Uber has been selling off its local businesses in big emerging markets like China and Southeast Asia. But the company’s India unit isn’t going anywhere.
In an email obtained by CNBC, Uber’s India head Pradeep Parameswaran told company executives, including CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and CFO Nelson Chai, that Uber India reached an annualized bookings rate of $1.64 billion in the third quarter.
Parameswaran wrote that Uber will close the year in its “strongest position ever — as the ride-sharing leader in India.” He said the company doubled its engineering team as of the third quarter and plans to double again next year in its two big hubs of Bangalore and Hyderabad.
India marks Uber’s last stand in Asia. The San Francisco-based company spent billions of dollars building its business across the region, before ultimately consolidating with local players. In 2016, Uber sold off its China operations to Didi Chuxing for a 20 percent stake in its former rival, and in March of this year Uber sold its business in eight countries across Southeast Asia for a 27.5 percent stake in regional leader Grab. Uber also merged its Russian business with Yandex in 2017.