SoftBank builds $1.2 billion Amazon stake; invests in Netflix, Tesla – Reuters
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By Sam Nussey
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TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T has built a stake worth around $1.2 billion in e-commerce firm Amazon AMZN.O, regulatory filings showed on Monday, as the tech conglomerate expands its investing activities beyond its recent focus on unlisted startups.
Chief Executive Masayoshi Son last week announced a new investment management subsidiary that would park excess cash from a massive asset sale programme in liquid stocks. SoftBank has spent around $10 billion buying shares.
In addition to Amazon, the group has built stakes in Netflix Inc NFLX.O, Tesla Inc TSLA.O, Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O, filings showed.
Graphic – SoftBank’s newly disclosed listed holdings here.
SoftBank also disclosed a stake in chip supplier Nvidia Corp NVDA.O worth around $220 million based on Friday’s closing price. It exited its stake in the firm last year. SoftBank is currently in talks with Nvidia over a possible sale of chip designer Arm, media have reported.
The group is pivoting towards investing outside the $100 billion Vision Fund with its focus on unlisted, late stage startups. The fund has buffeted the group’s earnings as the value of its holdings have fallen below acquisition price.
The value of many of the listed shares is rising, driven by a tech stock rally, with Tesla’s shares up more than 60% since the end of June. Son has dropped operating profit as a measure of his group’s performance, saying the value of the assets is a better yardstick.
SoftBank also disclosed stakes in Chinese video sites Bilibili Inc BILI.O and iQIYI Inc IQ.O. iQIYI is currently being probed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Reporting by Sam Nussey; Editing by Nick Zieminski
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