenue of $4.6 billion in 2020 and $401 million in adjusted EBITDA. The company offers performance and convenience to the customers. It has invested heavily in technology and has not shown any signs of slowing down despite the pandemic.

In the first half of 2021, the company saw an increase in orders by 51% but reported a loss for the period and in the fourth quarter of 2020, the UK deliveries increased by 400% as compared to the same period the previous year. The management is optimistic about the future and believes that the margins will improve going forward.

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Regulatory Headwind

The company recently provided an upbeat business update but also noted that it could face trouble from FTSE indexes once the London Stock Exchange performs the semi-annual review scheduled in September.

Since Just Eat Takeaway.com is headquartered in Amsterdam and Grubhub is in Chicago, the investment management team will have to determine the nationality of the stock listings for the purpose of inclusion in the index. If there is a removal from an index, it will lead to investors losing their stock to conform to the index makeup.

Update - Decision Made

Just Eat Takeaway.com NV will leave the FTSE 100 on September 20 2021.

FTSE Russell classified Just Eat Takeaway as British after the 2020 combination of Britain's Just Eat and Dutch competitor Takeaway.com, making it eligible for the FTSE, because the company had said it would delist its stock from Euronext Amsterdam.

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