Uber shares drop as Softbank plans to sell shares to cover Didi losses

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi speaks at a product launch event in San Francisco, California on September 26, 2019.

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SoftBank is selling about one-third of its stake in ride-hailing company Uber to cover losses on its investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi, two people familiar with the matter told CNBC. It’s planning to sell 45 million shares, which will have a 30-day lockup.

Uber shares fell 5% in extended trading following the report.

The value of Uber’s own Didi stake declined $2 billion last week following the June debut of Didi’s American depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange, as China reportedly planned fines and other punishments against the company amidst a broader crackdown on U.S. listed Chinese companies.

SoftBank has lost about $4 billion on its Didi position in total, CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa reported.

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