SoftBank’s Vision Fund Post $7.2B Loss, Has Exposure to FTX
SoftBank’s tech-focused Vision Fund reported a $7.2 billion loss in Q2 amid a steep decline in startup valuations, according to Bloomberg. The fund also plans to write down its investment of almost $100 million in the fallen FTX.
SoftBank Group Records First Profit in Three Quarters Despite Vision Fund Losses
SoftBank Vision Fund posted a $7.2 billion loss in the second quarter as the fund’s portfolio value continued to decline in the three-month period. Following a 2.33 trillion yen loss in the June quarter, the world’s largest technology-oriented fund took another hit of 1.02 trillion yen in Q2.
On an overall basis, Vision Fund owner SoftBank Group reported 3.03 trillion yen ($21.7 billion) in net income in Q2, marking its first profit in three quarters. Despite Vision Fund losses, the conglomerate returned to profitability, boosted by its sale of Alibaba stake worth 5.37 trillion yen ($31.5 billion)
The quarterly profit comes after SoftBank posted a massive 3.16 trillion yen loss in Q1. To weather the damage, the conglomerate trimmed its stake in Alibaba from 24% to 15%.
The Japanese investment giant has been taking damage in recent months amid sharp declines in its public investments, with its flagship Vision Fund seeing a net valuation loss of 1.19 trillion yen from its public holdings in the most recent quarter. The biggest portfolio losers included SenseTime Group, Doordash, and Indonesia-based e-commerce company GoTo Group, said Softbank.
“We decided early on that we would strengthen our defenses and become more cautious on new investments,” said Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank. The conglomerate has to stay defensive “for a while,” added Son.
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SoftBank’s $100M Investment in the Troubled FTX
In addition to a significant quarterly loss, Softbank’s Vision Fund, which announced major layoffs in September, also wrote down its investment in the embattled crypto exchange FTX following its recent collapse. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said Vision Fund’s investment into FTX is somewhat below $100 million.
Softbank refused to talk about its exposure to FTX, which is considering raising new funds in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy. The crypto exchange saw a liquidity crunch after rival exchange Binance offloaded all of FTX’s token holdings following revelations involving FTX’s sister firm Alameda Research.
Over recent years, SoftBank became the biggest startup investor in the world, with Alibaba being one of its biggest early portfolio wins. But the conglomerate has been struggling to maintain its momentum recently due to numerous missteps and a steep decline in tech valuations.
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