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SoftBank logs $17 bn loss in Vision Fund unit in Q1

SoftBank logs $17 bn loss in Vision Fund unit in Q1

The group's sliding portfolio pushed it to a 3.16 trillion yen net loss in the latest quarter.

SoftBank had booked a record loss at the Vision Fund unit in May as market turmoil driven by rising interest rates and political instability hit the tech investor. SoftBank had booked a record loss at the Vision Fund unit in May as market turmoil driven by rising interest rates and political instability hit the tech investor.

SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T on Monday posted a 2.33 trillion yen ($17.23 billion) loss at its Vision Fund unit in the April-June quarter as the value of its tech portfolio slid.

SoftBank had booked a record loss at the Vision Fund unit in May as market turmoil driven by rising interest rates and political instability hit the tech investor.

The group's sliding portfolio pushed it to a 3.16 trillion yen net loss in the latest quarter. That compared with profit of 761.5 billion yen in the same period a year earlier.

SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son, who will speak at an earnings briefing from 4:30 p.m. (0730 GMT), has pledged to tighten investing criteria and preserve cash to weather the downturn.

In the quarter ended June, falling listed investments included robotics firm AutoStore Holdings Ltd AUTO.OL, artificial intelligence firm SenseTime Group Inc 0020.HK and ridehailer Uber Technologies Inc UBER.N. Read full story

Plunging initial public offering volumes and market scepticism towards money-losing startups have squeezed an important source of capital for SoftBank, which hopes to list chip designer Arm following the collapse of a sale to Nvidia.

The sell-off has hit hedge fund Tiger Global, which competes with "unicorn hunter" Son on deals and saw its flagship fund fall 50% in the first half of the year after it underestimated the impact of surging inflation on markets.

Published on: Aug 08, 2022, 12:10 PM IST
Posted by: Mehak Agarwal, Aug 08, 2022, 12:07 PM IST