Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick cashes in another $93 million in stock as he separates himself further from the rideshare giant

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  • Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continued his ongoing share sell-off into December, cashing in more than $93 million after selling the company’s stock over a three-day period.
  • Kalanick’s combined sales now ring in at more than $1.8 billion since Uber’s post-IPO lockup period expired on November 6.
  • While the former chief executive has been dumping shares of the company he helped build, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been boosting his own stake. The executive spent $6.7 million on Uber shares on November 18.
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Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick pushed his recent selling streak into December, offloading more than $93 million worth of the company’s stock over a three-day period.

The company founder sold roughly 3.2 million shares between November 27, November 29, and December 2, according to an SEC filing. The latest cash-out brings Kalanick’s total sale to $1.8 billion as he further distances himself from the rideshare giant.

Kalanick still holds more than 33 million shares, worth roughly $950 million as of 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. His stake counts for roughly 1.94% of Uber’s shares outstanding.

The former CEO’s sell-off began in early November after Uber’s post-IPO lockup period expired. Early investors were allowed to offload shares for the first time on November 6, and the subsequent sales dragged the stock to record lows.

Kalanick dumped $547 million worth of stock in the first week of November, and an additional $164 million between November 11 and November 13. His biggest sales arrived later in the month, offloading more than 10 million shares on November 20 alone.

While the 43-year-old founder has been liquidating his Uber stake, current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been buying up shares. The chief executive spent $6.7 million on Uber stock on November 18, and now holds 1.53 million shares.

Since resigning from Uber in June 2017, Kalanick has shifted his focus to a new startup. He now leads CloudKitchens, a firm that rents commercial space and renovates it into leasable kitchens for delivery-only restaurants.

Kalanick sank $300 million into the startup, and the firm received additional backing from Saudi Arabia in January. The kingdom’s sovereign-wealth fund invested $400 million into the firm, valuing CloudKitchens at $5 billion.

The Wall Street Journal first covered the Saudi investment on November 7.

Uber stock traded at $28.88 per share at 10:20 a.m. ET Tuesday, down roughly 31% from its May IPO.

The company has 27 “buy” ratings, 11 “hold” ratings, and one “sell” rating from analysts, with a consensus price target of $44, according to Bloomberg data.

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